In the very heart of the Jordaan-district in Amsterdam, close to the Anne Frank House, you’ll find Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje (Old Dutch Sweet Shop). Shop-owner Mariska’s grandmother used to have a sweet shop in Amsterdam and Mariska tries to run hers just as her grandmother would have.
Opened in 2002, you can still buy sweets piece by piece, but also in a typical brown paper bag of 50 grams. This is where you want to have your introduction (or further education) to Dutch drop (black liquorice). In the Netherlands drop comes in all sorts of flavours (sweet, salty, herbal), shapes, and sizes. To say that the Dutch are fans of drop would be an understatement. They consume an estimated 32 million kilos of the stuff each year.