Answered by Natural Candy Store, March 13, 2019 at 04:51:53 PM EDT.
A: Hi Heather, thank you for the question regarding the food colors. As far as we know, they work well. With any project you use with the TruColors, use a little at a time to test it initially. The colors respond to pH. You can adjust the pH using lemon juice or baking soda. Lemon juice will lower the pH and baking soda will raise the pH. We hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.
Asked by Vanessa, March 13, 2016 at 07:55:40 PM EDT.
Q: How long will a bottle last? I have used the India Tree color and it has to be refrigerated and will only keep for about a month or 2. I make all my kids cakes and there are 5 kids. $18 each birthday gets expensive! I am excited about this coloring as I used to always use Wiltons gel colors. What kind of expiration can I expect? I want several colors...but need them to last.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, March 14, 2016 at 10:20:06 PM EDT.
A: Hi Vanessa, That's on of the things that makes these new color powders so great - they last much longer than liquids! (They care called "gel" on the label, but you actually have to mix with water to create the gel.) And the colors are BEAUTIFUL! They are best used within one year and shelf life may be extended if kept frozen (tightly sealed and preferably unopened).
Asked by AcuLady, August 4, 2016 at 10:53:53 AM EDT.
Q: Is this product appropriate to dye a beverage blue? I need to make a blue-green lemonade.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, August 4, 2016 at 05:39:43 PM EDT.
A: Hi AcuLady, Yes! Depending how strong the citric acid is in the lemonade, the color may turn out to be more of a Tiffany turquoise rather than plain light blue - could be perfect if blue-green is your goal.
Asked by Anonymous, November 29, 2016 at 03:30:47 PM EST.
Q: For the colors that contain maltodextrin (corn product): is it labelled differently? I was hoping to purchase the ones that don't contain this ingredient.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, November 30, 2016 at 07:27:19 PM EST.
A: Some of the colors list the maltodextrin and some don't, but we have to assume they all contain it. The manufacturer seems to be including it on the label now (not required since it's a processing aid), and we need to check in with them if that is a permanent change for all colors, in which case we will be updating the info on the site soon. If you have additional questions about the whole line of colors, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
Asked by Michelle Dell, April 26, 2017 at 02:27:04 PM EDT.
Q: How much water would you use to how much powder for 1 lb of frosting?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, April 27, 2017 at 07:09:52 PM EDT.
A: Hi Michelle, We asked TruColor about this and got a very helpful response with lots of great tips! They recommend using "about half of the 7g jar for 0.5 to 1 pound of icing, depending on the shade of blue you want. One cool thing about TruColor Sky Blue is that when the color is used sparingly you can make the perfect baby blue, not that alien off blue color you get from synthetic color. Sky blue icing will deepen oxidize as it dries so always make your creation a few shades lighter than you want the finished product. Forget the directions on the side and simply drip water on the powder and stir until the powder is completely dissolved, let the color set, covered for several minutes or overnight in the fridge if you have the time. Just make sure the color is completely dissolved with the least amount of water to do the task, this way the liquid color will not break down your icing, if you add too much water leave in the fridge overnight uncovered and some of the water will evaporate! Take your liquid color and add icing into the color a little at a time, instead of adding a small amount of color into a large bowl of icing you can better control the shade you want! Again remember to make the icing a shade or two lighter than what you want it to be when it dries." We would add that working with natural colors definitely requires experimentation since every application is different, each color behaves differently, and other ingredients in a recipe can affect the final outcome. We hope this info helps!
Asked by Anonymous, April 5, 2018 at 12:08:03 AM EDT.
Q: Hi, I wanted to make finger paint for a 1 year old. No doubt he's going to eat some of the paint, so I wanted to make sure that this would be safe for that?
Answered by Natural Candy Store, April 10, 2018 at 05:23:01 PM EDT.
A: Hi and thank you for your question about our Sky Blue Natural Food Color. This product is perfectly safe for finger painting! All of our Natural Food Colors (made by TruColor) are derived from plants, fruits, vegetables, roots, seeds and minerals and do not pose a threat to consumers' health. :)
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