ANSWER: Yes, but with a few caveats. We found many different formulations of sprinkles during our research, so ingredient lists per brand may vary. Sprinkles containing "confectioners glaze" have the potential to contain insects, so that is an ingredient to be wary of. There's more you might want to know about sprinkles and veganism though - and we've compiled that below!
If you want to be 100% sure that you're getting the sprinkles that caused the least amount of suffering possible, getting organic sprinkles is a great choice. This is because organic sugar isn't processed the same way as conventional and doesn't have the potential to have animal products anywhere in the supply chain. A brand we recommend is Let's Do Organic.
Sprinkles are little candies, usually all black or rainbow, that are used on top of cookies and desserts. They're mainly for decoration, texture, and sweetness and wouldn't really be ideal to eat all on your own. They're pretty much 100% nutritionally void, being primary composed of sugar and oil. All this aside, sprinkles are adored by many people across the world and are almost a symbol of celebration - certainly a fun food!
There are a few things that you should be on the look out for when it comes to sprinkles and a few other details to be aware of. Some red flag ingredients to keep an eye out for going to be:
Gelatin is made directly from the connective tissue and tendons of pigs.
Confectioners sugar, oddly enough, is usually made from beetle juice and a resin made from Lac insect excretions.
The sugar, coloring, and flavors in sprinkles have the potential to have animal products somewhere in the production process, but we don't recommend that you get caught up on it. Tracing the origins of all these products in a given sprinkle brand would be extremely difficult and the reduction on suffering for animals wouldn't account for much. This is why many vegan experts recommend not focusing on trace ingredients.
Our article on sugar goes more in-depth into this topic of sugar and trace ingredients should you be interest.
If you have the option of buying vegan sprinkles than we're obviously going to recommend that you do so. However, if one of your relatives made vegan cupcakes especially for you and may have used non-vegan sprinkles by accident, declining to eat them because they aren't vegan may do more harm than good for the animals.
Doing this will make veganism seem complex and not easy to follow. In this example, the person went out of their way to make something vegan and shooting them down in this fashion may discourage them from trying it in the future.
If you're a vegan do your best to avoid sprinkles with confectioners glaze and other animal products such as gelatin. Don't stress too much about other dubious trace ingredients like sugar, colors, and flavors, but simply do the best you can. Veganism isn't about perfection and you're better off being 99% vegan than 0%.
Cooking healthy, delicious, plant-based meals has been Joey’s true passion since he went vegan in 2015. He has a masters in Nutrition and Food Science and is committed to making the internet a place of education and knowledge rather than misinformation and clickbait. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife.