Use Regular Wilton Gel Coloring For Candy Melts??

Sugar Work By gourmetsharon Updated 19 Sep 2013 , 5:05pm by Carrie789

gourmetsharon Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 12:38pm
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I am sure this has been answered before...I just can't find it this morning!

Can you use regular Wilton gel coloring in candy melts??

I am making cake pops and running out of the colored melts.


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LeeBD Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 1:25pm
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I have added color to candy melts before(americolor gel)and it was fine.

Kaybaby Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 1:48pm
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I only use the colors for candy. My attempt at using icing colors was a disaster.


traci_doodle Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 1:56pm
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Candy melts/chocolate are oil-based and regular gel colors are water-based. Adding regular gel colors will cause the melts the "seize" which will make the candy melts lumpy and unworkable.

LouLou79 Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 2:45pm
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i have used regular white chocolate and coloured that with regular wilton paste colours and it was fine, the cake pops in my pics were coloured this way no problem with the chocolate splitting. hth

experimenting Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 8:12pm
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I've used water-based color 2 ways with my modeling chocolate: 1-added to the light corn syrup before mixing with the chocolate; 2-put directly on modeling chocolate after it was made and kneaded it in.
Both worked fine for me.

gourmetsharon Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 10:53pm
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Thanks all for your thoughts!

I may take a little bit and add a little of the gel and see what happens.

bakemeacakeandmore Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 11:55pm
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I just add a little vegetable oil to the water based colors and it works perfect. Good Luck!!

TheEnigmaFacade Posted 7 Dec 2012 , 8:45pm
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if you mixed a water based colorant into oil, it would make sense that you'd color the oil, but the water could be allowed to evaporate, right?

lauralee422 Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 4:14pm
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AI just would like to add that I just tried to color wilton pink candy melts with a tsp of oil mixed with an americolor water based color and it seized up. Just wanted to let you know.

Norasmom Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 4:32pm
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I don't suggest will ruin the consistency.

Carrie789 Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 5:05pm
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There is a product called Flo-Coat from Americolorthat is an additive so that you can use gel colors with chocolate.

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