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Chocolate Sprinkles · GF (1 cup)

Much has been made of the restaurant industry’s dark underbelly rife with drugs and alcohol, but little about the darkest addiction of them all: chocolate sprinkles. Those in the pastry department find themselves at an especially high risk for developing a dependency on jimmies, aka chocolate vitamins and will “take” them on everything from buttered bread to ice cream, cupcakes and sugar cookies. If you don’t leave now, you may soon find yourself doing lines of chocolate in the kitchen too.

long chocolate sprinkles

These sprinkles have a solid chocolate flavor bolstered by a heady vanilla note that comes from a big ol’ shot of vanilla in the mix. If you’d rather focus on chocolate, cut the vanilla down to a half ounce and replace the missing liquid with water. The instant coffee helps deepen the chocolate flavor without making these sprinkles coffee or mocha flavored. Omit it if you must, but expect a less complex chocolate flavor.

You’ll want to start putting these on everything. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

uncut chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate Sprinkles
5 ounce powdered sugar
1 1/4 ounces cocoa, Dutch or natural
1 ounce water or chocolate liqueur, I love Mozart
1 ounce vanilla
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp instant coffee

For the prettiest (and easiest!) sprinkles, you’ll need a piping bag fit with a multi-opening tip, I adore #134 but #89 works too. You can alternately use a small, plain tip or a parchment cone; it just takes a bit longer to pipe the sprinkles one line at a time. Also, have two sheet pans lined with parchment paper set aside.

Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine all of the ingredients and beat on low speed until the powdered sugar has been thoroughly moistened. Turn the speed up to medium and beat until the mixture forms a smooth, homogenous paste.

Scrape the bowl and beater down with a rubber spatula and beat for another minute to ensure no lumps remain. Even a small lump will clog your pastry tip and cause no end of frustration during piping, so take care to mix enough to destroy all lumps.

Transfer the chocolate paste to the piping bag and pipe into long rows on the parchment lined sheet pans. If you need to take a break, just cover the piping tip with a damp paper towel to prevent the paste from crusting over and clogging up the tip.

Place the trays of chocolate somewhere safe from kids, pets, and debris and let air dry for 24 hours.

homemade cocoa sprinkles

After twenty four hours, use a bench scraper to scrape up all the chocolate lines from the parchment by holding it at a 45° angle against the first row of sprinkles then gently pushing forward. Gather up the chocolate sticks into a bundle and chop them into sprinkle sized bits.

Store in an airtight container indefinitely. Use with caution, they’re habit forming.

If you’d rather make rainbow sprinkles, I have recipes for both soft and crispy sprinkles you can flavor in any way you like.


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Any questions?

Mar 04, 2012 ·  1:23 PM

Need. These. Now.

 · Sorcha · 

Mar 04, 2012 ·  1:38 PM

Stella, this and your rainbow sprinkles, are fantastic! I love DIY versions of the treats my little kid craves for in the stores, these will certainly make both of us happy! Thank you!!

 · Tesei · 

Mar 04, 2012 ·  2:02 PM

wow.. your post really useful, and the ingredients are easy to find, will bookmark it, then learn very well how to make it, and I think I need to prepare spare time to make it!


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 · Tya @ Note Etc. ·

Mar 04, 2012 ·  5:16 PM

Oh no you didn’t! Holy crud what a great idea!

 · Crackers on the Couch ·

Mar 04, 2012 ·  7:07 PM

I made the home made sprinkles twice from your previous recipe and love it. I made some sugar cookies for my daughter’s bday party and used the sprinkles to decorate them. My guests could not believe they were home made. This one for sure its making it to my baking list. You rock!!

 · eat good 4 life ·

Mar 04, 2012 ·  9:05 PM

@Sorcha, what’s your address again, dear?

@Tesei, so glad you’ve tried out the rainbow version too! I’m sure you’ll love these too, they’re my favorite I think…

@Tya, hope you get a chance to make them!

@Crackers, muahahaha. My evil plan to take over the world.

@eat good 4 life, haha, it’s such a good party trick! So happy to hear you made them.


Mar 05, 2012 ·  2:17 PM

Wow! That is such a cool recipe Who would have thought? They look perfect, too.

 · Kiri W. ·

Mar 06, 2012 ·  9:32 AM

I’ve never heard of homemade sprinkles, this is great! Congrats on Top 9!

 · Sandra ·

Mar 06, 2012 · 11:36 AM

I love chocolate sprinkles I eat them by the handfuls. I can now make my own. Thank you Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9.

 · Geri ·

Mar 06, 2012 · 12:07 PM

Lines in the kitchen! To funny!

 · missy · 

Mar 06, 2012 ·  5:26 PM

@Kiri, I’ve been working on these for forever, so glad to have finally gotten them right!

@Sandra, so glad to surprise you!!

@Geri, these are a little crisper than the regular kind, but in a good way. They just burst with flavor.

@missy, do you think I….crossed the line? Yeah. I know. I slay me.


Mar 07, 2012 · 12:13 PM

Sounds like a lot of work, but looks like it’s definitely worth it! I’d love to make my own sprinkles. Saving your recipe straight away!

 · Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box ·

Mar 07, 2012 ·  1:37 PM

@Nicky, I hope you do make them! I made a batch yesterday with a bit of orange extract in the mix, a really nice twist.


Mar 12, 2012 ·  6:13 PM

I’ve been wanting to make sprinkles for quite sometime. I’m making these now!

 · Krissy's Creations ·

Mar 13, 2012 ·  3:17 PM

there’s something evil about empowering people to make their own amazing sprinkles

 · Lauren ·

Mar 13, 2012 ·  8:48 PM

@Krissy, oh, please let me know if you do!

@Lauren, I have definitely resolved to use my power for evil, not good. Muahahaha.


Mar 27, 2012 ·  5:42 AM

Thank you for sharing. I just readout interesting website’s your awesome interesting and informative topic. I really appreciate your thought about it. It’s really so useful for all,thanks again

 · hermes birkin ·

Mar 27, 2012 · 10:24 AM

@hermes, no prob!


Jun 02, 2012 ·  4:06 PM

This sounds incredibly intriguing and fun. I’ve always hated the taste of store-bought sprinkles, but I’m sure these would be great.

 · JD @ Trader Joes Recipes ·

Jun 03, 2012 ·  9:40 PM

@JD, agree! Store bought chocolate sprinkles have a strange, waxy sort of texture and pretty much no flavor at all. These are a little bit crisp and very chocolatey!


Dec 31, 2012 ·  3:29 PM

Brillant, I just found your site from Sweet Sugar Belle, I can’t believe you can make your own sprinkles. Going to try this. Thank you

 · Evelyn · 

Jan 23, 2013 · 10:25 AM

I love your website and I met your old friend Mrs.Luck

 · crazygirl · 

Jan 24, 2013 ·  8:21 AM

Hi Crazygirl! Aw, Mrs. Luck is the best! She and I used to spend so much time in the kitchen together. What good memories.


Feb 03, 2013 ·  5:49 PM

I made these last week, and they are amazing. The Mozart liqueur is very difficult if not almost impossible to locate in Ontario though.
Found piping slightly easier with a quarter oz. extra water though.
Taste if perfectly delicious!

 · kathyskakes ·

Feb 04, 2013 ·  9:55 AM

Hi kathyskakes! Yeah, the Mozart is really just a luxurious bonus, but definitely not make-or-break for this recipe. So glad you enjoyed your spinkles!!


Mar 01, 2013 · 10:42 PM

My paste clogged my tip while I was piping…any suggestions? I didn’t know if it was too stiff and if I should have added more water.

 · Aly ·

Mar 01, 2013 · 10:58 PM

Hi Aly. Ugh, I know what you mean, a clogged tip is super frustrating. It usually happens if a) the powdered sugar or cocoa powder wasn’t sifted or b) if the bowl wasn’t scraped much during mixing. The only way to really fix the situation is to uncouple the tip and clean it under hot, running water. Then screw it back on and keep piping. You can kinda poke the holes clean with a toothpick, but it’s a temporary solution since it just pushes the clump back into the bag.


Mar 04, 2013 ·  3:26 AM

I guess I need to buy a big coupler for things like this (I couldn’t use the #134 on my normal coupler). Thanks for the tips!

 · Aly ·

Mar 04, 2013 ·  9:07 AM

Hi Aly! Oh, yeah! My knee-jerk image was of the smaller 3-hole tip. The big one is such a huge pain to deal with when it clogs! Actually, I’ve been very frustrated with #134 lately because it’s made from two separate pieces that aren’t welded together very well, and sometimes the sprinkle mixture gets forced out of the gaps in between, another major frustration. I’m looking around to see in another company makes a better one.


May 14, 2013 ·  8:48 PM

i tried these today.i used an extruder rather than piping fantastic sprinkles with everything now,can t wait to try the sugar ones

 · jeanie · 

May 16, 2013 ·  6:34 PM

Oh, that’s so exciting Jeanie! I’d love to hear more about the extruder you used, was it a pasta attachment? What a breakthrough!


May 21, 2013 ·  9:34 AM

the extruder is available at so you can see it there but it is available from lots of other sorces,also i have ordered a hand cranked spagetti extruder from hong kong when it arrives i will post my results lol

 · jeanie · 

May 22, 2013 ·  5:35 PM

Thanks so much for sharing the link, Jeanie!


Jul 28, 2013 · 11:07 AM

These are on my list of to do recipes. Going to use your macaroon recipe this afternoon after exercise class…so I can indulge more! Thank you!

 · Sweetenuf · 

Jul 28, 2013 ·  8:37 PM

Oooh, have fun, Sweetenuf!


Jan 03, 2014 ·  1:08 AM

It’s fun to read all the comments about how excited everyone is to make these, while over here in the Netherlands, you can buy chocolate sprinkles in all kinds of sizes, shapes and different kinds of chocolate. It’s called hagelslag. Ok, they don’t make it with the Mozart liquor, but still, it’s pretty good. You’ll find them in practically every househould and you just put it… on your bread! Yes! On a daily basis! But after reading all this, I feel really decadent and privileged. Maybe making my own is the only way of making sprinkles special again

 · SusanK · 

Jan 03, 2014 ·  9:38 PM

Hi SusanK! Oh yeah, the Netherlands is like a chocolate sprinkle wonderland! We actually have a good variety of chocolate sprinkles on the market over here, but despite their size and shape, most are pretty bland. Seriously, since you’ve already tried ever sprinkle in the universe, I bet a batch of homemade would give you a sense of sprinkle magic once again.


Feb 11, 2014 ·  9:29 PM

I don’t have instant coffee. Can I use regular coffee?

 · cathysr · 

Feb 12, 2014 · 10:42 PM

Hi cathysr! It’s okay to leave it out. It helps deepen the chocolate flavor, but actual coffee would make the paste too thin.


Feb 17, 2014 ·  8:38 PM

Hi Stella, your sprinkles and rainbow ones are just marvelous! I did something similar last year for Russian Easter cakes, but from now on I’ll be using your recipe. Thanks a million for all the hard work you did to post them here and sharing with us, and your tutorial is so easy to understand and follow. Brilliant! Thanks again.

 · NataDrng · 

Feb 18, 2014 ·  9:27 AM

Hi NataDrng! Aw, I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


Feb 21, 2014 ·  4:03 PM

It looks dishes i want to eat it up right now

 · Yoyo · 

Feb 24, 2014 · 10:12 AM

Thanks, Yoyo.


Mar 24, 2014 ·  5:43 AM

Hey Stella, Perhaps it was a typo, but FYI, chocolate liquor differs from liqueur in that it’s “pure cocoa mass in liquid form,” so it has no alcohol. Think that would work for us teetotal types? Thanks!


 · MA · 

Mar 24, 2014 · 11:01 AM

Hi MA! You’re absolutely right about the difference between chocolate liquor and chocolate liqueur. I was using liquor in its broadest sense, rather than its chocolate-specific case which is pretty silly of me. Unfortunately, I don’t think true “chocolate liquor” would work here because of its temperament/fat content. You can replace the alcohol in this recipe with water or egg white, though!


Oct 21, 2014 · 11:40 AM

Hi,have you tried making heart shaped sprinkles with this recipe?

 · farah Q ·

Jan 08, 2015 · 10:52 AM

I just wanted to say I am so excited about your blog, especially your macarons section. These sprinkles are wonderful too. Can’t wait to try. I avoid sprinkles etc because I make everything gluten free.

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May 02, 2015 ·  5:26 AM

i love love your recipe…your fantabulous..will surely make these to give a new flavour twist to maky sprinklers used for decorating the cakes.

 · mani · 

May 14, 2015 ·  1:29 PM

a tip I use with RI and tiny tips. Strain icing thru new knee hi stocking (sandal kind). Prewash of course. Stretch over glass, fill with icing. Twist off top then squeeze out icing thru bottom of stocking and let it fall into your pastry bag (or plastic wrap if you use that method). It’s kind of messy but it works. I’ve used several layers of that fine meshy stuff (that wedding decorators use) over the end of the bag before screwing on the tip but it only catches bigger lumps. I’m making some right now using some coffee liquer that I have. Thanks for the recipe!!!

 · Jadine · 

May 18, 2015 ·  9:48 AM

That’s an AWESOME idea. We sift out dry ingredients before mixing, so why not run the icing through a sieve as well. I wouldn’t have thought to use nylon stockings though. The screens that come with piping bags are just a hassle.

 · Mitchell · 


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