February 7, 2005
a real Dutch treat (no, it was all on me)
If you happen to have read oneof my old (actually, oldest) posts (picture here), you might probably know that I love Dutch stroopwafels. Stroopwafel, sometimes called caramel wafer or syrup cookie, is a sandwich of two extra-thin, hard and crisp wafers filled with caramel-y syrup. It is pretty sweet, but irresistible - that's all I can say. It is highly challenging for me to restrict myself from buying stack of them every time I see them at a store, and to stop eating all up once I have opened a bag/box at home (but I manage to do so as a sensible adult).
Fortunately or unfortunately, I have some resources to obtain decent stroopwafels nearby, such as Shady Maple Farm's Maple Waffles or Lady Walton's, and I am fortunate enough to have a thoughtful friend who have sent me some Daelmans mini "caramel bites", which are delicious but not available in my neighborhood. On my last visit to Japan I got myself a package of Kanjers stroopwafels, which I manage to tightly store in a cupboard for a rainy day.
What I have already eaten is ones I got at Starbucks - not ones in the States but Japanese ones. I knew Starbucks's got quite different product ranges from a country to another, and I am not sure if American ones have those stroopwafels... I doubt it, though.
These are made in the Netherlands, and tasted just as good as most other ready-made stroopwafels, and although it suggests that you should put it on a cup of hot coffee (naturally) to warm up the waffle (that's the way to do it - wafers got a bit tender and full-flavored, while the caramel filling becomes soft and syrup-y, aaaaah), I had it on a cup of strong Assam tea with milk. It was a nice little afternoon treat, while I was lazily calling the day to my mind... the day in Prague when we got a large, hot, right-out-of-the-iron Stroopwafel from a street stall, shared it as we walked away, and aahed and oohed about how delicious it was, and went straight back to the line for more waffles...
(And he's got pretty large hands...)
posted by chika at: 2/07/2005 01:31:00 AM