altI mentioned Speculoos à Tartiner before, when in January this unusual Christmas gift caused both U.S. Customs and the TSA concern on my return from Switzerland.  Now that Porter and I have been in the same city long enough to broach the jar, I find it deserves a post of its own.

The giving and receiving of this liquid gold at Christmastime should become a tradition on the order of stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Speculoos à Tartiner looks and spreads like peanut butter, and tastes like a Biscoff cookie.  Thus far we have only sampled it on bread—plus a small, furtive spoonful this morning in the interest of journalistic accuracy.  For the future I'm thinking pancake, waffle, and ice cream topping, fruit dip, frosting for a creamy vanilla cake, and a new twist on cinnamon rolls.  What would you suggest?

It was with much trepidation that I looked at the nutritional data on the label, but it's quite comparable to peanut butter, being higher in sugar, but with fewer calories and less fat.

I'm curious to find out if any of my readers can obtain Speculoos à Tartiner at a local store.  Wegmans, for example, is my court of last resort when it comes to unusual foods—what a pity the nearest store is 800 miles distant.  But there's always the Internet, where you can buy this confection under the name "Biscoff Spread":  $12.95 plus $5 shipping (continental U.S.) will get you two jars.  One could easily replace the marshmallow chicks in an Easter basket.

Or you could schedule your own trip to Europe.  True, that is somewhat pricier, but also infinitely more rewarding.  And in all likelihood it will earn you personal attention from Customs and the TSA upon your return.

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You could come up and check Wegmans yourself!!! Plenty of room at the inn at this time of year. However, since that is unlikey until Thanksgiving (maybe summer?), I will force myself to go to Wegmans just for you ;)



Posted by NMKB on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

Thanks, for both the B&B offer and the shopping. For our next trip we are forcing ourselves to go to Hawaii rather than impose once again on relatives. Rather unusual of us, I must admit.



Posted by SursumCorda on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

Check this out. Coming to a Walmart near you (maybe).
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Lotus-Bakeries-Debuts-Popular-bw-776791341.html?x=0&.v=1



Posted by dstb on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Woo-hoo! Guess I'll have to drop by Wal-Mart every now and then to check it out. Not that this should in any way discourage the European version as a gift....



Posted by SursumCorda on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Did not see it at my Wegmans. May try one of the newer ones that are bigger.



Posted by NMKB on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Looks like Stop-&-Shop is supposed to carry it too. So you can look in CT and maybe at Giant (here) if you don't want to go to Walmart



Posted by NMKB on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Suggested use: with a spoon. Just my two cents. ;)



Posted by IrishOboe on Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 7:44 am

Absolutely. With a spoon is a great use.



Posted by SursumCorda on Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 8:08 am

Not at our Wal-Mart yet.



Posted by SursumCorda on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I haven't updated this in ages, I see. The same product, in the form of Biscoff Spread, is now available at several stores. I do think I started the trend by requesting it at my local Publix, but other stores have come around, too. And I hear it's even available in tiny Hillsboro, New Hampshire. It even comes in a "crunchy" version now (with Biscoff cookie bits in it).



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