Please help! I am having a hard time reaching the color that I want when tinting my fondant. I feel like its a shot in the dark, maybe it will...maybe it won't be the color that I have in my head. Should I mix different gel pastes together before adding them in or add them separately? I have only used single colors so far. Last week, I added half of the 1 oz bottle of Wilton brown, but never achieved the rich, chocolatey shade that I was hoping for...maybe I should have used Choco-pan or Wilton's already prepared brown? Fondant is expensive and I would hate to waste any that went past the point of no return. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You can do it, it just takes a LOT. even half a bottle might now be enough if your tinting a whole batch a dark color. I roll my fondant out just a little, to flatten the ball a bit, use a toothpick or a butterknife and spread the color on, and the roll it up and kneed. This works well for me, I've gotten shades of dark blue fairly easily. Ive also heard of people adding coloring when you add the lemon juice and vanilla in making MMF, which I have not tried but sounds like it would save a lot of kneeding.
I had to make 3 lbs of dark brown fondant and it took like 1 1/2 half bottles , and then of course it darkens as it set overnight.
I recommend satin ice. I buy it in every color they have (white, ivory, red, black, brown, yellow, green, blue, purple & pink) and then use those colors together to mix custom colors. MUCH easier than trying to color with gels and pastes.
I don't like spending the money on ALL the colored fondants, but the dark colors (red, black, chocolate) are great. And I actually think the colored fondants are even a little easier to work with than the regular plain white...but I mostly still use white and color it myself.
Try useing chocolate mm for your fondant, makes it brown, plus taste yummy.