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Dutch Candy & Snacks Review in Holland

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The unique and diverse world of Dutch candies and snacks, featuring a personal journey through Holland to sample and review an array of these distinctive treats. From the classic black licorice and Sal ammoniac-infused sweets to more unconventional flavors like farmer's cabbage, the article delves into the rich and often surprising tapestry of Dutch confectionery and snack culture.

I found myself on a sunny afternoon in IJmuiden, exploring the aisles of 'HEMA', a renowned Dutch retail giant. My mission? To delve into the world of Dutch candies and snacks, a vibrant and often overlooked aspect of the Netherlands' culinary landscape.

At HEMA, my first find was the Old Dutch Cherry Sticks, a classic treat known for its fruity and nostalgic charm. Next, I stumbled upon the Old Dutch Mixed Candy, a delightful assortment that included the much-loved Kaneelkussentjes, along with an array of mints, black licorice, and butterscotch candies. Each variety offered a unique taste of Dutch confectionery tradition.

Kaneelkussentjes, or Cinnamon Pillows, were a standout. Their robust cinnamon flavor encapsulated the essence of Dutch spice sweets, a testament to the country's historical spice trade connections. This little candy serves not just a burst of flavor but also a piece of cultural history.

My journey then led me to Amsterdam, where I continued my exploration at Albert Heijn, another major player in the Dutch supermarket scene. Here, I discovered Klene Zakkenroller (Pickpocketers), a whimsical name for a seriously delicious licorice treat. Alongside this, I picked Lay's Hollands Stoofpotje Smaak (Dutch Crockpot Flavor) chips, capturing the essence of traditional Dutch stews in every bite. To wash it all down, I chose the CoolBest Coconut & Lime drink, a refreshing blend perfect for any snack session.

Klene's black licorice, a particular favorite of mine, is a masterful blend of intensely salty licorice and salmiak, also known as Sal Ammoniac in English. This rare mineral, composed of ammonium chloride, is not only pivotal in creating the distinct flavor of salty licorice but also holds an interesting place in history.

Intriguingly, sal ammoniac played a crucial role in the development of the dry battery, where it was used alongside a carbon rod and zinc rod to form the electrodes. This historical application adds a fascinating layer to the appreciation of these Dutch licorice treats.

The Dutch snack landscape is a treasure trove of flavors, blending tradition, innovation, and a touch of historical intrigue. From the cinnamon-laden Kaneelkussentjes to the culturally rich Klene black licorice, each snack offers a unique insight into the Netherlands' rich culinary heritage, making it a must-explore for any food enthusiast.

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