The Dutch are famous for their dairy products: they drink lots of milk and eat (and make) lots of cheese, with different flavors. The cheese that everybody knows abroad is the mild Gouda or Edam cheese (named after the Dutch towns Gouda and Edam, where they still have traditional cheese markets). This cheese has the advantage that you can buy it relatively cheap at some stores and cut it into cubes which make great and healthy snacks. It will be decorative too, if you give each cube a small Dutch flag!
What you need
- Dutch Gouda or Edam cheese, cut into small cubes of circa 1 inch/3 cm wide cubes
- Wooden toothpicks
- Paper, scissors, red and blue colored pencils or markers and a glue stick
Color paper strips of circa 2×1 inches (5×2.5 cm) like the Dutch flag (red, white and blue, with red on top). Fold and glue them around the toothpicks and stick them in the cheese cubes.
Drop (black licorice), the Dutch “National Candy”
The Dutch drop is available in over fifty different flavors, shapes, and textures, from sweet, soft and chewy to hard and salty. You can buy regular black licorice in your drugstore, but you may be able to find real Dutch licorice in a deli store, or buy it online.
Windmill Cookies or “Speculaas”
One of the better known and more decorative Dutch cookies is “speculaas”, thin spiced cookies with nutmeg and cinnamon, often in the shape of a windmill or little people. You may also find them as “windmill cookies” in your supermarket or deli store.