The top 3 most traditional food from the Netherlands

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If you are Dutch then you know that the Dutch people love their traditional food. If you have Dutch friends, or if you ever have visited the Netherlands, you have most likely tried some Dutch food or snacks yourself and now you are addicted to ‘stroopwafels’ or ‘kroketten’. In most countries you can’t order these products at your local grocery store. But do not worry! Dutch Expat Shop is the biggest online supermarket that delivers more then 27.000 Dutch and Belgium products to many countries abroad! In this blog we share the top 3 of the most popular Dutch food or snacks. Already hungry? Good! Keep on reading!


Kroket (or croquette which is the French name) is a breaded, deep-fried creamy snack filled with different kind of stuff. The Netherlands is among that select group of nations with a craving for these pop-in-your-mouth snacks, and Amsterdam is a fabulous place to try one. Of course, not all croquettes, or kroketten in Dutch, are created equal. The Dutch kroket is typically cylindrical in shape and filled with a meat ragout (most commonly using beef, beef broth, flour, butter or margarine, onions, herbs), and it epitomizes textural contrast: very crispy and crunchy on the outside, super soft and smooth inside, with chunks or strands of meat.


Hagelslag is the Dutch people’s answer to sprinkles. But don’t be fooled — these are a different kind of sprinkle then most people are used to. In North America sprinkles are primarily reserved for ice-cream and cakes and normally for the likes of children, but here in the Netherlands, it is apparently perfectly normal behaviour for someone to merrily sprinkle some fruit or chocolate flavoured sprinkles on their bread at mealtime. Now, hagelslag comes in many varieties; you can have chocolate hagelslag, fruit flavoured hagelslag or most perplexing of all – anise seed (licorice seed) hagelslag. The latter is reserved for celebrating the birth of a baby and is fondly referred to as Muisjes (“mice”). Take a Dutch beschuit (a twice baked piece of round toast), slap on some butter and adorn with either pink (for a girl) or blue (for a boy) anise hagelslag and serve to guests visiting the new baby.


Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch delicacy eaten during winter. Oliebollen, literally translated as ‘Oil Balls’ are also known as Dutch Doughnuts. They are some sort of deep fried fluffy bread filled or not with raisins in the shape of balls. This small fried doughnut balls are made from simple ingredients of flour, eggs, apple, milk and yeast. Normally enjoyed warm with some sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

Want to try some Dutch snacks yourself?

Dutch food or snacks are a great way to surprise your friends, business relationships or colleagues. But getting these items can be a bit difficult if you’re not in the Netherlands or anywhere nearby. Lucky for you, you can easily order them online at Dutch Expat Shop. Do not wait any longer and take a quick look on their website!
August 17, 2021 |

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