Dutch liquorice is infamous. The Dutch love it. Expats fear it. This is probably because the Dutch enjoy a particularly extreme tasting variety of liquorice (known in The Netherlands as drop), some of which are often very salty, or very sour, or both.
That’s not to say all Dutch liquorice is horrible. However, a lot of horrible liquorice is Dutch. No expat in their right mind (who is aware of the dangers) would voluntarily risk eating the stuff. They would have to be completely mad to do so. They certainly would not try over forty types of Dutch liquorice just so they could rate them (from safest to most insanity inducing taste) in some kind of bizarre self imposed scientific experiment…
But that’s what I did in an attempt to answer the question…
What is the worst flavor of Dutch liquorice for an expat to try?42 Types of Dutch Liquorice Rated – Which is the Worst?
Dutch Liquorice – Conclusion and Side Effects:
So what did I learn during my search for the worst flavors of Dutch liquorice for an expat to try? I learned that no one should ever eat this much drop. I had to halt the experiment three times because I started to get very nauseous (especially at the extreme end of the drop scale).
Going into this experiment I knew that salty liquorice would not agree with my British taste buds. We usually eat sweet liquorice. However, it was the salmiak flavors that proved to be the most torture. Psychologically speaking I might never get over some of the salmiak tastes that I experienced during this experiment.
Asides from the occasional nausea, the salt vs. salmiak discovery and the drop related nightmares that I now have (every night) there was another interesting side effect of note. I think my taste buds started to adapt.
To keep things scientifically accurate I had to recheck my findings (a few times) after I had made the initial list. I had to try some of the drop more than once. This was horrible each time I found a new contender for worst tasting drop. It meant I had to double check it against the previous worst drop.
However, it was in the mid range of drop that I noticed I no longer found them as bad as when I had first tried them. They were still bad but they were not as bad. Could it be possible that with continued exposure I could start to tolerate Dutch drop? Maybe even like it? Only farther research would answer this question but is it worth it?
“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Doctor Ian Malcolm
Special thanks to my Dutch colleague Daniël (featured in the cartoon). He is responsible for the spark that spawned this idea (during a conversation about the origins of Engelse drop) and was enthusiastic about it in a way that made it impossible for me to back out (before I later became slightly obsessed with it in a way that I think even he found weird). Daniël acted as my guide through the world of Dutch drop. He showed me what to buy, were to start and made sure I didn’t get any of the names mixed up.
I also have to give special thanks to my drop underworld contact who hooked me up with the stronger stuff (some of it in powder form) that I could not easily buy over the counter. For obvious reasons he wishes to remain anonymous.
I’d also like to thank my wife for thinking of even more drop for me to try and for tracking down Trekdrop when I could not find it. Also, the rest of my Dutch colleagues who helped give advice and suggestions as news of this crazy idea spread around the office.
And thanks to all of you the readers who also gave suggestions and support during all of this on twitter and facebook.
Now I think I’m gonna go and lie down.
- Not all the drop on this list was Dutch in origin but it was all available in The Netherlands and enjoyed by the Dutch (for some bizarre reason).
- The opinions expressed in this experiment are my own. Other people’s taste might differ (especially if they are Dutch).
- No expats were harmed (physically) during the conducting of this experiment.
- Most drop used in this experiment was purchased at a pick’n’mix. Separate bags were used for sweet and salty drop to avoid cross contamination.