Hagelslag are very small pieces of confectionery candy used as a decoration for cakes, cookies, doughnuts and ice cream. But, in the Netherlands, Hagelslag are commonly used as a sandwich topping. It might sound funny but many Dutch people eat these chocolate sprinkles on bread for breakfast!! No, not just the kids, adults too! And they even eat it for lunch.
Dutch hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) was first invented in 1936 by Gerard de Vries for Venz for use on bread. Most of the time butter is spread first so the hagelslag does not fall off. After much research and venture, de Vries and Venz created the first machine to produce the tiny cylindrical treats. They were named ʺHagelslagʺ after their resemblance to a weather phenomenon prominent in the Netherlands, hail. Only hagelslag with a cacao percentage of more than 35% can bear the name “chocolat hagelslag”. If the percentage is under the 35%, it has to be called cacao fantasy hagelslag. Hagelslag come in a variety of shapes and flavours. The multicolour confectionary candy are known as sprinkles, and the chocolate ones are known as jimmies. #SourceOfInspiration