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The Dutch eat five billion ‘kruidnootjes’ a year

Did you know that the Dutch consume over 5 billion 'kruidnootjes' (ginger nuts) each year?
painting: The Feast of Saint Nicholas by Jan Steen (c. 1668)

Sinterklaas treats in Jan Steen’s 17th century painting

Did you know that the famous Dutch painter Jan Steen already shows 'kruidnoten' (ginger nuts) in one of his paintings from 1668?

Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of Amsterdam

Did you know that Saint Nicholas is also known as the patron saint of Amsterdam?

United Nations investigates Zwarte Piet

Did you know that United Nations is investigation whether Sinterklaas' helper(s) Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is a racist caricature? This year the annual debate about...

Saint Nicholas & Santa Claus

Did you know that the figure of Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children? Back in the 4th century...