Hagelslag is a traditional Dutch breakfast, reminiscent of a chocolate sprinkled donut. Simply put, it's buttered bread topped with chocolate sprinkles. It's the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth with less sugar and calories.
This recipe is a bit unique, to say the least, simply consisting of sprinkles and buttered bread. Sprinkles on bread is actually a popular food eaten for breakfast in the Netherlands, and is known to the Dutch as "hagelslag." You could say it's reminiscent of a chocolate donut, but with a lot fewer calories and sugar.
🍫 The History of Hagelslag
The history of these Dutch sprinkles is actually quite interesting. Although it was initially known as white aniseed-flavored sprinkles, the hagelslag that's sold today was created when a five-year-old boy contacted the Venz chocolate factory requesting for them to make a chocolate topping for his bread.
The company created chocolate sprinkles to satisfy the boys' request in 1936, which have since become a staple in Dutch households.
- Hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles)
- Start with a piece of buttered bread.
2. Add hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles.)
3. Enjoy it for breakfast (or any time of day!)
Hagelslag gets its name from its resemblance to hail and doesn't just refer to the chocolate sprinkles variety. There are actually over 20 varieties of hagelslag (including chocolate, fruit, and aniseed) in the Netherlands.
While hagelslag may look similar to the waxy American sprinkles, hagelslag is far superior because they actually have flavor. True Dutch chocolate hagelslag must contain at least 32 percent cocoa, in order to be considered "hagelslag." While technically, any sprinkles could work when you're in a pinch, it does not do this recipe any justice. I highly recommend using the real thing, which is easy to find on Amazon!
If you ever have a craving for a chocolate donut in the morning, hagelslag can satisfy that early morning sweet tooth with less sugar and calories! What's not to like about that? With just a tablespoon of the sprinkles, you can transform your plain old bread into crunchy, chocolatey goodness.
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