Americolor vs. ck colors vs. wilton Which do you like best??

Decorating By gina0475 Updated 14 Dec 2012 , 3:52am by Pearl645

CakeandDazzle Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 11:19pm
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americolor!! i love it and its sooo much cheaper than wilton (i get it locally for about 3.20 for a 4oz bottle) its sooo less messy and better colors.

chrissy410 Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 11:25pm
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I am so done with Wilton. Its messy and I can never get my colors just right. It seems like Americolor has so much more variety of colors as well.

Rosie2 Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 11:45pm
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Let me tell you about Wilton colors..I hate them. The red is pink, the black is grey and get this...the lavender turns blue on me. Well yes, I'm color blind so to make sure I asked my daughter and she confirmed...it turned blue!!!

Therefore.....AMERICOLOR is it!! I'm not yelling, ok I just want to make a point icon_biggrin.gif

mjk350 Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 11:45pm
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Americolor is great. I just love the sqeeze bottle.

DefyGravity Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 12:48am
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I saw Americolor at the cake supply place here and I really want to try it... maybe I'll start cycling in new Americolors as my Wilton products run out (which shouldn't take too long since it feels like I use so much!)

Thanks for making this thread, I had the exact same question!

colleenant Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 1:15am
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I just made a huge 16" sitting up elmo cake so I needed alot of red icing. The most difficult part of making this cake was getting the icing red. I used so many bottles of Wilton red and it still looked pink. I eventually got red but I felt I added way too much color. Every time I mixed in more color it seemed to get lighter, i eventually discoved that is because air was getting into the icing and making it lighter.

I wish I would have known about americolor. I will never us wilton red again. I also cannot stand getting the color out with toothpicks, everytime I'm getting the color out of the bottle that way, I say to myself why is this not in a sqeeze bottle. Now I know and I am definately switching.

luv2cook721 Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 2:37am
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Originally Posted by DefyGravity

I saw Americolor at the cake supply place here and I really want to try it... maybe I'll start cycling in new Americolors as my Wilton products run out (which shouldn't take too long since it feels like I use so much!)

Thanks for making this thread, I had the exact same question!




I thought the same thing, but once I tried the Americolor I bought the student set and almost always take an Americolor over a Wiltons, I haven't thrown them out because I can't stand to waste them, but using them seems to be a waste as well. A waste of my time, effort and energy. And toothpicks.

motherof5 Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 2:42pm
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WOW! Just ran across this thread.... My thoughts on Wilton colors exactly. I live in a small community and have not heard of the other color product you have been talking about. Can anyone help me to find it? Is there a particular store chain that carries it? Or only confections stores? Thank you for your consideration! Tired of off colors too!!!!

Lcubed82 Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 2:56pm
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Originally Posted by sabrosita

As much as I like using Americolor because it's less messy and doesn't require a bunch of toothpicks, I have found it very hard to get true colors as shown on the bottle label. I tried "electric blue" and it turned into more of a turquoise/tiffany's blue color. Today I tried "regal purple" for the first time and as much as I kept adding the color did not stray at all from blue. Am I doing something wrong???




I have the same problem. My reds (using Super Red) are not true, and the blue came out funky. Now, Teal I loved! I am still using my Wiltons (got most for 1/2 price with coupons). I have a dozen or so Americolors, and want them to work!! Any ideas?

sweetcravings Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 3:18pm
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Americolor all the way! I started using wilton as that was all i had around here, but once i found a cake shop in the states i found americolor and wont' go back to wilton. I still have all the witon colors and use them occassionally for odd things,(i don't want to just throw them out), but for major tinting of icing etc..i only use my americolor. Wiltons colors just get all clumpy and gritty with time, not to mention having to use toothpicks to dig out the colors. These gritty peices clog your tips, and speckles your icing.

I was told spectrum is the exact same thing as americolor, just a different name. I've bought some and compared the colors and yup..same.

Now americolor isn't perfect but I love the ease of using them. I too have had problems with the regal purple. Doesn't matter how much i add, i still get blue. I've also had problems with a few other colors (mauve). I love the super red and black..need very little and your good to go. But in spite of these problems it beats wilton hands down. JMHO

mo_like_it Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 3:31pm
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I've heard that adding some of the powdered color for intense shades like red and black make it easier. I haven't tried it myself though. Anyone else tried it?

luv2cook721 Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:12pm
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Originally Posted by motherof5

WOW! Just ran across this thread.... My thoughts on Wilton colors exactly. I live in a small community and have not heard of the other color product you have been talking about. Can anyone help me to find it? Is there a particular store chain that carries it? Or only confections stores? Thank you for your consideration! Tired of off colors too!!!!



I ordered mine online from globalsugarart.com.

rwarren Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 3:41am
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We have a variety of brands, purhcased both locally and at ICES over the years. Chefmaster and Wilton are the most common available at retail here. We've bought penty of Americolor at ICES, mainly because they won't ship a lot of it to Canada. (You can take some over te border for "personal" use.) And acquired freebies too.

If I want a bright Canada Day red, or a true black, or a jewel tone, it's Americolor for me. We have so many reds in different brands, but you hate to throw any of them out ebcause they look nicer for different things like flowers or Santa suits.

My go to leaf color is Wilton Juniper Green. (I like all the pastel colors in the garden set.)

Two rather unique colors I've only seen with Wilton are Winnie the Pooh Gold and Barney Purple (the exact color of our lilac trees).

I have a British color called bamboo (don't remember the brand) which makes a nice beige.

Chefmaster Buckeye Brown comes out a nice wood tone.

it can also make a difference what medium you are coloring. The same color in buttercream, royal, fondant, cookie dough, etc. will look slightly different. Not to mention diferent ingredients: up until very recently, our margarine was very pale to distinguish it from butter.

I love seeing all the different colors! and even better when the selections work well together in the final product. thumbs_up.gif

mylatoc Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 12:38pm
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Hi everyone


Thanks for all this info. Has anyone tried chefmasters natural colour range? I love all these colours but I'm concerned about all tjhe additives that go on to them. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
Myla

mylatoc Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 12:39pm
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Hi everyone


Thanks for all this info. Has anyone tried chefmasters natural colour range? I love all these colours but I'm concerned about all tjhe additives that go on to them. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
Myla

mylatoc Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 12:41pm
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Hi everyone


Thanks for all this info. Has anyone tried chefmasters natural colour range? I love all these colours but I'm concerned about all tjhe additives that go on to them. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
Myla

mylatoc Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 12:43pm
post #47 of 52

Hi everyone


Thanks for all this info. Has anyone tried chefmasters natural colour range? I love all these colours but I'm concerned about all tjhe additives that go on to them. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
Myla

mylatoc Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 12:43pm
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Hi everyone


Thanks for all this info. Has anyone tried chefmasters natural colour range? I love all these colours but I'm concerned about all tjhe additives that go on to them. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
Myla

Debi2 Posted 28 Sep 2010 , 7:25pm
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I definitely prefer Americolor over Wilton. I haven't tried the ChefMaster yet, but am thinking about ordering some airbrush color in that brand. FYI...the last time I was in Hobby Lobby I noticed they are now carrying the small bottles of Americolor! I was so excited becauae they are cheaper there than at the cake supply store where I've been having to buy them. Wish they had the 9oz size bottles though.

SweetyfromNYC Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 4:50am
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AI have Wilton Colors but have ordered Americolors for my next cake endeavor (you guys have inspired me to make the switch) :D

For those still struggling with making red with WIlton... I find if you add just a bit of black (to make the white fondant a light shade of gray) it makes it easier to achieve red without using as much coloring. I made a 5 inch 3D Elmo and didn't use a whole 1/2 oz bottle like I previously did.

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cakeart105 Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 12:11pm
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Americolor all the way!!  Maybe order them online so you don't have to travel far. I have found a great selection of colors at Tomsann Cake Art Supplies. She combines the shipping cost when purchasing multiple items...which really brings down the price of shopping online. Here's the link: http://stores.ebay.com/Tomsann-Cake-Art-Supplies

Pearl645 Posted 14 Dec 2012 , 3:52am
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Definitely Americolor and Country Kitchen. A little goes a long way for strong colours. I have given up on Wilton's food colouring. Have to add too much to get the right shade. Also, I love the squeeze bottles from Americolor. I was using out all my toothpicks, filling a sink with knives, spoons and anything with a thin handle just to pull colouring from the Wilton bottle.
 

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