Exploring the Vibrant World of Oil-Based Food Coloring

Exploring the Vibrant World of Oil-Based Food Coloring

Food coloring is a baker’s trusted sidekick, adding color to everything from buttercreams to cookies. While water-based food coloring is most commonly used, there is another option that is rising in popularity among professionals & home bakers alike: oil-based food coloring.


One of the key benefits of using oil-based food coloring is its ability to blend with fat-based ingredients. Unlike water-based food coloring, which causes chocolate to seize, oil-based coloring blends flawlessly into chocolate, candy melts, and other fat-based products. This makes it ideal for producing vibrant, colorful confections without compromising texture.

Coloring Chocolate with Oil-Based Food Coloring:

Coloring chocolate can be a delicate process, as water-based food coloring can cause the chocolate to seize. See our article about Oil-based vs Water-based food color to learn more. Oil-based food colors in liquid or powdered form blend smoothly into melted chocolate allowing for a silky-smooth texture. Whether you’re looking to create colored chocolate drizzle, dipping chocolate, or create intricate chocolate designs, oil-based is the way to go.

The video features Colour Mill oil-based food coloring for chocolate

Using Oil-Based Food Coloring in Baking:

Liquid oil-based food coloring is perfect for coloring buttercream, frosting, and other oil-based batters. Its rich, concentrated formula means you need less colorant to achieve intense hues, making it cost-effective. Simply add a drop of color to your buttercream or batter & mix until you’ve reached the desired color.

The video above features Colour Mill food coloring.

Tips and Tricks for Using Oil-Based Color

Here are a few recommended tips & tricks when using oil-based food coloring so you can use it effectively:


  1. Shake the bottle before using: The oil tends to collect at the top of the bottle, to avoid this be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
  2. Gradually add color: Start with a small amount of color & gradually work with more color until you reach the desired shade.
  3. Mix thoroughly: Use a spatula to thoroughly mix your chocolate or electric mixer to make sure your batter or frosting is thoroughly blended.

  4. Use the right base color: To ensure you achieve the desired color, start with the right color base. For best results, use a white base for light colors.

  5. Mix colors: Mixing colors is a great way to achieve custom shades.

What's in the Box? Ingredients Unveiled

Oil-based food colors are made by dissolving food coloring pigments with food grade oil. The pigments used are oil-soluble dyes. The oil can vary but is often oils, such as soybean or sunflower oil, which are safe for consumption.

Liquid Oil-based food coloring is a game-changer! Offering vibrant colors and easy integration into fat-based ingredients. Whether you are coloring chocolate, buttercream, or cake batter, oil-based food coloring delivers stunning results without compromising taste or texture. Experiment with oil-based food coloring in your next baking project and experience the difference for yourself!

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Do oil-based food colors contain peanuts?

Answer: Oil-based food colors are nut-free & peanut-free. Brands that manufacture in nut-free facilities include Americolor, & Chef Master.

What is the best way to store oil-based food colors?

Answer: At room temperature, away from direct sunlight.

Are oil-based food colors made with natural ingredients?

Answer: No, they are made with FD&C dyes & other ingredients.

Which brands of oil-based food colors are kosher?

Answer: Chefmaster Liquid Candy Color and Americolor Oil Candy Color are both certified Kosher. However, it’s important to note that while most Colour Mill Oil Colors are Kosher certified, not all of them carry this certification.

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