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 Post subject: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:35 pm 
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I'm looking for black food coloring that does not contain squid ink nor has been tested on animals. I'm looking for a really deep black coloring for Halloween candy apples:
http://simply-delicious-food.com/2013/10/29/poison-toffee-apples-halloween/

I've found one at the link below but the photo shows that it's grey in the cupcake frosting:
http://www.naturalcandystore.com/product/black-natural-food-color/all-products

And also, am I the last vegan on earth to realize that non-natural food colorings are also testing on animals? Like household or personal products are testing on animals? Jeez, when will it end?
http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/10/18/warning-what-you-dont-know-about-food-colors/


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 Post subject: Re: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:38 pm 
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What!? That's the saddest news I've ever heard.

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 Post subject: Re: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:47 pm 
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I don't know; that looks like a pretty amazing black given the difficult task of avoiding all that squid-butt! If I saw something decorated with that color, I wouldn't think: "Hmm, that's a grey frosting". I'd definitely think it was black.

Also, I bet the ingredients you use in the food will change the richness of that black. So, that's a whipped buttercream; something very pale and light... but I bet something like caramel is thick and rich enough that it won't grey it out. Now, adding chocolate might be odd, to a toffee/caramel... but chocolate powder would also probably help darken whatever it is that coloring is in.

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 Post subject: Re: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:52 pm 
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The frosting in that photo is pretty dark, and could be made darker - it take a lot of food dye to get a frosting from white to black.

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 Post subject: Re: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Yeah, what mbm said. If it looks gray, just add more.

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 Post subject: Re: Food Coloring: natural option for black
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:31 pm 
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I know I'm late to this party, but AmeriColor food coloring gels are the best food coloring I've ever used, they state on their site that none of their products contain any animal products, and when I emailed them about animal testing they responded that they did not test on animals. They're not natural, but they are totally vegan, and very, very effective food colors.

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