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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring

Partly because my kids are getting older and the egg-hunt days are over and mostly because I feel such pressure to make use of things we already have at home, this year we dyed with food coloring instead of those PAAS tablets. Look at these beauties!

We used the basic McCormick Assorted Food Colors, which includes four 0.25-vials of each of the following colors: yellow, red, blue, and green. (Note: We did not use Wilton concentrated gel color.) We adapted the directions for coloring eggs on the back of the box slightly: we reduced the number of drops by half. As you can see, the colors came out vibrant enough.

Food coloring
White vinegar
Drinking glasses

For each color, mix the following in a 6-oz glass:

1/2 c boiling water
1 t white vinegar
10 drops food coloring

My kids mixed a glass of each color. Then they dipped a hard-boiled egg into one color for at least a minute. They lifted the egg out to see if it reached the desired shade. If so, they moved the egg to another color. They originally intended to blend the colors. For example, dip in red and then dip in yellow to get orange. This worked for the orange but when Chloe tried to make purple, the blue and red made brown.

However, after refrigerating overnight, the dyes separated and resulted in blue and brown speckles. What a happy accident!

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