Holland is also known for its wide collection of old Dutch candy. Not only does the candy satisfy every sweet tooth, it also demonstrates some of the rich history that Holland holds. Namely, the way in which candy is made and the name always derive from history and can sometimes be traced back for centuries. Due to the fact that there is a plethora of candy to choose from, it can be stated that there will always be a particular type of candy to your liking. Here in our webshop you will find some of the most famous old Dutch candy that will shock your tastebuds and leave you satisfied. Traditional Dutch candy are often a way for people to relive certain memories. Some people even go so far to call traditional Dutch candy a timemachine in a wrapper. Candy can remind people of certain moments in the past related to certain people. It can trigger a nostalgic feeling as well as simply being delicious.
History and position of some old Dutch candy
In Holland candy is eaten on numerous occasions such as traditional feasts or whilst visiting someone. It is a way of connecting, enjoying and involves a cultural aspect as well. As previously mentioned, the names of old Dutch candy often refer to particular places or people in the rich history of the country. For example, “Haagse Hopjes” originates from the 18th century and refers to Baron Hendrik Hop who indirectly created the candy. The candy is known for having a coffee flavour. It is now known and loved throughout the country and intertwined in the Dutch culture. Namely, every Dutch person will know what a “Haags Hopje” is. In addition to this coffee candy, we also hold in our collection a type of candy that is much like butterscotch. To illustrate, this candy is called: “Zeeuwse Boterbabbelaar” literally translated as ‘the buttery chatterbox of Zeeland’. This candy is sweet, buttery and melts in your mouth. The name stems from the fact that whilst visiting someone you were offered a cup of tea or coffee. However, most people could not afford to offer their visitors sugar since this was rather expensive. Thus, with the second cup of coffee or tea a “boterbabbelaar” was provided as a cheaper replacement and would keep the people chattering away or “babbelen”.
Why try old Dutch candy?
Thus, it can be concluded that traditional Dutch candy is not only delicious, but is also a way to relive the past and to be a part of Dutch culture and history. Dutch people love their traditional Dutch candy and it is now your turn to indulge in some of Holland’s finest and most delightful candy. Taste the rich history of Holland with the traditional Dutch candy and let yourself be amazed.