Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The last karamelstroopwafel


Such restraint. Really.

Jenn in Holland has made an addict of me. Mind you she never offered me the source of my demise while I visited her in February. No. She gave me a package - a grocery store brand no less - as part of an overflowing hostess goodie box when she visited me last month.

I have made a small bag of caramel waffle cookies - called karamelstroopwafels - from The Netherlands last for over one month. I have never enjoyed caramel as much as I have in these thin, chewy cookies.

According to Holland's Best:


Stroopwafels, as the Dutch call them, are often referred to caramel cookie waffles by the American people. The Stroopwafel is a very popular Dutch cookie, loved by everyone. Basically it consists of two soft round Belgian waffle-like disks with caramel syrup in between them that creates a chewy center. Historical research indicates that Stroopwafels are one of the Netherlands' true specialties.

The origins of this [cookie] have been traced back to the 1800s, geographically situated in the Dutch province of North Holland, close to the city Gouda (think cheese).

These wonderful cookies can be eaten as a snack, with a cup of coffee or tea or for dessert... However, note that Stroopwafels have an extremely long shelf life and they freeze very well.

Good thing they have "an extremely long shelf life" since I've made mine last 36 days. Not that I was counting or anything....

6 comments:

Heather.PNR said...

I love those! I was introduced to them in college by a friend whose parents were born in Holland. We would put them on top of our coffee cups so the steam would warm and soften them. Sooooooo good.

The ones at Trader Joe's are pretty good. Dang it, now I'm craving a cookie!

Lilacspecs said...

A honey company over here (Meli)makes the same thing but with hony in the waffles and oooooh they are so good! Never seen caramel ones, but next time we're next door I'll take a look in an Albert Heyn.

Jenn in Holland said...

Bwahahahaha! It's all part of my evil plan to make you come back across the pond, just to feed your addiction!
I should tell you that they are VERY BEST hot off the grill at the open markets. Mmmmmmm....
I should also tell you that you can find stroopwaffels at STARBUCKS. Of course, you'll have to pay a pretty penny for one, but really is there a price for perfection (in a cookie)?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I get a special kind of licorice each time I'm in (or have a visit from) Germany. And I know that feeling of making it last...

Flower Child said...

Such restraint! Surely there is a supplier here in the US. The internet must be good for something.

Goofball said...

well you'll simply have to come back...and then you must hop by in Belgium too...I am trying to post some pictures this week on my blog to convince you !