Zeeuwse Roomboter Babbelaars: Famous Dutch Candies
Famous Regional Treats, Made Popular By Housewives In Zeeland
Roombotter Babbelaars are a candy that was normally enjoyed after a second cup of coffee. As one would take long to eat the candy, one would also have more time to talk to each other. Hence the name babbelaars (or talkers). It is thought that the candy was first manufactured around mid-19th century. It was around the same time that peoples started processing and refining sugar beets into crystalized sugar in the province of Zeeland.
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Based On Traditional Recipe
Butter, sugar, glucose syrup, vinegar and water, are all you need to make Zeeuwse Roomboter Babbelaars. Loved by everyone, they used to be made by many housewives in Zeeland. The butterscotch candies are made in a small pan on a hot stove. When the sugar is boiled down in the pan, it is poured onto a granite countertop which is covered with butter. The hot mass then is frequently stirred to quickly cool down, and molded and folded with bare hands. Flavorings such as cocoa, cinnamon and fine peanuts are also added. The cooled down mass then are divided into small pieces and the butterscotch candies are ready to eat! Zeeuwse Roombotter Babbelaars are often packaged in special storage tins, often with images of Zeeland or with people from Zeeland wearing traditional costumes.
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