We’ve jumped from winter to winter to oh my, is that spring we see? There was that one blissful 60s weekend and the tulips have somehow managed to peek out of the ground and stretch their leafy arms. What’s best way to enjoy the promise of such weather? With a break, of course. A very classy wafel break. We Americans have been doing our break all wrong, you see. We’ve been missing the stroopwafel, a cookie made of two thin Dutch waffle-like wafers with gooey caramel in-between. When we first received a sample box from Rip van Wafels, we screamed in delight. The presentation of the monthly coffee/tea & stroopwafels was cuter than a bucket of bunnies cuddling puppies. Numi Breakfast Blend tea, the featured beverage, was packed in a handle mason jar with two legions of individually wrapped wafels on each side. Numi is a perfect partner for Rip Van Wafels with it’s focus on fair trade and organic products. First things first, we didn’t follow the suggested directions of placing the stroopwafel over a steamy beverage to warm the ooey-gooey caramel loveliness inside. After about 4 days of mindless wafel munching (Kate received and commandeered the wafels at her house), Monica closely examined the packaging and realized the delicacies of this Dutch tradition, koffietijd, or a mid morning coffee and wafel break.
Subscribers to Rip van Wafels will get a new coffee or tea in each box as well as sturdy traditional stroopwafels or their fanciful cousin, the cocoa filled wafel. We are curious to know how the cocoa filled wafel would stand up to our Chicago micro-roasting coffee companies. Yumm, delicious collaboration could be on the horizon!
So what say you America, shall we start a mindful revolution of stroopwafeling and mid morning time outs? We say let’s import the Dutch tradition and while we’re at it, let’s bring back the old school kindergarten nap time to the adult work world too!