Biscoff Spread has been slowly penetrating the US market using our attraction to anything foreign as a sign of quality:
EUROPE’S ALTERNATIVE TO PEANUT BUTTER
The sweet (and yes, tasty) spread touts the following:
- Biscoff Spread is made with Original Lotus Biscoff Cookies.
- The main ingredient is Biscoff – made with over 57% Biscoff cookies.
- It has a creamy and smooth structure with consistency of peanut butter.
- Contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
- It is free of nuts!
- Biscoff Spread is Vegan.
Let’s check under the hood shall we?
What you need to know:
A spread made from cookies does not sound like a healthy start. Here is the ingredient list (which you won’t find on the manufacturer website):
Biscoff 57% (wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil (contains one or more of soybean oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, palm oil), soy flour, brown sugar, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), salt, cinnamon), canola oil, sugar, emulsifier (soy lecithin), citric acid. Contains wheat, soy.
Nutrition facts: A serving of one TBSP has 88 calories.
- A serving of Biscoff, One TBSP, has 90 calories. This may seem like half the calories of peanut butter. But peanut butter jars are mark a serving as a 2 TBSP. If we were to compare similar serving sizes, the calorie count would be the same.
- Plain peanut butter is made with just peanuts and salt and thus has zero sugar. Biscoff has one and a quarter TSP of sugar per TBSP (one third sugar by weight!), or 2.5 tsp per equivalent peanut butter serving.
- While peanut butter has beneficial fats, Biscoff’s fats come from a mix of oils, usually the cheapest on the market at date of procurement by the manufacturer.
- Peanut butter has 2 grams of fiber per serving. Biscoff has none.
So is this a good alternative to peanut butter? We don’t think so. Enjoy Biscoff as a treat, but don’t confuse it with peanut butter, which has good nutrition in it.
Closing thought – wasn’t Nutella supposed to be the European alternative to Peanut Butter? Not that it’s any healthier than Biscoff. Just saying.