Saturday, July 23, 2011

An ode to Holland.

First, I must confess: I have never been to the Netherlands. I love tulips, chocolate, and good cheese and yet I have never been to the country known for these things. Further, our good friend, M, came all the way from Holland for our wedding. Obviously, we need to make the trip.

In the meantime, we are so blessed to have a friend who spoils us with treats from the land of windmills and Vermeer (not to mention Rembrandt, van Gogh, and many, many more). Above, you can see one of the first Dutch foods my friend introduced us to: the stroopwafel. Stroopwafels are the most delicious cinnamon-scented cookies with a thin layer of gooey caramel. They are fantastic with coffee, tea, or milk, and even better if you heat them slightly before consuming them to let the caramel loosen up and the cookie to soften.

However, on her most recent visit M brought us something new. In Holland, licorice candy is very popular but in the US it seems like hatred of licorice is much more common. To appeal to our American palates, M brought us coffee candies called Hopjes. They are amazing. If you see them, buy them. Their flavor is a combination of coffee and caramel; we are hooked. Jared doesn't even like coffee and he loves these!

To celebrate this wonderful place (and daydream of a future trip) I put together an Etsy treasury of all things Dutch. To view it, click on the image below.

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