Can I buy Speculoospasta in the US?
July 29, 2010 7:02 PM   Subscribe

Can I buy the unbelievably delicious Speculoospasta in the US? If so, where? Does anyone from Belgium export it?
posted by spiderskull to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I should add that I tried it at a friend's house -- she bought it when she was in Belgium, so she didn't buy it stateside.
posted by spiderskull at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2010

Lotus' version of the stuff is rebranded in the US as Biscoff. You can buy it online direct.
posted by jedicus at 7:08 PM on July 29, 2010

You may want to try getting in touch with the fine folks at NYC street food legends Wafels and Dinges; Spekuloos is one of their signature Dinges (toppings). And it is unbelievably delicious. (Of course, they may not want to release their trade secrets...)
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 7:09 PM on July 29, 2010

Actually you can get the Wafels and Dinges version of the stuff straight from their website.
posted by jedicus at 7:13 PM on July 29, 2010

YES. Thank you.
posted by spiderskull at 7:17 PM on July 29, 2010

Tamarin [note: audio] has a store locator on their site. They've also been promoting their speculoos spread with some blog giveaways --- the only ones I knew about ended earlier this week, but you might keep an eye out to see if there's a second wave of giveaways.
posted by Elsa at 7:26 PM on July 29, 2010

Wait, speculoos come in... spread form? I know it's a bit off topic, but since the question's been answered, would somebody mind explaining how this works? I mean, the cookies are amazing, but the idea of a spread is sort of breaking my brain.
posted by moss at 7:57 PM on July 29, 2010

This stuff is so habit-forming it's ridiculous. I can't even order it anymore, because I just sit there and eat it out of the jar with a spoon! It's amazing!!! I buy it from Biscoff online (see above). If you sign up for their emails, they send you announcements of specials.
posted by la petite marie at 10:32 PM on July 29, 2010

moss, speculaas paste is a thick paste like Nutella (or creamy peanut butter, I guess, but not oily) that is flavoured with the same spices as the cookies: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and pepper.
posted by neushoorn at 2:45 AM on July 30, 2010

Or if you're feeling kitchen-inclined, here's a recipe so you can make your own. I just happened to see this posted a few days ago.
posted by jferg at 5:57 AM on July 30, 2010

That recipe's for the cookies, not the spread.

Is it Speculoospasta or Speculoos paste?
posted by Rash at 6:12 AM on July 30, 2010

Here's a recipe for the spread. I am dying to try it, but kind of worried that I'll eat the entire batch directly off the spoon in a matter of minutes.
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:10 AM on July 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Is it Speculoospasta or Speculoos paste?

Pasta is the Dutch word for paste. When the word is rendered in Flemish (i.e., Belgian Dutch), it would be Speculoospasta, all one word. If you wanted to render it in English, you'd break it up into two words. Pasta is translated because English has a word for paste, but Speculoos is not because English doesn't have a meaningful equivalent.

For added confusion, the word is Speculaas in (Netherlands) Dutch, sp├ęculoos or sp├ęculaus in French, and Spekulatius in German. So within Belgium the word will vary considerably.
posted by jedicus at 10:25 AM on July 30, 2010

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