Oliebollen, or “oil balls” are a traditional Dutch New Years treat; however, these days they start to appear late November and stick around until New Years.
They’re deep fried donut balls, sold from little booths around the city of Amsterdam. The best oliebollen are the ones that just come out of the oil and are still warm – make sure you get them with powdered sugar. Krenten oliebollen are oliebollen with raisins (krenten=raisin) and are equally delicious. Most stands also sell waffles and a variety of cream filled pastries.