Homemade Sprinkles with Fruit & Veggie-based Food Coloring
I’m here to bring funfetti to every part of your life.
Sprinkles bring sparkle to life. Truth.
So obvi I’m attracted to anything that says ‘funfetti.’ Because I want a sparkly life. I have this whole list of things I can’t wait to funfetti-ize. First up were funfetti deep dish chocolate chip cookies. But then the cookies didn’t turn out. Like at all. They were tough and not yum and I used up all my homemade sprinkles to make them. Ugh. Moral of the story: test your funfetti infused recipe before you use up all your pretty homemade sprinkles.
So Monday I watched the Emmy’s and then fell hard for an article about a Breaking Bad Season 6. What kind of joke is that? Why would one play with someones’ emotions like that? Jerk. But then I took out my anger with some old school Billy Blanks Tae bo. I just had this craving for Tae bo. Growing up, my sister and I would always do Tae bo VHS tapes. We would do the 8-minute workout one and convince ourselves that is was the hardest thing in the entire world. Then we’d run up and down our stairs.
I love stairs. Not necessarily working out on them…I just love having them in a house. I don’t know why. The neighborhood Andrew and I live in has a ton of new home construction. They’re knocking down homes and building new ones like crazy. Last weekend there were 12 open houses. Twelve. So very nearly every weekend we go to an open house to see the style of different builders and whatnot for when we decide to knock down or add on to our current 1950s house.
I love our little 1400 sq. ft. house, except for the kitchen counter tops are these 3″x3″ tiles with grout and they’re impossible to clean. Not that I’m the best cleaner. My philosophy is that there are so many other things to do in life other than clean. When we picked out Maggie Mae from the shelter, I had no idea she was gonna be such a great duster. She does this thing (almost every night before we go to bed) where she crawls under our bed from one side to the other. When she makes it out, she’s covered in dust. She’s so helpful. I didn’t know I got a maid service puppy from the shelter. Can’t complain.
Anyways, back to the open houses. We go to the open houses for these ridiculous $$$ homes and the only amenities I’m really jealous of, other than the open floor plan and easy-to-clean granite counter tops, are the stairs.
So these sprinkles are colored with cabbage and raspberries. So weird. So fun. The raspberry addition seems totally normal. The cabbage addition…not so much. But it works. The color of the sprinkles ends up being more pastel than super vibrant. But I’m okay with that.
In another attempt to make my life more sparkly, other than with homemade sprinkles, I finally GOT MY EARS PIERCED. I forgot about that whole you-have-to-keep-the-same-earrings-in-for-6-weeks thing. So I’m not letting myself purchase any Kendra Scott until the 6 week time frame is up. Otherwise I’ll end up taking these earrings out early. I have no patience. Which made this recipe a wee-bit hard for me. You have to wait 24 hours for the sprinkles to harden. But it’s good, it let’s the excitement for the sprinkles build. And gives you time to think about what you’re going to funfetti-ize.
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 4 raspberries
- 1/4 head of purple cabbage, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Mash 4 raspberries through a fine mesh stainer. Reserve the juice.
- Place chopped cabbage into a sauce pan with ~1 1/2 cup water. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until water is purple and water amount has reduced by more than half. Divide the purple water evenly into two bowls. To make the blue food coloring, add baking soda until the water turns blue.
- Use an electric mixer to combine powdered sugar, light corn syrup and milk.
- Divide icing into 3 bowls. Add no more than 1 teaspoon of each food coloring into the icing. Combine food coloring into icing. Add just enough food coloring to turn the icing the desired color. You don't want the icing to be too thin.
- Scoop one of the icing colors into a sealable bag and snip off the corner. On wax paper, make thin lines or small dots out of the icing. Repeat with other colors. Allow sprinkles to harden for 24 hours. If you made thin lines out of your icing, just chop them into small pieces to make sprinkles. Store in a jar for up to a week.
- In my experience, these are used best to decorate and top baked goods. The color won't be quite as vibrant if you bake the sprinkles into something. But you can totally still funfetti-ize the outside of every baked good.
I think funfetti-ing is a totally appropriate way to spend your Labor Day weekend.