Wondering what to buy from Belgium for the folks back home? Chocolate and specaloos are great places to start. But don’t buy them from the expensive tourist shops in town. Stock up at the supermarket!
When we arrived in Brugge, I couldn’t wait to skip on down to the store and pick up some specaloos. What is this crazy stuff? It can be described as a cookie-flavored spread, similar in consistency to Nutella. If you’ve ever tried Biscoff cookies, you’ll be familiar with the taste. It’s uh-MAZING!
So, what do you do with specaloos? The smooth kind is great for smearing on waffles, toast, and bagels. I’ve even used it as a dip for apple slices and plopped a spoonful in my coffee. The crunchy kind is also spectacular on morning carbs, but I also like it melted and smeared on top of a bowl of oatmeal. You can even find numerous recipes for baked goods using specaloos.
But really, just keep it simple and enjoy with a spoon straight from the jar.
Want to try that specaloos now? Pick up a package of Belgian waffles to go with your jar of cookie spread. My boys were thrilled to have this fun vacation treat in the morning, but you could also take a few boxes home. Note: the sturdier the waffle, the better chance of making it back in your suitcase.
Worried about all these baked goods staying fresh while you travel? Perhaps a pancake or waffle mix is right for you. Use Google translate to help with the instructions.
This last one is only for enjoying in-country (or squirreling away in the car cooler). Belgium also boasts some tasty cheeses. Try the Brugge brand, sold in slices, chunks, or hunks.
You may be wondering, “Where’s the beer?” I’ll admit, I’m totally clueless about the stuff. I couldn’t write a decent (or reliable) guide to save my life. I did, however, buy a few bottles for friends in Germany. I made a small list based on recommendations here and here.
What are your favorite supermarket souvenirs from Belgium? Anything I missed?
Headed to Brugge? Check out my post about visiting Brugge with kids!