We always thought snoep meant sweets… but seem to have been labouring under a misapprehension for years! At least according to this list, snoep appears to mean nibbles and snacks.
Elsevier magazine states the Dutch eat an average of 34 kilos of snoep a year – spending a combined €3.6bn on sweeties and snacks.
1 Cakes and biscuits €1bn
2 Savoury snacks €954m
3 Sweets €821m
4 Chocolate €760m
We’ve just tracked this survey down to its source: The Studiecentrum Snacks en Zoetwaren Benelux. It does not use the word snoep at all. Now we are totally confused.
The issue is made even more complicated by that other great Dutch invention, the snoepgroenten, or vegetable.