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How to Dye Sprinkles Any Color

Learn how to dye sprinkles any color with this simple and easy-to-follow tutorial with minimal ingredients and minimal steps to follow!

overhead shot of blue sprinkles in a white bowl with a brown and white spoon with a bowl of white sprinkles on the side

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How to Dye Sprinkles

Have you ever needed a specific sprinkle color and found out that color doesn’t exist in stores and isn’t available anywhere to purchase?

With this simple tutorial, you can make any color sprinkle you’d like! All you need is 2 ingredients and a small amount of your time.

blue sprinkles in a small white bowl with a brown rimmed white spoon in it

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Are Sprinkles Gluten Free?

Yes and no. The important part is, you need to check your labels. You can buy white sprinkles at more places sprinkles are available but they’re not all gluten free. My top choices for white gluten free sprinkles are from Sweetapolita (based in Canada) and Judee’s White Sprinkles, available on Amazon.

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Ingredients Needed to Dye Sprinkles

overhead shot of blue sprinkles in a white and brown pottery spoon


Equipment Needed to Dye Your Own Sprinkles

  • Plastic Zip-loc Bag
  • Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
  • Rimmed Sheet Pan (1/4 or 1/2 sheet)

How to Dye Sprinkles

Step 1. Add the gel food coloring and sprinkles to the plastic bag and very gently massage the bag. You’ll see the color begin to coat the sprinkles– keep massaging until the sprinkles are evenly coated (about 30 seconds).

Step 2. Dump the sprinkles out onto a parchment-lined sheet pan and allow them to dry for 1 hour before using.

Step 3. Store the sprinkles in an airtight container for up to 6 months at room temperature.

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Tips for Coloring Sprinkles

  • Use GEL food coloring, I don’t recommend using liquid food coloring.
  • You can scale this recipe up as much as you need!
  • This trick should work with any color you want! If you want to make a color you don’t have, just combine colors like you would do for frosting– for example, to make green sprinkles combine 1 drop blue food coloring and 1 drop yellow food coloring. Massage the bag before adding the sprinkles until the color is green and then add ½ cup sprinkles and continue as directed.
  • This trick works on pretty much any white sprinkle– nonpareils, jimmies, specialty mixes!
  • Adding too much food coloring can result in the sprinkles clumping together. If they look like they’re sticking together in the bag, add a little more white sprinkles and continue to massage until they no longer stick together.

overhead shot of blue sprinkles in a white bowl with a brown and white spoon on the side and a small bowl of white sprinkles in the bottom right hand corner


Recipes To Make with Gluten Free Sprinkles

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overhead shot of blue sprinkles in a white bowl with a brown and white spoon with a bowl of white sprinkles on the side

How to Dye Sprinkles Any Color

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Dry Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Making custom sprinkles is so easy– with only a few minutes and a few items, you can have any color sprinkles you need!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Add the gel food coloring and sprinkles to the plastic bag and very gently massage the bag. You’ll see the color begin to coat the sprinkles– keep massaging until the sprinkles are evenly coated (about 30 seconds).
    2. Dump the sprinkles out onto a parchment-lined sheet pan and allow them to dry for 1 hour before using.
    3. Storage: The sprinkles can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Notes

  1. Americolor Soft Gel Paste is my favorite gel food coloring.
  2. I get my white sprinkles from Sweetapolita but there are also white gluten free sprinkles available on Amazon.
  3. You can double, triple, quadruple (etc.) this recipe as needed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 58

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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Kerryanne

Thursday 25th of August 2022

Shay, I'm so excited to now know how to dye sprinkles. I could have used this many times over the years with my own girls parties, but I'll definitely use it for grandkids now I know how to do it. Thank you for sharing how to dye sprinkles any colour at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this project at the party tomorrow and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

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