It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it.
What are the best sprinkles? We tested 11 brands of sprinkles to decorate a slew of baking projects, from cookies to cakes, donuts to cupcakes. Then we judged the results based on taste, texture and overall look—after all, sprinkles are supposed to be fun.
Trivia note: nonpareils (those little, round crunchy spheres) predate sprinkles, dating back to the 1700’s. A Dutch baker invented the cylindrical hagelslag (sprinkles) in 1913, or so says Wikipedia. The Dutch are apparently crazy for chocolate sprinkles on bread, so the credit goes to them for popularizing this treat.
FYI: In parts of the US, sprinkles are also known as jimmies (Boston, we are looking at you).
After trying out several brands of rainbow sprinkles, we think A Great Surprise is the best bet. One key reason: they taste much better than the sprinkles you find in regular stores. Here’s more:
What We Liked
• 2.2 lb jar = lots of decorating projects!
• Tastes superior to other brands we sampled.
• Bright, vibrant colors.
• No GMO’s.
What Needs Work
• Contain artificial dyes (FD&C) as coloring.
• Allergy alert: repackaged in a facility with milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat and other allergens.
• Contain corn starch and palm kernel oil.
• Texture? A few of our testers didn’t like the texture of these sprinkles, but that was a minority opinion. We liked them!