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Broodje Hagelslag – Dutch Choc Sprinkle Bread

08/05/2024

Here’s your excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast – thank you broodje hagelslag! Dutch chocolate sprinkles are a decadent, indulgent treat – just slap, slather and sprinkle.

A piece of bread covered in hagelslag with a bite taken out.

Why We Love This

Broodje hagelslag is a bit like chocolate fairy bread – a sweet and decadent treat. While Aussies grow up with fairy bread as a party treat, in the Netherlands it’s more common for adults and children alike to have it for breakfast.

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Whether you like it with butter or without, there’s one thing we can all agree on – the more hagelslag on there the better! It tastes like real, intense chocolate – way better than basic chocolate sprinkles.

We first came across hagelslag in Indonesia (Classic Ceres), where the Dutch influence means there’s lots of varieties on the shelves at local supermarkets. You can sometimes find it served up on roti pisang coklat (chocolate banana bread).

Related: Fairy Bread / Vegemite on Toast

A close up of hagelslag showing how much larger they are than regular sprinkles.

Hagelslag vs Chocolate Sprinkles – There’s a Big Difference!

Hagelslag is a type of chocolate sprinkle popular in the Netherlands and Dutch colonies like Indonesia. They look similar(ish) to regular sprinkles, but they taste less sweet and waaay more chocolatey! This is because they’re made with a higher amount of cocoa (at least 32%) and cocoa butter, unlike American sprinkles which usually contain a lot more sugar and/or corn syrup. It also means they’re softer and less crunchy than other kinds of chocolate sprinkles.

There are lots of different flavours available – from milk, dark or white choc to vanilla, fruit or aniseed – but chocolate is usually the most popular.

The name hagelslag translates to ‘hail storm’, since the little pieces look a bit like chocolate hail. However it can also go by the names of muisjes (mice) or muizenstrontjes (mouse droppings) – also appropriate!

Ingredients and substitutes

  • Hagelslag / Chocolate Sprinkles – Two of the most popular brands are De Ruijter or Ceres. They’re available in a huge range of styles, from milk, dark, extra-dark, white, or a party blend of white and dark chocolate sprinkles. You can even get them in fruit or anise flavours, or in blue or pink versions. Look for them in the baking, confectionary or international sections of your supermarket, or buy them online. Sub with regular rainbow sprinkles or 100’s & 1000’s only if you can’t get the proper ones.
  • Bread – Use fresh or homemade sliced bread, it makes all the difference. You can use white, whole wheat or brown bread. Sub with Dutch toasted rusks or any style of bread you prefer.
  • Butter (Optional) – This is up to personal preference. We like it with salted butter since the salt brings out the rich chocolate flavour and the butter itself helps the hagelslag stick to the bread! Sub with margarine (if you must, but it doesn’t taste as good as real butter) or go for peanut butter (pindakaas in Dutch), cookie butter spread (speculoos) or fresh banana slices for a completely different flavour.
Ingredients laid out to make broodje hagelslag.

Let’s make Dutch Chocolate Sprinkle Bread

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Spread butter (if using) over your fresh bread slices. Top with as many hagelslag sprinkles as you can fit on each slice!

Quick Tips

  • Use (Slightly) Softened Butter – This makes it easier to spread the butter over the bread without it ripping apart.
  • Dunk Instead – We find it perfectly fine to just sprinkle the hagelslag over the bread, but some people like to pour them out onto a flat plate and gently press the bread, buttered side down, into the sprinkles. (Or just eat the hagelslag straight from the packet!)
  • Play with Shapes – Cut the bread into cute shapes like triangles, circles or use a cookie cutter for hearts, stars etc.
  • Crust On or Off – Up to you!

Storage

Best eaten straight away. If you want to make them an hour or so before serving, be sure to pop them in an airtight container to stop them drying out.

FAQs

One slice of bread or two?

Either is fine, it’s up to you. Serve it open like we did, or layer with another slice of buttered bread for a hagelslag sandwich.

What else can I use hagelslag sprinkles for?

You can use them for anything you’d use chocolate sprinkles for:
– Sprinkled over ice cream, choc ripple cake or Christmas pudding
– As a substitute for rainbow sprinkles in fairy bread
– As a garnish for Easter cookies like Italian cuddura or Greek koulourakia
– As a coating on lamingtons with / instead of desiccated coconut.
– As a decoration for pancakes, cakes or slices like Aussie crunch or weetbix slice.

White bread covered in Dutch dark chocolate sprinkles.
A hand holds a piece of broodje hagelslag.

Broodje Hagelslag – Dutch Chocolate Sprinkle Bread

Here's your excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast – thank you broodje hagelslag! Dutch chocolate sprinkles are a decadent, indulgent treat – just slap, slather and sprinkle.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Dutch, Indonesian
Servings: 4 slices
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread crust removed
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp hagelslag sub chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  • Slap down your 4 slices white bread. Optional: Slice the crusts off.
    4 slices white bread
  • Slather with 1/2 tbsp butter.
  • Sprinkle with 4 tbsp hagelslag and you're done!
    4 tbsp hagelslag

Video

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Recipe Notes

  • Use (Slightly) Softened Butter – This makes it easier to spread the butter over the bread without it ripping apart.
  • Dunk Instead – We find it perfectly fine to just sprinkle the hagelslag over the bread, but some people like to pour them out onto a flat plate and gently press the bread, buttered side down, into the sprinkles. (Or just eat the hagelslag straight from the packet!)
  • Play with Shapes – Cut the bread into cute shapes like triangles, circles or use a cookie cutter for hearts, stars etc.
  • Crust On or Off – Up to you!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Broodje Hagelslag – Dutch Chocolate Sprinkle Bread
Amount per Serving
Calories
122
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
4
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
131
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
30
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
44
IU
1
%
Calcium
 
53
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This recipe was originally published in Feb, 2016. It has since been republished with new content, photos and an updated recipe.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna
    03/12/2021 at 11:10 am

    Growing up in the Netherlands I would eat bread with chocolate sprinkled almost every morning. It’s super funny to read other people so amazed about something so simple/common for me. If you get the chance when you are in Holland, check out the supermarket’s hagelslag section you will be amazed – hundreds of different types and brands of ‘hagelslag’.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/12/2021 at 9:57 am

      Wow, it is so fascinating to know there’s so many types of different sprinkles for hagelslag. Crazy! In Australia, we have something called fairy bread, but instead of eating it for breakfast it was usually only served at birthday parties or BBQs!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ FrugalityandFreedom
    29/03/2020 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    With Dutch heritage, my home was rarely without ‘hagelslag’ chocolate sprinkles in the pantry. I loved them with freshly bought white bread. I’ll add banana next time with my nostalgia trip!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/03/2020 at 2:22 pm

      Oh hey! That’s awesome. We’d just bought the regular sprinkles from Coles, then the other day we found the large Dutch versions at the Asian supermarket! Will be going back for those next time hehe.

  • Reply
    kim
    17/03/2020 at 11:15 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! Love this recipe! It was so easy and delicious. Will definitely be making this one again!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/03/2020 at 9:55 am

      So glad you liked it Kim, it is a nice and easy one!

  • Reply
    Jack
    17/03/2020 at 10:53 pm

    5 stars
    This is actually what you want for a breakfast treat! Something simple, quick & delicious. Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/03/2020 at 9:56 am

      You’re very welcome.

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    17/03/2020 at 10:06 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never heard of this before — and didn’t realize that sprinkles were that big of a “thing” in Indonesia. Chocolate and banana is always a winning combination.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/03/2020 at 10:06 am

      Yeah neither, until we saw the entire section in the supermarket dedicated to just the chocolate sprinkles alone! haha Crazy!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    17/03/2020 at 9:43 pm

    5 stars
    Ah, this recipe is so cute – just what a good breakfast should be. Delicious and great looking. Yum.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/03/2020 at 9:56 am

      Haha very true Danielle, glad you liked it.

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    17/03/2020 at 8:46 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this is cool!! I have not heard of this before but it looks cool and I love sprinkles, haha!!Nice yummy ingredients. Love the simplicity as well. Cheers

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/03/2020 at 9:56 am

      Right! Sprinkles are always a winner. 😀 Any excuse to eat them, especially for breakfast.

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    21/02/2016 at 5:46 pm

    I have never seen anything like this but it looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/02/2016 at 8:41 pm

      No worries, you definitely have to give it a go. So quick too 😀

  • Reply
    Shreyashi
    21/02/2016 at 3:09 pm

    5 stars
    Indonesia is such a diverse country. Bali is so different than the rest. I loved my vacation there. Your blog always makes me so happy that you guys get to do this. I love having toast and bananas. Now I think should I be adding sprinkles 😛 Dang, my waistline!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/02/2016 at 8:44 pm

      Well, we love your comments! The sprinkles are definitely a treat, why not spoil yourself at Easter 😛 Bali has been truly amazing, there is so much choice of food from friendly locals who love telling their story behind each dish.

  • Reply
    nicole
    21/02/2016 at 1:34 pm

    Funky twist on banana bread! Who doesn’t love chocolate sprinkles on everything?! So fun!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/02/2016 at 8:44 pm

      Too true! Now the choice is – chocolate sprinkles or mix things up with coloured sprinkles!!!

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    21/02/2016 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    I would love to try this rendition of banana bread; I know our kids would as well! Beautifully done, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/02/2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks guys, I’m sure you’d have just as much fun making and eating it with them too. We sure did! 😀

  • Reply
    Derek
    21/02/2016 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    Laura and Sarah, it’s a super cool recipe (I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce it :))…and you can never go wrong with sprinkles. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/02/2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Derek! It’s pronounced ‘pih-sung chock-lat’ if that helps? 😀 Either way, it tastes sweet and awesome.

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