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January 12, 2010

A Dutch Baby Tradition: Kandeel Drink.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Here is another Dutch baby tradition that not even all Dutch always know about.

Kandeel is a traditional drink that is served when visitors come to visit a new baby. Kandeel has been around since the 17th Century and used to be homemade but today it can be found ready made in most liquor shops.

It’s a creamy, yellow drink that contains 17% alcohol and tastes a little of “advocaat” (eggnog) because of the brandy and eggs.

The name “Kandeel” is originally from the word “ caldellum” which means “ warm drink” and tradition has it that the baby’s Father would stir it with a stick of cinnamon in the presence of the visitors who came to see his new child.

Whilst stirring, the Father has to wear a silk cap adorned with ribbons of his wife and this ritual was to keep away evil spirits from Mother and Baby.

Kandeel should be served in a small glass or beaker with a spoon, (just as you would with advocaat /eggnog) along with any of the following: “lange fingers” (sugared lady finger cookies), kaneelbeschuitje ( a type of cinnamon cookie) or “beschuit met muisjes” (see my blog post of  January 2010 to explain what this is)

It’s also very nice served over vanilla ice-cream or with fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Kandeel is traditionaly served lukewarm, but may also be served cold.

(I’ve translated this text from a Wikipedia article that is only available in Dutch, and also spoken to Staff in the company that makes it.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. I have never heard of this drink; but hoping to find it at our Liquor store; what a lovely tradition.

    Comment by Sage — January 16, 2010 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Sir or Madam,
    My name is Helen Frunza and I am a contributor at http://www.mycitycuisine.org, a wiki project. I am currently working on an article about Kandeel for the project, and am in need of a photo for the article.
    I wanted to inquire in regards to your photo(of Kandeel):
    The photo would be perfect for the article. Would you be willing to give mycitycuisine.orgpermission to use your photo for the project?
    If you agree to let mycitycuisine.org to use the photo, please specify the terms of permission in your reply so I can upload this photo with the correct license terms.
    1.) I certify that I am the owner of this photo. I grant mycitycuisine.org and its owner to use this photo for any purpose with attribution to me as the photo owner.
    2.) I certify that I am the owner of this photo. I release all rights of this photo and place this photo in the public domain.
    I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,
    Helen Frunza
    PS: mycitycuisine.org is a wiki project so you are encouraged to contribute to it by sharing your knowledge of your local cuisine. Thank you.

    Comment by Helen Frunza — March 25, 2011 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

    • Helen, I’d like to email you privately tomorrow please to ask a few questions, Thanks!

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 25, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

      • Hello, this is my email foodscience32 at yahoo dot com … please do write.
        (Email edited by Kiwidutch to prevent spambots picking it up)

        Comment by Helen Frunza — March 26, 2011 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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