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!
🍞 Hagelslag variations to try
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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Dutch Hagelslag (Sprinkle Bread)
Hagelslag is a traditional Dutch breakfast, reminiscent of a chocolate sprinkled donut. Simply put, Hagelslag is buttered bread topped with chocolate sprinkles. It's the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with less sugar and calories.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Inactive Time: 0 hours
- Cook Time: 0 hours
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Dutch
- 1 piece of bread, toasted
- ½ tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of chocolate hagelslag
- Toast one piece of bread until lightly browned.
- Spread the piece of toasted bread with butter.
- Sprinkle about a tablespoon of chocolate hagelslag.
- Enjoy with a glass of milk!
- Although the recipe mentions chocolate hagelslag, any variety of hagelslag can be used.
- Serving Size: 1 grams
- Calories: 115
- Sugar: 1
- Sodium: 164
- Fat: 7
- Saturated Fat: 4
- Unsaturated Fat: 2
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 12
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 15
Keywords: Bread, breakfast, butter, chocolate, toast
I'm Dutch ans grew up eating this for breakfast. It's also wonderful on a Dutch Rusk. The hagelslag comes in milk and dark chocolate, and also comes in flakes. You can also find them at a lot of World Market locations.
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer says
Omg this looks awesome! It reminds me of fancy fairy bread. Definitely have to order these chocolate bits!
Such a simple and incredibly delicious toast recipe that definitely satisfied my sweet craving in a hurry!
Amy Liu Dong says
Such an easy, quick, and delicious treat to make for my kids today.
Thank you for sharing!
Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli says
Such a simple yet super delicious recipe, this Sprinkle bread! Who would have thought? Thank you!
This is such a fun idea! I've never heard of it but I know I would love this in the mornings as a little treat. I can't wait to try this!
Lauren Michael Harris says
My kids would absolutely love it if I let them put chocolate on their bread for breakfast - such a fun idea. I hadn't heard of hagelslag before but much funner to say than chocolate jimmies!
Not only is this toast so good with the chocolate sprinkles, I really liked learning about the history of how this recipe came to be.
We made this for Sunday breakfast, and it was perfect. Super simple and quick with just the right sweet touch!