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The Dutch aren’t known at all for their food. But did you know that they have some pretty great snacks? I have been living in the Netherlands for about 2 ½ years now, and have grown fond of some of the typical snacks people eat here. You can find these snacks at most snack bars, markets and/or grocery stores. This is especially the perfect time to try some traditional Dutch snacks since you can sit on a terrace and enjoy some Dutch beer with them. Here are some snacks that you have got to try while you’re in the Netherlands.
1. Frietjes met
It literally translates to “fries with.” Most places serve these delicious fries with a sauce called fritessaus. This sauce is like mayonnaise but it contains way less oil and more water than mayonnaise. It’s cheaper and slightly healthier. You can buy this delicious sauce on Amazon. Fries are also often served with peanut sauce, stemming from all the Indonesian influence. Besides those two sauces, you can also eat these fries with several other kinds of sauces like ketchup and truffle mayo.
Haring is herring. The herring is only brined before it’s served to you. Sometimes it’s cut into pieces, but more popular is to eat the filet whole, tail side eaten last. Sometimes they are served with chopped onions and pickles.
These delicious mini pancakes are fluffy and doused in butter and powdered sugar. A delectable treat on a cold day. I am eating these poffertjes in the featured photo of this blog post.
An oliebol is a deep-fried dough ball. Usually, it’s just dough or dough with raisins. It’s served with powdered sugar on top. Yup, there’s a running theme. The Dutch love their poedersuiker: powdered sugar. This fried treat is popular during the winter holidays.
5. Dubbelzoute Drop
Double salted licorice is super popular in the Netherlands. I personally cannot stand this extremely salty snack but many like it. This interesting treat is sold on Amazon. I much prefer honingdrop: honey licorice. This one is also sold on Amazon. The Dutch love their licorice so it comes in many forms and flavors, there are even licorice-flavored Mentos.
I can’t tell you how many incredible cheeses I have tried in the Netherlands, from super young Gouda cheese to years aged cheese. The next time you go shopping, be spontaneous and pick up a few kinds of cheeses that you’ve never tried. Some bars also serve cheese platters. I am especially fond of the aged cheeses. They have an intense flavor and aroma. I love reading a good book and snacking on cheese. Here are some of my favorite books.
7. Hollandse Aardbeien
I have yet to find better, more delicious strawberries than the ones in the Netherlands. During the strawberry season, you can find these sweet candy-like fruits at places like farm stores and grocery stores. The ones grown in a greenhouse or imported from other countries taste very different. Take advantage of the strawberry season.
These large pancakes are my boyfriend’s favorite. They are so good. You can get these topped with all kinds of things like, of course, powdered sugar, strawberries, cheese, and more. It’s quite filling so don’t come stuffed to the restaurant.
Vlaai is a pastry filled with different sorts of fruit. The best vlaai can be found in the Dutch province of Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands. Luckily my neighbor is from Limburg, and she always brings back this tasty pastry when she comes back from visiting her family.
10. Frikandel Speciaal
This stick of minced meat is served cut in half, filled with mayonnaise, curry sauce, and chopped onions. You can also find frikandel served alone or in a baked pastry called a frikandelbroodje. I personally prefer the pastry to the speciaal version.
Which of these snacks have you tried? Which are your favorite?