Just read the link .. looks totally brilliant! And so much cheaper than buying them. Now I just need a reason to make them! Thanks for sharing! I imagine at least that the flavor would be better, given that you can flavor them however you'd like.
Sounds like a fun project to try!
would it be the same to use royal icing?
I so wanna try!
Has anybody ever tried it? How is the texture compared to store bout sprinkles?
I made my own sprinkles in 1991 because they didn't make the color that was needed and to special order a custom batch was a minimum of 3,000 lbs. Never again! It was a bitch, and I used the tip that has three holes in it. I guess if you've got way too much time on your hands, and the color isn't available, it might be something to consider but it isn't fun. Sprinkles aren't too expensive if you can purchase in bulk, and there probably isn't a color that isn't available today.
After I made all of those sprinkles for a 4 or 5 tier wedding cake, I found out that the bride would have been just as happy with dyed coconut on the sides... ARG! It wasn't really the texture she cared about, just as long as something was applied to match the same color as the icing.
I've made shaped sprinkles from fondant before, using scrapbook punches. Just roll the fondant out as thin as you can, cut it into strips, let it dry a while, and then punch it out like paper. Let them dry on waxed paper overnight at least before you use them. They taste pretty good.
You can also make your own edible glitter flakes, from gum arabic, gel color, luster dust and water. There are recipes to make clear sparkles, just find one of those and add the luster dust when you mix it up. I've also used gum arabic and gold airbrush color to make gold flakes for cupcakes.
where can you but gum arabic?
Gum arabic comes from the cake supply store, or order it from an online supplier. Sometimes it's added to royal icing to strengthen it for doing extensions, and you can paint gumpaste leaves with a mx of gum arabic and water to give them a little shine.
Neat concept with the fondant "sprinkles". Now if only I were in need of some.