You can’t visit/live in The Netherlands for long without stumbling across the famous stroopwafel. It sounds fairly medieval, but in reality it is a modern day tasty treat. Stroopwafels are made from two very thin layers of baked batter with a caramel-like filling in the middle. Stroll through any busy Dutch market, and you will smell the delicious confections long before you actually see them being made.

Ever notice how a Dutch person places their stroopwafel so that it sits perfectly balanced on their coffee mug? This is the traditional way to eat one, so that the rising steam from the hot beverage warms the waffle and slightly softens the inside, making it all yummy melty on one side and crispy on the other.

Stoopwafels are said to have originated in the late 18th century in the town of Gouda, made famous for its cheese. Be careful though, as they highly addictive. Take that first bite, at your own risk.

Beware of the pre-packaged types of Stroopwafels found at grocery or tourist stores. They may have sat on the shelves for months. If you enjoy the taste of sweetened cardboard, and are not worried about losing any teeth, then plunge right in! Otherwise, head to your nearest local market to find the real deal!