Is There A Way To Make Oil Based Food Coloring Using Food Coloring Gel?

Sugar Work By JustVcakes Updated 11 Feb 2015 , 4:53am by JustVcakes

JustVcakes Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 7:53pm
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I want to color white chocolate, but I don't do it so often as to buy a million different colors.  Is there a way to use food color gel to make oil-based food coloring?  I read someone put food coloring in corn syrup before placing it in the chocolate.  Does that work?  Any other options?

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MBalaska Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 8:39pm
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JustVcakes Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 9:38pm
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Thanks!

bubs1stbirthday Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 9:53pm
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MB - Do you just add the waterbased gel colour to the flo coat before adding it to the chocolate? Thanks. ***Edited to add that I looked it up and you put the flo coat directly into the chocolate before adding any colour at a ratio of 5 drops of flo coat to 1 drop colour and somehow it changes the properties of the water in the colour so that they are more oil like and mix with the chocolate well. Thanks for the info, I will be popping out to get some of this.

 

OP - What are you wanting to use the white chocolate for?

 

Adding corn syrup to it will change the texture somewhat. If you are making a ganache add the colouring to the cream before you heat it and add to the chocolate.

 

You can then add a little more colour to the ganache after it is made while it is still warm and it takes it really well.

JustVcakes Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 2:23am
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For coloring modeling chocolate on a cake (painting the chocolate with a brush) and cake pops.

MnSnow Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 3:01am
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Color gels for chocolates/candy is oil based already. Just buy that

bubs1stbirthday Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 9:59am
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Originally Posted by MnSnow 
 

Color gels for chocolates/candy is oil based already. Just buy that


The flo coat is not expensive so it makes much more sense to utilise the colours that you already have rather than buy one gel colour and one oil based candy colour I would think.

 

If you are colouring modelling chocolate you can use the gel colours to do that no problems (the corn syrup changes the properties of the chocolate and you can easily colour it with the gel).

 

To paint on the modelling chocolate directly with the colour I am not sure what the best medium would be for you to do that sorry but I would think that the modelling chocolate would be very unaccepting of any kind of paint (be it oil or water based) and bead up. I have heard of people using cocoa butter to paint on modelling chocolate though.

JustVcakes Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 7:16pm
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Ok.  Thanks!

bubs1stbirthday Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 9:42pm
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MB have you used the flo coat for colouring chocolate? I was all excited to use it so when I was heading past my cake shop yesterday on the way into town I got some ..... and my chocolate seized as if there was no flo coat in there :( lucky it was just a small test batch.

MBalaska Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 11:50pm
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MB have you used the flo coat for colouring chocolate? I was all excited to use it so when I was heading past my cake shop yesterday on the way into town I got some ..... and my chocolate seized as if there was no flo coat in there :( lucky it was just a small test batch.

 

Oh sorry to hear that it seized  :sad:  However you are smart to test on just a tiny bit, we sure learn from practice don't we?  Just for Confectioners Candy Coatings so far.  I could just about make any color that I needed by doing this.  I think that the flo-coat is an emulsifier like lecithin.  

 

Quote:  http://www.pastrychef.com/FLO-COAT-CANDY-COLOR-OIL_p_1480.html

The usage ratio is 5 parts of Flo-Coat to 1 part Soft-Gel Paste.  Use 5 drops of Flo-Coat to 1 drop of Soft-Gel Food Coloring.
Blend together Flo-Coat with a "water-based" food color, then add to melted chocolate or cocoa butter.

 

bubs1stbirthday Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 11:57pm
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Thanks. Interesting the websites (including my cake shops one) that I got my info from all said to mix it into the chocolate and then add the colour. Will try the other way round. Lol at least I know that you have had success with it so will keep trying.

MBalaska Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 12:05am
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The best way is to simply buy the Chocolate oil based colors.  They are expensive, however if you are going to use them often then buy red, yellow, blue & black and  you can mix most colors that you might use.  Like @-K8memphis says........."One persons always is another persons never."  I've learned to experiment and play with it do discover what works in my kitchen.

MBalaska Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 12:07am
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may I also add as a thought, the water is in the food coloring gel, not in the chocolate.  So it makes sense to me to mix the Flo-coat emulsifier directly into the water gel first.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 1:44am
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

may I also add as a thought, the water is in the food coloring gel, not in the chocolate.  So it makes sense to me to mix the Flo-coat emulsifier directly into the water gel first.

I totally agree with you, it makes perfect sense that the Flo - Coat should be added to the colour first but the following is what it says on the website, sadly I know them pretty well lol so will have a chat with them about the proper way to use it when I go there next.

 

Product Description

Flo-Coat turns water into oil. Flo- Coat allows the Americolor gel paste to color the chocolate.

By adding Flo-Coat to the chocolate, it will allow you to use any one of our gel paste colors

to give you a rich, glossy and vibrant color every time.

MBalaska Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 2:49am
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works for me!

MBalaska Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 3:32am
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

works for me!   { meaning that 'It's all good' and probably works both ways. }

JustVcakes Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 4:53am
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Images of oil based food coloring on modeling chocolate.  I don't know if the same effect will work on the convert water to oil based food coloring.

 

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-I-made-my-Threadcakes-Hooded-3D-cake/step6/Painting-the-eyes/

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