Stroopwafel is one of the world’s greatest cookie-like waffle which is made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.
In general, Japanese see waffles as thick dough with the crispy surface and soft inside. That’s why stroopwafels seem to be cookies rather than waffles for the Japanese. Stroopwafel is a traditional and popular treat and it’s one of the famous souvenirs in Holland.
The origin of stroopwafel
Stroopwafel is said to have originated in the city of Gouda in Holland, better known for its eponymous cheese.
Most likely Gerard Kamphuisen, who opened his bakery in 1810, was the inventor of the handcrafted syrup waffle later called stroopwafel. At that time, the waffle was called Gouda waffle. He made the waffle combining leftover breadcrumbs and syrups. The waffle was very tasty and cheap, so it spread around Gouda quickly.
Today, only several bakeries, makes stroopwafel based on the original 1880 recipe, still exist in Gouda, while stroopwafel became one of the famous sweets in the world.
How to eat a stroopwafel?
The most typical way of eating a stroopwafel is with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
You place it on top of your mug and let the steam soften it for a couple of minutes. The steam heats the cookie and melts the inside layer so that it’s warm and gooey. This is a good way to eat stroopwafel! Sure, you can just take it out of its package and eat it.
How to make a stroopwafel?
Where can you buy a stroopwafel in Japan?
You can buy a stroopwafel online (like Amazon) and other several places in Japan.
1. Starbucks – caramel waffle
Caramel waffle is sold in Starbucks. It is not a Dutch stroopwafel but it tastes similar, good cinnamon.
Price: 160 yen/pc
2. Gyomu super
Gyomu super is a wholesale shop in Japan. It sells a variety of the food products for corporate users and consumers.
Dutch stroopwafel is also imported from the Netherlands and sold there at a very affordable price. It is one of the popular items in the store, so most of the time it’s sold out.
Price: 245 yen/8pcs