"natural" Food Dye

Baking By OneCreativeCookie Updated 23 Aug 2013 , 8:30pm by Dayti

OneCreativeCookie Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 6:12pm
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I have had an increasing demand for cookies with "no artificial colors" and specifically, no FD&C colors.  Does anyone have experience or resources for natural food dye?  A bit of digging on Google did not turn up much that would apply to tinting icing.


Any advice/experience appreciated!

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jason_kraft Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 6:34pm
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ANatural food dye (like India Tree) is significantly more expensive than FD&C dyes. The natural dyes work well for pastels but not so well for highly saturated colors.

OneCreativeCookie Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 6:47pm
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Thanks, Jason.  I appreciate even having a brand name to look for. 


By pastels, do you mean that India Tree sells pastel coloring that works well, or just that when you try for red with their coloring you will probably get pink, pale green instead of grass green, etc.?


Are the resultant colors pretty stable?  Do they shift when dry or exposed to light?


Many thanks for any information you might be able to share!

Dayti Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 8:30pm
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PME have brought out a range of natural food colours, but I'm not sure you can get them in the US yet. Could be worth a quick Google, they come in lots of colours.

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