Sprinkles 101: Know Your Sprinkles – know your sprinkles with this baking basics guide to six types of sprinkles.
Who doesn’t LOVE sprinkles? Nobody. Everyone LOVES sprinkles! 😉
Sprinkles are fun, colorful, and not just for kids! They’re an excellent way to add color and texture to your desserts.
Have you ever been unsure what you’re going to get when you order sprinkles? Or what exactly you are suppose to add when a recipe calls for jimmies or nonpareils?
Well, now you don’t have to wonder anymore with this baking basics guide to six types of sprinkles!
Know Your Sprinkles – The Six Types of Sprinkles
Jimmies are tiny sugar strands of confectionery, typically in a rod shape, used to decorate desserts. They come in multi-colors or chocolate and are usually what people refer to when they say “sprinkles”.
I love to use Jimmies to decorate and give my desserts an added pop of color.
Nonpareils are very tiny multi-colored balls made up of sugar and starch. They’re also known as Hundreds and Thousands, and of course are used as a decorative confectonery for desserts.
Nonpareils are one of my favorite types of sprinkles, but man do these buggers make a mess; they roll all over the place.
The term Nonpareils is also used to describe flat discs of chocolate covered in Nonpareils, Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils.
Quins are super fun sprinkles that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They’re also known as Sequins or Sugar Shapes and are used to decorate baked goods. They don’t work so well to bake with, nor would you want to, you’d lose their fun shapes.
I am a BIG user of Heart Quins, so much so that I have no shortage of desserts on SBS that utilize it. You can see it in action with Love Bug Oreo Cookies, Grinch Pretzel Bites, and Red Velvet Oreo Truffles, to name a few.
Dragees, pronounced Drazh-AY, and also known as Sugar Pearls, are a confectionery with a hard outer shell. Dragees are like a very large nonpareil, that has a metallic coating or resembles a pearl. Dragees are for decorating purposes, with some, particularly the metallic versions being unedible.
I don’t use metallic Dragees since they are not edible. I really try to only use edible decorations on my baked goodes (this means I also stay away from cupcake picks). #justsaying
I have on occasion used the pearl version of Dragees, but don’t use them too often because they seem like they could break a tooth. #alsojustsaying
If you would like to see Dragees in action, Little Mermaid Cakes & Cupcakes.
Sanding Sugar is clear crystal sugar that is larger than refined white sugar. It’s clear-crystals will make your baked goods sparkle! The larger granules of Sanding Sugar will not melt in the oven. It also comes in oh-so-many colors. It’s a win-win-win for decorating, especially decorated cookies.
I have a crap ton of Sanding Sugar. It’s one of those things that grabs my eye when I am shopping for just about anything else in the baking realm.
Coarse Sugar, which is also known as Pearl Sugar and Sugar Crystals, is larger than refined white sugar AND sanding sugar. It’s like the salt they put on soft pretzels, except its sugar.
Coarse Sugar also holds its shape when exposed to the oven, and comes in multiple colors.
Coarse Sugar is not something I personally use very often. I of course have some though, you know, pretty colors and obsessed with baking and all.
Know Your Sprinkles: Recap
There are six types of sprinkles: jimmies, nonpareils, quins, dragees, sanding sugar, and course sugar.
Sprinkles are the BEST!!
Which sprinkles do you enjoy baking with the most? What do you use them for/on?