Sprinkles, which are known in some countries as hundreds and thousands, are very small pieces of confectionery used as an often colorful decoration or to add texture to desserts such as brownies, cupcakes, doughnuts, or ice cream.
The tiny candies are produced in a variety of colors and are generally used as a topping or a decorative element. The Dictionary of American Regional English defines them as “tiny balls or rod-shaped bits of candy used as a topping for ice-cream, cakes and other.”
Sprinkles generally require frosting, ice cream, or some other sort of sticky material in order to stick to the desired food surface. They can be most commonly found on smaller confections such as cupcakes or frosted sugar cookies, as these generally have more frosting and smaller diameters than do cakes.