Quite a few of you have written to me to ask how I get my edible ink food coloring markers to work so well. Certain food are more difficult to draw on, but by following the tips I've suggested below, you'll be able to use the edible ink markers on so many different types of food including chocolate, Pop Tarts, Airheads Taffy, Necco Wafers, marshmallows, caramel, and even cheese.
Tips to get your food coloring markers to work ...
Store your markers properly.
Always store your food coloring markers upside down so the tip
doesn't dry out.
Add food coloring to a dried out marker tip.
If you are drawing on some food and are getting streaks instead of a nice even color, you can
fill a small bowl with liquid food coloring that matches the color of your edible ink marker.
Dip the tip of your marker in the food coloring, allowing the coloring to soak up into the tip.
Then, tap the marker allowing any excess coloring to fall off the tip.
Continue to draw on your food until you get streaks again,
then repeat the process.
Refill your edible ink marker with more food coloring.
If your edible ink food coloring marker has dried out, don't throw it away, you can refill it.
Use tweezers to get the plug out of the end of the marker.
Tip the marker over and allow the coloring insert to drop out (tap the marker if needed.)
Put the insert in a small bowl filled with food coloring.
Allow it to soak up the food coloring for at least 15 minutes.
Place the insert back into the marker.
Put the plug back in also.
Allow the edible ink marker to set with the tip side down for at least 15 minutes
in order for the new coloring to permeate the tip.
Have fun drawing on food!
My exchange student and I did indeed have fun drawing all of these things:
a monkey on caramel,
smiley faces on yellow Necco Wafers,
a bunny and a ghost on marshmallows,
"Hungry Happenings" on a watermelon Airhead,
a pumpkin on a cheese sandwich,
"Love" on some pink modeling chocolate,
a cup of coffee on a Pop Tart.
I hope these tips will help you, so that you can create fun food too.
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