The waffle-like Dutch cookie pictured here is sold at my neighborhood market. These 99 cent snacks are strategically placed by checkout and always prompts my inner Dutch to question “vvat is dat?”
They are called stroopwafels (pronounced strope-waffles or this way if you are a stickler) and are thin wafer cookies with caramel centers customarily eaten with hot tea or coffee.
On its own the cookie is sweet, dense and chewy. Eat it like it is recommended — placed on top of a hot beverage for a few minutes — then the caramel filling turns gooey due to beverage steam. I don’t generally go ga-ga over sweets and these cookies certainly aren’t changing that. However, I do appreciate the small culture of stroopwafel fanatics who I found on the web-o-sphere. They also get bonus points for not taking themselves too seriously.
There is a stroopwafel Wikimedia page dubbed the Association of Stroopwafel Addicts (ASA) for individuals that have eaten the cookie “at least once and like it very, very, very much.” Currently in the entry, there are 125 listed members of the ASA and 15 “aspirant members” who are classified as such because they have yet to “fulfil the most important requirement: eating [one].”
Lastly, here is a simple instructional video on how to eat a stroopwafel by Youtube user “rikomatic.” Warning: His stroopwafel enthusiasm causes him to drop an f bomb around 2:17 (ear muffs).
Savi Urban Market, 287 Elizabeth Street, Atlanta. 404-523-3131.
- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog