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  • A Few Dutch Delights

    by Mariajoy Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    A few Dutch delicacies - available from any supermarket!

    Hagelslag - chocolate sprinkles
    Muisjes - sugared aniseed comfits
    Speculaas - spiced biscuits
    Stroopwafels - treacle waffles
    Dropjes - liquorice sweets
    Spekkies - Dutch marshmallows
    Rookworst - smoked sausage

    What to buy: 'kruidnoten' or 'pepernoten' are VERY closely related to 'Sinterklaas', a Dutch tradition. It is in fact the Dutch version of Santa Klaus (though the Dutch is MUCH older and Santa Klaus got his name from their Sinterklaas) and celebrated on the night of December 5th-6th. Here's a very good and accurate website that explains it all:


    'kruidnoten' are of a very similar structure and taste like 'speculaas' (which is also related to Sinterklaas!)

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  • Books shops: Understanding the Dutch

    by Mariajoy Written Oct 27, 2006

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    For the outsider to even come close to gaining the slightest understanding of the Dutch (let alone the language!) a selection of these might be useful. Whilst reading "Understanding the Dutch" or "The Undutchables", try not to laugh too loudly on Dutch public transport. They are extremely spot on with their wry and sardonic view of this nation! :))

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