What is a stroopwafel?

The stroopwafel is a thinly sliced waffle filled with “Stroop”, Dutch for syrup. The Stroop is a warm caramel-type flavor that holds the two waffle pieces together. Originated in gouda Netherlands back in 1784, this recipe still holds its name. The legend of the exact time of the invention varies in time. What we do know is for hundreds of years people all over the world enjoy the gooey renowned waffle. History explains a Dutch baker created the stroopwafel out of breadcrumbs and sweet syrup. A small invention quickly turned huge, in the 19th century there were over 100 bakeries selling stroopwafels in gouda.


History




The stroopwafel originated in the city of Gouda in the Netherlands
in the early 19th century. Legend has it that a baker had sweetened leftover cookie crumbs which in turn caught up and ended up being a cookie. A baker by the name of Gerard Kamphuisen, has a known story of being the original. Somewhere in between the years of 1810(Gerard opens his bakery), and the year 1840(oldest known recipe), is when it is believed to have been created.
Stroopwafels were a hit in the Netherlands in the 1800's. There were many choices if you would want one, as many people made them.


The Netherlands

The Canals

The first canals were dug for water management as well as defense. Amsterdam was a popular trade town in the Middle Ages as well as a very active city. Trade exploded in the 17th century, known as , Amsterdam's Golden Age. The climax of the golden age was the construction of the three main canals of the city which in turn, helped the city grow four times its size. During these times, Amsterdam was booming, they had market boats floating around for all the residents, trade from all around the world was able to make it to canalside doorsteps, fleets of thousands of small barges carried goods from big ships through the canals.


Space was an issue.

Once the 20th century came, space was needed for cars, parking, and other traffic. Many canals were filled to make these streets and parking lots, giving the residents a troubling feeling that caused protest in the streets. These protests helped save the 7 Bridges of Reguliershracht. Today, almost half of the original canals have been lost to landfills. 25% still remains to be able to navigate.