Bren Lee
February 01, 2016 4:17 pm

White bread has a mixed reputation in the U.S. — many people opt for more nutritious versions of it, such as whole wheat or grain-based breads. However, in Australia and New Zealand, white bread is the base for their favorite type of treat: fairy bread.

Fairy bread is white bread, usually cut into triangles, smothered with margarine or butter which is then covered with rainbow sprinkles (or, as the Aussies call sprinkles, “hundreds and thousands”).

Families in Australia and New Zealand have been eating it for decades. It’s a mainstay at children’s birthday parties and gatherings. Weirdly enough, no one really knows how or where it was invented. According to Munchies, its closest relative is hagelslag, which is a type of chocolate sprinkle sandwich topping that originated in the Netherlands.

However, we think fairy bread also looks really similar to Mexico’s galletas de grajea (Mexican rainbow sprinkle cookies), which are less similar to cookies and more like thick slabs of sweet bread covered in sprinkles. The butter is baked in, not freshly smothered on the cookies, although you could technically add butter on it if you so desired.

Munchies also reports that it is mostly adults (not children) consuming the treat for themselves. That’s the beauty of adulthood — knowing that fairy bread can full well be dinner if you want it to be. While white bread, butter, and rainbow sprinkles are the traditional ingredients, there are several variations of fairy bread.

Some recipes suggest replacing the butter with Nutella or using chocolate sprinkles instead. Redbook even rounded up a bunch of other similar alternatives if you want to give fairy bread a go. The takeaway here is that you could cover any type of carb in sprinkles and it will probably be delicious no matter what.

(Images via Instagram)

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