Custom Coloured Candy Tutorial

Hi Everyone

First off today - a warning! If you are a person who does not like to use or consume artificial food coloring and/or additives, turn away. Now!

Over the next week of so I will be posting some little tutorials in readiness for some upcoming work I am doing for Echo Park and the Christmas Countdown at Artfull Crafts.

Coloured Candy

This came about as I was looking for some Halloween Candy here in New Zealand - and of course no-one celebrates Halloween here so I was pretty much out of luck -so I thought I would make my own. 

I really wanted orange and black but of course you could use this technique to make your custom colours for pretty much any occasion. Imagine a wedding with party favors filled with custom coloured mints to match a dress.

  1. Place a small amount of food coloring in a plastic tub
  2. Spread color around the base of container
  3. Add your lollies and shake
  4. Leave to dry for half an hour

This worked well with all the smooth candies I tried - which were Kool-Mints, Jaffas and Tic-Tacs. Anyone outside New Zealand will now be thinking I am speaking a different language - but just look for some smooth or shiny candy and you will be fine!

Point to remember - this coloring is VERY concentrated and will stain whatever it touches - including the inside of your kids mouths so don't be alarmed if they turn orange!

Lowri :-)
I am linking up this project to these websites here.


  1. You are so creative! The customization is perfect, for Halloween, they look kinda 'icky'. In a good way of course...heehee

  2. How fun! I think I've had Jaffas and Kool Mints. My coworker and his wife are from New Zealand and whenever they go back to visit they bring back tons of goodies to snack on. :)

  3. Wow Lowri, very creative! They look very effective!

  4. How very fun! This would be great for birthday parties or weddings when you need a specific color.

  5. Orange mouths are just a part of Halloween... Aren't they?

  6. O.K., now I will be looking at candy in the store in a MUCH different way. I will be thinking -"Wonder if I could dye that?" Lol! Does the dye wear off on your hands? (P.S. My hubby is from New Zealand. Came to the states very young though. We've been back quite a few times -but only ever made it to the North Island.)

  7. Hi Shelly - once the coloring is dry it does not come off easily on your hands - unless they are wet!
    You probably wouldn;t want to handle it too much - but I suppose that applies to any coloured candy!
    Next time you visut NZ - you want to make it down to the MAIN island LOL

  8. Wow! Those are almost too pretty to eat. You could pass them off as some rare kind of animal eggs or something! Thanks for participating in our link-up party.

  9. I never would have thought to do this. So cool! Thanks for the tutorial. Found you on the tt&j linky party :)

  10. I love this idea! I'm all over this for Halloween and filling colored candies in potion jars! Maybe even a favor for my dinner party!

  11. What an awesome idea! I will be looking at candy now from a whole new perspective!!


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