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Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Is Delicious…And About As Unhealthy As You’d Expect

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trader joes speculoos cookie butterI wanted to hate Trader Joe's Cookie butter—it's basically just a paste made of cookies and oil, which sounds pretty gross, if you ask me—but the truth is it's delicious. The butter, which I discussed earlier this week, is made of crushed biscuits and oil (no almonds, unlike the homemade version that Fitnessista made), and the jar suggests eating on bread or pancakes. As other testers in the office put it, it tastes like eating a gingerbread house: delicious. And, if you want to know: It's unhealthy, just like you'd expect.

When it comes to the nutrition facts, it's the usual suspects: fat and sugar. But unlike some rumors I found online, there isn't any trans fat in TJ's Cookie Butter; it's full of just about every kind of oil you can think of, but it doesn't contain hydrogenated oils. Check out the label:

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Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (15g)

Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 8g total carbs, 0g fiber, 5g sugar, <1g sugar

INGREDIENTS: 57% SPECULOOS (WHEAT FLOUR, CANDY SUGAR, MARGARINE [PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, COCONUT OIL, RAPESEED OIL, WATER, SALT, EMULSIFIER {VEGETABLE MONO-AND DIGLYCERIDES FROM FATTY ACIDS}, CITRIC ACID, ALCTIC ACID, COLOR ADDED {BETA CAROTENE}, BUTTERFLAVOR (NON-DAIRY)], SUGAR, SOY FLOUR, SUGAR SYRUP, RAISING AGENT {SODIUM HYDROGEN CARBONATE}, CINNAMON, NUTMEG), PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, SUGAR, EMULSIFIER: RAPESEED LECITHIN.

So, basically, Cookie Butter is made of sugar, oil, and sugar, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg… and sugar. Should you eat it by the spoonful? Your taste buds may say yes, but nutrition-wise, we recommend consuming in moderation.

Trader Joe's isn't the only producer of Cookie Butter, otherwise known as speculoos; the product originated in Belgium and its patent has even been the object of legal battles. (Which, it seems, settled out in such a way that allows even producers like Trader Joe's to sell the stuff; for better or worse.)

Have you tried it? What do you think?