scorecardresearch Skip to main content

Riff on Dutch stroopwafel


If you’ve visited the Netherlands, you have probably tried the popular treat stroopwafel, a thin caramel layer sandwiched between two slim waffle cookies. Boston resident Julia Paino, 24, and her father, John, credit a Dutch friend for introducing them to the cookies and inspiring the father-daughter team to create Swoffle, soft, caramel-filled waffle cookies with flavors of molasses and cinnamon ($1.99 each) that are gluten-free. John Paino is seasoned in introducing foreign specialties; three decades ago he cofounded the tofu company Nasoya, which he sold to Vitasoy USA in Ayer, and he now runs Paino Organics in Concord. As for the Swoffle, set it on top of a mug of hot coffee or tea for a minute, as they do in the Netherlands, and let the heat warm the round and soften the caramel. Available at DeLuca’s Market, 11 Charles St., Boston, 617-523-4343, and 239 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-5990; A. Russo & Sons, 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500; Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, 978-369-4494; Donelan’s Supermarkets locations; or go to ANN TRIEGER KURLAND