Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Lotus Biscoff Spread - Crunchy

If you have never heard of Biscoff spread, you are seriously missing out. I was lucky enough to be informed of its existence a few months ago on the bodybuilding.com forums, and it's been a mainstay in my cupboard ever since. As someone with multiple allergies, finding alternatives to PB and other nut butters has always been a challenge, but this product really helps to fill the void. The best way I can describe it is spreadable cookies...yes I'm serious. There are two varieties; Creamy and of course crunchy. I had been living off of the creamy variety for months and when I visited my local wal-mart last week I stumbled across the crunchy version. Needless to say I snatched the jar up quicker than you could say Jack Robinson. Upon opening the jar you are greeted with the sweet aroma of speculoos emanating from the course golden paste.

According to the website the spread is comprised of 66% biscoff cookies (compared to 57% in the creamy variety) and once you taste this you will believe it. Its not just sweet, but actually has that distinct "airline cookie" taste they tout. It is similar to a graham cracker, but there is another element to it which I can't quite put my finger on. The crunchiness is really unique and you can actually chew the paste and get a nice hearty crunch. I prefer to eat this spread thin on a warm tortilla, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't snuck a few heaping spoonfuls straight out of the jar. This spread is definitely versatile as well. They recommend dipping apple slices in it, spreading it on waffles, in sandwiches, or even using it as a frosting for cookies/pastries. I have yet to fully explore all of the uses, but seeing how much I enjoy this I will definitely begin experimenting with it. I can't decide whether I like the creamy or crunchy version better, but I highly recommend picking up either (or better yet, both).

As for the nutrition facts, they are pretty standard for a fat based spread. A little lower in fat, and higher in carbs than a regular nut butter, but still slightly lower in calories. I suppose there aren't as many micronutrients in this spread, but what were you expecting in something made mostly of cookies? Overall this is a great choice for those with allergies, or even as a tasty alternative to PB/other nut butters. At $3.50 per jar its in the same price range as competing spreads, so it won't break the bank. Pick this stuff up if you see it and you can thank me later.

Rating: 9.5/10

Serving size (15g)
Cals: 86
Fat: 5g (1g saturated)
Carbs: 9g (5g sugar)
Protein: 0.5g



    I need this. In my face. NOW.

  2. hmmm I may have a prize drawing for a jar in the near future to try and up my traffic. keep an eye out!