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How to colour white chocolate

Updated February 21, 2017

White chocolate is a versatile confectionery and baking ingredient which you can colour to match any theme or occasion. Use food colouring to turn white chocolate pink for a girl's birthday party, red to celebrate Valentine's Day or pastel yellow when making Easter-inspired desserts. Choose oil-based food colouring when tinting the confection as water can make melted chocolate seize. Use coloured white chocolate to make moulded sweets or lollipops as sumptuous treats.

Melt white chocolate chips by first placing them into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chips for one minute and stir them with a spoon.

Place the semi-melted chocolate chips back into the microwave and continue microwaving them for 10 to 20 second intervals, or until they are smooth and creamy. Stir the chips after each interval.

Choose an oil-based liquid food colouring in the desired hue, such as orange, blue or green. Add the food colouring to the melted chocolate one drop at a time until you reach the correct shade. Stir the chocolate thoroughly to distribute the colour evenly.

Avoid adding too much food colouring, which could give the chocolate a bitter taste.

Things You'll Need

  • White chocolate chips
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Oil-based food colouring
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.