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A spread is a food that is spread, generally with a knife, onto foods such as bread and crackers. Spreads are added to food in order to enhance the flavor or texture of the food, which may be considered bland without it. Butter and soft cheeses are typical spreads.

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Butter is commonly sold in bars (as pictured) or small blocks, and often served using a butter knife (pictured below the butter)
Cookbook: Spread

A sandwich spread is a spreadable condiment used in a sandwich, in addition to more solid ingredients. Butter, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup are typical sandwich spreads, along with their variants such as Thousand Island dressing, Tartar sauce, Russian dressing, and so on.

Spreads are different from dips, such as salsa, which are generally not applied to spread onto food but have food dipped into them instead.

Common spreads include dairy spreads (such as cheeses, creams, and butters—although the term butter is broadly applied to many spreads), honey, plant-derived spreads (such as jams, jellies, and hummus), yeast spreads (such as vegemite and marmite), and meat-based spreads (such as pâté).[1]

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