Anijsmelk is a Dutch drink consisting of hot milk flavored with anise seed and sweetened with sugar. One traditional use takes place during ice skating.[1] Anijsmelk is also said to have a soporific effect. The drink (which, outside the Netherlands, is consumed by expats in, for instance, Michigan and South Africa) can be made from scratch, but it is more common to use tablets called anijsblokjes, made with anise flavoring and sugar; the tablets are dissolved in hot milk.[2][3][4][5][6] Anijsblokjes are made by the company De Ruijter and have been produced since at least the 19th century.[7] However, the machine that was used to make these aniseed and sugar blocks broke down and was irreparable due to age. Since then, the product has been sold in powder sachets.[8]

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  1. ^ Bender, David A. (2009). A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. Oxford UP. p. 272. ISBN 9780191579752. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ Zanger, Mark (2001). The American Ethnic Cookbook for Students. ABC-CLIO. p. 311. ISBN 9781573563451. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Anise Milk - Anijsmelk Recipe". 9 March 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ Vries, Dolf de (2011). Zuid-Afrika. Lannoo Meulenhoff. p. 54. ISBN 9789047520313. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Anijsmelk" (in Dutch). The Dutch Table. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Drinks Around the World: Anijsmelk (Netherlands)". Travel Wonders of the World. 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Anijsmelk-Tabletten" (in Dutch). De Rijnbode. 12 December 1894. p. 2. Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Vragen". De Ruyter. Retrieved 20 April 2020.