What Colors Make Pink Food Coloring? (Best Tips!)

What Colors Make Pink Food Coloring

Do you know what colors make pink food coloring? this is one of the questions our readers ask a lot. Well, we´ve got you covered.

Pink is probably one of the more popular colors out there, especially for birthdays, celebrations, baby reveals, and the fashion industry.

Fortunately, it’s a pretty easy food color to make, either with a single color, other foods, or two colors.

So, what colors make pink food coloring? Since pink is just a light shade of red, only a mixture of white and red, 50/50, will make pink food coloring. The more red you add, the darker the pink, and vice versa. You can also dilute red with water to get pink. 

Of course, diluting red robs the vibrancy of the color pink. Also, another recurring problem is that you can rarely get a solid pink food coloring unless you hunt some down, most likely online.

Ultimately, you’re almost stuck with diluting because it’s even more difficult to find white.

You can also use foods to make natural pink and in most cases, that might actually be the better method, because the alternative is a bit of trial and error.

Methods For Making Pink Food Coloring

What 2 colors make pink food coloring? Red and White are the two colors you need to make pink food coloring.

You want to make sure you get pink food coloring right because—and this is especially true if it’s going to be heated—pink has a weird tendency to turn a dull color that more accurately reflects a brown, rather than pink color. 

  • Dilute red food coloring
  • Mix red and white food coloring (if you can get your hands on white)
  • Carefully and painstakingly add red to whatever mix you’re working on until you achieve pink
  • Natural pink food coloring

Normally, when you purchase food coloring, it comes in five, solid colors comprised of red, blue, orange, yellow, and green. Sometimes you only get four but you will always get red in the mix.

Take your red dropper and empty half of it into another container. Fill up the newly empty half with water and shake it up. The red coloring will dilute and leave you with decent pink color. 

If you can get ahold of some white food coloring, a good half and half mixture will give you a pretty solid pink. You can also add more white or just leave out some red to brighten it.

Also, red will fade to pink if you just use a small amount in a larger mixture. Add a few drops, mix it in really well, rinse and repeat until you have the exact shade of pink you’re looking for. 

Canned beets are also an excellent way to make pink food coloring:

  • Empty the canned beets into the blender and puree them
  • Place the blended beets on a napkin
  • Strain the juices
  • Mix the blended meets directly

You can do the same thing with dry beets, only by simmering them rather than blending them:

  • Place the beets in a saucepan and add enough water to cover them up to half
  • Simmer them on low heat
  • After they’ve simmered for a while, the water should turn good and red
  • Empty the water into a container or dropper bottle

With both methods, you’ll get plenty of reddish water. You’ll need to be careful how much of the coloring you use. The less you use, the closer to pink you’ll get.

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Use Strawberries And / Or Raspberries

Strawberries and raspberries will also make excellent food coloring, especially raspberries. There are a few ways you can do either:

  • Place the berries in a blender and puree
  • Pour the blended berries onto a napkin
  • Use the napkin to strain the juice out

You can also press the juice out of them. Raspberries and strawberries are loaded with juice so pressing them will result in plenty of food coloring.

Of course, a juicer makes a lot of sense as well, if you have one.

Lastly, you can use dried, frozen strawberries and/or raspberries:

  • Place the dried berries in the blender and puree
  • Only stop the blender when the berries have been turned into a fine powder
  • Use the powder as a substitute food coloring

A dried, powder version may not be useable for whatever baking project you have in mind. If you’re dying eggs, for instance, you’ll need to stick with the juice method. 

However, if you’re making batter or frosting, not only will mixing in the powder gives you the pink color you’re looking for, it will also add the flavoring of both strawberries and raspberries as well. 

Read also: What Do You Get When You Mix Red and Pink? (Best Tips!)

All Things Considered

Pink is a popular color but not as easy as some of the other colors to replicate through color combinations.

Thankfully, there are several different ways to end up with pink, so long as you’re patient and willing to try different methods.

Fruits and vegetables are becoming very popular when it comes to making food coloring and the color pink is no exception.

So, if you’re in a pinch and need to use pink food coloring, now you know several tried and true methods. Just because you don’t have it, doesn’t mean you can’t make it. 

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Lindsey graduated with an MBA in 2009. Since then, Lindsey has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Lindsey is also the head writer and Co-founder of Rvandplaya.com. Lindsey is based in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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