Need a fun and simple treat for St. Patrick’s Day, a birthday party, or a cute snack for any occasion that’s not gonna cost a small fortune to make? I’ve got you covered with a minty, yummy Lucky Charms Minty Rainbow Bark. This literally only takes a few minutes to make, plus an hour or so in the fridge, and your all set to go. All you need is a few simply ingredients and a microwave.
So what if you want to make this and you don’t have any gel food coloring, because they say you can’t use water based food coloring because it will seize up.
Well there is a way to make it work. That’s what we used here and it could not be any easier to do. All you need to do is mix the food coloring in a tiny bit of canola oil. It works just fine. I know everyone recommends using gel, I bought a package and couldn’t find it for a minute, but I still had a box of water based. So it will work if you just follow that simple tip.
Mr Yum’s over-explained scientific reasoning as to why this works:
Water (or most liquids for that matter) will cause the melted chocolate to seize up when they come into contact with one another. By mixing the food coloring with oil, you cause the water droplets to be suspended in the oil, making an oil-based shell around the coloring. By doing this, the actual water never comes into contact with the chocolate, thus avoiding disaster.
When you first start mixing the food coloring and oil together you will see rather large splotches of coloring. Keep on stirring, the droplets will keep getting smaller. After about 20-30 seconds of mixing, you should be good to go.
I personally do not care about any of that. I just know it worked, and for that I am happy.
Of course after we made this, we found the new box of gel food coloring, go figure. Generations have survived on using the water based colorings. So if it comes down to it; your broke at the moment and can’t afford expensive candy melts or the “healthy” organic food coloring, you can still make cute treats!
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