How to make caramel coloring

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Caramel colouring is an amber-brown colour that isn't difficult to make, whether it's for something edible or otherwise. You can use homemade caramel colouring in soups that need the extra tint or as a glaze for porcelain craft painting. This endeavour is achievable by even the novice craft hobbyist and allows you the ability to create pleasingly coloured foods, crafts and more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 28.4gr. red food dye
  • 28.4gr. green food dye
  • 28.4gr. yellow food dye
  • 29.6ml. vodka
  • 3.54gr. sodium lactate
  • 170gr. jar

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  1. 1

    Combine the red, green and yellow food colourants in.the jar. This will create a murky, deep brown colour. This colour, although unattractive, is the base of the caramel colour.

  2. 2

    Add the vodka to the jar. Vodka, a form of ethyl alcohol, helps to blend and brighten the colour while thinning it slightly.

  3. 3

    Add the sodium lactate, which is a preservative safe for human consumption. Sodium lactate is found in craft and hobby supply stores.

  4. 4

    Secure the lid onto the jar and shake it vigorously for a minute. This shaking blends all of the ingredients to create a runny, caramel-coloured pigment.

Tips and warnings

  • Spoon the coloured liquid into a recipe to deepen the colour when needed.
  • Dip a paintbrush into the colour and sweep it over paper, fabric or porcelain to create attractive craft designs.

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