Homemade green food dye / Source
1. Homemade food coloring
Because artificial colors are everywhere.
Green, green everywhere
Green is the official color for St. Patrick’s Day.
Stores pack their shelves with green hats, glasses, beads, cups, and t-shirts. Bars serve up mugs of green beer and other green-hued cocktails. Grocery stores serve green frosted cookies, cakes, and cupcakes with impossibly cute green sprinkles.
Green, green, everywhere you look! Generally, these food and drinks get their colors from artificial food colors.
I am not a fan of artificial food colors.
These toxic chemicals masquerading as food are only possible through the wonder of chemistry and the oil drilling industry. Studies have shown various adverse health effects from ingesting them. And did you know that artificial food colors undergo animal testing to ensure their safety as a food additive?
How to make homemade food coloring
Every time a holiday approaches, artificial colors go on sale. Magazines, blogs, and videos feature impossibly cute and creative treats made with various unnatural colors achieved through the magic of artificial colors.
There’s a better way; to make bright, vivid colors at home.
Look at that green up there! Spectacular! And it's easy to make from everyday ingredients in your fridge or pantry.
Trust me; it’s not complicated or expensive.
Click here for the full step-by-step homemade food coloring tutorial.
Shop for green food coloring
Would you prefer to buy green vegan food dye? No problem.
Here are a few that are colored with vegetable juice or spices and contain no synthetic dyes.
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Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature
I picked up a few packets to test out on my favorite sugar cookies.
I’m a fan.
First, the colors come packaged in individual packets, which means I don’t over-buy. Second, the colors mix easily and create beautiful colors. I don’t even mind that they’re more pastel than bright. Lastly, they’re budget-friendly.
Here’s a 10-pack, Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature, that makes a good starter pack.
McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors
By far, these colors are the cheapest and the most widely available. The powdered colors come in a pack of three colors which you can mix for a variety of colors.
I bought this McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors pack when I made these unicorn sugar cookies. Just look how vivid the colors turned out!