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colouring candy melts - help please!

post #1 of 13
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I need to colour some candy melts dark blue. I'm in the UK and we don't have any Wilton candy oil colours icon_sad.gif any ideas what else I can use please? I have dust colours and I also have sugarflair paste colours - will any of these work please

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post #2 of 13
I have used powdered colors on candy melts before with good results. I hope that's what you mean by dust colors and I don't know what sugar flair colors are. Why don't you try them on a portion of the melts? Good luck!
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post #3 of 13
I have, also, only used powdered food coloring with candy melts. I am pretty sure that any food color with a water content will not work.
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Go with the dust colours icon_smile.gif
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Originally Posted by doramoreno62

I have used powdered colors on candy melts before with good results. I hope that's what you mean by dust colors and I don't know what sugar flair colors are. Why don't you try them on a portion of the melts? Good luck!



Thanks all, sugar flair are like paste colours - quite thick that we have in the uk. similar to Wilton colours I think but not runny. I will try mixing in dust colours and see how it comes out icon_smile.gif
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post #6 of 13
You can't use any coloring that is water based because candy melts are oil based and of course...oil and water don't mix well!! There are other brands of oil based coloring other than Wilton. You would have to probably go online to find them. I have never used powder to color candy melts...let us know how it turns out!!
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post #7 of 13
Depending on the brand of powder color, it can have dextrose as a filler and can leave your color looking grainy and dull. A really good option is to use an Americolor additive called Flo coat (I apologize in advance that the links on the words are automatically programmed take you to a competitors website, but it is what it is). You can also use lecithin, which is basically the same thing but a little cheaper. It's basically an emulsifier that binds to your color (and you can then use and color, not just powder). Using that method, you can add more color for darker, vibrant colors without compromising the consistency of the chocolate. If the chocolate does seize a bit, you can bring it back with a little bit of Paramount Crystals. Be sure to mix the flo coat or lecithin with the color before mixing in the chocolate so it doesn't seize.
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Depending on the brand of powder color, it can have dextrose as a filler and can leave your color looking grainy and dull. A really good option is to use an Americolor additive called Flo coat (I apologize in advance that the links on the words are automatically programmed take you to a competitors website, but it is what it is). You can also use lecithin, which is basically the same thing but a little cheaper. It's basically an emulsifier that binds to your color (and you can then use and color, not just powder). Using that method, you can add more color for darker, vibrant colors without compromising the consistency of the chocolate. If the chocolate does seize a bit, you can bring it back with a little bit of Paramount Crystals. Be sure to mix the flo coat or lecithin with the color before mixing in the chocolate so it doesn't seize.



thank you so much for this information, I tried some of the UK paste colour - what a mess!!! just thickened it so much was unusuable icon_sad.gif at least i tried all avenues it's going to be getting on the net now to order some proper colours! icon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 13
Hi im in the uk and have used milkybar white chocolate (not candy melts) and sugarflair colours to colour the chocolate and havent had problems, hth.
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Hi im in the uk and have used milkybar white chocolate (not candy melts) and sugarflair colours to colour the chocolate and havent had problems, hth.



hi there, thank you Lou, unfortunately she doesn't want chocolate so i'm doing candy melts - or trying lol! I did some today in plain and dusted them whcih looked ok but i have to say they do melt quite easy in hand anyway so choc prob been the same

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post #11 of 13
Coloring the chocolate OR the candy melts will work the same way- the major difference between the two is real chocolate you'd have to temper, but the candy melts (or Merckens wafers) are a lot easier to use for non-cheffy types. icon_smile.gif Again, the coloring method I mentioned before would be your most successful venture.
post #12 of 13
You can use water-based color - someone on here told me to mix the color with the light corn syrup before adding it to the chocolate. I tried it and it turned out great.
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You can use water-based color - someone on here told me to mix the color with the light corn syrup before adding it to the chocolate. I tried it and it turned out great.



The moons must have lined up right for you, or maybe there is just something going that I don't know - that's always a possibility, don't get me wrong icon_smile.gif .

Knowing, though, that water and chocolate don't mix, and beyond that, that adding corn syrup to chocolate stiffens it and makes modeling chocolate, I'm just scratching my head at how that worked out. Anyone that can enlighten me, I always love to learn as well.
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