Euro Food Part III: Stroopwafels

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

There are some foods that are particularly European. Maybe people think of fine wine, truffles, baguettes and ravioli. But for cyclists there are some particular foods that stand out. As part of a series about food in Europe for riding, here’s the third: stroopwafels.

Product description
Stroopwafel means sirop waffel in Dutch. It’s two soft biscuity wafel layers that sandwich a thin layer of caramel tasting sirop, sometimes with a bit of a cinnamon taste. You can get the pronunciation here.

Euro Cyclist Use
Pre or post-ride food. Carbs galore, the trick is to make a bit cup of tea and seat the waffel on the cup as a lid. The steam warms the biscuit making it even better whilst the drink also stays warm. Too many and the calories appear, not to mention a sugar rush.

These are very Dutch. I can find similar looking versions in a French supermarket but no way are they the same, they’re smaller and lack the rich taste of a real Dutch version. They are originally from the town of Gouda, close to the port city of Rotterdam. Gouda is more famous for its cheese but that’s probably less use to a hungry cyclist.

This is part of a series on European foods with links to cycling or simply for fuel:
Part I: Nutella
Part II: Pâte de fruits
Part III: Stroopwafels
Part IV: Coffee
Part V: Frites
Part VI: Pasta
Part VII: French Bakeries
Part VIII: Water
Part IX: Sirop
Part X: Pharmaceuticals
Part XI: Summary
Part XII: Esta Thé
Part XIII: Grated carrots
Part XIV: Speculoos
Part XV: Belgian beer
Part XVI: Oman Coffee
Part XVI: Italian Ice-cream

Paul November 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

"As part of a series about food in Europe for riding, here's the second: stroopwafels."…

It's the 3rd, innit?

TheInnerRing November 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thanks. The perils of copy n'paste.

Nico November 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I like these.

I like the blog too, the good mix of serious stories and fun stories.

Big Mikey November 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Discovered these on a trip through Amsterdam several years ago. Now when I go, I buy a case. Unbelievable little delicacies, and a great treat before setting out for a ride.

OperaRunner November 3, 2010 at 4:22 am

LOVE STROOPWAFELS – thank goodness there are plenty of dutch ppl in Canada – easily available in most grocery stores

TheInnerRing November 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

Glad to see there's so much interest in these great Dutch exports.

Simon E November 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

You can get something very similar in Wales:

Anonymous November 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm
Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Those honey stringer waffles suck compared to Dahlmans. They are dry and crumble apart not to mention a quarter of the calories and carbs but double the price.

sling January 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Also available at EAT sandwich shops as I found out last week. Very nice they were too. My muted exclamation: “look, stroopwafel!” was met with a stony glare from the lady behind the counter.

Calum Mackay May 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

yup, we have them in supermarkets here in England. very nice.

TourComments July 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Decent ones are available in France at many Casino grocery stores. (Sold under Casino brand, I think, but when you check the fine print they are made in Holland.)

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