Something we left out from our Belgium post is a traditional specialty we've yet to introduce, the speculoos biscuits. These popular speculoos are caramelised shortcrust biscuits most noted for their intricate patterns on the upside.
A bit of history for those who are unfamiliar (with help from Destination Dessert):
Traditionally, speculoos are prepared on the eve of St Nicholas, celebrated December 6 in Belgium. Historically, the cookies were often created in the shape of St Nicholas, although today they can be found in many shapes. For those not familiar with the tradition in the Netherlands and Belgium, children put shoes by the chimney before going to bed, and well-behaved children are rewarded by speculoos cookies (amongst other gifts) in their shoes. On the other hand, ill-behaved children are threatened with being stuffed in a sack and carted off to Spain by Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), St Nicholas' helper.
We, for one, will certainly behave well, for the speculoos of course. Not too worried about being escorted off by Zwarte Piet though, Spain sounds fun. Just saying.
Introducing to all Poppies Caramelito, the Belgium speculoos we are most familiar with. Neither too dense nor buttery, these caramel biscuits are remarkably crisp and light. It comes to us in a rich deep brown caramel colour and flavour, with a slight tinge of cinnamon.
The satisfying crunch and merely marginal sweet aftertaste from the caramel make them the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee or tea, which beautifully complements the whisper of cinnamon in the biscuit. Or you can enjoy it like the locals do with Belgium’s national drink, the hot chocolate. Since we happen to have a tin of our favourite Caotina, we decided to make a mug of hot chocolate with it! This (Belgian meets Swiss) combination led us to discover that the slight dash of spiciness in the speculoos clashes with the dark yet sweet hot chocolate, to reveal a larger explosion of buttery brown sugar caramel intertwined with cinnamon notes. Furthermore, the biscuits are more porous and soak up the chocolate more easily. The combination is simply bliss.
If the above doesn't sound appealing enough, these speculoos go spectacular with a tub of ice cream on a lazy day. We are truly spoilt for complements with Poppies Caramelito, really. There is simply no end to what goes well with it, and you could let us know your favourite pairings for this too!
- Product of Belgium
- A pack contains 25 individual pieces
Poppies Caramelito can be found at all Candy Empire stores. Check it out and let us know if you liked it!