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If you add a few drops of food coloring to a vase of white flowers, their petals will change colors accordingly. It's a fun way to brighten up your Love Shack if you happen to have some pale blossoms around. Yes, I did first try this project as a kid, but the petals are certainly elegant enough for my very mature décor. Bad Fortune Cookie tried the experiment, and wound up with subtle yet successful results. To see her finished product, read more
This past 4th of July, my gal TeamSugar really wowed me with a fantastic party trick. In order to create a display of red, white and blue bubbly, she used a rose champagne, regular champagne and a tiny drop of blue food coloring in regular champagne. She also said the the amount of dye was so minimal that it didn't change the flavor at all. Personally I think it's one of those "Doh! I can't believe I didn't think of that!" sort of tips. It really adds a bit of fun and completes the visual package. Oh and since today is Embrace Your Geekiness Day, I should also point out that Team's brother thought the blue concoction was similar to Romulan Ale. If you don't believe me, you can even check out a clip of the Enterprise crew partaking in some booze.
Since I am a major health nut, I always read labels before I buy food. I often see the ingredient Annatto listed on packages, so what is it?
It's a natural food coloring made from the ground up seed pods of - surprise, surprise - the annatto tree, which grows in Central and South America.
It is also called the Achiote tree. After this tree flowers, it produces hairy pods that turn blackish-brown when ripe.
Annatto adds color to cheese, butter, margarine, rice, smoked fish, and microwave popcorn. It is often used as a substitute for the expensive herb saffron.
It also has antioxidants. I guess that doesn't really matter since you only ingest a small amount, but hey, it's better than nothing.
Well now I feel much better knowing Annatto really is an all natural food coloring. Much better than Red 40.