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What's A Syrup Wafer? Try One At A Taste Of Holland In South Norwalk

A Taste of Holland in Norwalk, a 25-year-old store owned by Justin Schenkels, carries everything Holland — from fish to cheese to chocolate, as well as souvenirs and wooden shoes.
A Taste of Holland in Norwalk, a 25-year-old store owned by Justin Schenkels, carries everything Holland — from fish to cheese to chocolate, as well as souvenirs and wooden shoes. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Speciality foods sold at A Taste of Holland
Speciality foods sold at A Taste of Holland Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Some of the items at A Taste of Holland in SoNo
Some of the items at A Taste of Holland in SoNo Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Some of the merchandise at A Taste of Holland
Some of the merchandise at A Taste of Holland Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

NORWALK, Conn. — It may take eight hours to travel to the Netherlands by plane, but you can get a taste of Holland much closer to home in South Norwalk.

A Taste of Holland, a 25-year-old store owned by Justin Schenkels, carries everything Holland — from fish to cheese to chocolate, as well as souvenirs and, of course, wooden shoes.

He opened the business because his friends "were always carrying food back from Holland so there seemed to be a need here," said Schenkels, a Fairfield resident.

Schenkels, who was born in Rotterdam, Holland, came to the United states in 1979.

He still has friends and family members who live in his homeland. "It's a beautiful country," he said. "It gave us Rembrandt, Van Gogh, tulips, windmills — and Manhattan."

The store's top seller is mild and sharp dutch cheese, and syrup wafers, which is a cookie with caramel inside.

Schenkels ships items all over the world through his mail order business.

For more information on A Taste of Holland at 83 Washington St., South Norwalk, call 203-838-6161 or click here .

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