‘Drop’ might be the most famous candy in the Netherlands. First of all because of the black color that doesn’t make it that attractive to eat, and second of all because of the taste.
‘Drop’ already existed in the 7th century but till the 17th century is wasn’t used as a candy. People mainly used it as a medicine against a cold, infections and stomach ulcer. Even nowadays people use ‘drop’ as a medicine for sore throat.
The question why the Netherlands is such a ‘drop’country is not really clear. There is theory that is has something to do with the lots of time the Dutch spend at sea which causes a preference for salty things. What is clear is that the Dutch love ‘drop’ so they eat it a lot!