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Sometimes I share pictures about dutch products in my Sunday post and I decided I could dedicate a whole post to this topic. Ever since I started blogging and interact with a lot of Americans I have noticed more the products you have there and we don’t have here, but also the opposite and it makes me appreciate the products we have here a bit more. I listed ten dutch products that are mostly sold here and as far as I know aren’t as easy to get outside of the Netherlands. Some of these pictures have been featured in my Sunday post before, but I also added some new ones.
Ten Dutch Products
Beschuit is something that gets eaten here a lot as a snack or as breakfast or part of a lunch. It’s hard to explain what exactly it is, it’s a pretty hard baked biscuit like food. The way they are eaten can be compared to crackers, with how you usually put something else on top of it, but the taste is very different. Beschuit is more airy than crackers. The texture is a bit like toasted bread. But Beschuit is always round and gets sold in packages in the supermarket and stays well pretty long. They are baked twice thanks to which they get their hard baked structure. There are similar products in other countries, with different names and shape, but they have in common with beschuit that it gets baked twice. Below is a picture of Beschuit.
Onbijtkoek literally translated means Breakfast Cookie. It’s a pretty soft rectangular shaped food item that can be eaten as a snack or as breakfast, usually without anything on it or with butter and/ or sugar on top. It’s made with lots of spices and has a very characteristic flavour. I like ontbijtkoek, as it’s quite filling and makes for an easy late night snack for when I am a tad hungry. We have special shaped containers for Ontbijtkoek to keep it from drying out once you’ve opened the package.
Poffertjes are small tiny pancakes baked in a special poffertjes pan. They do taste slightly different than pancakes, but are similar enough to use that to describe the taste. They are smaller and fluffier than pancakes. And usually eaten with a bit of molten butter and/or sugar. On many festivals or markets you can see stands which sell poffertjes, but they can also be made at home if you have the right pan or you can by the premade in grocery stores.
Eierkoeken are a soft and fluffy food item. It has one rounded side and one flat side. You can eat Eierkoeken as a snack or as part of a meal. The flat side can be coated with butter or even with butter and hagelslag or anything else you like. Although I like them best plain. Literally translated these would be called egg cookies. Eggs are one of the main ingredients, so that’s probably how they got their name.
I always thought you could buy Kokosbrood everywhere. Literally translated it means cocos bread. It’s a cocos like piece that you can eat plain or on your bread. It tastes sweet and like a cocos. I really like kokosbrood and eat it on my bread during lunch most days.
Hagelslag is pretty typical dutch or at least the way it’s eaten and sold here. Hagelslag would be chocolate sprinkles literally translated, but they aren’t for on cakes, we have special sprinkles for that, although you could use Hagelslag for that purpose. Here Hagelslag is common to eta on your bread and most hotels and restaurants where you can eat lunch serve it. There are lots of different brand and almost every grocery store sells this. There are also similar products which are sprinkles shapes, like Fruithagel or Anijshagels, which respectively taste like fruit or anise.
Kruidnootjes are tiny spiced cookies that are usually eaten around Sinterklaas, a national holiday that takes place on 5 December. Even since September you can find these in stores and I really like them, from all the sinterklaas candies these are probably my favourite. Literally translated they would be called spiced nuts, which doesn’t seem right. They are small and round shaped and they taste like cookies with lots of spices, the main ingredient of this spice mix we call Speculaas Kruiden is cinnamon. While I don’t think you can buy Kruidnootjes anywhere except for in the Netherland,s you can make them yourself. Here’s my recipe for Kruidnootjes
- Amandel Staaf.
Amandel staaf or literally translated almond bar is a pastry made from almond paste covered in puff pastry dough. Just like Kruidnootjes it is commonly eaten around Sinterklaas, but you can also buy them around Christmas and Easter. When you buy these ina store you have to heat them up in the oven for a bit as they taste best when warm. I really like these.
- Stroopwafels and Stroopkoekjes.
Stroopwafels are one of those most typical dutch treats. They are round cookies made with a waffle iron with syrup in between two cookies. Stroopkoekjes are similar as stroopwafels, but are a different type of cookie and as a result the flavour is very different. I like both of them. The picture is of stroopkoekjes. You can buy these in most grocery store,s but soemtiems also can buy freshly made oens of markets or festivals. Stroopwafels are more popular and common as stroopkoekjes.
Vla is a dairy product that’s very common here in the Netherlands. It’s usually eaten as dessert. And they sell it in multiple flavours. It is similar to custard to give you an idea of what it’s like, but not totally the same. I really like vla, it’s a great dessert and I like trying out new flavours. Like this Easter version they sold around Easter this year with mandarin and orange flavour. I don’t think I’ve seen vla ever outside of the Netherlands, things like quark and yoghurt other countries have as well, but not vla like we have here.