The best part about 2019 so far is that our favorite heart attack-inducing snack will be returning to the skies. United Airlines announced Friday via tweet that it will be reintroducing the popular stroopwafel dessert as an inflight snack, beginning in January. The Dutch cookie, with a layer of caramel syrup between two thin waffle cookies, has always been a flyer favorite.
We’re starting 2019 on a sweet note – the stroopwafel will be back in the snack rotation starting in January! pic.twitter.com/b2gmyGslY7
— United Airlines (@united) 28 décembre 2018
Stroopwafels originated in Amsterdam in the 19th century, when baker Gerard Kamphuisen made them out of leftover breadcrumbs and syrup flattened with a hot iron. Factories began producing them in the 20th century, and they have since risen in popularity thanks to companies like Daelmans, Rip Van Wafels, and Belgian Boys.
United first introduced the snack back in 2015. They are typically enjoyed either straight from the package or after being left on top of a steamy hot beverage cup for a few minutes, so that the waffles soften and have a gooey-er center. Stroopwafels were a sensation on United flights until they were unceremoniously replaced by maple-flavored cookies in 2018. Passengers made their disappointment known, and United is reversing course. A United spokesperson told The Points Guy, however, that the “intention has always been to bring them back.”
Since the announcement, passengers nationwide are rejoicing.
First the return of olives in the Tapas Box and now the Stroopwafel. Way to cheer a guy up in 2019 @united 🤣
— Geoff Graham (@ToddDang3r) 3 janvier 2019
— Ted Koutsoubas (@TedKoutsoubas) 28 décembre 2018
— Mark Walls (@wcmarkwalls) 28 décembre 2018
Not everyone understands stroopwafel mania, however. Some are questioning the fanfare over an airplane snack you could purchase en masse at the nearest convenience store.
People out here buying United plane tickets for a #Stroopwafel 😂 You folks are wild!!! You can get a whole box of those at Target and skip “getting dragged off a plane” or “overnight flight delays” 😂 #lifehack
— Tabitha Sukhai (@TabithaSukhai) 3 janvier 2019
H/T: USA Today