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Dutch Hagelslag (Bread with Chocolate Sprinkles)

Today we’re taking a delicious trip to the Netherlands for a quick and easy sweet treat: Dutch Hagelslag. You only need three ingredients and there’s no baking required!

What is Dutch Hagelslag?

Basically it’s Dutch chocolate sprinkles on bread.

A simple but delicious treat!

I first came across hagelslag a couple years ago in the Netherlands. I used to travel to Leiden for work, and one day I noticed little boxes of De Ruijter chocolate sprinkles at the hotel breakfast bar.

As it turns out, the Dutch eat those little chocolate sprinkles on buttered bread and call it hagelslag (which means hail storm).

And it’s not just for kids!

Dutch hagelslag - delicious chocolate sprinkles!

Before returning to the US, I stopped by the Jumbo grocery store near my hotel to check out the De Ruijter selection and picked up a variety pack so I could make my own Dutch bread with sprinkles at home.

Here’s what was in my variety pack: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate curls, and fruit.

I liked the milk chocolate sprinkles the best. The De Ruijter dark chocolate sprinkles and the curls were ok but I didn’t care for the crunchy fruit flavor at all.

The milk chocolate hagelslag are the best

Unlike the chocolate sprinkles or chocolate jimmies I had in my pantry at home, these Dutch sprinkles weren’t just for show – they actually tasted like chocolate!

What You Need to Make Hagelslag

Ingredients:

You only need three ingredients but I recommend using high quality ingredients for the best flavor.

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Hagelslag sprinkles
    If you want to make authentic hagelslag, De Ruijter is the brand I buy and recommend. You can use them in your German Rum Balls and other recipes, too, so they won’t go to waste!

Equipment:

  • Plate
  • Knife

That’s it!

Where Can I Buy De Ruijter Sprinkles for Dutch Hagelslag?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go the Netherlands to get your Dutch chocolate sprinkles! You can order them from Amazon here.

What I like about De Ruijter sprinkles is that they’re real chocolate sprinkles, so they actually taste like chocolate. Other brands of chocolate jimmies I’ve used…well, they don’t taste much like anything.

If you want the best chocolate sprinkles, I recommend getting a box of De Ruijter.

I keep a box in my pantry for hagelslag and other things like my German Rum Balls.

😍 How to Make Dutch Hagelslag

Hagelslag is often eaten for breakfast in the Netherlands but why not enjoy it as an afternoon or after-dinner sweet treat? Your kids would love it!

You just need 3 ingredients: bread, softened butter, and sprinkles.

First, get a slice of bread. Per tradition I believe it should be plain white bread.

Personally, though, I like sourdough bread, and if I have white bread in the house, that’s usually what I have. So that’s what I use to make hagelslag. But you can use whatever kind of bread you’d like.

Next, slather butter on your bread. A thick layer of butter. A thick layer of delicious European butter, if you have it! (Click here to get my easy European butter recipe – yum!) It helps if your butter is softened to room temperature before spreading it on the bread.

Now, cover your bread in hagelslag. I like the milk chocolate sprinkles best but you can use dark of you prefer.

That’s it! Enjoy!

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Dutch Hagelslag Recipe

Yield: 2 slices

Dutch Hagelslag

Dutch Hagelslag

You'll feel like you've been transported to the Netherlands with this quick and easy no-bake treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread
  • Softened butter 
  • De Ruijter chocolate sprinkles (milk or dark chocolate) 

Instructions

  1. Spread butter on bread.
  2. Top with dark or milk chocolate sprinkles.

Notes

I love using authentic Dutch De Ruijter chocolate sprinkles because they actually taste like chocolate. I also use them in my German Rum Balls and as a topping on ice cream.

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Selina

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Hagelslag is not the name of the “dish”, it’s just our word for chocolate sprinkles, that’s it. You can put it on cakes, bread, pancakes, desserts, etc. and it’s always called hagelslag.

What you made is “broodje hagelslag” which translates to “chocolate sprinkle sandwich.” Butter is optional, because it’s very helpful to let the hagelslag stick to the bread, but a lot of Dutch people don’t like butter on their sandwich (like me).

Also, white bread is not uncommon, but it’s mostly eaten by children. Adults mostly go for a two slice sandwich of whole wheat bread or brown bread for breakfast.

Cate, International Desserts Blog

Friday 10th of December 2021

Thanks for that cultural information!

Joellen J Smith

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

My S-I-Law from Australia calls it fairy bread.. his family uses the colored sprinkles.

Cate, International Desserts Blog

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I've heard it called that by my Australian friends! Always with the colored sprinkles. Do you know if using the chocolate sprinkles is very common?

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Definitly put more hagelslag on your bread! Love the stuff, no day goes by without hagelslag for breakfast! I was in The Netherlands in April and didn t come across this delicious breakfast. We definitely missed out!

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