The Gorgeous Guide to Sprinkles Slideshow

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Jimmies
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Jimmies
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The ideal ice cream companion. These brightly hued mini sticks are great for full coverage of any sundae or cone, are really fantastic for a kid’s birthday cake, and work really well when dipping with chocolate. They come in individual colors or multi-colored palettes for various occasions. Also know that these are one of the heavier sprinkles, so beware of adding them to an already heavy topping.

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Sprinkles on Top

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Crystal Sprinkles
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Crystal Sprinkles
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These light and airy sprinkles are perfect for decorating and icing sugar cookies. They stick best, pack on a nice sweet crunch, and bake well without tasting burnt. 

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Quins
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Quins
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These are bigger and flatter than most sprinkles. They’re usually very festive and come in various shapes pertaining to occasions, holidays, and celebrations. Great for making holiday-themed cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. 

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Sanding Sugar
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Sanding Sugar
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Similar in size and weight to classic white granulated sugar, this coats really well when decorating. Think of a Hostess snowball — this has full coverage capability, whether it's for a cupcake top or a cake pop. 

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Purlbee

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Non Pareils
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Non Pareils
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These super tiny round-shaped sprinkles are as commonly used for sundaes and cones as jimmies, but beware, because they tend to bleed under certain temperatures.

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Raspberri

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Luster Dust
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Luster Dust
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Great name, right? Also known as petal dust, it’s a powdered sprinkle/sugar that’s best used for giving cakes or cupcakes an extra shine. It works really well with fondant’s smooth surface or blended into buttercream or mousse for a deep hue. 

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Dragees
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Dragees
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These are on the larger end of sprinkles but come in different sizes. They’re mostly used for adorning wedding and event cakes and are applied one by one very delicately. 

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Edible Glitter
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Edible Glitter
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Super flaky and extra shiny, these delicate sprinkles practically dissolve upon tasting, but when applied in excess they make for a great visual. Great on buttercream, whipped cream, and mousse. 

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