7 creative ways to use extracts and food colours

7 creative ways to use extracts and food colours

The best part of homemade cooking? Inventing new flavour combos your family will love. Enter extracts and food colours, your new best friends for culinary customization.

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All you need are a few drops to transform any dish into a new family favourite. Here’s how to use them to upgrade some of your go-to treats. 

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1. Use Food Colouring for Unforgettable Brownies

Brownies are already the ultimate crowd-pleaser, but flavourings and extracts can make them even better. Add Green Food Colour to turn standard “brownie mix” brownies into luxurious (but easy!) Irish Cream Swirl Brownies or use Pure Almond Extract to elevate the Easy Chocolate Almond Brownies.

Take it to the next level by adding a layer of cookie dough for Nutty Almond Crownies, featuring almond flavoring.

When it comes to dressing up your brownies, let your imagination run wild.

Chocolate orange brownies? They’re easy to make with Pure Orange Extract. Or add Pure Almond Extract to make brownies bursting with nutty-cocoa deliciousness. 

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2. Add Even More Flavour To Your Cupcakes

Between Valentine’s Day, Easter and St. Patrick’s Day, chances are you've got a few batches of cupcakes in your future. Using extracts can freshen up your cupcakes and gives you a chance to get more creative. You can also add your favourite extract to any store-bought frosting to instantly amp up the flavour. 

Speaking of frosting, edible food colouring can dress up yours for any occasion. Experiment with Red Food Colour to make the perfect pink hue for Valentine’s Day.

Or use Food Colours for this vibrant (and delicious!) Rainbow Bundt Cake, or School Spirit Cupcakes.

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3. Make Marvelous Flavoured Marshmallows

Looking for a treat that’s not too sweet? You can’t go wrong with homemade marshmallows! Fluffy and pillowy soft, marshmallows make for the perfect light dessert. And, of course, you can use extracts and food colour to make them look and taste exactly how you’d like.

Satisfy your chocolate craving with these Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Marshmallows or these Coca Almond Marshmallows. They taste great on their own, or chopped up and added to Almond Hot Chocolate. Or go for these Pink Lemonade Marshmallows. Lemon extract gives them a burst of fresh, citrusy flavor that tastes like summer.

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4. Turn Cookies into Art

Feeling creative? Use extracts and food colours to bring out your inner artist.

Simply mix food colour with extracts to make “flavour paints,” for painted cookies that are as gorgeous as they are tasty.

Use 
Red Food Colour and Pure Vanilla Extract to make these Heart-Shaped Painted Sugar Cookies.

Or use
Food Colour for creating the festive decorations atop adorable Easter Cookie Baskets featuring our Pure Vanilla Extract.

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5. Try Out the Tie-Dye Trend

2020 is the year for neon — and that extends to neon food, too.

So use Club House Neon Food Colors to make a Tie Dye Cake that’s both delicious and visually stunning. It’s easier than it looks.

Simply separate your batter into four bowls, add a few drops of food color to each, then drop spoonfuls of batter into your cake pan for a tie dye effect.

In just an hour, you’ll have a cake that’s totally Instagram-ready. 

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6. Craft the Perfect Cocktail (or Mocktail)

Good news: Getting creative with extracts and food colours extends far beyond baking. You can use them to create tasty and delicious drinks, too.

This Peppermint Paddy Martini gets a burst of minty flavour thanks to Pure Mint & Peppermint Extract, while this Slow Cooker Salted Carmel Apple Cocktail is a perfect balance of spice and rich Pure Vanilla Extract, and this Orange Almond Sherbet Punch includes nutty, creamy notes, thanks to Pure Almond Extract.

And food colour can electrify any drink. Like this gorgeous blue and red Cocktail of Ice and Fire or the blue Arctic Ade that get their hues from Blue Neon Food Colour.

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7. Make Eye-Popping Easter Eggs

Get ready to host the best Easter egg hunt on the block. All you need is some food colour, which doubles as egg dye. Use Neon Food Colouring to put a trendy twist on classic Easter Eggs, and combine the four different dyes to make a range of neon hues.

Or dip your eggs in a mixture of oil, vinegar and water to create stunning 
Marbleized Easter Eggs for plenty of family fun. 

Discover more food colors and extracts here - and don't forget to get creative with how you use them!