Asked by Jill Cooper, March 19, 2016 at 07:29:18 PM EDT.
Q: A lot of the natural food dyes I have tried end up giving me a dull color on my finished product which is usually baked goods and frosting. Are these potent enough to give me a vibrant color without having to use too much?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, March 22, 2016 at 12:52:11 PM EDT.
A: Hi Jill, These colors are vibrant! They will never be as concentrated as artificial colors, and you may still have to experiment with different colors in various applications, as they can be affected by other ingredients or processing (baking natural colors might break them down - especially the blues, purples, greens), but these colors are a real step up from the liquid natural colors that have been available until now. If you want a strong red, you might want to try the Annatto Red as well - it's unbelievably bright and a little goes a long way. This red is a true red, more subdued and takes more powder to get there.
Asked by Taylor C Burkett, February 4, 2019 at 09:45:08 AM EST.
Q: Do these dyes work with homemade hard candy? Will they burn?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, February 4, 2019 at 02:06:56 PM EST.
A: Hi Taylor, great question! Yes, many of the TruColor colors work with hard candy. Our supplier had recently sent over a few example photos and it appears the shine colors work very well resulting in a nice vibrancy. Please keep in mind that they work off a pH, so add a little at a time. Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Asked by K, May 22, 2016 at 04:43:15 PM EDT.
Q: How much is needed per jar to sufficiently dye something? For example, an eight inch cake pan- would you need the whole jar or just a little? Thx.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, May 23, 2016 at 08:18:35 PM EDT.
A: Hi K, It really depends how bright you want it and the recipe it's being used in. If you're talking about frosting for a single layer 8-inch cake, you might get 3-4 uses. If you're using it in the batter, maybe the same or perhaps you'll need more. If you need a really bright red that goes a long way, you should also consider the Annatto red. The plain Red is a true red and not as intense.
Asked by Mela, June 18, 2016 at 11:09:17 AM EDT.
Q: Are all the food sources (fruitsdveggies) non gmo? Thanks
Answered by Natural Candy Store, June 20, 2016 at 05:02:06 PM EDT.
A: Hi Mela, Yes! All the ingredients, including the fruits and veggies, in this food colors line are non-GMO.
Asked by Sujey McCaslin, June 14, 2017 at 11:21:01 PM EDT.
Q: Can this be added to chocolate to change color? I'm having a mickey mouse party and don't like to buy artificial candy that melts to decorate rice krispie treats.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, June 15, 2017 at 01:42:04 PM EDT.
A: Hi Sujey, The colors we carry are powders designed to be mixed with a small amount of water to dissolve before mixing into frosting or icings. It's not a good idea to mix water directly into chocolate. While the manufacturer did not specifically mention the color red, they did offer the following advice: "Some colors (orange, yellow, sky blue, hot pink, spring green and green) may work by adding powder color directly into a hot fat-based compound. But the colors are water soluble so it is better if you add a little water to the color first and then use a carrier like paramount crystals to take the water based color into the fat-based compound."
Whatever the application, natural colors definitely require experimenting with each new project, as their final result may be affected by the other ingredients present. Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
Asked by Erica, September 21, 2017 at 04:05:50 PM EDT.
Q: Can the colours be blended to create more tones?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, November 13, 2017 at 09:24:50 AM EST.
A: Hi Erica! We asked the manufacturer your question about TruColor Red Natural Food Color. They encourage users of their colors to experiment! So feel free to experiment with blending the colors! Here is their advice on making sure you achieve consistent color: "Completely hydrate the color first with the least amount of water possible and never add water directly to the jar. Mix your color in a separate container, a souffle cup or a silicone cupcake liner works well. It is important to make sure that the powder is completely dissolved by mixing very well using a stir stick or an icing tool (Referred to as a booboo stick in Canada) and pressing and mixing the power particles into the water. Test a small amount to make sure all the color is dissolved or you will see specks, when specks are present you may need mix the powder more and add a small amount of water more (drips) and stir well until the color powder is completely dissolved before adding to your icing."
Asked by Heather, December 1, 2017 at 01:26:40 PM EST.
Q: I am trying to find a dye that would work for wood. Can this be mixed with alcohol so that the grain would not raise?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, December 20, 2017 at 02:21:33 PM EST.
A: Hi Heather! We asked the manufacturer your question and this was their response: "MIX the colord with alcohol. Pet companies dye wood with just water and color. Some colors you can add ethanol to after you hydrate them. However, with some colors, including spirulina, the alcohol may kill the color depending on the percentage. Still others you may need to strain after adding ethanol." Hope this helps!
Asked by Sarah, May 15, 2018 at 03:33:53 PM EDT.
Q: I have used some natural dyes that give icings and cakes a funny flavor. Do these dyes have an aftertaste when you use them?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, May 17, 2018 at 04:37:40 PM EDT.
A: Hi Sarah! This is what TruColor tells us: "The colors are deodorized. When used to create deep shades individual colors may impart a characteristic smell and or taste of the derived plant source. With normal use the taste should be nominal. When used in buttercream icing or painted on any dry food surface, any associated taste is virtually indistinguishable." That said, we have noticed some of the colors can have an odor, especially when first mixed (we've noticed this the most in greens, blues, purples). There are a number of variables that can affect off-flavors, including which color it is, the batch (natural colors just aren't as stable and consisten as artificial), the recipe you're using it in, the concentration used, the amount of time it's allowed to sit before consuming, and the sensitivity of the person tasting it. Sometimes we have picked up off flavors after first mixed, but then it dissipates. For example in cookie icings - by the next day we don't notice any off flavor, even in brightly colored icing. With natural colors it is necessary to experiment and sometimes adjust expectations or change how you use them to get the best results. Sorry to not have a definitive answer for you, but in general we find TruColor food colors to be very beautiful and have low levels of off flavors compared to other brands. However, TruColor does recommend if you want very saturated colors to consider more of a surface application to reduce the concentration of color throughout the item. If adding to cupcake frosting, you'll want to start with just a small amount and go up from there after tasting. Hope this helps!
Asked by Ana Sandoval, July 8, 2019 at 08:19:12 PM EDT.
Q: Hi, can this be used for cotton candy?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, July 10, 2019 at 08:45:13 AM EDT.
A: Hi Ana, We were able to reach out to TruColor to see if we were able to acquire additional information on adding color to cotton candy. They have heard of people doing this; however, they do not know what their process is. They (and we) often recommend trying a little color at a time and have enough for test batches - and keep track of how much you are adding each time to ensure color control of your final product. We hope this helps a little. Please let us know if you have any further questions. :)
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