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Sprinkles Make Everything Better — This Is My Absolute Favorite Place to Buy Them

published Nov 29, 2021
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I firmly believe that no matter how old (or mature) you are, sprinkles will always make you smile. Maybe it’s just because they send a “Sugar!” signal to my brain, but a cookie, cake, or ice cream cone coated in sprinkles is the kind of foolproof, instant dopamine hit I like. And I’ve found the best place to buy them.

Credit: Rochelle Bilow

Sweetapolita is an online marketplace for sprinkles of every shape, size, hue, and theme. I stumbled upon the site last year in a fit of holiday baking. I wanted my sugar cookies to be ultra luxe — no ordinary rainbow sprinkles or green-and-red sanding sugar here — so I did a quick internet search for “fancy sprinkles.” I was immediately drawn to the cheery, bright design of Sweetapolita, and quickly got lost in pages (and pages!) of gorgeous decorations. 

If you’re in the market for a season-specific theme, you’ll find that at Sweetapolita. They really do have all sorts of options. That said, their holiday collection really takes the, uh, cake. With classic color combinations, hilarious names, and XXL-sized candy decorations, there’s so much to choose from this winter.

Credit: Rochelle Bilow

Last year, the best jar I bought was a wintry mix called Sleigh Ride. It was the perfect combination of shimmery dragées, nonpareils, and candy balls, in a winter wonderland-inspired color scheme. They looked festive on my platters of Christmas cookies, but because they didn’t scream “SANTA’S COMING!” I found myself reaching for them well into January — or whenever I needed a little baking pick-me-up.

Buy: Sweetapolita Sprinkles, $4 to $14 for 4 ounces on Sweetapolita

Prices vary, but, on average, you can pick up a half-cup of sprinkles for $4 to $14. Warning: It is very easy to rack up a cool hundred in sprinkles. I may or may not know this first-hand. But they’re worth every penny because the best part about these sprinkles isn’t their luxe look: Sweetapolita sprinkles actually taste good, too.

I’ll even admit to adding sprinkles to my morning bowls of oatmeal and yogurt on occasion. These sprinkles are so pretty, they make everyday breakfasts feel like special occasions. It may be a silly tradition, but I think I like “breakfast sprinkles” better than “cookie sprinkles.”

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