Hagelslag: A Traditional Dutch Breakfast Delight

by Carol Ranas
2 minutes read

Have you ever wondered what makes a typical Dutch breakfast unique and delightful? If you’ve ever dabbled in Dutch cuisine or are curious about international breakfast traditions, you might have come across this charming phrase: “hagelslag.” This beloved Dutch treat brings joy to breakfast tables across the Netherlands and holds a special place in Dutch culture.

Hagelslag, pronounced as “hah-gull-slahg” translates to “hailstorm” in Dutch, which perfectly describes its appearance—tiny chocolate or colored sugar sprinkles resembling hail. This breakfast staple traces its roots back to the early 20th century when it was first introduced by B.E. Dieperink, the director of VENCO. Initially made with only chocolate, hagelslag has evolved, and is now available in various flavors like chocolate, white chocolate, fruit-flavored, and even rainbow-colored variants.

In Dutch culture, hagelslag is often used as a topping for buttered slices of bread or toast. It’s a common sight on breakfast tables, especially during special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Its popularity among both children and adults highlights its universal appeal and nostalgic charm.

How to eat Hagelslag: the Dutch way

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
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  • any bread of preference
  • Hagelslag (or chocolate sprinkles)
  • butter (or any spread to act as glue to the hagelslag to the bread)


On a slice of bread, spread some butter and sprinkle enough hagelslag until your ancestors says stop. Enjoy your breakfast! (as it might get a bit messy)

I served this in our household, yet it received a lukewarm response. I liked my hagelslag with a slice of toasted brioche bread with lots of butter, with the milk chocolate variant.

Hagelslag is more than just a topping—it’s a symbol of joy and the simple pleasures of life. Whether you’re savoring it on a lazy Sunday morning or brightening up a weekday breakfast, hagelslag brings a sprinkle of happiness to every bite.

Have you tried Hagelslag for breakfast?

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