Recently I was asked if I would review some sweet spreads from Holland which sounded fascinating so I of course said, yes! Send them my way. I received three different Penotti spreads: Hazelnut and Caramel, Cookie Notti and Hazelnut and Vanilla.
Inside The Product
The striping of the two hazelnut spreads was very cool! That divet in the cookie butter was my fault BTW, I was too aggressive trying to pop open the top.
The Taste Test
I was really surprised. The spreads were way less sweet than I was anticipating which was refreshing! I am actually not a huge fan of super-sweet. This way you get interesting texture and flavour without getting kicked in the head with sugar. That said, there are 110 calories per tbsp.
The Hazelnut and Vanilla was very subtle. Way more subtle than I was expecting. It tasted good but was it worth the additional calories? Not for me. Reg and I both felt the Hazelnut and Caramel on the other hand was more interesting and delicious.
Every time I have tried a product with speculoos Reg does not like it so I thought I would be product testing Cookie Notti by myself.
Nope! He agreed to try it and he said it reminded him of gingerbread cookies. In a good way. This is a “delicious caramelized crush cookie butter” and I think that is one of the reasons why it is more agreeable than other cookie butters. The addition of cinnamon and cinnamon sea salt (?) made Cookie Notti very tasty and enjoyable on our waffles.
All of the Penotti spreads were a treat. I loved their fun layered look and the glass jars. The flavours were good without being cloyingly sweet.
The Hazelnut and Caramel was my favourite, followed by Cookie Notti and then Hazelnut and Vanilla, which did not have as much flavour as the other two. Any company that can make a cookie dough spread Reg likes impresses the hell out of me. Good job Penotti!
Overall I give these spreads four out of five wooden spoons. There is something for everyone.
This just in! You can find these products in London Drugs, Safeway, Overwaitea, Walmart, Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro and Whole Foods aside of some independent stores.