We avoid food dyes as much as possible. We’ve been at it for a while, and it’s pretty easy except when it comes to holidays. Fortunately; Easter, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day are all kind enough to involve green, so it’s worth the investment in Chlorophyll.
Yes, I said Chlorophyll! As in, the stuff in plants. It is sold as a supplement, apparently for the Chlorophyll-deficient among us. I found it at our health food store, and wanted to share some lessons learned.
It is potent. Not only did it dye my frosting green; it dyed my hands green, my dishrag green, and anything else it touched. It was stunning to me how green it was.
I used only a little to dye some frosting as a test-drive, and went from this:
It is expensive. Relative to the little drops of regular food dye, anyway. It was $8.79 for 8 ounces. Also, since it is not a synthetic substance, once opened it needs to be refrigerated.
It is runny. I don’t know if that is exactly the right word, it’s more that a few drops makes whatever you are adding it to runny. If you are adding it to store bought frosting, you may need to mix in a little powdered sugar to stiffen it back up.
It’s minty. Nothing I have ever made with Chlorophyll has conflicted with a minty flavor, but if you are making something that doesn’t go with mint just know there will be a hint of it. Not overpowering, just present.
There are Shamrock Shake and Leprechaun cupcakes all over Pinterest right now. They are super cute, but all call for ‘a few drops of green food dye’. Just say no, and use this instead!