Homemade Nonpareils

Homemade Nonpareils

Whether you call them nonpareils or the brand name Sno-Caps, these chocolate candies covered in nonpareil sprinkles come in a variety of colors, flavors, and type of chocolate. Even though they are made with just three ingredients and nonpareil sprinkles are usually free of confectioner’s glaze, the commercially-produced versions of these candies are rarely vegan. No vegan nonpareils for us. What gives?

Luckily, they are incredibly simple to make and taste like magic, even if they’re just sprinkle-coated pieces of chocolate. Usually nonpareils are made with white nonpareil sprinkles, but I had some rainbow sprinkles on hand. You can use whatever color you want, and add a flavor extract if you want (green sprinkles and 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract, anyone?).

Vegan nonpareils recipe

Vegan Nonpareils


Vegan nonpareil cake sprinkles
12 oz bittersweet or dark chocolate*
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
*This is roughly 1 bag (2 cups) of chocolate chips. Bittersweet chocolate is preferable for vegan nonpareils but any type of dark chocolate you like will work.


Take a clean, dry small cookie sheet or 9×13 baking pan. Fill the bottom with a layer of nonpareils (you can pour the leftovers back into the bottle to reuse, hence the cleanliness and dryness of pan). Set aside.

Combine the chocolate and vegetable shortening in a heat or microwave-safe glass bowl and melt over a double boiler or in the microwave. Then stir.

Pour teaspoon-sized discs of chocolate onto to the nonpareils. Then, repeat until all the chocolate is gone or you run out of space. Let the chocolate firm up at room temperature. If you have leftover chocolate you can repeat the process.

Store in a cool spot.

See, super easy! You could even make little treat bags tied with ribbons and give them away as gifts. Or fill a box with a bunch of homemade vegan candy to really make someone’s day. If you’re looking for more candy ideas, I’ve also posted recipes for Fairy Food, Pumpkin Spice Fudge, Milk Duds, and Cake Pops. And there’s more candy recipes in the Vegan Candyland zine, which is available in my online store. It’s perfect candy-making season right now because it’s cold and dark and your chocolate won’t melt homemade candy can make someone’s day.



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3 Comment

  1. Oh no why… I want these!

  2. We call chocolate buttons covered in hundreds-and thousands (the Australian term for rainbow sprinkles) Chocolate Freckles. Unfortunately a lot of sprinkles here are not vegan (either due to gelatine or colour or occasional confectioner’s glaze issues), but there are a couple that are so we can still have out freckles and fairy bread. 🙂

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