Create Your Own Homemade Christmas Sprinkle Mixes

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas is the perfect excuse to go baking crazy in the kitchen, so why not add these homemade Christmas sprinkle mixes to your creations. I know the shops are filled with pre-made sprinkles, and yes this may take longer to make than just buying, but I've never been one to take the easy option. I've also put them into these cute jars, so they make the perfect display in your kitchen, or as a pre-christmas gift.

homemade christmas tree sprinkles
homemade christmas sprinkle mixes

You can use the mixes to decorate your cupcakes, cakes, and biscuits, melt them into chocolate barks or over hot chocolate drinks. Now I'm not just going to make them and leave you alone with them (of course be free to experiment). Each week over the entire festive month, I'm going to be including these mixes in my Christmas inspired baking treats, including... you don't think I'm going to ruin the surprise now do you? You're going to have to wait. I'll give you a few clue though, they're all vegan, all easy to make and so tasty. Talking of vegan, all these sprinkle mixes are vegan too, and made with ingredients found in your kitchen; icing sugar, dairy-free milk, golden syrup, vanilla extracts, fondant and food dye. Once you get started making these you'll never want to stop. Take a few hours out of your busy Christmas schedule, throw on your apron, put on that Christmas playlist you've been dying to listen to and let's get making! To make these mixes, you can either use fondant, or an icing mix. Each work as well as each other, just depends on how well you are at piping, or what cutters you have available.

Christmas Sprinkle Mixes

FONDANT SPRINKLES - YOU WILL NEED:

(Makes 1/3 cup)
  • 200g white/coloured fondant
  • Gel food colouring
  • Edible glitter (optional)

ICING SPRINKLES - YOU WILL NEED:

(Makes 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free milk
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extracts (or other flavoured extracts you like)
  • Coloured food dye
  • Glittered sugar (optional)

CHRISTMAS TREE

homemade christmas tree sprinkles

Your tree, baubles, and even the star on top of your tree is included in this sprinkle mix. To make this mix, I used just fondant. I tried to pipe these, and I'm probably the worst person at piping. I definitely need a lot more practise! If you don't have a tree cutter at hand (like I didn't), cut your green fondant into a triangle, and cut a groove halfway down on each end, cut from the groove to edge of the triangle. Cut into the bottom to create the pot for your tree. For the baubles, I used two sizes of confetti sprinkles. You can even blend some of your fondant together to make really cool colour effects.

homemade christmas tree sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you are using coloured fondant then skip this step. Take a piece of your white fondant and using a toothpick, add a few drops of the food colouring. Fold the fondant in half and half again and start kneeding until the colour is evenly spread out. If the colour is not deep enough, keep adding and kneeding.
  2. Dust some icing sugar on your surface and roll out your fondant to 0.5mm. (Optional) For the baubles, sprinkle some edible glitter onto the fondant.
  3. Using cutters and the end of a piping nozzles, cut out your shapes.
  4. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper for 8 hours or overnight.

CANDY CANES

homemade candy cane fondant sprinkles

I absolutely love these fondant candy canes, and found them so therapeutic to make. It slightly reminded me of being back at nursery playing with play dough, but when you see the method you'll understand why. You basically twist together the red and white fondant, cut them to size, and shape them like the tiny candy canes that they are. You could make them in a range of colour, or even make them slightly bigger and use them as cupcake toppers, it's completely up to you. I also included little candy cane pieces, and white and red confetti sprinkles.

homemade candy cane fondant sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you are using coloured fondant then skip this step. Take a piece of your white fondant and using a toothpick, add a few drops of the food colouring. Fold the fondant in half and half again and start kneeding until the colour is evenly spread out. If the colour is not deep enough, keep adding and kneeding.
  2. Take a piece of your white and red fondant and place them onto a surface dusted with icing sugar.
  3. Roll the two colours separately out into long snake shapes. You want these no thicker than 0.5cm.
  4. Carefully twist the two coloured fondants together to create a twisted swirl.
  5. With your finger, lightly press down to form a smooth, combined stripe.
  6. Cut them into 3cm pieces, and curve the top around like a candy cane hook. Repeat to create candy cane pieces.
  7. Using a small end of a nozzle, create white and red confetti sprinkles.
  8. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper for 8 hours or overnight.

Learning how to make my own Christmas sprinkle mixes with @helloaycan #blogmas

THE SNOWMAN

homemade snowman fondant sprinkles

This is my favourite mix. I was imagining the shapes of this mix in my head, and then once I saw it complete, I got very excited. Yes I got super excited over sprinkles. This is the sort of thing Christmas does to you. I have carefully taken apart the snowman to put together this sprinkle mix; his head and body, nose, buttons, eyes and arms. For this mix, we will be using both fondant and icing sprinkles. Ohhhhhhhh. I allowed myself to use icing for some of these sprinkle, as they're just a round shape. Super easy.

homemade snowman fondant sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl sift your icing sugar and add all your ingredients together except your food dye, glittered sugar and fondant.
  2. Using an electric whisk, mix the ingredients together. The consistency resembles a thick paste; thick enough to hold it's shape, but thin enough to go through your piping nozzle. If it's too thin, gradually add more icing sugar, if it's too thick, gradually add more dairy free milk. Make sure there are no lumps as you'll be working with a tiny piping nozzle.
  3. Separate your mixture into small bowls and add you're desired food colouring. Preferably use gel food colouring as liquid may change the consistency of your mix.
  4. Using a small nozzle, scoop your mixture into your piping bag. If you don't have any noozles small enough, use a disposable piping bag and snip the end off. If you have neither of these, you can use a ziplock bag and snip the end off.
  5. Carefully start to pipe the desired shapes. This may take some time to get use to but you'll get the hang of it. For the twiggy arms, just pipe long lines, for the buttons and eyes, little blobs, and for the actual snowman, round circles onto your greaseproof paper.
  6. (Optional) Sprinkle a little of the glitter sugar over half the round circles.
  7. To make your carrots, take a small piece of your orange fondant and roll it into a ball. Mould it into a carrot shape and with a toothpick, press on some lines to create details.
  8. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper for 8 hours or overnight. Once your snowman mix is dry, break your twiggy arms into sprinkle strands. Peel off the rest of your mix and add it to your jar.

CHRISTMAS PUDDING

homemade christmas pudding fondant sprinkles

With the Christmas pudding mix, we have of course the pudding, the holly, and traditional icing on top. This mix looks the most Christmasy with the colours and traditional shapes. I couldn't find any holly leaf cutters small enough to make these so I've had to diy. I just used a small nozzle and used the curve to create the outline for the holly.

homemade christmas pudding fondant sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you are using coloured fondant then skip this step. Take a piece of your white fondant and using a toothpick, add a few drops of the food colouring. Fold the fondant in half and half again and start kneeding until the colour is evenly spread out. If the colour is not deep enough, keep adding and kneeding.
  2. Dust some icing sugar on your surface and roll out your fondant to 0.5cm. (Optional) For the pudding icing, sprinkle some edible glitter onto the fondant.
  3. To make your holly, roll out your red fondant and use a small nozzle as a cutter, and then roll into little balls. For the leaves, roll out your green fondant and using a leaf cutter cut out your leaf shapes.
  4. To make your pudding, roll out your brown fondant and use the base of a nozzle as a cutter. For the pudding icing, roll out your white fondant and use the base of a nozzle as a cutter, and mould with your fingers to create an icing shape.
  5. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper for 8 hours or overnight.
homemade christmas sprinkle mixes

I have tried to keep the measurements of the ingredients as accurate as possible, but it all depends on the size you make your sprinkles, and the container you wish to put them in. If you have any fondant left over, roll them out and using a small nozzle, press to create confetti sprinkles. If you have any icing left, pipe long lines across your greeseproof paper. Once dried, break into small pieces to create sprinkle stands.

Who is excited for Christmas? I definatly am! Making these sprinkle mixes are so fun, and just give a personal touch to all those yummy baked goods! Let me know in the comments below what you like to bake in the kitchen. Mine has to be gingerbread. Don't forget to share your photos with me if you make any of these sprinkles.

homemade christmas sprinkle mixes

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