How to Make Orange Food Coloring

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Orange creamsicle, basic orange, carrot orange, and dark orange -- you can easily use food coloring to mix a whole range of hues for the color orange. Just follow these instructions.

Note: These colors can be used in a variety of recipes or crafts, but to best show you the different variations of orange, we're using buttercream frosting as our visual "canvas."

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Things You'll Need

  • Bottle of red food dye, (1)
  • Bottle of yellow food dye, (1)
  • Rubber spatula, for mixing
  • Bowl
  • Drop stopper, optional
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Tip

  • The drop stopper will help you count the drops of food dye. Alternatively, if you don't have access to a drop stopper, you can try to count the drops added individually. Another good way to measure the drops needed is by thinking that 100 drops of food coloring is equal to about 1 teaspoon.

Mix the Colors

Begin by mixing the red and yellow food dyes into the base that you wish to color.

Orange Creamsicle

To make an orange creamsicle color, add in 5 drops of yellow food coloring and 3 drops of red food coloring. Mix to combine then use as required.

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Basic Orange

To make basic orange, add in 35 drops of yellow food coloring and 20 drops of red food coloring. Mix to combine then use as required.

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Carrot Orange

To make a carrot orange color, add in 50 drops of yellow food coloring with 30 drops of red food coloring. Mix to combine the use as required.

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Dark Orange

To make dark orange, add in 65 drops of yellow food coloring with 50 drops of red food coloring. Mix to combine then use as required.

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The drops of dye needed will slightly vary depending upon the type and quantity of base that you are coloring. Test the strength of the color as you go. It's quite easy to over-color and difficult to lighten the shade after the food dye has been added.

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