Tulips, windmills, and wooden shoes are typical tourism symbols for Holland, but what about Dutch food? If you asked a group of Dutch expatriates for a list of foods they missed most, what would they say?
Some possibilities: Gouda cheese, thick Dutch bread, drop (salty licorice candies), hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles on bread), and above all: stroopwafels.
The name ‘stroopwafels’ means something like ‘syrup wafers’ in English, although they’re known as ‘caramel waffles’ in Starbucks.
Certain Dutch markets make them fresh—warm and gooey–but if it’s not market day, you can always buy them at the grocery store and place them over your coffee. They’ll melt, crumble, and make you wish you were Dutch.
Upon discovering that stroopwafels were rare in South America, one Dutch expatriate was driven to make and perfect her own stroopwafels [see Petra in Chile, if you can read Dutch]. With help from an online stroopwafel recipe and a special waffle maker, she and her fiancé were finally successful.
Now, they’re planning to start a stroopwafel business in Chile.
Even if you’re not the entrepreneurial sort, attempting to make stroopwafels could be a fun activity for a rainy afternoon.
Add coffee, and you’re practically Dutch.