Toppings & Decorations
Sprinkles, food coloring, and other decorations give that special finishing touch to your confections. But what’s really inside the box? In many conventional options, you’ll find questionable ingredients such as artificial food dyes and food-grade wax, plus loads of sugar. If you’re looking to steer clear but still want to elevate your next ice cream sundae, keep reading for our suggestions—which only have ingredients you can actually pronounce.
The History of Chocolate Syrup
In a report about the history of chocolate syrup, Smithsonian Magazine shares the surprising way it was used before everyone started drizzling it on bowls of ice cream: to sweeten unpleasant medicines. “Druggists of the day often used the dark powder to whip up a syrup sweet enough to mask the flavor of objectionable remedies.” And The Pharmaceutical Era from 1899 shares “few substances are so eagerly taken by children or invalids, and fewer still are better than [chocolate] for masking the taste of bitter or nauseous medicinal substances.”
Top Food Decoration Brands
These brands will take your desserts to the next level.
If you have a family of picky eaters, they’ll love Noshi’s innovative food paints. Founded by a former art teacher and stay-at-home-dad, Noshi makes gluten-free and USDA Certified Organic condiments in flavors like peach and blueberry that can be spread over fruit, toast, waffles, and more.
Santa Cruz Organic
Known for its nut butters and juices, Santa Cruz Organic also tackles everyone’s favorite course: dessert. The company started in the 1970s when founder John Battendieri pressed his first batch of apple juice, which was the brand’s first and most iconic product.
Home bakers trust ColorKitchen for offering an alternative to the chemical additives found in typical packaged foods. Founded by Ashley Phelps, the brand has perfected color-based ingredients for making cookies and cakes extra special, no artificial or preservatives required.
Best Food Decorations
Make sure these favorite items are in your baking drawer.
ColorKitchen Rainbow Sprinkles
To add a little extra color to cakes, sundaes, and cookies, rainbow sprinkles are practically required. This vegan and gluten-free option from ColorKitchen is made from cornstarch and pure sugar, and the sprinkles are dyed with vegetable juices, not artificial colors.
Santa Cruz Organic Chocolate Syrup
An easy-to-use pop top makes this chocolate syrup a simple solution for feeding families. The recipe is Certified Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, and low sodium.
Noshi Food Paint for Kids
Time to get creative in the kitchen! Noshi inspires the young (and young at heart) to play with food and use fruit-based spreads to add extra flavor to their meal—no processed sugars, artificial colors, or preservatives.
Easy Homemade Desserts from Thrive Market
Wholesome treats the whole family will love? We have everything you need to whip up easy homemade desserts any time.
Healthier Cookie and Cake Recipes
With more than 50 recipes to choose from, you’ll never wonder what to make for dessert. There’s something for everyone—try Banana Upside Down Cake, Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, or a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie you’ll want to eat straight from the pan.
Ice Cream Recipes Made With Collagen
If you’re making ice cream, there’s no sense in missing an opportunity to sneak in some healthy ingredients. Each of these four recipes features collagen, which is believed to support joint health.
Member Favorite: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe (featuring brown butter!) was an instant favorite from the moment we shared it. Every batch is made with pantry staples you probably already have on hand, like baking powder, brown sugar, and gluten-free flour.