More than just a cookie, Stroopwafels are an experience. Ed McManness and his family first tasted these thin cookies with a caramel filling on family vacations in Holland. They learned the proper way to enjoy them, perched on cups of hot coffee or tea, so the caramel melted. When the Asian economic downturn put an end to their Indonesian export business, they returned to the US in search of new business ventures. Along with opening a cafe in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they decided to start making and selling the "stroopies" that had been their go-to gifts for so long.