13 Delicious Dutch Foods You Must Try in Holland

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1. Stroopwafels
I think stroopwafels don’t need a huge introduction. Those two thin waffles filled with caramel became popular all over the world thanks to Dutchies.stroop

2. Drop
Personally I’m not a big fan of drops. Those liquorize flavored candies in different shapes are the most popular Dutch snacks. Some soft and sweet, others hard and salty. drop

3. Oliebollen
Literally oil balls, eaten during funfairs or Christmas. It’s basically a fried dough served with powdered sugar. They also often contain currants, raisins or pieces of apple. Oliebollen

speculoos_pasta_xl4. Speculaas
A type of biscuits. They are thick, crunchy, often have a hint of nutmeg. Dutch people go wild for it and eat them in a form of spread on bread.

5. Hagelslag
I guess those who visited Holland know that hagelslag – chocolate sprinkles, are the most important part of Dutch breakfast or lunch as eaten on bread. Sounds weird, but it’s actually tasty.
Dutchies also use hagelslag for baby showers – by eating blue or pink sprinkles.
According to Wikipedia, hagelslag was first invented in 1936 by the Venz company in response to letters from a five-year-old boy, H. Bakker, asking for a chocolate bread topping. It’s possible that the chocolate sprinkles were really just for himself.hagelslag

6. Pepernoten
Literally pepper nuts, are spicy small biscuits associated with Sinterklaas day on the 6th of December. They have the shape of a half sphere, are hard and crispy, and have a typical ‘speculaas’ flavor.peper


7. Dutch cheese
Somehow some wheels are even bigger than my whole body… You’ll struggle not to try cheese in the Netherlands – it’s everywhere! Gouda

8. Loempias & Kaasbroodjes
More cheese products! There is a problem with classification of loempias, since spring rolls are obviously Vietnamese. In Holland, however they are filled with cheese. Kaasbrodjes are simply French pastries filled with cheese.

9. Pancakes
Pancakes, are well known all over the world. Dutch pancakes are a mixture of French crepes and American pancakes – big and thick. Personally I prefer crepes.

10. Bitterballen
Those small, fried, bread-crumbed balls contain a mixtures of veal and beef ragout to go with mustard. Usually served as snacks accompanied with drinks.bitterballen

11. Stampot
This dish is a mixture of mashed potatoes, other veggies – onion, cabbage, lettuce, carrot etc and smoked sausage called rookworst. It’s eaten with a My personal preference is stampot made of potatoes, spinach, onion, mushrooms and bacon. Must be served with gravy and you’re supposed to make a small hole in mash and fill it with the sauce, known in Dutch as a kuiltje jus (little gravy pit).stampot

12. Joppiesauce
Dutchies love fries, and fries need a sauce. That’s where joppie comes along. It’s a mixture of onion and curry with mayo. Very unhealthy, like most of the Dutch specialties.

13. Haring
Last but not least comes a symbolic for Holland raw herring. I was quite skeptic to try this RAW herring covered with onion, however when I finally got convinced to do so I’ve realized it simply tastes like a pickled herring. Yum! To eat it the traditional way: tip your head back, grab the fish by the tail and bite upwards!herring

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  1. Apr 15, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    I’ve tried this Speculoos cream which consistency reminds me of peanut butter, but it tastes like Polish “herbatniki”, so creamy and yummy!

    • Anna
      Apr 17, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Have you tried the crunchy one yet? yum… it’d sound weird but I enjoy the spread the most on Polish chocolate covered herbatniki actually.

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  3. Krzysztof
    Sep 15, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I want to try these balls, they look tasty! Chocolate sprinkles on bread are still a nono for me.

    • Mar 16, 2015 / 11:16 am

      I love these balls! 😀

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  6. Dec 14, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    We tried most all of these on our recent visit to Amsterdam. Can’t say we were knocked out by any, but they are all good. Our favorite was Poffertjes, the fluffy little pancakes with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.

    • Mar 1, 2015 / 8:51 pm

      Oh yeah, poffertjes are good too 🙂

  7. Dec 22, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    Food sounds and looks interesting. I love waffles and cheese. Im sure that these tastes a lot better when eaten in Holland. This is a nice food advise.

    • Dec 23, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Then you should definitely visit Vanessa 🙂

  8. Feb 25, 2015 / 2:55 am

    I think I have tried the first 10 specialties. Don’t remember having stampot or haring. I definitely had fries in Netherlands but were they coming with joppie? Honestly no idea. They may have. 🙂

    • Feb 25, 2015 / 11:11 am

      If the sauce was yellowish then it was joppie 😀 But they also might have given you fries Dutch style – with a ton of mayo!

  9. Feb 25, 2015 / 8:17 am

    I haven’t heard of hagelslag but that’s my top choice from the list 😀 Is it possible to buy it somewhere in Poland?

    • Feb 25, 2015 / 11:10 am

      Most likely it should be sold in Poland as chocolate sprinkles, but it’s gonna melt faster and loose its effect 😛 But maybe in a foreign section of the supermarket?

  10. Feb 25, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Joppiesauce sounds yummie! 🙂 With fries must be delicious 🙂 And so many sweets mmm 🙂

    • Feb 28, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Let me know when you try it! 🙂

  11. Feb 26, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Dutch! I looove the Netherlands! Didn’t try most of those specialities, though. However, what about green peas soup? I haven’t try it but I’ve heard it in many guides about the Netherlands and thought it’s quite popular! Have you heard of it?

    • Feb 26, 2015 / 10:56 am

      Oh yeah, but I actually hate peas so it’s not for me 😛

  12. Feb 28, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    And cinnamon sticks (kaneelstokjes)! I fell in love with them even though I have never been to the Netherlands 🙂

    • Feb 28, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      I actually never tried them!

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