Then I saw this post by The Decorated Cookie, "All about Food Coloring" and I didn't waste any time to place an order for SQUEEZE BOTTLE dye by Americolor! I started out ordering the .75oz bottles, about 12 at a time, primary's first then added the pinks, teals, electric colors, etc. Now I wish that I had ordered a small bottle & large bottle at the same time. I refill my .75 bottles with the larger ones because of my storage space and the small bottles travel better when I go to a friends to decorate. Duplicating colors is much easier, just count the drops you use and you can match batch by batch.
Even though I have every AmeriColor out there, I still use a few of Wilton's colors because I haven't been able to replicate the shade with AmeriColor. My favorite Wilton colors are : Moss Green & Royal Blue. I tried AmeriColor black powder dye once...I won't buy it again. I was not happy with the results. It looked almost purple to me even after sitting overnight.
I have a few bottles of Cake Craft Dye . I found the Super Burgandy when I was trying to mix fuschia for a project. Again, not a fan of using a toothpick to dye frosting & fondant but the Super Burgandy made a beautiful shade of fuschia - hard shade to create. I also bought Cake Craft Apricot and it's a beautiful shade of orange.
I store my dyes in plastic containers in case the lids fall off, I would hate to have it spill and get all over my cabinet. The small dye bottles fit perfectly in a Snaplock container & the larger 4.5 oz bottles in a plastic garmet box. Duff's Graffiti spray is also stored in my larger garmet box along with a few candy writers. I would love to have a rolling rack for my dyes but have no storage room for such a thing. Check out all the cool storage ideas on LilaLoa's Facebook page if you haven't already.
all my dye & graffiti spray
Candy Writers, large dye bottles & graffiti spray
Small dye bottles for daily use
A few things about dye:
1. Icing colors intensify or darken in buttercream icing about 1-2 hours after mixing
2. If you get it on countertops, use a little bleach and it will lift it right out
3. Colored fondant intesifies overnight. Best to dye it the night before using. When dying fondant,
dye a small ball then add white fondant to it until you get the color you want.
4. If you are trying to make black frosting, start with a chocolate buttercream, then add black to it.
You will use less dye because the icing is already brown.
How do you store your dyes? Leave a comment with a link to your blog or post on my Facebook wall! We would love to see everything out there.