The different types of edible sprinkles and how to use them in your baking

The different types of edible sprinkles and how to use them in your baking

The Different Kinds of Sprinkles and How to Use Them

When it comes to decorating your desserts, there are few things as fun and versatile as sprinkles. But with so many different types of sprinkles available, it can be hard to know which ones to use for which desserts. Which are the best sprinkles for baking? How do you choose the right sprinkles?

Luckily, our team has put together a handy guide on this to help make your choice easier. We'll teach you all about the different types of sprinkles and how to use them to create beautiful, tasty desserts.

So, What are the Different Types of Sprinkles?

There are so many different kinds of sprinkles to choose from, but we’re here to break it down for you so you know how to choose the right sprinkles for your next delicious creation.


Nonpareils are the most common type of sprinkle, and they're perfect for adding a pop of colour to any dessert. If you've ever been to a carnival or enjoyed a celebratory cake or cupcake, you've likely encountered nonpareils, also known as 2mm sprinkles. These tiny, round balls of sugar come in a rainbow of hues and add a festive touch to any treat. 


For something a little more fun, try jimmies, which are long and cylindrical in shape. These are usually what springs to mind when we think of sprinkles. Jimmies are a soft sprinkle and easy to consume. They’re perfect for confetti or ‘funfetti’ cakes.  

Jimmies are often used to decorate cakes, cookies, and ice cream. If you're looking to add some texture to your desserts, try using this type of sprinkle. Jimmies are my go too, they are fun for all ages and easy on your teeth. 


Confetti sprinkles are coloured round pieces of flat sugar that are often used on cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other desserts. They come in a variety of colours, and often come in specific shapes like hearts, petals, or stars. You may also hear them called ‘quins’, short for sequins. Ideal for confetti or ‘funfetti’ cakes. 

Another great choice for all ages. 


Rods can come in three sizes, mini rods, rice rods and regular rods. Available in a wide range of colours, rods are stick-shaped and brightly coloured with a hard coating. If you're using these as decorations, we suggest sticking them to the surface of your dessert or straight into buttercream. Sometimes filled with raw pasta (contains gluten) but more commonly now they are filled the same as shaped sprinkles which aren't as hard on your teeth. 


Crystal sprinkles can be coarse or fine kind of sprinkles. With just the right balance of sweetness and crunch, these add an earthy, natural appearance to your desserts. You can mix the finer details into fondant for cookies. An extra decoration that is unique and delicious. 

Sugar Pearls

For something extra special, sugar pearls are a harder sprinkle that have the appearance of a pearl. We have these available in sizes of 4mm, 7mm and special 7mm marble.

A fun way to use different types of sprinkles:

Now that you know all about the different types of sprinkles, it’s time to get creative and have fun mixing and matching sprinkles and start decorating your next batch of yummy, colourful desserts!

Here at Be Bold Bakes, we have a range of the best sprinkles for baking. For more information, please reach out to Kayla on 0428 040 381 or email

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