A few weeks ago, I did a crazy-awesome post for Pop Cosmo… did you see it? Seriously, it was so much fun to do.
Ever since then, I keep getting asked… how’d you get those neon colors? Definitely check out the post, there are some really great tips & pics in there. But for those of you that have dye-specific questions, here’s a more detailed explanation.
The neon colors I used are AmeriColor “Electric” soft gel pastes.
I ordered my gel pastes from Global Sugar Art, my favorite website to buy baking supplies from. Their prices are great, and shipping is FAST! I usually get my items in 2-3 business days.
Now, on GSA’s Americolor Gel Paste Color page, they don’t show a picture of the bottle, just a color swatch. I bought the smallest size (3/4 oz, shown above) — if you are shopping GSA, look for the circle-shaped swatches for this size. Depending on your project, this should last you a long time because you only need a few small squirts of it… and at $1.59/bottle, it’s quite the deal!
But wait – don’t complete your purchase just yet! This next part is VERY important.
Be sure to order Flo Coat. The electric Americolor gel pastes are water-based and are actually meant for frosting, royal icing, etc. Using the Flo-Coat prevents the chocolate from seizing. I tried mixing just the gel paste into my melted candy, and sure enough, it seized into a hard lump. Hey, I had to try it out, right? 🙂
The Flo Coat comes with instructions for how much of it to use with the dye, but different brands of candy melts will likely react differently. Take some time to play around with different proportions of the dye and Flo Coat.
Some bakers have told me they got little dots of color when using the gel pastes and Flo Coat, that it didn’t blend smoothly together. A tip – squeeze the Flo Coat into your melted candy. Before mixing them, squeeze the gel paste into the Flo Coat puddle. Lightly mix the gel paste and the Flo Coat together with your spoon, then stir everything all together.
Using this method, I didn’t have ‘dots of color’ problem. However, I did wind up adding a bit of oil to my mixture to give it that nice flowy texture you need to dip cake pops.
NOW — after all that — I think you really only need to order the soft gel paste in Electric Green. For the pink pops in my Neon Post, I used Make’n Mold pink dye which comes in their pastel pack, shown below. Since it’s oil-based and specifically made for dying candy, this mixes right in, easy-peezy.
In my post, I used the “electric yellow” from AmeriColor as well, but it looked like normal yellow that is found in the Make’n Mold pastel pack.
I hope this helps, happy dying! Whoops, that sounds bad… I mean color-dying. Umm… Happy baking! 🙂