India Tree Natural Food Coloring: Is It Worth It?

sugar cookies kid-dyed using India Tree food coloring
sugar cookies kid-dyed using India Tree food coloring

Confession Time: I have been in nasty, filthy love with Wilton gel food coloring. They’re so easy to use, and the colors are SO vibrant, and yet…they’re chock-full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial food coloring, which then gets into my kids’ bellies, which then is not only bad for them, but makes them act like maniacs.

Seriously, all that nastiness just to bake green cake for a kid’s dinosaur-themed birthday party? Those are some whacked priorities, I say to myself, hanging my head in shame.

And yet…green cake! Pink cookies! Rainbow cupcakes! Whacked or not, I MUST occasionally have colorful baked goods, so I’ve recently switched my allegiance to India Tree natural food colors, which have no high fructose corn syrup and no synthetic dyes. India Tree food coloring has some pros and cons, and I’m not going to tell you that it’s all 100% amazeballs and you’re going to be making rainbow pancakes by morning with it, but here’s what we did with it, and here’s what we thought of it:

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. Thanks for this review, Julie. We almost never make baked goodies with all the food issues, but when we do, we want them to be fun. The kiddo has a 1/2 birthday coming up and I think I might look at picking up some of these to surprise her with something yummy and colorful.


  2. Thanks for this review. I have been wondering how well India Tree colors work. We have just been skipping the food coloring in things we eat and using regular food coloring or kool-aid for playdough. I have tried India Tree’s natural sprinkles and really like them.

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