Food Insight

Why Choose Sparrow

Sparrow is an importer and distributor of bulk commodity ingredients, fine chocolate, and food service products including Cocoa powder, coconut, seeds, milk powders and more. Check out what they have to offer:


Sparrow has one of the widest ranges of chocolate products that fit any taste and budget. Their staff is made up of experts to help us determine the right items for our customers. Sparrow carries a full line of chocolate inclusions; drops – AKA chocolate chips –  and chunks and flakes. They have all sizes of chocolate chips and flavored chips (1M, 2M, 4M and 10M) including milk chocolate, cinnamon, mint, peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate as well as white confectionery drops. Sparrow also carries many varieties of chocolate chunks in dark, milk & white chocolates.


Sparrow carries many spices which are commonly used in bakery applications as well as bread and bagels. Weights:  (5, 6, 10, 30, 40, 50 lbs) Cinnamon, Cinnamon (Ground),
Nutmeg (Ground), Garlic – Minced, Granulated and Powder.

Chocolate Specialty Items

Sparrow carries a large selection of chocolate cups and chocolate decorations. This category has grown dramatically in recent years as chefs and bakeries realize they can save money by using ready-made chocolate items. It has also been proven that using chocolate decorations offers incremental revenue to chefs and bakeries as consumers are accepting of the additional cost.

Chocolate Cups – Chefs can fill the chocolate cups with mousse, ice cream or fruit and create a unique and fun dessert. These cups come in a variety of shapes and sizes in Dark, White, Marble & Pastel colors. Chocolate Decorations – Fans, Round, Points, Roses, Filigree. Individual pieces placed on a cake or cup cake etc. Shavings – Dark and White (5.5 lbs), Blossom Curls – Dark, White, Marble, Ribbon Shavings – Dark, White, Red and Marble (4 lbs); Curled Shavings – Dark, white milk & marble chocolates, Spaghetti – Dark Chocolate, Pencils – Dark , White & Marble; Mocha Beans, Batons (Chocolate sticks) Imported and Domestic, Crispy Pearls – White, Dark, Strawberry & Caramel covered rice crunch.

Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder is the ground cocoa bean which has had about half of the fat (cocoa butter) removed . It is pressed into a hard “cake” and then processed into powder. There is no sugar in cocoa powder. Most cocoa powders are alkalized – which is also known as “Dutch Processed”. This is the lowering the natural acidity by “washing” the powder with an alkaline. This step smooth’s out the favor as well as darkens the color. Natural cocoa powder is also available and has not been alkalized. Sparrow offers a large selection of cocoa powders, both imported and domestic. We  know that every nuance of color, fat content, and flavor can have an impact on your products.

  • We carry the following powders and they are available in bulk and foodservice packs.
    Milk Powders – For bakery and ice cream manufacturing
  • Non-Fat High Heat
  • Non-Fat Low Heat
  • Whole Milk
  • Sweet Cream
  • Buttermilk Powder
  • Whey
  • 50 lb bags

Nut Meats and Raisins

Sparrow carries a large selection of nuts and raisins used in the bakery and ice cream industries.
Samples can be requested to determine which size is desired for your application. These products
are available in bulk and food service packs.


  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large Pieces
  • Halves & Pieces (25 lbs)


  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large Pieces
  • Halves & Pieces
  • Jumbo Halves


  • Natural Whole
  • Natural Sliced
  • Blanched Sliced
  • Almond Meal

Pistachios (all shelled)

  • Whole
  • Roasted
  • Splits


  • Selects with and without oil
  • Midgets with and without oil


  • (10, 25, 50 lbs)
  • Caraway Whole
  • Caraway Ground
  • Flax
  • Millet
  • Poppy
  • Pumpkin
  • Sesame Hulled and Natural
  • Sesame Hulled Black
  • Sunflower


  • Emulsions Butter, Banana, Lemon and Orange Oils
  • Available in Gallons, Quarts and Pints
  • Anise, Lemon, Orange & Peppermint Extracts
  • Amaretto, Almond, Banana, Bourbon, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee,
    Maple, Mint, Pineapple, Pistachio, Strawberry, Raspberry, Rum,
    Rye Bread and More
  • Please ask, we are adding Flavors regularly!
  • Vanilla Extracts – Madagascar/Bourbon, Vanilla Paste with vanilla
    seeds (1x – 6x, Dark and Clear)
  • Some flavors are available non-GMO, no propylene Glycol and
    Organic Compliant

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