Every person with a sweet tooth must know how precious those rainbow sprinkles on your ice cream are, but what are they made of and how healthy are they? Let’s find out.
If there’s anyone who unfortunately doesn’t know what sprinkles are, then let me tell you. Sprinkles are those small little colourful bits of sugar that are used for the decoration of sweets and desserts.
Sprinkles are made from corn syrup, shortening, sugar, cornstarch, wax coating, artificial food colourings and flavours. They have high amounts of sugar, carbs, calories etc. They also have some micronutrients such as copper, magnesium, iron etc.
So practically speaking, sprinkles are filled with sugar and even though the consumption of sprinkles is less yet a small serving would consist of lots of sugar. Even the ones that might be labelled as “Healthy” would end up giving you the same amount of calories.
Having two cups of sprinkles would be around two thousand calories which are almost equal to the daily calorie limit of a person.
Sprinkles also contain gelatin in the mixture and some sprinkles contain insect extracts that might be used instead of wax for coating it. Had to let you know, in case you’re vegan or don’t want these kinds of stuff in their food.
There are also these “Silver Sprinkles” that usually go by the name of “silver dragées” that are silver coated, as you might have already guessed by the name. These are not approved as edible food items by FDA.
Thus, the sprinkles are the villain in disguise of a rainbow coating and to consume much of it might not be very healthy for you in case of calories intake.
So can these villains ever be the hero in the scene? Well, the answer is yes! We aren’t even cutting them out of our diet, are we? Thus, the only way to reduce the bad effects of sprinkles is to make them healthy. For this, you can some of the ways of making them at home in the healthiest way possible so you can enjoy them without having to worry about the calories that the store-bought ones might give you. There’s also an option of using organic sprinkles.
Organic sprinkles are the sprinkles that claim to use better ingredients for flavouring and colouring of sprinkles such as beetroot, turmeric, spinach, etc. Some brands make vegan and gluten-free sprinkles.
It’s not very hard to make sprinkles and it can be a fun activity if you decide to give it a try.
For this various ingredients are used, such as powdered sugar, erythritol, egg whites, stevia, whey powder, arrowroot starch etc.
For colouring, artificial food colour might be used or you can experiment with other options that are natural and healthier, such as turmeric, carrots, beetroot, blueberries, spirulina etc.
For flavours, you can add some artificial flavours into the sprinkles for added taste.
You can make the mixture and shape them into long long lines of thickness you want, let them dry and break them into the desired length.