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How Sweet It Is

June 13, 2011

Image courtesy of A Dash of Sass

By Pat Tanner

My favorite seasonal farmers’ market, the one in West Windsor, just added a slew of new vendors to its already stellar lineup. Among them is Sweet Belgians Waffles, which features a fairly unique product definitely worth seeking out as this stand pops up in a variety of venues around the state in the coming months.

Think you know Belgian waffles? Think again. The two gals behind the Pennington-based venture—Ruth Smet and Leen Kestens, who hail from Belgium—offer the very special waffles plied by street vendors in the city of Liege. These brioche-based beauties are extra buttery, extra sweet, and extra crisp, featuring as they do pearl sugar that is caramelized by the special 55-pound cast-iron waffle iron in which they’re baked.

You can choose from a variety of toppings, including whipped cream, fresh fruits according to the season (strawberries, blueberries, etc.), Spekuloosspread (caramel ginger spread), Nutella, powdered sugar, or nuts—or a combination of these. Sweet Belgians’ wares are made using local, all-natural, and organic ingredients. And they’re served on biodegradable trays.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for my waistline), these gals won’t be putting in an appearance every week during the West Windsor market season. I’ll be on the outlook for them on June 18; July 16, 23, 30; August 20; September 17; and October 8. But Sweet Belgians will be proffering their wares elsewhere around the state. In June alone, they’ll also be at events in Plainfield, Somerville, and Montgomery.

What’s more, these gals are veterans of private events – they do everything from kids’ birthday parties to corporate celebrations. To find out more, visit:

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