Every year when we dye Easter Eggs, I get frustrated with the lack of vibrant colors. This year I wanted to try something different in hopes of getting better results than I have in the past with those little fizzy tablets I’ve used since a kid.
Wilton has some amazing food coloring gels that works great for coloring frostings and cake batter, so why wouldn’t it be good to colors eggs?! So, when I went grocery shopping this week at Meijer, I saw the most perfect little tubes of gel with vibrant colors I just had to try! For about $3 , I picked up 4 colors – magenta, teal, orange and purple. Perfect! I didn’t find them in the food section, but in the kitchen section near the baking pans and Wilton products. Look for them there! There’s even directions on the back of the box for you to follow.
Here’s a little tutorial on getting vibrant colored Easter Eggs for your Easter Baskets this year…
Hard Boil Your Eggs
First, lay your eggs gently in a pot that is large enough where the eggs don’t touch that much. Cover with cold water until the water is about 1 inch above the eggs. Add a dash of vinegar to the water to keep the insides of your eggs nice and white. Bring to a rapid boil on stove and then immediately remove from the heat and place a lid on the pot. Set a timer for 10 minutes and wait. At the end of the ten minutes, carefully drain the hot water out of the pot and cover with cold water. Chill until the eggs are no longer warm. I like to run the water for a few minutes to make sure it’s nice and cold.
Prepare the Dye
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove for 4 colors. To four bowls, add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to each bowl and fill with 3/4 cup of water. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the food dye – depending on how strong you’d like the color – and stir. Mix carefully or you’ll end up with dye on your countertops that will take a little scrubbing to get off.
Dye the Eggs
Carefully place your eggs in the dye bath with a spoon or tongs. Leave the egg in the dye until the desired color is reached. These colors are very concentrated, so it really doesn’t take long at all! Remove the eggs to a wire wrack with newspaper or paper towels underneath to catch the drips. Let dry completely before touching.
That’s it! Perfectly, bright and vibrant colored Easter Eggs!
Keep in the fridge until Easter and then hide and eat!
Check out more fun Easter Activities to do with your family HERE!