Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils aka Sno-Caps

I don’t know what it is about those chocolate chips with sprinkles on top, but ever since I was a kid, it was always my favorite theater candy.  You can now find them at most retailers in that same theater candy box, but I wanted to do something a little different for Valentine’s Day.  Plus, I wanted to use a better chocolate too!  You can make these yourself, and it is extremely easy.  Feel free to use whatever color nonpareils you like!

Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils Snocaps

You Will Need:

4oz bar of bittersweet chocolate
4oz bar of semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 tsp vegetable shortening or coconut oil
your favorite colors of nonpareils
ziptop bag
parchment paper

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate (I used Ghirardelli brand) and shortening or coconut oil together, and stir until smooth.  Pour into a piping bag or ziptop top bag and let it set.  You could make your buttons right away, but I found letting the chocolate cool a bit will allow you to make less drips and mess.  

Snip the tiniest bit of the corner of the bag off and squeeze the chocolate onto parchment paper (lined in a sheet pan) into little drops or buttons.  Really, you can make whatever shape you like here: hearts, circles, ovals, blobs.  It all tastes the same, so don’t worry if they don’t look perfect or have trails of chocolate coming off (mine did). 

Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils Snocaps

Let them sit for about 10-20 minutes before pouring the nonpareils on, or they will sink into the chocolate drops. They still taste yummy even if that happens!  Remember, the mistake candies are calorie and carb free (right?).  Now you will see why we put the parchment paper in a sheet pan when you do this.  Those colorful little balls will go everywhere!   The first time I made these I didn’t use a sheet pan, and I had balls all over my kitchen table and floor.  Yeah, go ahead and giggle at my phrasing!  Completely cover each drop with nonpareils.  Once they set completely, you can pour all of the unused nonpareils back into the jar.  See aren’t you glad you used a sheet pan?

Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils Snocaps

Be sure to let these set until hardened!  You can put them in the fridge to speed up the process.

Display prettily in a gift box or candy bowl!

Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils Snocaps


Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils Snocaps


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  • I definitely have to make these but I think hubby might like them sweeter so maybe semi-sweet and milk chocolate? Saving this recipe for sure. Thanks for the great post. I didn’t laugh at the “balls all over”, well maybe a little! 🙂

  • Definitely making these for my kids this Valentines, my daughter is allergic to wheat so it’s always hard to get her candies and she feels left out when the others get the heart candy boxes.

  • So pretty and so simple. Wonder how dark chocolate would be in this. Plus you could use green for St. Patrick’s Day, orange for Halloween…easily make them decorative for each holiday.

    • Hi Jerry! It makes the chocolate smooth and gives it a bit more melt in your mouth feel! You could try without, but it’s such a small amount, I wouldn’t omit it.

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