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February 7, 2005

a real Dutch treat (no, it was all on me)



If you happen to have read oneof my old (actually, oldest) posts (picture here), you might probably know that I love Dutch stroopwafels. Stroopwafel, sometimes called caramel wafer or syrup cookie, is a sandwich of two extra-thin, hard and crisp wafers filled with caramel-y syrup. It is pretty sweet, but irresistible - that's all I can say. It is highly challenging for me to restrict myself from buying stack of them every time I see them at a store, and to stop eating all up once I have opened a bag/box at home (but I manage to do so as a sensible adult).

Fortunately or unfortunately, I have some resources to obtain decent stroopwafels nearby, such as Shady Maple Farm's Maple Waffles or Lady Walton's, and I am fortunate enough to have a thoughtful friend who have sent me some Daelmans mini "caramel bites", which are delicious but not available in my neighborhood. On my last visit to Japan I got myself a package of Kanjers stroopwafels, which I manage to tightly store in a cupboard for a rainy day.

What I have already eaten is ones I got at Starbucks - not ones in the States but Japanese ones. I knew Starbucks's got quite different product ranges from a country to another, and I am not sure if American ones have those stroopwafels... I doubt it, though.


These are made in the Netherlands, and tasted just as good as most other ready-made stroopwafels, and although it suggests that you should put it on a cup of hot coffee (naturally) to warm up the waffle (that's the way to do it - wafers got a bit tender and full-flavored, while the caramel filling becomes soft and syrup-y, aaaaah), I had it on a cup of strong Assam tea with milk. It was a nice little afternoon treat, while I was lazily calling the day to my mind... the day in Prague when we got a large, hot, right-out-of-the-iron Stroopwafel from a street stall, shared it as we walked away, and aahed and oohed about how delicious it was, and went straight back to the line for more waffles...


(And he's got pretty large hands...)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

that is the biggest stroopwafel that ive ever seen and ive seen A LOT, its a favourite treat of mine as well! absolutely delicious and a good comfort food with a steaming hot cup of black coffee :) 

Posted by Cat

Anonymous said...

trader joe's if you have that where u r, has some that are very tasty from belgium, i think...
they're GOOD!
love your posts! 

Posted by mindy

Anonymous said...

such a sweet blog!!!
nice!
~thanks 

Posted by leova (↑)

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that our stroopwafels were such a Big Thing in Hawaii :)
 

Posted by Robert

Anonymous said...

Damn, you make these crakers look preety tasty! 

Posted by F. Castilho

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! Sombody else has the stroopwafel craving! Since my half-Dutch boyfriend introduced them to me I have been addicted. They are unbelievably good - and I just love the cinnamon flavour through them.
Recently we were in Europe, and my bf stayed on in Holland with his family after I returned to Australia. I received a text message one morning when I was hard at work, wishing I was back in Europe which went along the lines of "the sun is shining, sky is blue. Just had chips with mayonnaise and stroopwafel hot off the griddle!" I was just green with envy. 

Posted by Niki

Anonymous said...

she who eats:

it's good to have found you. your pictures are GREAT - talk about "food porn" - i can almost feel the crispness of these stroopwafels through the screen.

u.e. 

Posted by the ulterior epicure

Anonymous said...

I could die for these! I love them.. Especially with warm cocoa *sigh* 

Posted by Anke

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Cat - it really was huge, but I wouldn't complain :)

mindy - thanks for the info, but unfortunately there isn't any Trader Joe's or Whole Foods over here. :(
I love Belgian waffles, too, I see Dutch ones are quite different from them, though.

leova - thank you, too!

Robert - I don't know if it's a big thing in whole Hawaii, but it sure is at my house :)
And the one in the last pic was actually big!

F. Castilho - thanks, they were good!

Niki - ooo that was harsh! I want "stroopwafel hot off the griddle", too!!

the ulterior epicure - thanks!

Anke - oh you must be a die-hard sweet lover if you can have those waffle together with sweet hot chocolate! ;)
 

Posted by chika

Anonymous said...

I truly am! *gg* 

Posted by Anke

Anonymous said...

Hi Anke

Seems like it :) 

Posted by chika

Anonymous said...

they remind me kind of of samoas girl scout cookies without the coconut 

Posted by ya

Anonymous said...

Hi ya,
actually, they aren't very similar to each other in my opinion... but sure they both have a lot of caramel in, right? :) 

Posted by chika

Anonymous said...

Holland’s Best, also known as Holland Pastry & Gift Shop, is located in San Jose, California. We have been serving our Dutch and Indonesian customers since 1949. The comments and suggestions from our customers have helped us to identify areas where improvements could be made in our service. We send our Dutch products to you all over North America! 

Posted by klaas

Anonymous said...

In the United States, You can purchase them online or via mail from All Things Dutch, or The Dutch Shop LLC.

No Trader Joes in our area either :(  

Posted by Jenn