Thursday, October 25, 2012
Last weekend we visited Henri's sister, Francoise and her husband, Paul. Before dinner we went to the local grocery store to pick up some food. Henri and I were going around seeing what was new and different from the USA market when we hit the Nutella/peanut butter isle.
Among the usual items we found a new kind of spread called Speculoos. At first I thought it was a foreign name for a nut butter that was commonly spread on cookies. But this spread is actually made from the Dutch or Belgian cookies called Speculoos that are ground up to make a paste.
It appears that Speculoos has taken on a life of many forms. One can find it in not only the original cookie form but it is in the aforementioned spread as well as desserts and even a yogurt flavor. It is sometimes marketed as a vegan spread.
I tried the pictured dessert. It reminds me of butterscotch pudding. Another description would be a caramel flavor with spice that you would taste in a spice cake.
In the USA, the Speculoos cookies are very similar to the Dutch Windmill cookies.
Trader Joe's now has Speculoos. It is with the peanut butter and is called Cookie Butter. They also have chocolate bars with Speculoos filling.....YUM!!! Enjoy!!!