We've just about finished putting our Halloween costumes back in the closet, and the next holiday is already around the corner. We're one step closer to Sinterklaas, which means it's kruidnoten season!
Every night until December 5th, children place their shoes near the chimney, sing songs, and leave food for Amerigo, Sinterklaas' horse. If they're lucky, Sinterklaas will pay them a visit and leave gifts in their shoes.
The traditional Sinterklaas celebration night, December 5th, is known as pakjesavond (gift evening). On this evening, children will rush to the sound of a knock at the door, just in time to see a sack of (more!) presents and a trail of kruidnoten left by Sinterklaas and his pieten!
Often confused with their bigger brother, the pepernoot, kruidnoten can be found in shops, supermarkets, and bakeries throughout the Netherlands. They come in many different flavours , just visit a Van Delft store and you’ll be amazed! You can even find them coated in chocolate, caramel and even limoncello — lekker! While these are delicious, the home-baked version is always the best!
They are a great activity to do with kids as they are quite easy and delicious!