Both United Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines serve stroopwafels onboard their flights. The all-important question of the day: which airline has better waffles?
A stroopwafel is a “waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle”.
United introduced stroopwafels last year onboard morning flights in economy class. It even offered a video on how to properly enjoy them:
I’ll ask for these even if I am flying in first class…they are great.
And of course, the stroopwafel is a Dutch invention: it originated in Gouda in the Netherlands (also famous for its cheese). Therefore, it is not surprising that these treats are served on KLM.
But which one is better? I recently flew KLM from San Francisco to Amsterdam in World Business Class and took a couple stroopwafels with me to perform this all important taste test.
The Stroopwafel Taste Test
On my kitchen table are two stroopwafels–the left one from KLM, the right one from United. Both are Dutch made:
In opening each cookie, the United stroopwafel (from Daelmans) looked like it had a bite out of it, but the two were nearly identical in shape and size. The KLM cookie was 32g while the United cookie was 29g:
In breaking a piece of each stroopwafel for the test, I noticed the United version was a bit more brittle.
But how about taste? The United stroopwafel was sweeter, with a stronger caramel taste. It proved to to be the better stroopwaffel in my opinion, though some may prefer the less sweet KLM version.
In comparing ingredients, we understand why the United version was sweeter: sugar was the number one ingredient. Wheat flour was #1 ingredient in the KLM version. Neither can be described as a healthy snack.
I liked the United version better, but both were delicious. I love these waffles!