The product

Pepernoten is a ‘cookie-like’ kind of confectionery – typically associated with the Dutch Sinterklaas holiday. It is baked from the following ingredients: flour, sugar, anise, cinnamon, and clove. It is a distinct custom to throw Pepernoten in handfuls through the (class)room – children trying to catch them to eat them. It’s originally a symbol representing fertility.

All in all, tasting pepernoten for Dutch Delight turned out to be a positive experience for Nuo. “I would definitely buy it again if I would see it in the store”, he adds. “Actually, since it’s a typical Dutch delight, I might bring some pepernoten for my relatives in China”, he concludes.

Nuo’s score: 3,5

1= I flushed it down the toilet

2= If you bought it anyway, eat it, why not?

3=Quite nice actually

4=Really good food

5=Best food I’ve ever tasted

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In China, people eat a similar kind of dish named Shaobing. It’s a relatively large Chinese pancake with sesame seeds on the surface. “I like the pepernoten”, Nuo remarks. “I think they’re especially good to eat during summer due to the freshness.”


EM periodically tests typical Dutch foods with help of international students under the name of ‘Dutch Delight’. This edition, MSc Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship student Nuo Yang from China tastes and reviews ’pepernoten’.