Answered by Natural Candy Store, March 22, 2016 at 01:31:09 PM EDT.
A: Hi CW: Here's the answer we received from the manufacturer:
"YES the colors are deodorized! We use water and minimal processing to isolate the yellow hue from Turmeric as an alternative to FD&C yellow #5. 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, the any associated taste is virtually indistinguishable."
We can add that in our initial testing we did not detect off-flavors in frosting or icing, and the colors achieved were much brighter than with other natural colors. Hope that helps!
Asked by Nathanial Murphy, July 12, 2016 at 04:37:51 PM EDT.
Q: Are these actual powders? The label shown says Gel Paste.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, July 22, 2016 at 06:59:33 PM EDT.
A: Hi Nathanial, The colors are powders which are then mixed with a small amount of water to create a gel paste.
Asked by Peri, August 30, 2016 at 03:55:06 PM EDT.
Q: Hi, Is this product safe for pregnant women to consume? I am making a cake with yellow icing for a baby shower, and I need a coloring that will be safe for the mom-to-be to consumer. Thanks.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, August 30, 2016 at 06:16:21 PM EDT.
A: Hi Peri, While we are not experts and defer to doctors and nutritionists on this topic, all of the natural food colors we carry should be safe for the majority of people (including pregnant women!) as long as they don't have a unusual food allergy or sensitivity to the color source. This particular color is made from turmeric, which is a common spice used in many foods (think mustard and Indian food). Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Asked by Amy, October 12, 2016 at 08:26:46 PM EDT.
Q: What is the shelf life? Also, how much dye is needed for, say, one brightly colored 9" cake? Thanks!
Answered by Natural Candy Store, October 21, 2016 at 12:49:09 AM EDT.
A: Hi Amy, the yellow color is bright, so one container should be more than enough for one cake. The nice thing about these colors being powders is they have a longer shelf life than liquid natural colors. They last at least one year if stored properly - away from heat, direct light and moisture in a cool, dry place, i.e. tightly sealed in the original container in a dark cupboard. It may last even longer in the freezer as long as the container is very tightly sealed. Once hydrated in its liquid gel form, it will last for a few hours or maybe more depending on the environment. The hydrated liquid can be refrigerated for up to one week or frozen up to 6 months.
Asked by Kim, February 2, 2018 at 03:35:28 PM EST.
Q: Can the colors be mixed to make other colors, just like regular food coloring? For instance, can I mix yellow and blue to get green? Sorry in advance if this is obvious, but I didn't want to just assume since I have not used this type of food coloring before.
Answered by Natural Candy Store, February 5, 2018 at 12:46:43 PM EST.
A: Hi Kim! Thanks for your question about our natural food colors! You can absolutely mix the colors to make other "custom" colors of your own! The manufacturer encourages experimenting & so do we! Note that because of the variables involved when using natural colors, results may not be as you expected. So take a moment to familiarize yourself with natural colors and take into account all the individual ingredients you are trying to color. Like with many things, when using natural colors for the first time, it is always best to test a small amount of a natural color in what you are trying to color to see the results first. And of course, have fun! :)
Asked by April, May 9, 2018 at 12:08:07 AM EDT.
Q: Hi! When our cookie company bakes with the yellow dye in our lemonade cookies it actually bakes up pink , is that to be expected ?! Thanks !
Answered by Natural Candy Store, May 9, 2018 at 11:25:00 AM EDT.
A: Hi April! The change in color in this instance is due to the ph of the ingredients of the cookie. Natural colors can vary in color due to the ph of the ingredients they are mixed into. You will need to find a way to lower the ph of the cookie or try a stronger yellow color. We are emailing you directly with more detailed information. :)
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