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Green BeerThere is one time of year that green beer flows from taps around the world in celebration of the most famous Irish Saint. Since the holiday is an official feast day in the Catholic religion, drinking alcohol is permitted even though the holiday takes place during Lent. There are reports of blue actually first being the color of Saint Patricks Day but we are glad that is not the case since blue beer just doesn't sound right. According to historical records St. Paddy used the shamrock in his teachings to the pagans and that's the best explaination we could find online. Most Irish bar owners add green food coloring either in the keg or by directly squeezing into each glass. Even the Prez joins the fun at the most famous house of all!

Snow Color

Coloring snow can provide a great source of entertainment and creativity. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of food coloring and mix by shaking vigorously. Try experimenting with cold and warm water to see the different effect it has on the overall look. In temperatures that are below zero, [...]

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History of Food Coloring the Past 100 Years

By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries food coloring increasing became popular as a method to mask the appearance of inferior food products. While these colorants were in fact natural substances, the majority have been removed from the worlds food chain by regulation. The first synthetic coloring was created by British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin [...]

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Ancient History of Food Coloring

The act of coloring food likely began several thousands of years ago. There is written record dating back to 1000 B.C. Ancient Egyptians are said to have introduced yellow color into their food in the form of saffron, which is mentioned in Homer's Iliad, dating back from 700 B.C. Wine is the first reported beverage [...]

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Remove Food Coloring from Skin

It can be a frustrating experience if you accidentaly spill even a small amount of food coloring on your skin. The porous nature of skin layers quickly absorbs the color and attempts to immediatly wash the stain off with soap and water are ineffetive. The good news is that even if you do not have [...]

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Coloring Fun with Flowers

There are a great deal of scientific and research based applications involving food coloring for identification purposes. One educational experiment with a tremendous "wow" factor is very easy to replicate with a number of flower types or even certain vegetables. Both kids and adults alike can easily learn more about how certain plant based material [...]

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What is FD&C?

Food Coloring ingredients are referred to by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation as 'color additives'. All ingredients approved for use in food products are codified by the FDA which specifies legal guidelines for manufacturers and labeling requirements. FD&C colors are defined by regulation as 'requiring certification', which means that each batch produced is tested [...]

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Starbucks Food Coloring Dilema

The mega chain Starbucks was recently in the news due to a change in ingredients in one of their Strawberry flavored smoothie products. It was reported that a vegan employee took photos of the new product packaging that listed Carmine extract on the label and posted the pictures online. Carmine extract contributes a reddish hue [...]

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U.S. FDA Increases Border enforcement against illegal colors in imported food

According to FDAimports.com, beginning in January 2011, the FDA increased its testing of imported food in an effort to identify whether these foods contained unapproved, undeclared, banned, or unsafe food coloring. If a foreign food product is made with unapproved food coloring additives, the food is illegal in the United States. The FDA color additive [...]

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