Do Sprinkles Even Have a Point?

Donut with sprinkles
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When it comes to desserts such as cakes, donuts, or ice cream, a common topping that we may find on top of them is sprinkles. It’s been ingrained into our collective subconscious minds that sprinkles are a must-add to any of these tasty sweet delights. But interesting enough, no one has ever stopped and asked the following very simple question: do sprinkles even have a point?

They Don’t Taste Like Anything

The truth is that sprinkles don’t actually taste like anything. They just have this sort of crunch that kind of adds texture to whatever dessert you’re eating—but even this feels a bit lame. The truth is that sprinkles don’t really add much substance to the desserts they inhabit.

It’s All About Presentation

Maybe sprinkles aren’t so much about what they taste like or how they feel, and more about the color they add. We as humans love a meal with a good flashy presentation. We’ve loved it since we were kids and taste our first banana cream sundae with sprinkles on top. And we loved those sprinkles not being they added taste—but because they made the sundae look more special. And isn’t that all the difference we need sometimes?