This was such a cool product line, but El Marques didn’t survive the tough food industry. It’s made with coconut instead of olive oil, but Nutiva’s Butter Flavor Coconut Oil is equally delicious and still available.
Imagine a soft, dairy-free spread made purely with olive oil. That’s exactly what you get with El Marques Olive Oil Butter. Whipped using their patent pending process and still spreadable at room temperature!
There are a few brands of butter-flavored olive oils on the market, but El Marques is the first we’ve seen to take the opposite approach – it tastes like olive oil but is “creamed” to be the consistency of a whipped butter.
Tasting Notes for El Marques Olive Oil Butter
I didn’t get the chance to sample the Original olive oil butter, which has just one ingredient: olive oil. Instead, we jumped ahead to two of the flavored varieties.
This blend includes just pure olive oil (not extra-virgin as indicated on some websites), rosemary, thyme and sage. The herbs are notably fresh and rustic. It was a little too harsh in fact for using as a raw spread on toast or in cooked grains for us. However, the soft but solid consistency allows the herbs to be suspended. Easily used to spread atop meats or vegetables when cooking.
With just a hint of black truffle flavor seamlessly combined with the olive oil base, this has a few more applications. It lends a rich, musky flavor to toast or grains heightened with some salt and/or light seasonings. It’s perfect as a finisher on meats or vegetables on the grill.
El Marques also recommends using their olive oil butter in baking. While I could easily see this as an enjoyable application, the price point puts it beyond accessible for my budget in the quantities needed for making cookies, scones, or biscuits. For now, olive oil butter is a “giftable” recommendation from me. Perfect as a final rich touch.
The Facts on El Marques Olive Oil Butter
Price: $12.75 per 5.3-ounce jar
Certifications: We did not notice any certifications on El Marques Olive Oil Butter.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, El Marques Olive Oil Butter is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the El Marques website at www.el-marques.com.
Stays solid, yet soft at room temperature
Produced in Spain, where olive oil is praised above dairy butter, this pure, whipped olive oil actually stays solid, yet soft at room temperature. We liked the Black Truffle as the rich base to a spread and the Herbed for finishing cooked meats and vegetables. The luxury price keeps us from baking with it (too much quantity needed), but anyone (dairy-free or not) would be delighted to see an assortment of these jars in a gift basket.