It took me a long time to know what to use to make these long sprinkles (sometimes called “jimmies”) to make them look realistic. The real candy ones have rounded edges, but the fake ones I’ve seen always have sharply cut edges, which totally look fake and suspend my disbelief. God blessed me with the idea to use the same thing I use for the cupcake icing: latex caulk. Here’s how:
SUPPLIES: YOU WILL NEED:
Icing Tip with very Small Round Hole (I used a Wilton size 3 but the finer the better)
Paint (I use the cheapest acrylic craft paint I can find)
Cut the tip off the caulk, puncture the inner lining of the caulk with something long and sharp (most caulk guns nowadays seem to have a nifty tool on them that flips around for this very purpose…it looks like a metal stick on a rivet, but a metal hanger will also do), load the caulk into the caulk gun. Duct tape the icing tip to the caulk tip.
Squeeze lines of latex caulk out on wax paper. If you don’t have wax paper, go buy some. You use it often in craft projects, it’s cheap, and it releases the caulk WONDERFULLY. I can’t say enough about how handy it is.
You don’t want thick lines because then your sprinkles will be disproportionate. You want the lines to be thin, not the full diameter of the icing tip. So to help make the caulk stretch thinner, I hold the tip a few inches above the paper and squeeze gently (instead of squeezing hard and fast) while pulling it along. It takes a very little practice.
Let the caulk dry. It should not take very long at all, maybe 10 minutes. When the caulk is dry you can peel it up and paint it. Don’t paint it on the paper. This will leave lots paint sticking flat off the side of the sprinkle, which will also look flat on one side. Instead, put the paint on your fingers and pull the caulk through it. Then lay it across something thin like tweezers or a knife blade to dry. HINT: Of course, use whichever colors you like best, but I have to mix most of them with a little white to make them look better and not so saturated or bright…in other words, not so fake. OPTIONAL: Once the paint is dry, paint them again with something glossy to give them that candy-coat shine finish.
The paint should dry very quickly too, probably in less than 10 minutes. Once the paint is dry, cut small pieces to make sprinkles. Do the measurements need to be precise or all the same? NO! The beauty of this is that long sprinkles have a variety of lengths, so your sprinkles will look realistic if they do too.
Roll the sprinkles just a little between your fingers. This rounds the edges on the ends of the sprinkle to make it took realistic. HINT: Wash the paint off your fingers if you are rolling a different color sprinkle because the paint will rub off and stick to the sprinkle, making the color a little off.
Do this with multi colors for hours and hours (good thing to do to keep your hands busy while waiting somewhere or watching television) and soon you will have a big pile like this:
All pictures were taken by me for use by anyone. Credit is nice but not demanded. Share and share alike, right?
Public Domain April 2015