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Although the average Dutch person will happily swap their small, cold country for a well-earned holiday in warmer climes, the majority simply cannot survive without their favourite Dutch products… even in those countries that are renowned for their culinary delicacies. So, which typical Dutch products are the Dutch most likely to take abroad?
A few years ago, Koninklijke Peijnenburg, manufacturer of famous Dutch products including Peijnenburg ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake) and Peijnenburg gemberkoek (gingerbread), conducted extensive research on what food products Dutch people take with them when they go on holiday. From their study, we’ve compiled the top 5 most popular Dutch products taken on vacation.
1. Drop (liquorice)
Unfortunately, people in other countries have yet to discover the delectable flavour of real Dutch liquorice. It’s therefore virtually impossible to find genuine Dutch liquorice in foreign supermarkets, which explains why almost half of all Dutch holidaymakers pack at least one or more bags of the stuff in their luggage.
2. Ontbijtproducten (breakfast products)
Whilst you can find a tempting range of local breakfast products abroad, hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) will almost certainly prove elusive. And although peanut butter is available in many foreign countries, for the Dutch it’s never quite the same as the one and only, Calvé pindakaas!
3. Thee en koffie (tea and coffee)
The Dutch tend to have extremely strong opinions when it comes to their tea and coffee. In other countries they complain, the tea and coffee is either too weak or too strong. Which is why they usually bring their favourite brew from home!
4. Hollandse kaas (Dutch cheese)
Despite the fact that Edam cheese is often stocked in foreign shops and supermarkets, it still tastes different to the variety sold in the Netherlands. More sophisticated types of Dutch cheese, such as Old Amsterdam, boerenkaas or Milner just cannot be sourced abroad and are consequently found lurking in many a Dutch suitcase.
5. Erwtensoep (pea soup)
Not everyone fancies a bowl of pea soup on a hot summers day, but if the weather in their chosen destination is colder than expected, the Dutch take great comfort from this traditional Dutch staple!
It’s interesting to note that the above-mentioned products are equally as popular with Dutch emigrants. Fortunately, those who have made a permanent move abroad need no longer fly home to obtain their regular fix of typical Dutch products and can order their preferred Dutch treats at online Dutch supermarket Holland at Home instead.
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?