Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Zwolse Balletjes

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Zwolle to meet Aledys. Zwolle is located in the province of the Overijssel.
This was my second visit to this charming and pretty city. I was there for the first time in May 2009, remember? :-)
During our walk, Aledys told me about...

Zwolse Balletjes,

From Coisas Minhas

a 19th century Dutch delicacy, typical from Zwolle.

I must say these candies are delicious!! Aledys, please, bring me a tin, in your next visit to Almere! Or two! Maybe it's better!

Aledys led me to the only store where they are sold, the Zwolle Balletjeshuis. However, it was their day off and I couldn't visit this cute traditional store.
But I peeked a bit through the window ;-) Lovely store! Oh, the tins!! Click here to see it! ;-)

We went to the Tourism Office and I bought a Zwolse Balletjes bag. Then I noticed there were rhymes written on the bag. It was a conversation between mother and son.

Bij Den Stekenbakker

Hier zijn balletjes in overvloed
Ma! mij dunkt, die koopman moet
Zich verwarren in de soort
Die bij elke bus behoort!

Says the child that in her opinion, there are so many balletjes in the store that the salesman should be confused with all of the sorts available, without knowing which belongs where.

Neen, mijn kind, zóó is 't niet.
Van de soorten die gij ziet
Weet hij steeds het onderscheid
Naam en Prijs en Qualiteit.

The mother replies that it isn't true because the salesman knows how to recognize them by the name, the price and the quality.

So cute, isn't it? :-))

Next time, I must visit this store and bring some tins! I only have more six balletjes...


Zwolse Balletjeshuis
Grote Kerkplein 13
tel. 038-4218815


Aledys Ver said...

What a nice post! And you did some research, too! :D Next time we meet, I'll bring you one of the pretty tins of candy, don't worry! ;)

ana said...

Têm um aspecto delicioso!
Bjs. :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YUMMM! THOSE LOOK FABULOUS! They remind me of Turkish Delight, without the powdered sugar...I love fruity candies!

Have a wonderful day dearest! Anita

Margarida Elias said...

Que engraçado! E os doces são bons?

Presépio no Canal said...

Aledys, thanks! :-)
I wish I could find more information but I guess only in Zwolle in the Tourism Office or in the store itself.
Besos! And thank you to introduce me to the Zwolse Balletjes! I like it very much. :-))

Presépio no Canal said...

Margarida, estes rebucados sao optimos! :-) Foram os que mais gostei ate hoje. Para mim, o acucar esta qb e como tal nao os acho enjoativos. Nunca me lembro de ter "despachado" rebucados tao depressa! :-))
E podem ser tambem uma lembranca alternativa as tulipas...Parece-me que vou levar umas latinhas para Portugal. :-)

Margarida Elias said...

Fiquei cheia de curiosidade...:))