Its National Sprinkles Day

I didn’t know there was a special day for that but why not. It’s definitely a great thing to celebrate it.

These Homemade Sprinkles are so much fun to make! They are easy, taste of vanilla and can be made in any color you wish to decorate your favorite birthday cake, cupcakes or those cookies you see all over the Internet but haven’t tried yet!

Homemade sprinkles
Homemade Sprinkles

You can top anything with sprinkles — ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, anything!

I made these healthy homemade rainbow jimmies and nonpareils because store-bought ones are packed full of sugar, hydrogenated oils, and artificial food coloring.  This DIY version is naturally colored, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, and vegan!

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Homemade Sprinkles #2

Minimal equipment needed.

Don’t have a stand mixer or a hand mixer? No worries, all you need is a bowl, a spatula and some food coloring. Don’t have piping tips either? You can use a piping bag, cut the tip off and start piping! No Piping bags? You can use a zip log bag and cut the tip off on one side of the bag and start piping.

What you will need to make the sprinkles

Ingredients

  • Powdered Erythritol or Powdered Sugar
  • Arrowroot Starch or Corn Starch
  • Salt
  • Water- I used water. You can substitute it for nondairy or regular milk, it won’t change the texture or the taste.
  • Vanilla Paste- if you don’t have paste, you can use vanilla extract. You can use another flavor, if you prefer, maybe to match the taste of the treat you’re going to decorate your sprinkles with. Or you can just skip the flavor. 
  • Light Corn Syrup- This is used to provide elasticity to the mixture, so it doesn’t break when piping the lines. If you don’t like it, you can omit it. 
  • Natural Food Coloring- gel or powder works better for this recipe.

How to make the sprinkles

  • In a medium bowl, sift the powdered sugar and starch. Then add the water or milk, corn syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Stir until everything is well combined and the mixture starts getting glossy. You can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, a hand mixer or simply do it by hand with a spatula. If using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until smooth and then switch to medium speed for a few seconds.
  • The mixture will be thick, smooth and glossy. If it’s too thick, add some water, one teaspoon at a time.
  • Divide the icing into separate bowls and add the food coloring. Start by adding 1-2 drops, mix and check the color. Stir until well combined.
  • Transfer to the piping bags fitted with a #3 tip.
  • Pipe long lines on a parchment paper. Let dry overnight. Don’t cut them until they are completely dry, or they will stick to each other.
  • Once lines are fully dry, cut into pieces with a knife and store in an airtight container.

NOTES

  • If you don’t you have small round piping tips, you can use a piping bag and cut out the tip, or a sealable plastic bag and just cut the corner off and start piping.
  • Cover the bowls of icing that you’re not using while you are transferring them to the piping bags. The top of the mixture dries out quickly.  
  • Sprinkles fade a bit when drying. Start with 1-2 drops of food colouring per bowl and keep adding until you get the desired color, then add a bit more just to compensate the fading once dried.
  • Let it dry overnight, you have to leave it drying on the tray for at least 24 hours or until it dries.
  • How long does homemade sprinkles last? Sprinkles will last up to a year if stored in an airtight container, once they are fully dried.
homemade sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles

These Homemade Sprinkles are so much fun to make! They are easy, taste of vanilla and can be made in any color you wish to decorate your favorite birthday cake, cupcakes or those cookies you see all over the Internet but haven’t tried yet!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 1 day
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 51 kcal

Equipment

  • Electric Mixer or hand mixer
  • Piping Bags or plastic zipper bags
  • Tips #3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar or powdered erythritol
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch or corn starch
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 tablespoons water milk or nondairy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Food Coloring

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, sift the powdered sugar and starch. Then add the water or milk, corn syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Stir until everything is well combined and the mixture starts getting glossy. You can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, a hand mixer or simply do it by hand with a spatula. If using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until smooth and then switch to medium speed for a few seconds.
  • The mixture will be thick, smooth and glossy. If it’s too thick, add some water, one teaspoon at a time.
  • Divide the icing into separate bowls and add the food coloring. Start by adding 1-2 drops, mix and check the color. Stir until well combined.
  • Transfer to the piping bags fitted with a #3 tip.
  • Pipe long lines on a parchment paper. Let dry overnight. Don’t cut them until they are completely dry or they will stick to each other.
  • Once lines are fully dry, cut into pieces with a knife and store in an airtight container.
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