The Wonder of Fairy Bread

As you know, this month’s posts are dedicated to filling your life with nostalgia-inducing wonder… Have you been following all the wonderful things here on The Nostalgia Diaries blog recently?: A five-decade playlist of One-Hit Wonders; a look back at one of the most beloved songs ever written, What a Wonderful World; and seven ways to enhance your days with 7 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life with Wonder. Check them out if you haven’t had a chance!

But we know another way to fill your life (er, belly) up with wonder, and it comes in the form of a magical, amazing thing called Fairy Bread.


Yes, that’s right. Fairy Bread. Have you heard of it? This rainbow-hued treat — which comes to us from Australia — consists of only three ingredients: white bread, butter, and sprinkles.

Lots and lots of sprinkles. (Or 100’s and 1,000’s (hundreds and thousands) as many Australians like to call them.)

Fairy Bread is fun. It’s colorful. It’s surprisingly delicious. And perhaps the best part about Fairy Bread: it’s so incredibly easy to make, which means your kiddos (or you, because we all know you’re going to try this, too) will gobble this up faster than you can say Tinkerbell. (Not gonna lie, we made this and ate it in less than 3 minutes, so, yeah, there’s that….)

Fairy Bread seemed like the perfect recipe for Throwback Thursday since it actually dates way back — all the way to the 1920’s. A staple at Australian children’s birthday parties, one of the first references to Fairy Bread was recorded in the Hobart Mercury: “The children will start their party with fairy bread and butter and 100’s and 1,000’s, and cakes, tarts, and home-made cakes.”

So, yeah, fairy bread is kinda like birthday cake…

wonder-bread-nostalgia-diariesTo throw in a dash of nostalgia and an extra sprinkle of wonder, we suggest you make it with — yep, you guessed it — Wonder Bread.Β 

We think it seems only appropriate to make Fairy Bread with this “Classic White Bread,” given that this kitchen staple from over the years turns 96 this month, making it about the same age as Fairy Bread itself. Seems like a match made in heaven to us — and with one bite, we think you’ll agree that this might be the best thing since, well, sliced bread.*

Like we said, Fairy Bread is super easy to make — so easy that it doesn’t even really require a recipe, but we’re including one here, just because we’re fun like that.

Fairy Bread
  • White Bread
  • Butter
  • Sprinkles
  1. Slather a thick layer of butter on the bread. Like really thick. And make sure you cover every available spot, just like Grandma used to do.
  2. Cover generously with sprinkles. And by generously, we mean a lot. Like almost a whole bottle of them. Or two. Whatever. We don’t judge.
  3. Cut into triangles and eat. Since the whole process has only taken a few minutes, feel free to make seconds.

Let Us Know: Have you tried Fairy Bread? What did you think?

*Funnily enough, this term came about because of Wonder Bread, which was one of the first breads to be sold pre-sliced.


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48 thoughts on “The Wonder of Fairy Bread

  1. Not sure this is for me, but my kids would love it! Those sprinkles are so fun, where did you get them?

  2. Oh my childhood is filled with fairy bread! Sometimes I randomly crave it but just don’t have sprinkles or can’t be bothered with the mess. You can have half the memory with some buttered white bread though lol!
    I can’t wait to have children so I can pass this on!
    I’m from Australia if you can’t tell! πŸ™‚

    Xx Angela

  3. I believe they have something similar in the Netherlands as well! I will have to try making this for my kids–it looks so colorful and sweet!

  4. My favorite kind of recipe! Simple, few ingredients and with beautiful results, LOL. My girls would love this.

  5. It’s definitely a staple in our house!
    Even our neighbours bring out a plate full of fairy bread for all the kids to share while they’re out playing together πŸ™‚
    I’m an Aussie and I didn’t realise other countries don’t eat fairy bread!

  6. I’ve never heard of fairy bread, so this is definitely a new one for me! The unicorn trend gone fairy wild πŸ˜‰

  7. So pretty! I totally thought it was going to be made with marshmallow fluff instead of butter. Either way it looks amazing.

  8. Wow, is fairy bread really that old?! I live in Australia, and it is a favourite for parties, especially for the little ones! I’m not one for sweets, but my kids are huge fans!

  9. I’ve seen this on Pinterest a few times over the years but have never tried it. You’ve inspired me to! My girls would love it.

  10. This looks like something kids would love! It seems like a crazy idea, but it sounds like it’s super popular, so I’ll have to try it out!

  11. I saw my friend in Holland eat this once! I just never thought of bread and sprinkles together! I suppose it’s just like you’d never think that avocados go well with cake! But I do! lol

  12. I have heard of this before but never actually knew what it was, thanks! I’ll have to make this for my kiddos.

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