Speculoos Cookie Butter FAQ

Speculoos Cookie Butter

Speculoos Cookie Butter

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is this magical concoction you’ve been hearing so much about latetly? I am here to tell you!

It all started with a lowly cookie that was popular in parts of Holland and Belgium called Speculoos or Speculaas depending on if you spoke Dutch or French. It’s a type of spiced biscuit traditionally eaten before St. Nicolas’ Feast on either Dec. 5th or 6th depending again on if you are from Holland or Belgium and Northern France. These cookies have been around for a very long time, maybe hundreds of years.

The cookies are very thin, very crunchy and browned. Traditionally they were made in the images from traditional stories of St. Nicholas. The cookies have spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. Most are made from flour, brown sugar and the aforementioned spices.

Crunchy Speculoos Cookie Butter. OMG!

Crunchy Speculoos Cookie Butter. OMG!

The creation of Biscoff spread happened because of a TV contest in 2007 in Belgium on a show named “De Bedenkers” or The Inventors. Els Scheppers was on to something when she created this sweet, creamy spread using the famous Lotus Speculoos cookies. Lotus Bakeries got in touch with Els and they worked together to perfect her creation. Just three hours after its initial release in Belgium, the product sold out and a culinary phenomenon was born. The spread was first introduced to the U.S. in 2011. Then shortly after that Trader Joe’s came up with Speculoos Cookie Butter. Then in 2012 they came out with Speculoos Crunchy Butter. In October 2013 they came out with the Speculoos Cookie and Cocoa Swirl. Trader Joe’s also sells Speculoos cookies and chocolate bars filled with Speculoos.

First time I heard about the rage for cookie butter was when David Lebovitz mentioned it on his blog, but he was talking about Bischof Spread and not the Trader Joe’s product. It’s still going crazy as you can see by my Facebook page dedicated to the product: https://www.facebook.com/speculooscookiebutter

_MG_3277Where can I buy it?

If you want Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, you can only buy it at Trader Joe’s in the USA. Having said that, there are many people on eBay and Amazon reselling it, especially for the overseas market. If you don’t see it on the shelf at your local Trader Joe’s, ask the manager and they might be keeping behind the counter and rationing out.

What is up with the shortage?

Demand for Cookie Butter was always high, but didn’t get really bad until it became some sort of crazy in Asia. (if someone knows why, please email me) Especially in the Phillippines and Singapore. People were coming in and buying every jar on the shelves as soon as they were stocked and reselling it on ebay, Amazon or shipping it straight to the Phillippines and reselling it there. Demand is at an all time high as of October 2013. Trader Joe’s responded by rationing it out at the stores to one jar per customer, but the rationing seemed to have eased and people started seeing it on the shelves of some stores again.

SpeculoosCrunchyCookieButter2What is it made of?

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter is really just ground up Speculoos cookies mixed with sugar and oil. Here are the ingredients list:

Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (15g)

Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 8g total carbs, 0g fiber, 5g sugar, <1g sugar

INGREDIENTS: 57% SPECULOOS (WHEAT FLOUR, CANDY SUGAR, MARGARINE [PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, COCONUT OIL, RAPESEED OIL, WATER, SALT, EMULSIFIER {VEGETABLE MONO-AND DIGLYCERIDES FROM FATTY ACIDS}, CITRIC ACID, ALCTIC ACID, COLOR ADDED {BETA CAROTENE}, BUTTERFLAVOR (NON-DAIRY)], SUGAR, SOY FLOUR, SUGAR SYRUP, RAISING AGENT {SODIUM HYDROGEN CARBONATE}, CINNAMON, NUTMEG), PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, SUGAR, EMULSIFIER: RAPESEED LECITHIN.

 

Is Speculoos Cookie Butter good for you:

Not really. It’s basically sugar, flour and oil. Really no redeeming value nutritionally BUT it does taste oh so good!

What does it taste like?

It tastes great! Really it just tastes like Speculoos cookies with more sugar and oil. It has hints of the spices added, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Is Speculoos Cookie Butter Vegan/Vegetarian

Yes and Yes and it is also nut free. Unfortunately, it’s not Gluten Free. Maybe that will be the next thing from Trader Joe’s a Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free Speculoos Cookie Butter!

What are the different Speculoos Cookie Butter products from Trader Joe’s:


Comments

Speculoos Cookie Butter FAQ — 15 Comments

  1. Hi! I’ve come across your site and read everything about the craze over Speculoos. I am from the Philippines and cookie butter is also a craze here like in the US. Many online shops here would buy Speculoos in bulks to sell it here. They sell it here 3x the price of it’s original price or even more. Why it has become a craze in the Philippines? Simple. Because what’s popular in US also becomes popular here. US has so much influence on our culture and country. American music is even much more appreciated and famous here than our own music. Hope I helped with your curiosity over the Speculoos shortage hehe. I actually haven’t tried the Speculoos yet as it is really hard to get one here. Online shops are always sold out with those cookie butters.

    • Something else is going on in the Philippines. I can’t quite figure it out. The Phillippines Speculoos facebook page has about 40k followers, while mine that I started 2 years ago only has 7000 followers. I would say it’s more of a craze there than here!

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  3. I made a good “cookie butter pizza” last night that our TJ Store manager was making at the end of the night for the staff. It’s super easy and tastes awesome!
    Use: The new TJs Organic Whole Wheat frozen pizza dough, spread cookie butter on the frozen dough, crumble up graham crackers on top of cookie butter, then add sliced apples (slightly layered in a circle shape) on top. Bake as directed on the frozen pizza dough directions – I think I cooked it a few minutes longer until the cookie butter bubbled and the apples had cooked. Makes a super easy delicious dessert pizza! My daughter and her friends gobbled 2 “pizzas” in less than 5 minutes – Yum!

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  6. I noticed that there is Palm oil listed twice in the ingredient list. Do you know if it is from a sustainably harvested, environmentally friendly source? I would like to continue to buy this product and promote it but with the damage the palm oil industry does to the environment, I can’t ethically buy it without knowing the source. Thank you in advance.

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