Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Cookie Butter War: Speculoos vs Biscoff

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In my quest for my kids' spread mania, i chanced upon this two great brands distributed by my friends, Joy and Mitz, while playing badminton. 

I have read the hoopla about this wonderful alternative to peanut butter or chocolate hazelnut spread. Shucks, I have also heard about my friends complaining that it was a hard to find item! Some supermarkets and some entrepreneurs distribute these brands but they just easily run out of stocks.

So lo and behold, I suddenly have access to these two head-to-head competing cookie butter brands: Trader Joe's Speculoos and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread.

The Cookie Butter War: Trader Joe's Speculoos vs Lotus Biscoff Spread

Both spreads have the same calorie content: 90 calories in just one tablespoon! Yes, it is definitely packed. But it's all worth it!

Here are some facts about these cookie butter spreads. "Biscoff" is a combination of biscuit and coffee; it is Europe's favorite cookie with coffee, thus the name. Speculoos is a generic name for traditional crispy spiced cookies in Belgium. Biscoff cookies are speculoos cookies. Lotus Bakeries and culinary enthusiast, Els Scheppers, worked together and started producing this wonder spread in Lembeke Plant in Belgium in 2007. The spread is made from 57% of the spiced brown sugar cookies crushed into a fine powder and mixed with different magical ingredients, like wheat and soy. No nuts. Very vegan. Looks a lot like peanut butter in color and consistency. All natural, no preservatives, no artificial colors,  no artificial flavors.

Here's my lowdown on these two brands:

My Criteria: 
1. Consistency/texture, 
2. sweetness, 
3. portioning of ingredients, 
4. play on taste, and 
5. preference/popularity with my household

Brand Name: Speculoos Cookie Butter by Trader Joe's
Variety: Creamy and Crunchy
Comments for Creamy variety: Not oily on top when you first open the jar, sweeter, good consistency.
Comments for Crunchy variety: less biscuit crunch, sweeter 
My husband's favorite: Creamy variety
Rating: 4/5

Brand Name: Lotus Biscoff Spread
Variety: Creamy and Crunchy
Comments for Creamy variety: Has a bit of oil on top when you first open the jar, slides easily, good consistency, more creamy!
Comments for Crunchy variety: Generous portions of biscuit, more crunchiness of biscuit, more taste of the cookie butter 
My kids' and my favorite: Crunchy
Rating: 5/5

My kids love and enjoy the Biscoff Spread. Let me count the ways:
1. Add it in vanilla or double dutch ice cream. Think more of cold rock.
2. Spread it in crackers, biscuits, toast, or bread.
3. Top it on pancakes or waffles.
4. Use as dip for pretzels, bread sticks or veggies.
5. Or just enjoy it straight from the jar. My kids can consume spoonfuls!

My new choice and alternative to peanut butter and to Nutella is definitely THE BISCOFF! Thanks to the power of choice. We now have great alternatives to choose from.

How about you? Have you tasted the Biscoff or TJ's yet? Enjoy a bit of heaven here on earth!

Joy Hervas-Mapa
Mobile: +63 918 908 - 1355, +63 922 800 - 1355 

Blogger's Note: You may place your order to Joy Hervas-Mapa or buy from Speedcourt in Valle Verde 1 near the Basketball Court. Price is P400 per jar.

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