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Food Coloring Chart for Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs with your own homemade Easter egg dyes uses a few simple ingredients that nearly every kitchen has on hand.

A glass measuring cup, spoons, white vinegar, boiling water and food coloring.

Easter Egg Color Chart

Cantaloupe 24 yellow 2 red  
Dusty Rose 14 red 6 blue  
Fuchsia 18 red 2 blue  
Grape 17 blue 3 red  
Jade 17 green 3 blue  
Jungle Green 14 green 6 yellow  
Lime 24 yellow 4 green  
Maize 24 yellow 1 red  
Mint Green 14 green 6 yellow  
Orange Sunset 17 yellow 3 red  
Plum 10 red 4 blue  
Pretty Purple 15 blue 5 red  
Raspberry 14 red 6 blue  
Spearmint 12 green 6 yellow 2 blue
Teal 15 green 5 blue  
Watermelon 25 red 2 blue  

To make larger volumes, just keep the ratio the same (for example, Lime is 24 parts yellow to 4 parts green; a ratio of 6 to 1).

How to dye Easter eggs

  • Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to a measuring cup or suitable bowl.
  • Add food coloring for the color you wish to dye according to the chart below.
  • Add 3/4 cup of boiling water
  • Submerge the egg using two spoons for 4 to 5 minutes (or more for a darker color)
  • Remove the eggs and place on a wire rack over a plate with paper toweling to allow the colored eggs to drip dry.

When the egg is submerged in the dye, move the egg about using the spoons to help ensure even coloring every minute or so.

Easter Egg Colors

Cantaloupe Easter Egg

Cantaloupe: 24 drops yellow, 2 drops red

Fuchsia Easter Egg

Fuchsia: 18 drops red, 2 drops blue

Grape Easter Egg

Grape: 17 drops blue, 3 red

Jade Easter Egg

Jade: 17 drops green, 3 drops blue

Jungle Mint Green Easter Egg.jpg

Jungle Mint Green: 14 drops green, 6 drops yellow

Lime Easter Egg

Lime: 24 drops yellow, 4 drops green

Maize Easter Egg.jpg

Maize (corn): 24 drops yellow, 1 drop red

Orange Sunset Easter Egg.jpg

Orange Sunset: 17 drops yellow, 3 drops red

Plum Easter Egg.jpg

Plum: 10 drops red, 4 drops blue

Pretty Purple Easter Egg.jpg

Pretty Purple: 15 drops blue, 5 drops red

Raspberry Easter Egg.jpg

Raspberry: 14 drops red, 6 drops blue

Spearmint Easter Egg.jpg

Spearmint: 12 drops green, 6 drops yellow, 2 drops blue

Teal Easter Egg.jpg

Teal: 15 drops green, 5 drops blue

Watermelon Easter Egg.jpg

Watermelon: 25 drops red, 2 drops blue

Easter Egg Dyeing Tips

Wash the eggs thoroughly with soap and water and allow to dry before dyeing. This will remove any oily residue on the shells and help ensure even coverage of the Easter egg dye.

You don't have to waste the eggs! With some care you can "blow out" the egg white and egg yolk; resulting in a hollow egg shell. The eggs can then be used for breakfast or baking recipes.

How to blow eggs from the shell?

Wash your eggs with soap and water and allow to dry.

Using a nail, prong of a fork, needle or skewer; "drill" a small hole in the small end of the egg shell. Then repeat on the larger end of the egg, making the hole slightly larger.

Using a paperclip, or skewer; insert into the egg through the larger hole and rotate to break up the egg yolk sack so it will be easier to blow out.

Using a straw placed over the smaller (top) hole (or your mouth) blow the egg white and egg yolk out the larger (bottom) hole into a bowl or measuring cup.

Blowing out eggs from their shells isn't the most flattering to onlookers. So be prepared for fits of giggles if you have an audience.

Blowing out an egg isn't particularly flattering

Once the egg white and egg yolk is completely removed from the shell give the hollow egg shell another wash in soapy water.

How to color Easter eggs naturally

Don't want to use food coloring?

It's possible to use natural Easter egg dyes to color your eggs.

You can use turmeric for a Spring Chicken Yellow or instant coffee for Easter Bunny Brown.

Click here for the natural Easter Eggs recipe

Are dyed Easter eggs safe to eat?

Are dyed Easter eggs edible? Easter eggs are safe if they are handled properly. If using hard cooked eggs for decorating, dyeing or Easter egg hunts, they must not be unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.

Before blowing out raw eggs when hollowing out the shells for decorating, wash the eggs in hot, soapy water then rinse in a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in five cups of water.

"Keep Easter/Decorated Eggs Refrigerated, Too. Even with egg hunts, the 2-Hour Rule still applies — make sure your "hide-and-seek" activities occur within 2 hours (1 hour when the temperature is above 90 °F), and then re-refrigerate the eggs."


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