The famous Antwerp Hands are a traditional gift and an official Antwerp quality product. This airtight container contains approx. 110 butter-almond biscuits shaped like a hand.
The story behind the Antwerp Hands
The name "Antwerpen" is supposed to have come from the words "hand werpen" ("to throw a hand" in Dutch).
According to legend a giant called Druon Antigoon charged every passing ship in the river Schelde a high toll. Those who refused to pay got their hand cut off by the giant. A Roman soldier called Silvius Brabo slayed the giant, cut a hand off the enormous corpse and threw the hand into the river Schelde (throwing a hand - hand werpen - Antwerpen).
Nowadays Antwerp Hands are a sign of friendship, and therefore they make the perfect gift in a (business) relationship.