Foreign Grocery Friday: Freaky Deaky Dutch 'Hagelslag' Sprinkles
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Two words: CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES. They aren't just for kids anymore, and in fact, never really were since the Dutch adopted them as an alternative to Nutella. That's right; for breakfast (and sometimes lunch), millions of Dutch are sitting down to a helping of Hagelslag, or chocolate sprinkles covering a buttered piece of toast.
Hagelslag has a long history in Holland, as sprinkles are even used on little toast rounds to celebrate the birth of a baby (so much for chocolate cigars). The most traditional flavors are anise, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, although vanilla and fruit are also popular.
Taste: Imagine biting into a warm piece of toast covered in Nutella. Now remove the hazelnutty flavor and replace it with creamy butter; the chocolate is still very much present. That's how proper Hagelslag tastes, with the added difference that now you've got sprinkles all over your plate and stuck to your lips. Oh, and it's perfectly within etiquette to then lick them up off your plate.
Price: Super cheap. We're talking sprinkles here, people. It's like maybe 2 Euros for a giant box at the grocer.
Where to find it: Any Dutch grocery store should carry hagelslag by the individual box or large jar. Furthermore, any hotel breakfast spread worth its salt will offer it, and street croissanteries should have proper Hagelslag on toast on the menu.
If you'd like to share some of your foreign grocery finds, we'd love love love to see them. Send 'em on over via email here and snack on, my friends.