If you are in the Netherlands, you have to taste these snacks. These are the snacks that almost every Dutch person eat at least one of them every week, well almost. Some of them are sweet, others are more savory. We have made a list of the best snacks that are indispensable for you to try.
This round cookie made of two wafer-thin waffles with a layer of gooey caramel syrup in between is one of the most famous Dutch snacks. In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, for example, there are some stalls which you can find in the city centre. Here they make your fresh stroopwafel. The best ones are still warm. You can also buy them at the supermarket, mostly in a package of 10 pieces. Tip: put them on top of your warm tea or coffee for a few minutes so they are warm and gooey on the inside.
A fried snack that is mostly eaten when you go out for a drink at a cafe. This savory Dutch snack is a deep-fried, breadcrumbed, meat-filled ball. The filling usually consists of beef, flour, beef broth and various seasonings. Traditionally they are served with some mustard on the side.
This sweet snack, best served hot and with powdered sugar and butter on top, are small and round. They are made out of yeast and buckwheat flower. Sometimes served as breakfast, but mostly eaten as snack on a paper cardboard at festivals or outdoor events.
Drop (or licorice) is famous in the Netherlands. Most people like it, since there are many variations of it. For example, you have ‘Salmiak’, ‘Engels drop’, ‘Dubbel zout’ or mentol pastilles. And yet, you still have many others. Some are more sweet, some more salty and they all have a different shape. You can buy them almost everywhere, we bet you have already 8 different variations in your local supermarket. The most famous brand is called ‘Venco’.
This sweet dessert consists of a layer of puff pastry, a thick layer of pastry cream, another layer of puff pastry and on top a pink glaze with whipped cream. It is made of cream, butter and custard. During King’s Day, Dutch bakery and supermarkets tend to make the tompouces with orange icing on top.
Patatje oorlog [‘Paa-tat-jè or-log’]
Patatje oorlog literally means ‘war fries’ or ‘war chips’. Although it has nothing to do with war, this oddly-named Dutch snack consists of a bag of fries topped with a variety of condiments which you can not eat without getting messy. This includes mayonnaise, chopped onions and peanut/satay sauce. You can get them at you local snackbar or a random fries-stall in the city centre. Make sure you have a napkin on the side to clean up the mess afterwards.
We mentioned oliebollen once before in one of our blogs. This snack, typically eaten in December at New Year’s Eve, is personally one of our favorites. These deep fried fluffy balls filled with raisons and powdered sugar on top are amazing when eaten warm.
Ontbijtkoek is a spiced gingerbread type cake. It consists cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, honey, pepper and cloves. We mostly eat this snack for breakfast, but you can also eat is as lunch or midnight snack. Some people like it just the way it is, others like it with a little smear of butter, jam or cheese on top.
Boterham met hagelslag [‘Boo-tèr-hâm mèt hâ-gèl-slag’]
Now we have mentioned some sweet snacks, we might as well describe a ‘boterham met hagelslag’. Not really a snack, but typically a Dutch breakfast. You may know bread as very sweet, but in the Netherlands it doesn’t have a particular flavor. It is nor sweet, nor savory. When sliced thinly, we do smear a little layer of butter on top and have ‘hagelslag’ as a bread topping. Hagelslag is actually (if you have the good one) just chocolate. Yes, you read it well. We eat chocolate sprinkles as breakfast. You can get them at the supermarket. A famous brand is called ‘Venz’.
A snack that may not be loved by everyone is the ‘Hollandsche Nieuwe haring’ (herring). Herring isn’t that weird, but we Dutch people like to eat it raw. Well, some people. With chopped onions and/or pickles on top. To eat it the traditional way: tip the back of your head, grab the fish by it’s tail and bite upwards. Herring is available all year round, but the ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ you have to buy in the herring season between May and July. On markets, you can often buy one or several at the fish stall.
What are your go-to snacks, and which of these have you tried yet? If you have any questions, you can contact us: