Homemade Sprinkles

Desserts, DIY

Make Homemade Sprinkles with only a few ingredients. You can customize the color combinations, shapes and lengths! Make big batches and give them to your friends during the holidays; OR make them for yourself to top your favorite cupcakes, cakes and baked goods.

My favorite thing to do in every single city I visit is head straight to local grocery stores. A few years ago when I went to Copenhagen, I found the prettiest selection of sprinkles. And then there was another time I was in Milan and found other pretty sprinkles. Truly the best color combos exist over seas.

Unfortunately I haven’t been back to Copenhagen nor Milan so I figured there must be a way to customize my own sprinkles mixes at home. Well, I figured it out! YAY!

What Goes Into Homemade Sprinkles

This is what you’ll need to make homemade sprinkles

  • Water. Yep! Straight from the facet.
  • Meringue Powder. Technically you can absolutely use raw egg whites. But I find it messy and absurd. Meringue powder is my favorite. You can buy it online or at your local craft or baking store.
  • Powdered Sugar.
  • Food Coloring Gels. I have this kit from Americolor, but you can use any food coloring gels you like.

Homemade Sprinkles

Design Your Color Combination

In this instance, if you’ve ever taken a color theory class, it will be very helpful. If you’ve never painted and combined paint colors, Google will help! Here’s what I wanted to combine:

  • Mauve =  3 drops of brown, 3 drops of pink, 1 drop of red, black and blue.
  • White = zero food coloring.
  • Peach = 2 drops of brown.

But truly, the sky is the limit. And Google will help you figure out what colors you need to combine.

Homemade Sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles

How to Make Homemade Sprinkles

  1. Combine the meringue powder, sifted powdered sugar and 5 tablespoons of water.
  2. Beat it with the paddle attachment until it’s totally combined and smooth. If you don’t have a stand-up mixer, you could use an electric hand mixer.
  3. If needed, add more water. You really don’t want it too too stiff or else it’ll be nearly impossible to pipe out. You want it to the be the texture of toothpaste.
  4. Depending on how many colors you’re making, divide the mixture to small bowls. 
  5. Add the colors and mix vigorously. As a result, you’ll end up with a super cohesive mixture. 
  6. And then, divide the colors amongst piping bags fitted with a #2 round tip. 
  7. Pipe them out onto baking sheets with sheets of parchment paper. 
  8. Allow them to dry for about 2 hours. If your mixture is super wet, it might need to dry overnight.
  9. Cut them into whatever size you like! I like to make them about 1/2-inch long.
  10. Mix them up together to create your sprinkle mix. 
  11. Store in an airtight container; these will stay good when stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 year.

Tips and Tricks 

  1. Get a friend to help you pipe these out. It’ll go much quicker than if you’re doing this by yourself.
  2. Buy meringue powder. You can technically do them with egg whites but I find liquid egg whites so annoying and petty.
  3. Use the correct piping tip. I used a No. 2 Wilton Piping Tip.
  4. These are the piping bags I bought and they worked great.

Fun Tip:
If you go to Michael’s, you can use their coupon (that you can find on their app) and get a discount of 40% off your meringue powder purchase.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Drying Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serving Size: 24 (Makes 2 1/2 cups of sprinkles)
Calories: 78kcal
Make Homemade Sprinkles with only a few ingredients. Customize the color combinations, shapes and lengths. Make big batches and give them as gifts!

Ingredients

To Make the Sprinkle Base:

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons water, divided

The Pale Peach Color:

  • 1 teeny tiny drop of brown

The Mauve Color:

  • 2 teeny drops brown
  • 2 teeny drops pink
  • 1 teeny tiny drop blue
  • 1 teeny tiny drop red
  • 1 teeny tiny drop black

Directions

Prep:

  • Line 3 to 4 baking sheets with parchment paper. Figure out how many colors you would like to make and fit the piping tips to the piping bags. If you’re like me and only have one #2 piping tip, then you might have to do one colored-batch at a time.
  • I found the best piping tips to use were #2 from Wilton—it’s small and round. (There are other brands that have sizes are similar to their #2.)

To Make the Sprinkle Base:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the whisk attachment, add the meringue powder, powdered sugar and 5-6 tablespoons of water. Beat for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. It should be pretty thick but if it’s super dry, then add a teaspoon or two of water and beat once more until smooth. This will depend on the moisture in the air. Most days I have to add an additional one to two tablespoons of water. You want the consistency to be like toothpaste.
  • Divide the sprinkle base into three bowls (or however many colors you’re making).

To Make the Pale Peach Color:

  • Since I use food coloring gels, I like to use a toothpick to help me take out a small drop/swipe of food coloring and adding it to the bases. And then obviously used spoons to mix them in.
  • Add a swipe of brown and mix until smooth. If it isn’t dark enough, you can add an additional swipe or two of brown. The color should be peach/baby orange.

To Make the Mauve Color:

  • Add all of those colors to one of the bowls to make the mauve color. Mix until smooth.

To Pipe Out the Sprinkles:

  • Add the first color to the piping bag that’s fitted with the piping tip. Pipe out long lines, doing the best you can with making them straight. Even if they’re a little crooked, it doesn’t matter since we’re gonna chop them up.
  • Repeat with the other colors: white and mauve. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Chop the lines of meringue mixture in 1/4th of an inch sprinkle pieces. Mix all the colors together and use as you like. I divided them into little bottles and put them on everything from these ice cream cones to cakes!
CourseCupcakes, Dessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordcustom sprinkles, sprinkles
Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 20g | Iron: 1mg
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Homemade Sprinkles

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  • Reply Sabrina February 29, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    love being able to make these at home and know what actually goes into sprinkles, thank you!

  • Reply Stephanie Rutledge February 26, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    These sprinkles are so cute, I never thought of making them before but I really love how they turned out.

  • Reply Sydney K November 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Hello! I was wondering how long your homemade sprinkles kept for? These are adorable! I’d like to make some and send them in my ice cream care package. Please let me know. Thank you!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      They honestly have lasted me a year. I still have these and they taste great!

  • Reply Aly September 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve made the sprinkles from this page before, and used a tip that she recommends where you can pipe out multiple sprinkle lines at one time: http://bravetart.com/recipes/ChocolateSprinklesGF

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Oh that’s cool. That’s super smart. I need to get one of those! It’d save a bunch of time, for sure.

      • Reply Aly September 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm

        It was a little tricky because with the thickness of the batter/liquid sprinkles(? haha) it sometimes got stuck, but it still worked pretty well. I found the tip for cheap at a tiny local baking store. They had a whole bin of random tips.

  • Reply Jaye September 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Wonder if you could make dots, like the colorful ones you buy in strips?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      You definitely could! I wanted to try this out. I will say that this recipe might be too thick to do that with so I would give it a try and then if it’s too thick, add a teaspoon or two more of water.

  • Reply Lynn | The Road to Honey September 2, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for unique looking sprinkles. Fortunately I have found a couple of sources but I love the idea of customizing my own set. Can’t wait to give this a try.

  • Reply Daisy August 31, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Would love to see photos of the process as I’m not certain what to look for when deciding to add another tablespoon of water.

  • Reply Phillip || SouthernFATTY.com August 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Brb. Filling waffle cones with sprinkles for dinner.

  • Reply Ramona August 31, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Homemade Sprinkles? That’s so cool and they really look perfect 🙂

  • Reply yossy August 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    sprinkles are my favorite souvenir! i DO regret not buying more!

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high August 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    dang, that ombre

  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven August 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Your sprinkles are pretty….I love the color combination! How clever of you to make them, and I appreciate your tips, too. They are super pretty on the chocolate!

  • Reply mimi August 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

    oh my. you made your own sprinkles. oh my.

  • Reply stephanie le August 28, 2017 at 11:39 am

    these sprinkles are the cutest! i would totally buy a jar and hoard them forever before using them on something random, like toast 🙂

  • Reply Aimee August 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    what a cool, approachable process to make sprinkles – I’ve never even considered making my own..but now I am! (oh and DEFINITELY convincing a friend to help pipe!)

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