Little-Known Uses for
McCormick® Food Coloring

  • Tint wallpaper paste. Add a few drops of McCormick Food Coloring to wallpaper paste so you can see how well you're covering the wallpaper.
  • Make your own gift wrapping paper. Add five drops McCormick Food Coloring to one cup water, making one cup for each one of the four colors. Stack several sheets of white tissue paper on top of each other, fold them in half, in half again, and in half again. Dip each one of the four corners into a different color solution without soaking the paper. Let the tissue dry on newspaper, unfold, then iron flat.
  • Make colorful macaroni jewelry for kids. Add a few drops of McCormick Food Coloring to a bowl of water. Dip dry macaroni noodles in the water, drain, and dry. Then make necklaces by stringing the colored macaroni noodles together.
  • Paint snow. Put a teaspoon of McCormick Food Coloring in a spray bottle filled with water and let kids spray designs on snow.
  • Make fried chicken golden brown. Add a few drops of yellow McCormick Food Coloring to vegetable oil before frying. The chicken will absorb the food coloring and become a golden brown.
  • Color the water in a fish tank. Adding a few drops of McCormick Food Coloring will make a colorful environment without harming the fish.
  • Differentiate hard-boiled eggs from raw eggs in the refrigerator. Before hard-boiling eggs, add McCormick Food Coloring to the water to tint them.
  • Recolor small bleach spots on clothing. Mix McCormick Food Coloring with water to make the proper shade and apply to the spot.
  • Make fingerpaint. Mix two cups soap flakes, two cups liquid laundry starch, and five drops McCormick Food Coloring in a large bowl. Blend with a wire whisk until the mixture has the consistency of whipped cream. Or mix one-quarter cup Kingsford's Corn Starch with two cups cold water, boil until thick, pour into small containers, and color with food coloring.
  • Tint flowers. Mix McCormick Food Coloring in warm water and place the flower stems in the solution overnight. The stems will absorb the colors by morning, revealing intriguing designs in different colors.
  • Make clown makeup. Mix two tablespoons Kingsford's Corn Starch, one tablespoon solid shortening, and several drops McCormick Food Coloring.
  • Make colorful glues. Fill an empty SueBee honey bear with Elmer's Glue-All and tint with a few drops of McCormick Food Coloring.

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