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Stroopwafels at Wal-Mart! (Or, World Table line of products)

NEChef | Apr 11, 201206:43 AM

I may be a bit late to the game, but has anyone tried the imported foods in Wal-Mart's new "World Table" line, which is apparently available at select "Supercenters," (based on traits of the specific markets)?

I just got back from Amsterdam, where I fell in love with stroopwafels. Admittedly, I never even tried the freshly-made ones you can buy on the street (although I was led to believe there are stands all over, I only ever saw a stand on museumplein, and it looked overly touristy.) But, I bought them at the grocery chain Albert Heijn, and again, and again, and again... and brought some home. Those were pretty darn tasty steamed over a cup of coffee to soften just a bit. They also tasted exactly like larger versions of the individually-wrapped mini-stroopwafels which often came with cups of coffee at cafes, so I figure the flavor was probably in line with the flavor of other Dutch-made pre-packaged stroopwafels.

When I got home last week, the search was on for a local source of stroopwafels. None of my local NH grocery stores carried them... until! Wal-Mart in Epping (which being close to the seacoast caters to a somewhat more affluent population than some of the other Wal-Marts) had "Dutch Caramel Waffle Cookies." No mention of the word "stroopwafel," but... they are imported from Holland! They're mini-stroopwafels. The taste and texture is pretty authentic. The flavor of the waffle is just slightly different... a different recipe, but I am already used to it.

World Table carries quite a number of cookies imported from Belgium, too. And, these are all at the usual rock-bottom Wal-Mart price. Quite a surprise.

I suppose I'll continue my quest for full-size cookies which can rest on my coffee cup, but for now I'm pretty satisfied. I thought that unless I went to Cardullo's or something I'd have to settle for some approximation made in the US, but since these are actually imported Dutch products, there's little to complain about.

(This is possibly the wrong regional board, but I spent years in Boston and think of Southern NH as Greater Boston Area. If I were to come on here and ask where to buy stroopwafels, I would come to this board. Also, this post is about a national chain.)

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