In previous product reviews and the Europe Candy Trip, we talked much about Germany and Belgium, but for some reason, we've conveniently skipped the beautiful nation of the Netherlands located between the previous two countries. If you've ever visited the Netherlands, you probably have stumbled upon their Dutch specialty - the stroopwafels (syrup waffles).
Stroopwafel is a unique type of cookie that has been around for centuries as a traditional daily treat for the Dutch and is mostly eaten with their morning coffee or tea. These waffles were first made in the city Gouda all the way back in 1784 , but now can be found all around the country as you roam their stalls, markets, and shops. It is still sold and made the traditional way, at local open air markets using propane powered cast iron grills.
As a habit in our reviews, we tend to pick products that have enjoyed a long history, as an attempt to uncover its classic, timeless appeal. Hence for this post, we will be zooming in on Daelmans Stroopwafels. Daelmans began as a local bakery in Vlijmen in 1909, but has grown to become an international family business and also the market leader of stroopwafels.
Daelmans stroopwafel is a delicious caramel waffle, which consists of two thin layers of waffles with a rich chewy caramel filling in between. You can enjoy them straight from the package - after opening a sweet buttery aroma emerges, and picking up one stroopwafel, you will realise that it is soft, contrary to your expectations. Appearances are deceiving with this one, as we have expected it to be crispy like its Belgian counterparts, but as you take a bite into the soft exterior, smooth yet subtle bourbon vanilla caramel oozes onto your tastebuds and melts quickly.
Now let us share our favourite way of serving and savouring these delicious stroopwaffles - the Dutch way. Make a cup of coffee and, while it's hot, place the stroopwaffles on top of the coffee cup (just make sure your cup isn't too big for the waffle). This doesn't just keep your coffee warm, it allows the steam to melt the caramel filling within your waffle and make it extra yummy for your taste. If you're not so much of a coffee-lover, a cup of tea (we particularly enjoy English Breakfast tea) or hot cocoa hits the spot as well. The only thing is, this might leave your waffle slightly softer and more chewy than it is, but to each his own.
If you're the type who can't resist collecting pretty tins like us, you'll love their exquisite metal containers of art, with traditional blue prints on a clean white background, influenced strongly by the Dutch Delft tin-glazed pottery, featuring flora and fauna, the iconic windmill and the kissing little couple. These tins hold regular size stroopwafels, but you can also find tiny bite-sized stroopwafels in a pretty peek-through packaging. Be forewarned though - you'll find it hard to put the bag down after your first stroopwafel!
- Made in Holland
- Contains wheat/gluten, milk/lactose, soya and egg
- Keep cool and dry
Daelmans Stroopwafels can be found in all stores of our go-to candy shop, Candy Empire.