Recipe: Sweet and Salty Chocolate Sprinkle Mix

updated May 1, 2019
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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Sprinkle Mix
These sweet and salty chocolate sprinkles are beloved by many and beyond easy.

Makes15 (4-ounce) jars

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An ice cream adventure in Seattle inspired what I would not very humbly call the greatest Christmas gift you can give to anyone on your list. It was at Molly Moons ice cream that I first experienced salty sprinkles, a topping made from chocolate flakes, crunchy sea salt, and bits of toffee. The idea is so stunningly simple — combine chocolate with some sweet crunch and a little salt, and you have a sprinkle that makes ice cream sing but is also transformative for coffee, buttered toast, or even chili.

This pour-and-stir recipe makes a shelf-stable, shippable gift that will be loved by any recipient. Honestly, I’m worried how I might possibly top this office gift this year.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Go Big!

For this sweet and salty sprinkle mix, you’ll need a large volume of high-quality chocolate sprinkles. You can buy inexpensive jars and skimp on the salt (buy a flaky salt, smoked is optional) and even swap the demerara sugar here for sanding sugar if it helps cut your costs. Look for sprinkles without wax, usually labelled vermicelli. I love the India Tree brand, which you can order in bulk on Amazon.

In fact, do yourself a favor and order all the ingredients on Amazon. If you put the sprinkles, demerara, salt, and jars in your shopping cart, you’ll see your total is about $68 for the amount in this recipe, which will make you 15 generous gifts for about $4.50 each with under an hour of pouring, mixing, and packaging.

What to Order

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Sprinkle Mix

These sweet and salty chocolate sprinkles are beloved by many and beyond easy.

Makes 15 (4-ounce) jars

Nutritional Info


  • 2 1/2 pounds

    chocolate sprinkles (dark chocolate vermicelli)

  • 1 pound

    demerara sugar

  • 4 ounces

    smoked flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir with a wide spatula to combine well. Divide the mixture between 15 (4-ounce) jars and seal.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The sprinkles will keep at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 3 months.