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"____! I'm back!"

"Hey Tim," you called down the hall.

Your long-time Dutch boyfriend, Tim Morgens, responded with a grunt, and strode into your shared bedroom where you were lying on the bed, tapping on your laptop.

You jumped up and hugged him, then sat back down. "Don't grunt, it's gross and weird."

He gave you a one-armed hug back and ignored your command, instead saying, "I bought you something at the shops,"

You lit up. You adored presents. "Really? What?"

"Stroopwafelen." He said with a superior air.

"So, what are Stroopwafels?"

Tim plopped down on the bed. "Maybe I grunt becasue you don't let me get a word in edgeways? Anyway, it's Stroopwafelen. One Stroopwafel, many Strooopwafelen."

You straightened out the sheets that had been crumpled by his fall. "Yes, but what are they? How do you eat them?"

Tim gave you a mock-patronizing look. "My dear ____, one does not simply eat a Stroopwafel. One must savour it."

Punching him on the shoulder, you responded, "That's not telling me what they are, or how to eat them. You're just saying "one" instead of "you", which makes you sound pretentious and stuck up." You tried to punch him again, but he caught your hand.

"I am hurt, ____. That is a very nasty thing to say. I don't think that I'll give you any of my delicious, heavenly Stroopwafelen now," he told you, raising an eyebrow.

"Omygosh-sorry-please-can-I-have-the-Stroopwafel-now-wait-what-is-it." You ran your words together as you apologised, asked a question and made a grab for the bag hanging off Tim's arm, all in one breath.

"Ah-ah-ah!" He swang the bag out of the way. "Now, a Stroopwafel is a delicious Dutch treat, made from two thin waffles and a layer of caramel. If you-"

A motion outside the window caught your eye, and you interrupted your boyfriend's spiel to impart some crucial information. "Hey, Tim? The neighbours' cat is attacking your tulips again."

"Oh, sweet mother of-" he broke off and shot out of the room. A second later, you saw him out of the window, shooing the large cat away from his prized tulips. You heard several muffled and unrepeatable yelled words filtering in from the closed window, and giggled.

"Now," you said to yourself, "how to go about eating Stroopwafels- no, Stroopwafelen!" You corrected yourself. Then you pulled your laptop closer to you and typed into the search bar, "How to eat a Stroopwafel". Clicking on a result, you scanned the text. 

"Correct ways to eat Stroopwafelen:
1) Straight out of the packet (recommended)
2) After having been placed on top of hot beverage until it goes all melty (recommended though I have never seen a Dutch person do it. They are impatient).
3) Dip in said hot beverage because you are impatient (more traditional)
4) Another from the packet! (If you are not conscious about devil spawn carbohydrates and diabetes)
5) In microwave for like two seconds (not recommended because more mess, less coffee and not traditional but is fast)
6) Creatively incorporated into sweet dishes like ice cream (again, not Dutch and potential sugar overload)"

"Devil spawn carbohydrates, huh? But I can relate to being impatient." You picked up the shopping bag that Tim had left on the bed and trotted into the kitchen. It was time for your coffee - and Stroopwafel!

You hummed a few bars of a catchy song as you flicked on the fettle and took the ground coffee out of the fridge and spooned out a few scoops into the plunger, glancing out of the window every now and then at Tim, who had chased away the cat and was now re-planting some tulip bulbs that had been scratched up. 

The kettle began to boil, and you picked it up off its cradle and poured it carefully into the plunger. The delicious, rich aroma of coffee filled the air as you grabbed two mugs, pushed down the plunger and expertly tipped the dark liquid into each mug. 

After emptying the damp grinds into the bin, you placed the now-empty plunger into the sink and pulled a milk carton out of the fridge, before tipping the perfect amount into your mug. Tim's was left strong and black, just how he liked it.

You pulled a small plastic packet out of the shopping bag. Inside the packet was a stack of four brown Stroopwafelen. Growing excited by the prospect of a new treat, you ripped often the packet and took a deep breath. The contents smelled like golden syrup and caramel - warm, sweet, spicy smells that made your mouth water. 

You one out and opened your mouth, only to drop it on the counter as you were grabbed from behind by a certain Dutchman. Tim picked you up and flung you over his shoulder, despite your squirming, and then picked up his coffee cup and took a sip. 

"Mmm, very nice. But I hope that you weren't about to eat that Stroopwafel without me, ____." He told you, acting as if it was totally normal to have his girlfriend lying over his shoulder. 

"I know it is, I made it. And of course I wasn't, Tim. How could you think of such a thing?" You played along.

"Mmhmm." He took another sip, then set you down on the countertop. You noticed him dunking something in his coffee, and your eyes narrowed.

"Timothy Morgens, that had better not be my Stroopwafel." You threatened.

He glanced up. "Well you see, ____, I was the one who bought them, so technically they're mine." He removed the sweet from his mug and took a bite.

You were aghast. "Oi!" You said intelligently. "You said that they were for me!"

Tim raised an eyebrow. "Did I?"

"Yes!" you reached out over the bench and grabbed your coffee and another Stroopwafel from the packet, then dunked the treat in your drink, before taking a rather violent bite.

You froze, irritation forgotten. "Oh my god! Yum! This is the best treat-dessert-y-thing ever!" you exclaimed, taking another bite.

"You said that when I made poffertjes." Tim remarked, looking a little miffed.

"Oh, yeah. Those were some good poffertjes. Ok, correction: Stroopowafelen are the best store-bought-treat-dessert-y-thing ever!" you mumbled around a mouthful.

Tim chuckled and set his coffee down, then wrapped his arms around you in a big hug. "Good. You're adorable, y'know that?"

You put your coffee and treat on the bench, then hugged him back and smiled into his shoulder. "So are you."

"No I'm not, I'm a guy. Guys can't be adorable."

"Well, you are. You're almost as sweet as my Stroopwafel." You picked it up and took a bite while still hugging him.

"What?"

"Almost."
Lololol it started off happy and then ended really derpy.

THERE ARE SO NOT ENOUGH NETHERLANDSXREADERS SO YEAH I WROTE ONE. COWER IN FEAR. //slapped//

Shout-out to my friend Sarah-who-is-not-on-DA for living in the Netherlands for three years and telling me awesome facts about Europe and stuff! (And for the italicised "How to eat Stroopwafelen" text, which she typed up for me.)

And Stroopwafelen are delicious, go and eat one immediately. Now.

Hetalia and Mr. Netherlands are owned by Hidekaz Himaruya
You are owned by this guy. :iconsexyholland3plz:
Because who wouldn't want to be.
Seriously.

I am owned by my Stroopwafel. 8D
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:iconsilverfox1025:
SilverFox1025 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm seriously craving a stroopwafel now >_<
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One does not simply eat a Stroopwafel. One must savour it.

Hobbit reference? Anyone?
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kanaki-ken Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Mmmmm I really want some stroopwafel right now XD
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OtakuRabbits Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I'm eating stroopwafel right now! And I pronounce it stroopvafel because I'm German...
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Nada10100 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
0w0 Hej! How r u!
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OtakuRabbits Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Good
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Nada10100 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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OtakuRabbits Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Wouldn't it be cool if we could meet each other in real life.
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Nada10100 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG TEEESSSSSSS
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OtakuRabbits Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Yeah
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Nada10100 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes. Ja! JA! This is the best fanfic I have read. 

Heck, all fanfics that involve Stroopwafel and that are excellently written are awesome.

You've won :iconfreeinternetplz: 
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ipodxoortjes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Um actually stroopwafels is the right word... Stroopwafelen sound really weird for my dutch ears XD

Anyway I really like the story :D
And about number two of how to eat it: why would you wait for that? It's to good to wait to get eaten, but it is nice to have a warm one.
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Konigreich--Preussen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OH. MY. PRUSSIA. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A STROOPWAFEL STORY SINCE FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stroopwafels, I mean stroopwafelen, ARE SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I like the story too. THIS FREAKIN' MADE MY DAY!!!
I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A STORY WITH STROOPWAFELEN IN IT!!!!!!!!
I'm hungry now. Does this comment seem kinda long and unnecessary to you? 
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layla-mindora Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome story!!

You know, here in the netherlands we have a mcflurry stoopwalfel^-^
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:iconflying-dutchmann:
Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Stroopwafel McFlurry? 

My cousins in Holland are drinking/eating some right now oAo
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layla-mindora Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooh 
now i want one too TT^TT
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:iconflying-dutchmann:
Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Turns out, I just got three boxes of Stroopwafel from a Dutch store yesterday!
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layla-mindora Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
good for you ^_^
hope you like them.

enjoy your meal,
or in dutch: eet smakelijk
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:iconflying-dutchmann:
Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dank je!
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layla-mindora Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^
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TheOneOfYOursTruly Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Writer
GOSH THIS OS FLUFFY XD
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MusicalHarmony12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I NEED A STROOPTHINGYMAJIGTHING-
LIKE NOW-
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kjxyz1234-gmail Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
COOL I LOVE STROOPWAFEL
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ThatGekGirl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Writer
I remember Stroopwafelen from when I was a little girl. Well- I'm making my friend who still lives in Nederland send me some v.v I love the story~
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Elisavetaawesome12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Almost, you will never be as sweet though
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Ask-MarinusAzurite Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Stroopwafel.... :iconooohplz:

Tastes sooooo good.... *¬*
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SuperSailorMoonNina Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I
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Jean-Jeano Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aiiih this made me want stroopwafel :iconcryforeverplz:
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He, they're pretty yum!
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moonlight-Aria Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh My God I thought I was the only one that actually thought that about Stroopwafels. I have a friend in the Netherlands and she gave me some of them for Christmas: Best Christmas present EVER!!!!!
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, they're pretty cool!
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LaserPancake Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
actually its not Stroopwafelen but ist stroopwafels ;)
sorry, but ist a awsome story :D
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok then, well, thanks!
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LaserPancake Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
it's true O.O 2) After having been placed on top of hot beverage until it goes all melty (recommended though I have never seen a Dutch person do it. They are impatient).
how did you know O.O
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ipodxoortjes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I just said the stoopwafels thing and that dutch are impatien too. Is it really that obvious do you think?
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LaserPancake Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
i guess xD  we're just hungry, But good god I LOVE STROOPWAFELS <3

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UnluckyAmulet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG, I love the part where he picks her up, it's so weirdly adorable. X3
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, thanks so much!
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Mori-na-Takara-kun Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Hahaha I just eat them straightaway from the package without coffee or other stuff:iconbiggrin-plz:
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, they're pretty yum anyway!
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Mori-na-Takara-kun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Hehe yes~ ^^
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Dutchnyn Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very good, I've got to say that:-)
But it is actually Stroopwafels. Well, you can do it both. Doesn't care, 'coz this is awesome!!
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
Ah, ok! I was getting my info on Dutch stuff from my friend, who lived in the Netherlands for three years ;w;
owo /squishes cheeks/ thank!
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Dutchnyn Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome:-)
Your friend lived in the Netherlands for three years? Cool!
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! She's awesome!
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Dutchnyn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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spicerabbit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
This is a lovely piece: very witty and delectable. I could read this over and over again - great job!
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thankyou very much! That means a lot ;w;
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JuniperLeaf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One does not simply eat a Stroopwafel.

That was hilarious~

This was a cute story.
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