First, let’s get this out of the way. There is no right way to answer the question of how to eat a stroopwafel. There are only good and better ways. However, we’d like to explain the best ways you can eat it to discover all of its goodness.
You don’t have to stand on ceremony to eat a Dutch stroopwafel. It is ready for nibbling from the first moment it’s in your hands. Moms like adding stroop to their kids’ lunches or offering it for class snacks. Athletes, like cyclists and runners, are taking it with them for a burst of energy when they need it most. One of our big sellers is the package of 24 pre-wrapped treats. It’s stroop on the go that was freshly baked just for you.
The stroopwafel is an original Dutch treat. In the Netherlands, it’s street food, picked up from vendors on the way to work. It’s cafe food, lingered over with a pot of tea and a newspaper. It’s part of breakfast, a coffee break at work, or just a snack on the go.
How to Describe Stroopwafel Flavors
What are the stroopwafel flavors? It starts with a waffle-like cookie that is hard enough to stay in one piece and soft enough to bite right through. We bake it fresh so we can assure you that it will have all of its flavor baked in with no additives. Then the cookie is sliced into two halves. Once the filling is inside, the two sides are pressed together again. The outside is a waffle cookie that’s not too sweet. The inside is sweeter, like syrup with a caramel flavor.
When an American bites into the Dutch stroopwafel, appropriately heated atop a mug, they are likely to say it reminds them of the last good waffle they had. After all, it’s complete with syrup inside. Still, they will add that the stroopwafel flavors are a bit more distinctive than the typical breakfast waffle. That’s because the surface of the cookie adds some crunch.
3Bros Stroopwafels are made fresh in America, using a genuine Dutch recipe by our blended Dutch-American family. The luscious, sticky goodness of these treats has melted hearts for over a century. It’s a love affair across the ages that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Eating a Dutch Stroopwafel the Traditional Way
From a traditional standpoint, a stroopwafel is best if eaten with a hot beverage. That’s because you can gently heat the stroopwafel using the beverage. How to eat a stroopwafel is as easy as 1-2-3.
- Place the stroopwafel on the rim of your mug.
- Wait a few minutes.
- Now bite into it and discover the gooey center.
The great thing about this method is that you get more of the contrast between the waffles and the syrupy middle. That’s what really makes this cookie stand out from all of the rest.
It was only natural for such a treat to develop in the Netherlands. It’s a place where you are likely to need a hot drink to warm up. If you are picturing the beautiful paintings with ice and snow that represent the era from 1450 to 1850, we wouldn’t blame you, but that isn’t how Holland really is. That was a mini Ice Age, and the country is almost never that cold or covered in snow.
Actually, the Netherlands is a pleasant place most of the year-round. Yet it is also windy, and you never know when the temperature may drop leaving you chilly! Winters hover just above freezing around 2.5 °- 4 °C (36.5 °-39 °F). Spring and Fall highs are around 10 °-19 °C ((50 °-66 °F). Summer highs are from 20 °-22 °C (68 °-71 °F) with occasional spikes.
Now you understand why we Dutch love our hot drinks. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider, to name a few. And all of them bring out the best in stroopwafel flavors.
Let’s go through those steps again!
Grab Your 3 Bros Coffee Mug
Now before we go any further, let’s talk about the mug itself. You want the stroopwafel to fit across the top of your mug. We’ve got a mug here that is made for the purpose. There’s even a handy arrow in case you don’t know your up from your down. (That’s a stroopwafel joke, and you’d make them too if you knew the treat as well as we do.)
Rest Stroopwafel on Top of Your Mug
Just as a lid would hold in the heat, your stroopwafel will keep the hot air inside the mug. It will also absorb that steam and thus heat itself up to just the right temperature. If by chance it’s too small for your mug, you can solve this by using a knife laid across the top as a place to hold your stroop.
Watch the Caramel Melt as the Stroop Warms Up
Now there are two ways to get to that gooey center. You can start with a simple bite and move into the circle, knowing you will quickly hit upon the softened caramel. Or, you can break the stroop in half and enjoy seeing the ooey-gooey middle up close before taking a big bite.
Other Great ways to Eat Stroopwafel
There are many combinations that are fun to try with a stroopwafel. You can take a look at what 3Bros Bakery is making and start to get ideas. For instance, 3Bros Dutch American specialty items include Smore’s Stroopwafel. That’s because it’s fun to put together the taste of milk chocolate and marshmallows with stroop. Then there’s another treat we love. It’s our Peppermint Mocha. This is dipped dark chocolate with peppermint candy sprinkles.
3Bros Chocolate Dipped Caramel Stroopwafels show you what it’s like to combine chocolate with the caramel goodness of stroop. We dip our freshly made caramel stroopwafels in delectable Belgian chocolates! Not content with one choice, we use milk, white, dark, and lovely ruby chocolate.
Furthermore, we also sell wholesale snippers to several froyo businesses and ice cream shops. That’s because the treat is delicious as a topping. At home, you can use snippers to make pie crust or add it to dessert.
Stroopwafel Paired with Other Hot Beverages
Let’s talk apple cider. A rich apple cider plus 3Bros stroop blends flavors you’ve enjoyed in other desserts. Really, this is such a natural combination. Think of apple pies and candied caramel apples. You are getting all of those tastes when you put the stroop with your cider. We won’t tell if you add a splash of brandy to it.
Perhaps you love hot chocolate. Pair a good cup of the hot steaming stuff with stroop and watch what happens to your taste buds. This treat can stand up to the most exciting hot chocolate beverages so try it with a variety of cocoas.
You’ve heard of tea and scones? Forget about it! A stroopwafel heated by your tea is such an excellent companion that you may decide to have a second one. Think of how many teas there are in the world and how fun it would be to try different ones to see which match up best with stroopwafel flavors. (You’d never bother doing that with a donut.)
Stroopwafel Ice Cream
We keep talking about the hot stuff, but stroop likes the cold stuff too. Specifically, it is remarkably good when combined with ice cream or one of today’s non-dairy frozen desserts. After all, you are adding the taste of the waffle cookies and the taste of the ooey-gooey middle. You don’t need anything else, but we won’t stop you if you load it up with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Our snippers are another excellent pairing for ice cream. They lend that cookie crunch everyone loves as a contrast to the creaminess of the frozen desert.
Step Up Your Morning Coffee Routine
If you want to make your morning coffee anything but routine, we recommend our 8-pack. That’s one a day for every day of the week, plus an extra. (A cookie a day keeps the doctor away? LOL). Plus these are freshly made and are better for you than many alternatives. Have you seen the calorie counts on donuts and pastries!?
How to Store Stroopwafels
Since we make our stroop fresh in a real bakery, it is most delicious when eaten soon after purchase. However, they have a 26-week shelf life. We recommend keeping them in the fridge if it will take more than a week to eat them up. Use the freezer if you bought in bulk and want to maintain them longer.