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Typical Dutch treats

Each country has its own typical food habits. Discover some typical Dutch treats in this article!

Apple Pie or Appeltaart

Appeltaart, the Dutch apple pie, is a famous pie in the Netherlands. Most likely this is the first pie most children from the Netherlands have ever eaten, probably at their grandparents. Dutch Appeltaart goes with anything, it is a Dutch way of celebrating…whatever.
Everybody in the Netherlands should know how to make an Appeltaart. It is very common that in café’s you will find a home made Appeltaart.  In every café it will taste differently, but when it’s home made it often tastes delicious! Even better when you have a choice to have a bit of whipped cream on the side with the Appeltaart, or to warm the Appeltaart and serve some vanilla or cinnamon ice with it (together with whipped cream, jummie! .
The Appeltaart is different than the American apple pies you might be used to. The Dutch Apple pies are made with fresh apples, raisins, cinnamon and are at least 3 inches high.

Are you a good chef, of course I would recommend to start with preparing a nice Appeltaart yourself! Please visit this website for a classical Dutch apple pie recipe.

Other Dutch Treats

Bokkepoten could be translated as devil pawns, which is a Dutch cookie. They tast so good, that the name does give you the feeling you are eating something sinfull. Especially after the 4th one. It could be family of the macaron, but only if they were far away relatives.  I am happy to describe the cookie (biscuit with almonds, filled with a mokka cream and a chocolat topping), but easier is to taste this specific cookie yourself!
A stroopwafel is another kind of cookie. I am not sure if it tastes better than the Bokkepoot Cookie, but at least as good! It is a waffle made from baked batter and sliced horizontally. The two thin layers of the waffle are filled with special sweet and sticky syrup (the ‘stroop’) in between. You can buy ‘stroopwafels’ in every supermarket. They even gained popularity abroad and can be enjoyed at Starbucks!

Drop – You either love it or hate it

Next to cookies and pie we also have a typical Dutch licorice candy, called ‘drop’. You either love it or you hate it. But every Dutch person has tasted it at least once in their life. To be honest, many Dutch people are more or less addicted to this sweet. With more than 2 kilograms per year per person the Dutch consumption of licorice is the highest in the world. ‘Drop’ comes in different flavors and sizes, but basically there are two major differences: salty licorice and sweet licorice. My advice would be to try all of the above and make sure you don’t go home without ever having tasted it!

Let’s keep on reading and get to know more typical Dutch customs!