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There are some things in life about which it’s okay to get excited WAY early, like weeks or even months in advance. Chatting about summer vacay plays in January, playing Christmas songs in August, making a spreadsheet that counts down the 5,000 hours until your favorite TV show airs again–these are all perfectly normal reasons to be excited.
With my dad and brother, though, it’s the Super Bowl. Last September, I caught them whispering quietly about getting Super Bowl tickets, which cost as much apiece as my entire kitchen. Of course, the combined pressure of my mom and common sense eventually shut down that idea, but with the big game right around the corner, celebration day spirits at home are at an all-time high again. Luckily, I’ve found my niche in the family when these kinds of things happen–so into the kitchen I went this weekend for some Super Brainstorming!
As you’ve probably realized by now, Skittles is an official sponsor of the NFL which means that Skittles is here to Make Super Bowl 50 Even Sweeter, and it just felt right to include my brother’s favorite candy in the celebration prep this year. After rummaging through some old recipe ideas, I finally decided that I wanted to make something fun and new to celebrate Skittles in a new way: Skittle sprinkles! The process takes a bit of time from start to finish, but it’s totally simple, plus you get to see your friends’ amazed faces when you tell them that you just transformed their childhood fav into an edible topping.
Of course, this meant that I was going to need a whole LOT of Skittles, so I hopped onto Amazon (a girl’s best friend), sifted through the Starburst and Snickers, and finally ordered some Skittles.
And a few bags of Skittles Orchards candy.
And maybe some Twix Caramel Minis for good measure, because they’re MY favorite candy and I certainly am not going to sit around in the kitchen making Skittle Sprinkles for other folks without my own snacking time! Plus participating products are up to 20% off for a limited time, so WHY NOT.
48 hours later, a HUGE box was sitting on my doorstep. Without thinking, I went to pick it up and–oomph! Apparently I had forgotten that I had ordered 17 pounds of candy for this particular experiment, and it took all my squatting power to finally tumble the box from my stoop into my apartment.
Once I’d ripped open the first ginormous bag of Skittles and basically wallowed in its rainbow glory for a few minutes, I got down to business, Mulan style. The first thing I did was sort through for my preferred color, which was red–but you’ll want to make sure you make your Skittle sprinkles in your fav team colors! Then I threw them into my food processor:
I also added a few drops of red food coloring to help bring out the color a bit:
Once your Skittles reach a pretty fine powder, you’ll want to spread them flat on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake it in your preheated oven at ~200 degrees F for about 2-3 hours:
The candy should be completely dried out by this point, but it will have clumped together, so you can toss it back into the food processor for a final whirl….and voila! Beautiful, colorful Skittle sprinkles to dust on top of your favorite team cupcake recipe, or any number of baked goods that I’m sure you’ll all have on hand for Super Bowl 50.
What snacks and candies are you going to grab for your big game day prep?
- Assorted Skittles
- Food coloring
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Sort your Skittles according to the color that you want to use. It takes a generous amount of Skittles to make a fairly small amount of sprinkles.
- Grind your first color of Skittles in a food processor (it will be very loud!) until it reaches a slightly clumpy powder. Add 3-4 drops of the same color food coloring, then continue grinding for 30 seconds.
- Pour Skittles onto prepared cookie sheet, spreading the powder fairly thin. Bake in preheated oven for 2-3 hours, checking every 30 minutes or so. Once your Skittle powder clumps up a bit and dries out, remove from oven. Allow candy clump to cool a bit before handling.
- Crumble Skittles clump into the food processor and grind for about one minute, until it regains a powdery fine consistency. Allow sprinkles to cool completely before storing in an airtight jar or sprinkling on top of your favorite cupcake!