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Dec. 3rd, 2017 @ 08:15 pm Sinterklaas chocolate
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It’s the season for Sinterklaas again — and that means chocolate initials. We’ve had some random initials given to us: last weekend we went to shop at a wholesaler, and at the cash register we got a chocolate initial ‘S’ (the generic default, from ‘Sinterklaas’) gifted to us.

It is (or rather: was) a 600 grams monstrosity of kruidnoten (with a slightly almond-like bitter taste, almost like cantuccini) glued together with milk chocolate and little chocolate crispy balls. It took us two weekends to work our way through it!

At work, we get a Sinterklaas treat every year. This year, it was a package of mini chocolate initials. So this weekend, our desserts have been…

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:changeling72
Date:December 4th, 2017 07:14 am (UTC)
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Is Sinterklaas the 6th? What are the chocolate initials all about?

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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Yes, St Nicholas' nameday is the 6th, so the 5th is St Nicholas Eve.

I don't know when the concept of chocolate initials started, but for as long as I can remember, every Sinterklaas we got a chocolate initial among the gifts. It is the privilege of the grandmother in the family to buy them for everyone. So I get an 'H', my sister gets a 'P', etcetera.
The initials all have the same weight, so the thickness varies with the letter itself. The "I" is really thick, but some brands make essentially two I's to compensate for that.
People always complain when Sinterklaas candy shows up in stores at the beginning of September, saying that it's too early. But if you try to get all your chocolate initials in early November, you're always too late to get everything you need. :P
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From:changeling72
Date:December 5th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's it. So, do you guys do anything on 25th December?
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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Some families have switched their gift-giving over to Christmas, but not us. Sinterklaas has specific traditions like silly poems about the gift and the receiver and 'surprises', which are 'tinkered-up' packaging for the presents. (I'm getting my nephew an action-cam to use with his kite surfing, and I'm going to construct a little 'movie theatre' with the cam inside.)
We value those traditions a lot, and Christmas gift-giving just doesn't have those.

So we're not going to do any gift-giving for Christmas -- it'll just be eating too much at Christmas for us. ;)
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:December 4th, 2017 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Sinterklaas sounds like a lovely and delicious tradition! I am totally envious for it!!!
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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
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It's basically our gift-giving occasion, mostly for children, instead of Christmas. We don't have any 'believers' in our family anymore, but we still keep that tradition alive.
Though since my sister lives in Denmark and they visit only at the end of the year, we do celebrate it at Christmas -- but it's still Sinterklaas, not Christmas!
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From:ashmedai
Date:December 4th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
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We don't have that tradition here, but that sounds pretty cool! :)
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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
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It is! And delicious. ;)
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From:tabular_rasa
Date:December 5th, 2017 12:05 am (UTC)
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I am only passingly familiar with the Sinterklaas holiday and this chocolate letter custom is new to me! It does seem like it would be fun to get a bunch and spell things out with them. And I am all about anything that involves getting chocolate (:

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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 06:32 pm (UTC)
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That could turn into a lot of chocolate, depending on what you're spelling out! The small ones are about 100gr, but most are a lot bigger. We get a single one that's enough to last us a weekend from my mother. :)
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From:spiral_meter
Date:December 5th, 2017 05:22 am (UTC)
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yummy!

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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2017 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Indeed!
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