I have this problem where I go through store bought sprinkles -what seems like- wayyyy to fast for how much they cost. And the taste is never that great. More like a cardboard taste.
Of course I could make my own! Of course!
These sprinkles take a lot of time and tools but are for sure worth it.
To make these sprinkles we need:
8oz Confectioners Sugar
1 egg white
2 TBLS Orange Extract/ Vanilla Extract/ Lemon Extract/ Peppermint Extract.
Pastry bag and Pastry tip
With and electric mixer mix together the sugar, egg white and extract flavor. Mix on low until a liquid glue like paste forms. Divide the paste into as many colors as you would like. Add your food coloring and stir the color in until the dye is fully mixed in.
I used orange extract. I would have used lemon but I was out. The orange taste started off low but once the sprinkles were fully dry the taste was full and great. Orange is a great choice.
I have these food colorings. I enjoy them. The colors are true and bright.
Transfer the paste into their pastry bags fitted with a pastry tip. If you do not have pastry bags, Ziplock bags work. Those thin sandwich bags however, do not. I used a larger than normal sprinkle size pastry tip. The larger the size of your sprinkles the longer it will take for the sprinkles to dry.
On a parchment paper lined baking sheet make long lines with your paste. This part much reminded me of those candy buttons from my childhood. You could even make the candy buttons! Repeat the line making process with the other colors.
Allow lines to dry for at least 24 hours. I had to let mine dry for a bit longer since they were a bit on the larger size.
Once lines have dried completely I used a butter knife to scrape and chop up the sprinkles to size.
I already used some of these in cookies ( to come tomorrow) and I did end up making them a bit smaller than seen here. In a cake they would be better in the larger size.
Store in an air tight container for up to a month.