I thought it might be more dull because of the chocolate which has a dark color and the fact that I had made a runny glaze. So, to be fair, I made a sugar cookie icing with the blue dye and tried it on a vanilla wafer cookie. I ended up with the same pastel blue.
I was a little disappointed that it was not really bright, but I kind of knew this was going to be the case. It's really hard to get vibrant colors that are made with natural ingredients. Still, I had been hoping that because it was a gel, it was stronger in color. For bright colors, I still don't have an answer. However, if I need pastels, I'd be happy with using Chefmaster natural dyes.
I stumbled on this pack of natural food dye gels on a recent trip to the King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT. (It's also where I picked up a lot of other goodies too!) It came with four dyes in a cute little tin. You can also purchase Chefmaster natural food dye gels online directly from Chefmaster.
Have you come across any natural food colorings and used them in baking projects? Have you made your own? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram with #MyDessArt or @dessarts.