Are sprinkles vegan? Do vegan sprinkle brands exist? We're here to answer all of your questions and more!
In this guide, you'll learn...
- Are sprinkles always vegan?
- What vegan sprinkle brands
- What red flag ingredients should you look for on the label of sprinkles?
Sprinkles are sometimes vegan, but not always. Whether you call them sprinkles or jimmies, they can be just what you need to take your cupcake decorating to the next level, but you do need to read the labels.
To make things easier, we're going to list the vegan-specific brands. We'll also examine some brands sitting on grocery store shelves so you can see for yourself what to look out for, like confectioner's glaze.
So what's not vegan in sprinkles?
Confectioners glaze is quite typical in sprinkles and candies with waxy coatings.
It contains insects or at least insect byproducts. Confectioner's glaze is based on a resin produced by the lac bug and may contain the insects themselves, so it's far from vegan.
For sure, stay away from confectioner's glaze. This applies to chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles and other common types.
We found many different formulations of sprinkles during our research. Some may contain gelatin, which vegans should definitely avoid as it comes from animal collagen.
Let's check out some of the sprinkles you're most likely to see as well as some big-name brands...
PS: If you're concerned about the sugar in sprinkles being filtered with bone char, please read this post on vegan sugar.
Rainbow sprinkles are characterized by the variety of color in their makeup. As the name suggests, they're all different shades of the rainbow.
These are some of the most common types of sprinkles, so it's important to know what they're usually made of.
We discovered that they're typically not vegan, as you're about to see...
Cake Mate Rainbow Sprinkles
We'll start with a brand of rainbow jimmies frequently sold in chain supermarkets. Right off the bat, we know thatCake Mate Rainbow Sprinkles aren't vegan from this statement on the company website:
"Our Sprinkles contain 'Confectioner’s Glaze,' which is derived from shellac, and is NOT vegan."
Indeed, they do:
Ingredients: Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed, Soybean), Cornstarch, Dextrin, Carnauba Wax, Confectioners Glaze, Soy Lecithin, Red 40 Lake, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Red 3.
No Cake Mate Rainbow Sprinkles for us, then!
Chef's Select Rainbow Sprinkles
They're not vegan. Chef's Select Rainbow Sprinkles also contain confectioner's glaze:
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Starch, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Soya Lecithin, Gum Arabic, Confectioner's Glaze, FD&C Colors (Yellow #6 Lake, Yellow #5 Dye, Yellow #5 Lake, Blue #1 Lake, Red #40 Lake, Red #3 Dye).
So, these are also to be avoided.
They're vegan. Not all rainbow sprinkles automatically include confectioner's glaze. According to A Great Surprise on Amazon, these don't
Ingredients: Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Corn Starch, Sunflower Lecithin, Fd&C Colors (Yellow #6 Lake, Yellow #5 Lake, Blue #1 Lake, Red # 40 Lake, Red #3 Dye), Maltodextrin, Carnauba Wax, Vanillin, Cellulose Gum.
Carnauba wax comes from a type of palm native to Brazil, which means it's vegan. These sprinkles may not be the healthiest with the hydrogenated oils, but at least they don't have bugs in them.
If you see A Great Surprise Rainbow Topping Sprinkles in the store, feel free to grab them!
Not vegan. Sweets Indeed Rainbow Carnivale Candyfetti sprinkles contain confectioner's glaze and bees wax:
Ingredients: Sugar, Rice Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Corn Starch, Gum Arabic, Cellulose Gum, Confectioner's Glaze, Carrageenan, Soy Lechitin, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Malic Acid, Corn Syrup, Calcium Stearate, Tapioca Dextrin, HPMC, Carnuba Wax, Bees Wax, Mica Based Pearlescent Pigment, Titanium Dioxide, Natural and Artificial Flavors & Colors FD & C Yellow # 5, #6, Blue #1, Red #3, #40.
Definitely don't buy Sweets Indeed's Candyfetti sprinkles.
If you need chocolate or confetti sprinkles, Whole Foods has your back.
- Let's Do...certified vegan
- Supernatural Rainbow Starfetti (vegan per the Supernatural website
- 365 Chocolate Sprinkles
Amazon is a one-stop shop for many vegan supplies, including sprinkles. Here are a few you may be interested in:
How to Make Vegan Sprinkles at Home?
For the icing sugar in these sprinkles, get some powdered sugar, aquafaba (chickpea water), sea salt and natural food food dyes.
Natural food dyes can be very intuitive. You can use powders like matcha green tea (for green) and beetroot powder (for pink and purple), but spices turmeric (golden yellow) and fruit juices will work, too.