I have explained to several dumb-founded Dutch people that Americans eat waffles and pancakes for freaking breakfast.
In the Netherlands this is not done. Waffles can be eaten as a sweet snack. Pancakes can be eaten in special pancake restaurants, but only for lunch or dinner.
While the Dutch do not eat pancakes or waffles for breakfast (because it’s freakish and wrong), they do eat slices of bread slathered with butter and absolutely coated with sprinkles (aka jimmies, hundreds and thousands, hagel slag). Really and truly they do.
If you are skeptical, please observe what the boys are eating in this advertisement featuring a ‘typical Dutch family’:
I love waffles, but have yet to be won over by hagel slag on bread (because it’s freakish and wrong).
My children, in full ‘Third Culture Kid,’ multi-cultural-style, have happily embraced them both.
In fact, they have further suggested that we might eat waffles coated with maple syrup and hagel slag.