(This product appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Pastry Arts Magazine)

As more consumers seek out and request artificial-dye free and plant-based foods, ColorKitchen has announced it is now consulting with pastry chefs and other artisan food producers to incorporate plant-based, artificial dye-free colors into their desserts.

The company, which manufactures colorful plant-based alternatives to traditional artificial food dyes and sprinkles, as well as gluten-free cake mixes, decided to expand into ‘food color consulting’ after receiving dozens of calls from chefs from small to midsize bakeries, ice cream and doughnut shops, as well as the cannabis industry, who have been seeking the company’s colors and sprinkles in bulk for commercial use.ColorKitchen’s food colors and sprinkles are made with natural and simple plant-based ingredients like turmeric, spirulina, beet, and annatto. In the process of making the dyes, flavors and textures are removed from the plant ingredients, leaving pure color behind. The company also recently introduced the baking industry’s first ‘dye-free, heat stable’ deep red velvet food color that won’t fade when it goes into the oven.

The easy-to-use food colorings come in a powder form for an extended shelf-life. Unlike liquid food colors, these will not dilute and water-down the recipe when more color is added. The colors and sprinkles can be added to dry ingredients, or readily mix into gummies, candies, added to baked goods, or for frosting treats. The colors are also gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. For more info or to purchase, visit www.colorkitchenfoods.com.