How to Make Purple With Food Coloring (with Video)

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These different shades of Purple Food Coloring can be used in a variety of different baking and craft projects.
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Basic purple, grape, and dark purple -- you can easily use food coloring to mix a whole range of hues for the color purple. 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 purple, we're using buttercream frosting as our visual "canvas."

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • Mixing Utensil
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Liquid Dropper
Set out all the ingredients required.
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Mix the Colors

It doesn't take that many drops for the color to develop! Always add the dye a few drops at a time to reach your desired strength of coloring.


Add in a few drops of dye at a time. It doesn't take much for the color to deepen!
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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.


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