Our Story

About the Dutch Waffle Company

In 1988 Dutch Waffle Company CEO Bianca Elisabeth Letens –Van der Gaag attended the North Wood High School in Nappanee Indiana  as a senior and had an amazing year. From that time on, she stayed in close contact with both of her host families, The Curtises and The Hartmans.

Bianca introduced Dutch Syrup Waffles (in the Netherlands called “Stroopwafels”) to both families and got them hooked.

Every visit after that, Bianca always had to bring the famous Dutch Syrup Waffles to both families. Bianca met her husband Patrick in 1993 and took him over for the first time in 1995 to the United States of America to meet both host families. Bianca and Patrick both took 2 suitcases along. One filled with personal belongings and one with Dutch Syrup Waffles to increase the group of Dutch Syrup Waffle fans.

In 1998 Bianca and Patrick got married and both host families took the wonderful effort to come over for the wedding. In that time, Jim Hartman, advised Bianca and Patrick to start selling Dutch Syrup Waffles in de USA. Being a smart businessman, Bianca and Patrick took his advice and bought a waffle baking iron and got skilled at a famous Dutch Syrup Waffle factory.

In 1999 Bianca and Patrick did a 10 weeks market research to see if the USA was ready for the Dutch Syrup Waffles. They got in contact with a Canadian Dutch Syrup Waffle baker to get them started. In that 10 week time period Bianca and Patrick met a lot of companies that wanted to work together with them to get the Dutch Syrup Waffle sold in the USA.

The Dutch Waffle Company was born and registered in Elkhart Indiana in August 1999.

A tough and time consuming period started with lawyers to get all the documents and visas to move over to the USA. After a couple of years the attempt was put on hold, due to the expenses and disappointments of getting things done.

Almost reaching the age of 50, Bianca and Patrick put their still living dream of selling Dutch Syrup Waffles in the USA in a prayer and after that, all the necessary doors opened and got the process running again.

In July 2019 Bianca and Patrick got a “GO” from the US Consulat and they sold their house and were brought to the airport by their close friend Henk Venema.

The Dutch Waffle Company was allowed to spread their wings in the USA and to follow their oldest daughter that is living as an alumni from Bethel University in Mishawaka Indiana.




Our Goal

The Dutch Waffle Company is introducing the “Stroopwafel” Dutch Syrup Waffle to the USA as a multi-purpose snack without artificial flavors or preservatives.

We proudly bake our freshly made syrup waffles by hand and made from the finest flower and butter.

The Dutch Syrup Waffles are sold to Coffee Shops, Bakeries, Gas Stations, Supermarkets, Gift Shops, and more. Wrapped single or in a pack of 8 in different sizes.  

We are also able to attend your venue like a wedding, shop opening, street fair, carnival and more.

Feel free to make an appointment with one of our sales managers to see how we can work together.

Hope to see you soon.


Kind regards,

The Dutch Waffle Company Team,

The team

The team of the Dutch Waffle Company


Bianca Elisabeth Letens-Van der Gaag

Years of experience in management, sales and HRM

574-312-4578 bianca@dutchwafflecompany.us


Patrick H. Letens

Highly motivated and reliable sales rep.
Team player

574-312-4489 patrick@dutchwafflecompany.us


Webshop handling and shipment


Inside sales and client contact


Marketing and wholesale


Daniel Berends

Webdevelopment (front-end, back-end and server management)