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15 Feb

Many of the long term readers will already know the story of my long and difficult struggle with Speculoos addiction. For a long time I was powerless against the desire and the uncontrollable need for its delicious goodness. My addiction to the Speculoos sandwich paste was particularly bad.

When the addiction was at its worst I was on two, sometimes three jars of the stuff a month. Sometimes the need would get so bad that I would lick the empty jars clean. In fact, I would continue to eat the stuff even when it made me feel unwell. I tried to seek help but apparently you can’t actually OD from Speculoos addiction according to the so called doctors who dismissed me from the hospital emergency room.

I just couldn’t stop myself. One time, when the shops were shut and I desperately needed a fix, I tried crushing Speculoos biscuits and mixing them with butter to make my own. It was not a pretty sight (also, it didn’t work) .

It took hitting rock bottom to make me realize just how serious my problem was. I knew something had to be done.

It was not easy. It was a long and difficult road to recovery but I got myself clean. I got my addiction under control and I got my life back. I have not touch Speculoos for three years. I am no longer tempted by its delicious goodness. I am free of its control… At least I thought I was until I saw this…



Oh my god. It’s sooooo good! I can’t help myself.

26 Responses to “Speculoos Relapse”

  1. Alison says:

    Oh dear. I’m going to need to avoid the grocery stores until I forget this exists.

  2. Deepa says:

    This looks like just the thing to get me off my Nutella addiction. Perfect!

  3. Oh man, I might have to give that a go when my partner leaves the house. XD I have actually gone off the original stuff, conveniently.

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    Alison – Lock yourself in doors. It’s the only way.

    Deepa – Oh god know. Speculoos is much worse. That would be like using cocaine to get over your coffee addiction.

    Nathalie – Yes. Wait until he leaves the house. Then you won’t have to share it with any body.

  5. Heather says:

    Oh no! But I have to admit I thought of you when I saw it in the shops.

  6. Invader_Stu says:

    Heather – It’s good to know that I am such a speculoos addict that it makes people think of me when they see it :p

  7. O_O

    I WANT SOME!!!! I can’t to see that in French supermarkets!!!

  8. Invader_Stu says:

    Barb – You need to get some smuggled into France :p

  9. dragon lady says:

    Don’t you dare bring any with you when you come over. It looks extremly fattening and I can only resist so much. I have lost weight and don’t want to put it back on.

  10. Invader_Stu says:

    Dragon Lady – Would I be that evil :p

  11. Terri says:

    Too funny Stu, especially the gradually enlarged close-ups.

    Now, however, I desperately want to try this, and don’t stand a chance of finding it anywhere in my known universe. Is is possible a person could become addicted just by thinking how good this would taste?????)

  12. Rasa says:

    I think I’m the only one here who doesn’t understand Speculoos…. I always was wondering how you can eat it especially on bread :)
    But I should confess – I’m addicted to Vla and I’m trying do not buy it anymore. I think I made good half a year but yesterday…. oh…yesterday..all my troubles seemed so far away…

  13. Invader_Stu says:

    Terri – Yes. It is that powerful that you can become addicted even when you know nothing about or have ever seen Speculoos.

    Rasa – Oh yes. Vla can also be very addictive. If they ever make Speculoos flavoured Vla we are both screwed.

  14. iooryz says:

    When I was a kid and visiting my grandparents, I allways had speculaas on bread (with butter or nutella), so i first thought it was silly to buy it in a spread. But the crunchy one is quite delicious to be honest.

  15. Invader_Stu says:

    Iooryz – That’s how the addiction starts.

  16. Angela says:

    I’m yet to try speculoos, i’ve managed to resist the urge to buy it for 3 years for the same reason I don’t ever buy Nutella – i’m worried i’ll become totally addicted to it! I cringe at the thought of how many delicious calories it has :)

  17. Wezz6400 says:

    A weakness, ah. *scrible* *scrible* Now I know how I will take over this country and forcefully abdicate King Stu: introduce Speculoos Vla Crunchy. Yes, yeeeeeeees. Mwuhaha.

  18. VallyP says:

    It sounds totally yuk to me! Sorry, Stu, but a combination of specloos and chocolate? Shudder :-)

  19. Invader_Stu says:

    Angela – You are far stronger then me if you can resist it. I’ve put on too many of those delicious calories.

    Wezz6400 – What is this? Betrayal?! I thought you were a loyal person. You have been plotting against me this whole time? This can not be!

    VallyP – Good. More of the stuff for me :p

  20. Angela says:

    Actually, you just gave me an idea! I will buy some Speculoos to take home to Sydney this Wednesday! I’m sure the Aussies will love it! Not the same as bringing back Vegemite for the Dutchies :) I think the Aussies got the better part of that deal…

  21. Beth says:

    oh man, this makes me feel terrible – I consider 2/3 jars of speculoos per month an incredible achievement of self restraint!

  22. Invader Stu says:

    Angela – I agree. I’ve never understood Vegemite :p

    Beth – You can join my Speculoos support group.

  23. Jonathan says:

    “If they ever make Speculoos flavoured Vla we are both screwed.”

    Speculaas vla does exist, but to avoid all expats turn into zombies it is branded as “herfst tinten” as non-Dutch brains cannot proccess so many consecutive consonants let alone pronounce them.

    As an extra precaution it is only sold part of the year.

    http://www.ciao-shopping.nl/Zuivelhoeve_Boer_n_Vla_Herfst_Tinten_Blanke_Vla_met_Speculaas__2222333

  24. Siegfried says:

    Fantastic blog you have here! really, really nice. How many posts in total do you have? it is 7 years now! Good luck with the contest!

  25. Invader Stu says:

    Jonathan – If I ever get my hands on that I think my life might be over.

    Siegfried – Thank you. The current count is 368

  26. suus says:

    Hah! I saw a commercial for this and it made me think of you. Poor speculant.

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