United just ditched stroopwafels, the greatest airline snack ever

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Airline travel these days is trash. Even for those of us too young to remember its glitzy heyday, airlines seem to reach new lows daily: “Basic Economy,” seats that couldn’t fit a 10-year-old, emotional support hamsters. And today we learn that one of the last best details about flying has been ripped from our cold, chapped hands: stroopwafels.


Fast Company reports United Airlines quietly switched from serving stroopwafels on morning domestic flights to offering some obviously inferior maple wafer cookie. What the hell? Stroopwafels, for the uninitiated, are adorable filled wafer discs from the Netherlands. The version served on United flights is Daelmans brand, and is typically caramel-filled. What makes them such a great in-flight snack is that they’re made for coffee: Order a cup, place the unwrapped wafer cookie atop the cardboard cup, and the coffee steam ever so gently melts the caramel interior. Between screaming babies and the dude next to you constantly touching your arm, this is the best thing that’s going to happen to you on a flight by far.

But now it’s being torn away in favor of maple wafer cookies, Fast Company reports, because United noticed a lot of people Googling maple stuff. How many times do I have to Google stroopwafel for it to come back? Because I am prepared to die on that hill. Or in Basic Economy.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



Stroopwafels, for the uninitiated, are adorable filled wafer discs from Denmark.

What? They’re Dutch, not Danish. That said, the best airline snack are the speculoos cookies offered by American Airlines. 

“The stroopwafel was first made in Gouda either during the late 18th century[4] or the early 19th century[2] by a baker using leftovers from the bakery, such as breadcrumbs, which were sweetened with syrup. One story ascribes the invention of the stroopwafel to the baker Gerard Kamphuisen, which would date the first stroopwafels somewhere between 1810, the year when he opened his bakery, and 1840, the year of the oldest known recipe for syrup waffles.[2]In the 19th century, there were around 100 syrup waffle bakers in Gouda, which was the only city in which they were made until 1870. After 1870 they were also made at parties and in markets outside the city of Gouda. In the 20th century, factories started to make stroopwafels. In 1960, there were 17 factories in Gouda alone, of which four are currently still open.[2]