Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday: Dutch Delicacies

Hello and welcome to Thirsty Thursday! Instead of a review this week I’m going to give you some recipes, which is more than likely going to be the usual Thirsty Thursday format. To go with this week’s review of The Girl with Nine Wigs, I’m going to share some Dutch Delicacies from the Netherlands, the setting of the memoir and homeland of the author, Sophie van der Stap.

Dutch Delicacies

I subscribe to Universal Yums, a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of snacks from a different country each month (and I can’t recommend this service enough). October’s snack box featured Dutch sweets and treats so I am primed and ready to recommend some deliciousness.

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Sweets

Stroopwafel: First is the stroopwafel. Imagine two paper-thin waffles held together by gooey, cinnamon-y caramel. I’m drooling just thinking about them. Stroopwafels are a popular Dutch sweet, and easily fit over the top of a mug of coffee or tea, if you’d like to warm up your treat before indulging. I had the Kanjers brand, which I couldn’t find on Amazon, but this brand has good reviews:
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Windmill Cookies: These gingerbready cookies are easily found in grocery stores. They are crunchy and perfect for dipping into tea or coffee.

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Meller Caramels: These chewy candies are inside-out Rollos. Soft caramel filled with chocolate. These are the next level of the movie candy.
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Van Melle Advocaat Chews: Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur that tastes like eggnog. These are chewy eggnog, which is great news if you’re a fan of both eggnog and chewy candy, like me! I couldn’t get enough of these candies and it took a lot of self-restraint to not eat them all in one chew.
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Napoleon Raspberry Wineballs: Hard raspberry candies with a sour fizzy filling. Simple with a lovely raspberry flavor. The sour filling isn’t overwhelming, and it’s fun to feel the fizzing on your tongue.
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Snacks

Holland Toast: The Dutch usually butter these slices of toasted bread, similar to Melba toast but thicker and more buttery, and sprinkle them with chocolate sprinkles. The flavor of this toast is mild but delicious. Eggy, buttery, and toasty, it’s also great with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese spread.
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Gouda: Speaking of cheese, get a wedge of Gouda for your Dutch-centered book club gathering. Creamy and mild, it’s a versatile and friendly cheese.

Look at how deliciously creamy I am.
Look at how deliciously creamy I am.

Bitterballen: I have never had these fried meatballs but…need I say more? They’re meatballs and they’re fried. I don’t need to give you any more selling points. Here’s a recipe from Olivia’s Kitchen.

Saucijzenbroodjes: I have also never had this take on pigs in a blanket but…again…seasoned meat wrapped in puff pastry? This stuff sells itself. Joy Love Food has an easy recipe that looks delish!

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I am now starving.

Dranks

Advocaat: As I mentioned in the Sweets section, Advocaat is an egg-noggy Dutch liqueur I have never had but damn if they made an amazing chewy candy. If you don’t like eggnog or creamy drinks this probably is not for you. If you’re like me and you look forward to gettin’ your nog on every December, bottoms up!

Various Beers: Amstel and Heineken are your basic go-to Dutch beers, easy to find and easy to drink. La Trappe is apparently brewed by monks and offers blond, dubbel, tripel, and quadrupel varieties.

Chocovine: You may have seen this bastard child of chocolate and wine at the liquor store and thought, “The hell is this?” Well, I can tell you it’s yummy. A sensual blending of Dutch chocolate and red wine that works, even though your mind is telling you “no, God, why.”

Anijsmelk: Another blending of flavors that, to me, is decidedly less sensual than Chocovine. The Dutch LOVE licorice, especially salty licorice, so most of you are probably already discrediting their taste where anise is concerned. Well, they flavor their milk with anise flavored tablets and sugar. If this is palatable to you, I applaud your sturdy taste buds.

Tea, coffee, and hot cocoa are also Dutch beverage staples readily available in the U.S. I hope I was able to give you a decent beginner’s list of Dutch snacks and libations. Do you like salted licorice? Do you have any favorite Dutch recipes or snacks? Respond in the comments! I’m hoping to have a Dutch-themed Christmas dinner next year and would LOVE some more ideas!

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