Jahrhundert wurden die Hopjes zum ersten Male von unseren Vorfahren
bereitet auf Wunsch des Herrn Baron HOP, der seiner Zeit im Haag wohnte,
dieser Bonbon ist die Spezialität geblieben der Firma VAN
The origins of this candy goes back to Baron
Hendrik Hop, who lived at the end of the 18th century. He was an envoi
with the Austrian court in the Southern Netherlands and he lived in
Brussels and in The Hague alternatively. In 1794, Baron Hop returned to
Holland for good and went to live in Lange Voorhout 92, above the shop of
confectioner Van Haaren. In those days, coffee was believed to be a
medicine against gout, an unpleasant ailment which Baron Hop suffered from.
For that reason he drank a lot of coffee with cream and sugar. One night
he put a lot of extra sugar in his coffee, hoping that this would be
beneficial for his gout. However, he only drank half of the coffee and
left the rest near the warm fireplace. The next morning the leftovers had
become a sticky mess, which tasted great. He asked the confectioner to
make him something similar and Van Haaren came up with the 'Haagse Hopje'.
Until the end of the 19th century P. Nieuwerkerk and Sons, the Van Haaren
heirs, located in Lange Voorhout, made this coffee-flavored boiled candy.
The firm of Rademaker is continuing this tradition.