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I’m a Former Pastry Chef and These Adorable Sprinkles Literally Make Everything Better

published Feb 1, 2023
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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a steadfast sprinkles fan. They weren’t just thrown over vanilla ice cream or dusted over a chocolate-frosted cupcake. No, I poured them right onto pancakes, dumped them into yogurt, and sometimes even Salt Bae-d them right on top of my bowl of cereal. If there was any evidence of my dedication to the sweeter things in life (a dedication which eventually led me to become a pastry chef), it’d be a trail of the teeny-tiny, super-cute sprinkles that I just couldn’t seem to get enough of. 

Later in life, when I started my donut business, I decided I’d take a stab at creating the sugary topping myself. It’s not that I had anything against the OG sprinkles of my childhood — it’s just that the opportunity to bake up little sprinkles in fun colors and flavors was all too enticing. I made mini raspberry hearts for Valentine’s Day (to accompany a rosé donut, no less), piped long and incredibly thin lines of brown butter to add crunch to my mocha donuts, and crafted mini lemongrass circles to top a strawberry lemonade glaze.

Once I began my sprinkle-making journey, there was no stopping me — until the pandemic hit and I had to shut down my little donut operation.

Although my craving for sprinkles persisted, my drive to spend hours hand-piping tiny shapes, lines, and squiggles did not. But after all my inventing of those unique little bits of joy, it was nearly impossible to return to the boring ol’ sugary flecks of my childhood. That is, until I came across Supernatural’s line of unbelievably cute and totally unique sprinkles. 

What sets these gorgeous, tiny morsels apart from other sprinkles on the market is not only their fun shapes (like this dino-themed bottle — so adorable!), but also their ingredients. While most sprinkles feature a mix of oils, preservatives, dyes, and other mystery ingredients, Supernatural’s are vegan, gluten- and soy-free, and colored with a natural rainbow derived from plants and spices.

While I’m a serious fan of every single bottle I’ve tried so far (translation: a lot!), three of my current favorites are bundled together in the Winter Sprinkle Set. With a bottle of do-it-all multi-colored Starfetti, twinkly and festive Snowfall, and a whimsical peek into spring called Into the Woods, this trio just about covers any sprinkle need I might have. They’re all slightly lemony in flavor, and a totally fun way to ease the endless cold of the winter. You’ll catch me pouring these out into my favorite confetti cookies, as a celebratory decoration on top of layer cakes and pavlovas, and right on top of ice cream sundaes. And as that friend who exclusively signs up to bring dessert to the potluck, all my friends and family can attest to the freshness and downright adorableness of these sprinkles.

And really, the best thing about these stunning sprinkles is the smile they consistently evoke. With the Winter Sprinkle Set, every bowl of ice cream I make as a post-dinner treat makes me grin, and I’ve also seen so many faces light up when I bust out a platter of cupcakes at gatherings with family and friends. There’s just something about these playful, colorful sprinkles that brings out such unbridled joy.

Recently, I decided to flex my donut-making muscles again. I made a couple of batches on a chilly Saturday morning (there’s nothing better than a fresh donut on a cold January day IMO), but instead of painstakingly making my own sprinkles, I just used Supernatural‘s. Not only did they do my donuts justice, but they also elevated the flavor and aesthetic of the sweet treats. Now, if only I knew about the brand back when my company was still going! 

Buy: Supernatural Winter Sprinkle Set, $19 (normally $23.97)