Newspaper AD is stopping its annual taste tests. This year there will be no oliebollen, herring or friet taste tests, the newspaper announced on Friday, just before the start of the herring season.
Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.
Oliebollen lovers managed to turn baker Alfred Kroeze's frown upside down. The baker at Pijp bakery Venekamp was reduced to tears when AD's Oliebollen Test named his oliebollen the worst in Amsterdam. But thanks to a campaign on Facebook, his business is again surging.
Kroeze was devastated by AD's review that his oliebollen taste too much like cinnamon and that he's only selling "baked air", so much so that he burst into tears in an interview with AT5 about the review.
A video of Amsterdam oliebollen chef Alfred Kroeze crying over a poor score on newspaper AD's Oliebollen Test, prompted an online campaign to support him and his bakery Venekamp in De Pijp.
Amsterdam in general did not score well on the Oliebollen Test, with the first Amsterdam bakery only appearing in the 72nd spot. But with a score of 4.5 and a review of "baked air", Venekamp scored worst in Amsterdam.
The annual award for making the best "oliebollen" in the Netherlands again went to baker Voskamp from Spijkenisse. This is the third time Voskamp wins newspaper AD's oliebollen test, previous wins were 2015 and 2010.
Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch snack that is something of a cross between a dumpling and a donut, sometimes called Dutch donuts or just Dutchies in English.
The Brokking bakery on Benschopperstraat in IJsselstein has won the AD Oliebollen Test. It is thus the best location to get oliebollen in the Netherlands.