Wednesday, January 13, 2016

REVIEW: Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter


Having only recently gained access to a Trader Joe's, we haven't had much time to explore many of their frozen options aside from their S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches and Pecan Pie Premium Ice Cream, both of which were above average in our books. As I looked over the current rotation of offerings while shopping there earlier this week, one product stood out above the rest: Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream.

"Our Speculoos Cookie Butter and variations on the theme are easy to spread on waffles, pancakes, toast, apples, and even other cookies. But butter isn’t so easily “spread” on ice cream. We’ve tried heating and drizzling it—not the most effortless medium! If you’ve been dreaming, like us, of that no-brainer combination of ice cream and Speculoos Cookie Butter, you can wake up now... it’s here! This food-fantasy-come-true is churned exclusively for us in Cleveland, Ohio using only the freshest Midwest cream. It’s flavored with the finest vanilla extract from Madagascar, and speckled with actual pieces of Speculoos—the original Belgian cookie that started it all. Of course, our famous Cookie Butter, itself, is swirled throughout."


After reading the paragraph above, and having enjoyed speculoos cookie butter from Trader Joe's a few times before, I was more than ready to dig in to the ice cream version. The first layer showed off the super-premium vanilla base and some of flecks of the aforementioned speculoos cookies. Trader Joe's has managed to fit super-premium consistency with double the servings in these quart sized containers. In addition to the full-bodied vanilla ice cream, the bits of speculoos cookie add their unique taste and crunchy texture.


This combo alone would have warranted an A rating, but the last and final component moved this flavor right up our rankings. The sizable dollops of actual Trader Joe's cookie butter that managed to co-mingle with the vanilla base and speculoos cookie bits brought this ingenious idea full circle. Even if you aren't a regular shopper at Trader Joe's, this Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream is worth the trip.


Where I Found It: Trader Joe's
Grade: A

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