I’m about to let you in on one of my biggest secrets… homemade sprinkles! I usually get a mixed reaction when I tell people that I make my own sprinkles. It’s usually a combination of excitement and confusion. Why would you make your own sprinkles when you can buy them at the store?? I promise that once you make your own sprinkles, you’ll never want to buy them in a store again.
Disclaimer: These are adorable and reasonably time consuming.
Making homemade sprinkles is such a fun process! You really get to channel your creative side by deciding your color(s) and size. You can also get a delicious, decorative treat and garnish at the end! I love putting my homemade sprinkles on cakes, ice cream, waffles, and even on my chocolate covered strawberries!
Let’s get started!
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp cold water
- 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
- Food coloring
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until texture is smooth and similar to a paste. Once everything is mixed together you’ll want to decide how many different colors you want to make. This recipe makes enough to make 1-3 different colors. Divide mixture into desired amount of bowls and add food coloring to each bowl.
Transfer each colored mixture into a piping bag (or cheat and use a Ziploc bag! Just transfer to the bag and snip off a small piece of the corner).
In this next step, it’s important to note that the mixture in the bowls can quickly harden. We don’t want this to happen!! While you are transferring and piping one color at a time, dampen either a paper napkin or paper towel with cool water and press it on top of your bowl. This helps the mixture stay perfectly moist until you’re ready to transfer each one to its piping bag.
You will need to put a piece of parchment paper down on your counter to pipe the sprinkle mixture onto. Slowly pipe thin (but not too thin) lines of sprinkles down your parchment paper as shown on the picture above. The lines do not need to be perfect (mine never are), it won’t matter because we are going to break those lines apart at the end of this.
Repeat these steps until you’ve used all of your mixture/colors.
Now it’s the tough part… you’ll have to wait a few hours (2-3) for the sprinkles to harden on the parchment paper. Just leave them out on the counter untouched until they have completely hardened.
But we saved the best part for last… now we get to break up the sprinkles!!! I personally like making small sprinkles, but you can make whatever size you like the best!
You can use your sprinkles right away, or store them for several weeks.
Put them in or on your favorite treats and enjoy!