How natural is “all natural” food coloring?

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The ORGANIC symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product fits into one of the following categories:

  1. Certified USDA Organic or
  2. Made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients.

USDA Certified Organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Organic products are inherently non-GMO.

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The ALLERGY FRIENDLY symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product is free from the top 8 Major Food Allergens:

  1. Milk,
  2. Eggs,
  3. Fish,
  4. Crustacean shellfish,
  5. Tree nuts,
  6. Peanuts,
  7. Wheat, and
  8. Soybeans.

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The VEGAN symbol indicates that the manufacturer claims the product contains no animal ingredients (no meat) nor any ingredients derived from animals (no dairy, no gelatin, no honey, no bone-char refined sugar nor any other ingredients known to be derived from animals).

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The VEGETARIAN symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product contains no animal ingredients (no meat). A product claimed to be VEGETARIAN may contain dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey, bone-char refined sugar, or other ingredients known to be derived from animals.

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The GMO FREE symbol (Free of Genetically Modified Organisms) indicates the manufacturer claims the product fits into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Is Non-GMO Project Verified,
  2. Includes ingredients that are verified non-GMO,
  3. Ingredients manufactured in other countries are labeled according to the non-GMO labeling requirements of the country of origin,
  4. The manufacturer has provided additional information regarding GMOs (which will be noted in the ingredients info),
  5. Certified Organic (organic is inherently non-GMO),
  6. Main ingredients Certified Organic.

Genetically Modified Organism ingredients were made by use of a biotechnology technique called gene-splicing that combines the genes from different species, including plants, animals, bacteria and/or viruses.

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The NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product fits into one of the following categories:

  1. Non-GMO Project Verified candy or
  2. Certified Organic candy (organic is inherently non-GMO).

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The GLUTEN FREE symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product is either Strict Gluten-Free OR Contains No Gluten Ingredients.

Strict Gluten Free products fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Certified Gluten-Free,
  2. has a gluten-free claim printed on the packaging,
  3. has been confirmed to Natural Candy Store as gluten-free by the manufacturer.
  • Contains No Gluten Ingredients products include only Gluten Free ingredients, but there may be a cross-contamination risk present during production, or for which the manufacturer has not confirmed if there is potential for cross-contamination.
  • Use the Shop By Diets filter “Strict Gluten Free” if you have severe gluten sensitivity and are concerned about cross-contamination risk.
  • Use the Shop By Diets filter “No Gluten Ingredients” to find products with a gluten-free ingredient list and you are less concerned about the cross-contamination risk.
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The KOSHER symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product fits into one of the following categories:

  1. Certified Kosher by one of the recognized KOSHER certifying groups,
  2. Has a kosher certification printed on the packaging,
  3. Has been confirmed kosher by the manufacturer.

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The FAIR TRADE symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product or its ingredients fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Certified Fair Trade,
  2. Has a Fair Trade claim printed on the packaging,
  3. Has been confirmed Fair Trade by the manufacturer.

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  1. The FEINGOLD ACCEPTED – STAGE 1 symbol indicates the product has been verified Feingold Accepted – Stage 1 by the Feingold Association of the United States.
  2. More information about the Feingold Diet click here: Feingold Info
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  • The FEINGOLD ACCEPTED – STAGE 2 symbol indicates the product has been verified Feingold Accepted – Stage 2 by the Feingold Association of the United States.
  • More information about the Feingold Diet click here: Feingold Info
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The MADE IN USA symbol indicates the manufacturer claims the product or all of its ingredients were made in the United States of America.

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Naturally Colorful Food

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A RAINBOW OF COLORS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION

WE BELIEVE YOUR SWEET TOOTH DELIGHTS SHOULD BE COLORFUL, CHEMICAL-FREE AND MADE WITH PURE INGREDIENTS. THAT'S WHY WE CREATED VIBRANT FOOD COLORING, RAINBOW SPRINKLES,

FROSTING AND GLUTEN-FREE CAKE MIXES FROM ALL NATURAL PLANT-BASED SOURCES.

YOU CREATE JOY WITH A MIXING BOWL, SIMPLE INGREDIENTS AND LOVE. WE HELP YOU MAKE IT HEALTHY & BEAUTIFUL!

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“I love ColorKitchen's products because I can get the vibrancy I want in a celebratory baked good without the harmful, artificial dyes that you find in other food colorings. My family has dietary restrictions and we all try to eat healthier, minimally processed foods without artificial ingredients. ColorKitchen fits right into my home pantry.”

Carol Kicinski – Simply Gluten-free

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“Working with ColorKitchen products has been a dream! I love mixing up the powders to make different colors and i'm consistently wowed by the vibrancy I can achieve. Even better, the powders don't stain your fingertips or surfaces, which means i can involve my kids in the kitchen and not have to worry about mess or the junk that's in traditional dyes!”

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Anna Helm Baxter– Food Editor: Women’s Day, Dr. Oz, Good Housekeeping, Country Living

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“As someone with celiac disease and as a nutrition & dietetic professional, I know the benefits of using natural dyes compared to artificial ones. Because Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease I made the decision to only eat natural and non-GMO foods and that is why I love using the brilliant food dyes from ColorKitchen.”

Tayler Silfverduk – Dietetic Technician and Celiac Food Blogger

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“I discovered ColorKitchen when doing research on natural food coloring options for my baking blog.

I tested and reviewed 12 ways to naturally color royal icing and buttercream and ColorKitchen came out on top!! ColorKitchen colors are vibrant, easy to use and flavorless.

They are my go-to colors for cookies and cupcakes! Why use artificial colors when you can get beautiful results with ColorKitchen?!”

Jes Lahay – Blogger & Baker “Wisk & Wonder”

Natural Food Dye Gels from Chef Master

I’m so excited to share my discovery with you. I’ve finally found some natural food dye gels. Chefmaster natural food dye gels are made with all natural ingredients. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing some information with you. How Natural Is I don’t normally see natural food dye on grocery store shelves let alone natural food dye gels. Food coloring by India Tree is natural and easier to find but I prefer to use gels. I’ve been using AmeriColor gels which work great but it bothers me that they are not natural. I’ve thought about making my own natural food dye for baking projects for years but I’ll admit I’m way too lazy to make my own. All the methods that I have seen all seem very time consuming.How Natural Is Although they are not a new product, these Chefmaster natural food dyes are new to me. When I first got them, I tried them out in this recipe for  paint splatter chocolate bark. I thought the color looked very vibrant but I was only using them as paint and had not tried them in frosting. How Natural Is So this week, I decided to make a quick donut glaze for these mini donuts. I tested out the yellow, blue, and red. As I suspected, I was only able to get pastel colors. The yellow turned out to be the most vibrant but that did not surprise me. I added extra drops to both the blue and the red but it didn’t get any brighter and I didn’t want to use up all the dye. How Natural Is

I thought it might be more dull because of the chocolate which has a dark color and the fact that I had made a runny glaze. So, to be fair, I made a sugar cookie icing with the blue dye and tried it on a vanilla wafer cookie. I ended up with the same pastel blue.

I was a little disappointed that it was not really bright, but I kind of knew this was going to be the case. It’s really hard to get vibrant colors that are made with natural ingredients. Still, I had been hoping that because it was a gel, it was stronger in color. For bright colors, I still don’t have an answer. However, if I need pastels, I’d be happy with using Chefmaster natural dyes.

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I stumbled on this pack of natural food dye gels on a recent trip to the King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT. (It’s also where I picked up a lot of other goodies too!) It came with four dyes in a cute little tin. You can also purchase Chefmaster natural food dye gels online directly from Chefmaster.

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Have you come across any natural food colorings and used them in baking projects? Have you made your own? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram with #MyDessArt or @dessarts.

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How To Make Natural Food Coloring

How to make natural food coloring? The answer’s easy. Here’s how to make it homemade from scratch in shades of pink, purple, green, and yellow, with no artificial coloring, no preservatives, and no monumental price tag. Just fruits and vegetables.

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Adapted from Cara Reed | Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking | Page Street Publishing, 2014

Knowing how to make natural food coloring from scratch is something we’ve been wanting to do for literally years and years and years. And after trying countless different approaches, we finally we have the DIY natural food coloring recipe we’ve been wanting, seeking, and needing. No artificial colors.

No preservatives. And no monumental price tag. Just vegetables and fruits and water. Keep in mind that when mixed into frostings or icing, natural food coloring will create lovely pastels rather than incredibly vibrant and nearly neon hues. Originally published November 29, 2014.

Renee Schettler Rossi

  • Quick Glance
  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • Makes 1/4 cup each

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  • Pink
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, mix the beets and juice together until smooth. Strain if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings, or batter for starters to impart a pink hue. Add more coloring, if necessary.
  • Yellow
  • In a small saucepan, boil the water and turmeric for 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to fully cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Turmeric can stain, so use a container you don’t mind turning yellow. Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings, or batter for starters to impart a yellow hue. Add more coloring, if necessary. [Editor’s Note: Be careful when working with turmeric as it tends to stain whatever it comes in contact with, including countertops and wee fingers.]
  • Purple
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend the blueberries and water together until smooth. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the skins from the mix.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings, or batter for starters to impart a purple hue. Add more coloring, if necessary.
  • Green
  • If using fresh spinach, in a small saucepan, boil the spinach in enough water to cover for 5 minutes. Drain, discarding the cooking liquid. If using frozen and thawed spinach, skip to the next step.
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend the spinach and water together until completely smooth. If the mixture clumps or stubbornly refuses to blend, add more water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Strain, if desired, and let cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings or batter for starters to impart a green hue. Add more coloring, if necessary.

How To Make Natural Food Coloring Recipe © 2014 Cara Reed. Photo © 2014 Celine Steen. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.

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