Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Treats Without Artificial Food Color

Easter with only natural colors -- is it possible? Certainly!


When it's time for Easter treats, I think of lots of pastel colors, chocolate, and egg-shaped candies. A carrot or coconut cake. Flowers, bunnies, and chicks. Fortunately, pastel colors are the easiest to achieve with natural food colors. Natural colors are not as concentrated as the chemical versions, so brighter colors can rarely be achieved for the home baker. If you'd like to get started with your own homemade naturally-colored treats, check out these resources.

Chocolate and white chocolate are good dye-free options. Just know that a few stores and restaurants put red dye in chocolate cakes and chocolate pie crusts. I don't understand this, but it's happened. As for chocolate, I've started seeing Unreal Candy at local drugstores. It's "unjunked" without artificial ingredients, corn syrup, GMOs, or hydrogenated oils. If you've tried an Unreal product, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Without further ado, here are some candies and homemade treats that just say "Easter" to me. I have not tried the majority of the recipes, so I can only say that they sound good.

Candy that is small enough to fit in plastic eggs
GoNaturally Organic Cherry Hard Candies (other flavors available)
or lots of options at Natural Candy Store

 
 Healthier Easter Foods
Peter Rabbit's Mixed Up Garden Snacks from Gourmet Mom On the Go
Easter Fruit Basket from Laura Bento
Vegetable Carrot from Savvy Mom
Goldfish Carrots from Simon Chan
Cantaloupe Bunny from Vegetable Fruit Carving

 
Sweet Treats
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs from Raining Hot Coupons
Homemade Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting from Sally's Baking Addiction
Coconut Macaroons from Sally's Baking Addiction
Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats from Mallow and Co.
Easter Bunny Cupcake Wrappers from Bird's Party Blog

 
 Finally, I was looking at pre-made Easter baskets on Amazon and liked what I saw with Well Baskets. They're a little pricey but if you would rather save time than money, they seem to have something for everyone. Otherwise, you can get some good ideas from them.


To have a completely natural Easter, eggs can also be dyed with natural colors. See recipes and examples at Better Homes and Gardens and What's Cooking America.
 

What food or treat says "Easter" to you?
 

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