How to Make Fairy Bread: The Perfect Party Snack for Kids

Do you have a party coming up and need a fun, easy snack for the kids? Fairy bread is perfect!

So this is how to make fairy bread. You spread butter generously on white bread slices, sprinkle with hundreds and thousands, and serve.

This simple recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Plus, it’s super easy to make – let us show you how!

The Delicious and Fun Fairy Bread

How to Make Fairy Bread: The Perfect Party Snack for Kids
Australian fairy bread. Credit: canva

What is a fairy bread?

It’s a slice of bread with butter, and colorful sprinkles called 100’s & 1000’s on top.

This classic party food is popular in Australia and New Zealand, but it’s easy to make wherever you are.

Fairy bread is the perfect snack for kids’ parties, birthday parties, school functions, or any time you need a quick and easy treat.

Why is it called fairy bread?

There are a few different stories about how the Australian fairy bread got its name.

One story says that two Australian sisters, Helen and Margaret Anderson, created the recipe in the 1920s. They named it after the fairies in the children’s book they were reading at the time, called The Fairy Cake Cookbook.

Another story says that Scottish immigrants in the 1800s created fairy bread. They called it “fairy cake” because it was a treat their children could enjoy even on a tight budget.

It may also come from Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Fairy Bread” from A Child’s Garden of Verses, published in 1885 and used to describe a variety of food.

Whatever the origin, fairy bread is a delicious and fun treat that your kids will love!

Why is fairy bread popular in Australia?

There are a few theories about why fairy bread is so popular in Australia. One theory is that because Australia is such a melting pot of cultures, fairy bread is a way to bring everyone together.

Another theory is that fairy bread is famous because it’s a cheap and easy-to-make snack. It’s said to be the easiest and most affordable way to make kids happy at birthday parties.

Australia even has a special Fairy Bread Day dedicated to the dessert.

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that fairy bread is a beloved part of Australian culture.

Does fairy bread taste good?

Yes, it does. Fairy bread is sweet, buttery, and crunchy – everything a good snack should be! The combination of soft basic bread with rich butter and sugary sprinkles is irresistible.

If you’ve never had fairy bread before, trust us – you’re in for a treat!

How to Make Fairy Bread?

fairy bread
Fairy bread with hundreds and thousands. Credit: canva

How do you make fairy bread at home?

It’s so easy!

All you need is some white bread, butter, and 100’s & 1000’s (also known as sprinkles).

Pick your bread

Fairy bread is made with the good old-fashioned, cheap white loaf. Any white sandwich bread will work for this recipe, whether store-bought or homemade.

Slice the bread into pieces that are about thumb-sized.

Spread the bread with margarine or butter

Use a generous amount of butter on the slices of bread – this is not the time to be stingy!

You can either use a knife to spread the butter or melt it and brush it on with a pastry brush.

Once the bread is evenly coated with butter, it’s time to add the sprinkles.

Sprinkle with 100’s & 1000’s

Also known as nonpareils, 100’s & 1000’s (hundreds and thousands) are tiny colorful balls made from sugar. The multicolored sprinkles are the perfect topping for fairy bread!

Simply sprinkle them on top of the buttered pieces of bread, and you’re done.

Cut it in half (optional)

The bread is typically cut diagonally into triangles. This makes it easier for kids to eat, and also allows more surface area for the sprinkles!

If you want to play with shapes, you can also cut the bread into cute bread shapes like triangles, circles or use a cookie cutter for hearts or stars, depending on the party theme.

You can either cut the bread before or after you add the sprinkles.

Serve & enjoy!

Fairy bread is best served fresh, but it will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two.

Can you make fairy bread the night before?

You can make fairy bread in advance or the night before, but it’s best served fresh.

If you do make it ahead of time, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. The bread will soften overnight, but it will still be delicious!

Should I refrigerate fairy bread?

No, you don’t need to refrigerate fairy bread. In fact, it’s best to be kept and served at room temperature.

If you refrigerate it, the bread will not look and taste good. It will become hard and dry, the coloring from the 100s and 1000s absorbs into the bread and the whole thing can become a sticky mess.

Variations and Recipes

homemade fairy bread
Homemade fairy bread. Credit: canva

Traditional fairy bread recipe

Ingredients

  • Store-bought 8 slices white bread
  • Spreadable butter (or margarine)
  • 1 cup sprinkles (100’s & 1000’s)

Instructions

  1. Cover slices of white bread with plenty of spreadable butter to begin. Be generous and distribute the butter to the edges (where the sprinkles will adhere).
  2. Using a spoon, carefully add hundreds and thousands of sprinkles on top of the buttered bread. I find it easiest to do this by spooning over the sprinkles using a dessert spoon.
  3. Finally, cut your bread slice into triangles. Serve immediately.

Healthy fairy bread recipe

Even fairies are aware that you can’t eat sweet foods all the time. The goal is to make nutritious meals taste and seem insanely delicious.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of wheat bread
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp candy-coated sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Use a bread knife to remove the crusts from the bread. Set aside.
  2. Slice the bread into triangles.
  3. Combine cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and avocado in a mixing bowl. Blend until you have a smooth spread.
  4. Spread evenly onto the bread slices.
  5. Finally, top with sunflower seeds and chia seeds to cover the entire surface. Serve right away.

Variations

There are so many different ways that you can make fairy bread! You can even make your version of fairy bread.

Here are a few of our favorite variations:

Hagelslag

Try using bread with chocolate sprinkles in place of the sugar. This treat is popular in the Netherlands, known as “hagelslag,” which translates to “hailstorm.”

Margarine with Rainbow Jimmies

For a classic American take on fairy bread, try using margarine instead of the butter and rainbow jimmies instead of the nonpareils.

Cinnamon Sugar Fairy Bread

This variation is simply delicious! Instead of the colored sprinkles, sprinkle your bread with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread with Chocolate Sprinkles

This variation is sure to please any chocoholic!

Spread a generous layer of chocolate and hazelnut spread (Nutella) on your bread. Cut into triangles and enjoy! Top with chocolate sprinkles.

You can replace the Nutella with peanut butter or cream cheese.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread with Gold Sanding Sugar

This variation will please anyone who loves a little bit of sparkle!

Spread a generous layer of chocolate and hazelnut spread on your bread. Top with gold sanding sugar. Cut into triangles and enjoy!

Fruit and Nut Fairy Bread

This is a great way to add healthy toppings to your fairy bread! Try topping your bread with dried fruits and nuts.

We like apricots, raisins, almonds, and pistachios. Yum!

Caramel Spread with Freeze Dried Raspberries

This is a fun and unique take on fairy bread!

Spread a generous layer of caramel spread on your bread. Top with freeze-dried raspberries. Cut into triangles and enjoy!

Caramel Spread with Confetti Sprinkles

This variation is sure to be a hit at any party!

Spread a generous layer of caramel spread on your bread. Top with confetti sprinkles.

FAQs

Are you supposed to toast fairy bread?

No, you don’t need to toast fairy bread. The bread is already cooked, so all you need to do is add the toppings.

What are 100’s & 1000’s?

100’s & 1000’s are tiny colorful balls of sugar. The candy sprinkles come in various colors, but the most common color is white.

They are sold in most grocery stores in Australia. They are sometimes referred to as nonpareil sprinkles in other countries.

Is fairy bread Kiwi or Australian?

Fairy bread is a popular snack in both Australia and New Zealand. It is also popular in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Why is fairy bread a thing?

Fairy bread is a popular snack because it is easy to make and can be customized to suit any occasion. It is also very affordable, perfect for parties and celebrations.

Is fairy bread high in calories?

No, fairy bread is not high in calories. One slice of fairy bread with 100’s & 1000’s contains only about 200 calories.