2 Jul

The recommendation is to put a stroopwafel on top of a hot beverage. The steam cooks the syrup and keeps your drink warm. Isn't learning delicious?

Every once in awhile I like to ask the  Mister a question such as “what are you excited to see on our trip?”, “would you rather go to Halstatt or Berchtesgaden?” or “are you awake?”.  The one I think I’ve asked the most often is “what are you looking forward to eating while we’re there?”  His answer has always been “these waffle cookies that they sell in packs.  I’m going to buy every single one I see.” 

I was worried.  Would he bother to try gellato or sacher torte with these waffle things on the market?  And what the heck were they anyway.  Turns out they were, as you can guess from my title, stroopwafels (stroop-vah-fells).  It’s a Dutch cookie that is often sold in packets of ten.  Apparently the Mister is not alone in his craving for these delicacies as there is a society set up for addicts called the Association of Stroopwafel Addicts.  While I see the need to have a support group they don’t seem to be encouraging any kind of treatment or outreach.  Actually they look like they are making the problem much worse by hinting that all it takes is one and that they are yummy.

They certainly sound tasty.  The cookie is made of a waffle about the size of a compact disc.  It’s then cut in half while warm and spread with a syrup and then the halves are reunited.  You can buy them in the pack, as I mentioned, but you can also find stands that sell them.  If they are potentially habit-forming when they are few days old then imagine what they are like fresh!

There are an incredible amount of videos on YouTube about these little guys.  My favorite is this one because you get to hear Dutch being spoken and sung while the stroopwafel makes it’s way into the world.  It’s kind of hard to hear Dutch when in the Netherlands because everyone speaks English.  And French and German and sometimes Spanish and Chinese.  Students are no expected to learn English in school along with French / German and one elective language.  How do they have time to invent stroopwafels? 

Back in 1784, a baker in the Dutch town of Gouda made the first stroopwafel by combining waffle crumbs and syrup.  There are now many shops in Gouda selling stroopwafels.  There are also many places to get these cookies via the interwebs.  Let’s hope that the Mister doesn’t read that or I’m sure we’ll never make it to Europe.  Why bother when you can get stroopwafels at home AND watch baseball?


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