Dutch Quirk #127: Drink Chocomel like it’s water

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The Dutchies have the perfect solution for whenever they’re feeling overwhelmed. Or excited. Or thirsty. Or just anything really: Chocomel. 

However, these are the days when you look outside the window, watching the rain, and feel like nothing can make your day a bit brighter — except for this chocolatey liquid delight

For Dutchies and anyone faintly acquainted with the Netherlands, Chocomel has become the ultimate solution for making these moments ultra-gezellig in a few minutes!

What is it?

Forget weed, some Dutchies use Chocomel like a booster drug for those dark rainy afternoons.

This hot chocolate drink can take you to the cosiest place in your heart and make you feel like everything will be just fine. 

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While there are TV shows and books that are world-famous and known to bring you that feel-good mood when you need it, the Dutch like to combine these delights with something extra, Chocomel.

Why do they do it?

The Netherlands is famous for its gloomy weather, but the locals developed Chocomel as the perfect solution to survive. 

Once they are done complaining about the weather, they use this drink to warm themselves up and to bring the gezellig-ness to a whole new level. 

Why is it quirky? 

Imagine a high profile successful person who is acting like superwoman/man all day, but when the sun sets, and they finally go home to rest, they drink Chocomel to teleport back to their grandma’s kitchen and feel like a baby again. 

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Other cultures have alcohol or tea to wind down at the end of a long day — but the Dutch? Don’t be surprised if they opt for a sugary chocolate bevvie that’s enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

Should you join in? 

Jaa! For internationals, this is one of the easiest ways to learn how to turn any situation into something gezellig in a matter of seconds. 

You just go to the closest Apie, buy yourself a Chocomel, go home and microwave it in your favourite mug (or just pour yourself a cold one), and voilà!

You’ve got your ticket to the island of zen — and you’re one step closer to integrating. 

What do you think of this Dutch quirk? Have you experienced it? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2022, and was fully updated in December 2023 for your reading pleasure.

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Mihály Droppa
Mihály Droppa
Mihály fell in love with (and in) Amsterdam, so he quit his NGO job in Budapest and moved to Amsterdam to become a journalist. His apartment is full of plants and books, two dogs, and a random mouse in the kitchen. You might find him in Vondelpark, where he spends most of his life throwing tennis balls for his vizslas and listening to podcasts. His nickname is Mex — ask him why!


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