Coloring White Chocolate

by Angelia
(Winder, Georgia)

Question about coloring white chocolate...

Hi, my name is Angelia. OK, I was melting white chocolate. I added red food coloring like you buy for Easter eggs. As soon as I added the food coloring the chocolate just went to a paste - just clumped up.

I was going to dip pretzels. Can you re-heat it or do I have to throw it away?


Hi Angelia,

Unfortunately, the type of food coloring that you have used is not the type that is okay to use with chocolate.

Regular food colorings like yours are water based. It's the water that made your white chocolate clump up.

You don't need to throw the white chocolate away. You can break it up and use it in recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, etc., but you won't be able to use it for dipping your pretzels.

You'll have to start with fresh chocolate for that. If you want to color the white chocolate, you need to get special coloring that is made for use with chocolate. You can see what I'm talking about here at Candyland Crafts.

If you need it in a hurry (which I'm guessing you do if you are making these for Christmas), you may be able to find the candy coloring in one of your local stores.


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Aug 03, 2011
Adding Shortening to Chocolate
by: Angie

The purpose of adding a little shortening to your chocolate when melting is to add to the smoothness of the chocolate and help it set nicely when it sets up or hardens.

Shortening can also help prevent chocolate bloom or discoloration.

Aug 03, 2011
thank you
by: Anonymous

thank you for the valuable comment. next time i will use the gel colour. please tell me when shortening is addedwhat happens to chocolate

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