Gel Paste Color With Chocolate Melts?

Decorating By mrstoponak Updated 18 Oct 2007 , 12:54pm by frindmi

mrstoponak Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 11:32am
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I wanted to make colored chocolate for marshmellow pops for my daughters school's fall festival thingy...

I need different colors... thinking I was sooooooo smart I got a bunch of bags of white and just figured I would color them. But when I added orange to melted white chocolate....

It hardened almost instantly... got all chunky and goopy... really nasty looking.

Is this what will always happen? Or is there a way to add color to melted chocolates??

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kayscake Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:07pm
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I use gel colors to color my chocolate, you should first melt your chocolate, but be careful not to over heat this will cause choc. to seize also. I use paramont cyrstals but you can use veg. oil add a very little, then add a little color, then oil and so on until you have reached the color you want. Orange, yellow, and green are the hardest colors to make with gel but it can be done, you just need more oil. The key is to add enough oil to keep the choc. near its original consistency. I like to use candy colors for red, blue, and black because its just quicker however I use gels and paste all the time, it makes it easy to match icing and candy color exactly.

jibbies Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:13pm
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You can color the white candy melts but it has to be with candy coloring, it does not have water in it that's what made your "chocolate" sieze up. Wilton sells seasonally colored candy melts and CK products does also. I get my CK candy melts from a local cake/candy supply store. Maybe if you have time you could check into it on line. Michaels and Hobby Lobby also sell the colored ones.

Jibbies

frindmi Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:07pm
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Gel colors are water-based so when you add them to the chocolate it will make it seize (that´s why the chocolate turned all lumpy and hard). You should be using colors that are designed specially for chocolate. It seems like someone has experimented using gel colors and paramount crystal with the chocolate and it has worked for them but usually gel colors are a big No No with chocolate.

mrstoponak Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:20pm
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Thank you guys!

beachcakes Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:49pm
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I've used regular gel colors with candy melts. I don't do enough with candy melts to justify buying candy colors. Previous posters are right, it will seize, but add back Crisco a little at a time - may have to reheat a little - and it comes back fine! I've even done this with black.

kayscake Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:53pm
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Gel colors are water-based so when you add them to the chocolate it will make it seize (that´s why the chocolate turned all lumpy and hard). You should be using colors that are designed specially for chocolate. It seems like someone has experimented using gel colors and paramount crystal with the chocolate and it has worked for them but usually gel colors are a big No No with chocolate.




A little more than experimented with them I have made hundreds of CT's and work with the colored choc. daily.

frindmi Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:54pm
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A little more than experimented with them I have made hundreds of CT's and work with the colored choc. daily.




That´s good to know. I usually buy them colored because, like someone else said, I don´t want to buy candy color that I might not use as often after all so having this alternative is great. Thanks for sharing!

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