Coloring Chocolate with Gel Paste & Cookie Giveaway

A little over two years ago, I decided to make a food blog to share my tips, tricks, and recipes with other foodies out there. A couple months after that, I got engaged. Wedding planning was on! I wanted to help pay for the wedding, so that my husband wasn't the only one. So a couple months after that, I made a facebook page to help sell and advertise my baked goods.

I took a giant break 2 months before the wedding and several months after the wedding. Maybe some of you noticed nothing was being posted on the facebook page during those months? I had a few old clients contact me while I was on my break, and I realized I love doing this! So I decided to end my break, and keep my facebook page active again with new posts from the new orders!

Yay! And just in case you didn't know, for the bloggers that follow me, my facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/GwensKitchenCreations. Sometimes I post photos on there, and not on here, and vice versa. I am a little inconsistent. I will try to be better!

So to thank everyone for being there to support me in my creations, and for all the nice comments about them...I decided to do a cookie giveaway. I will be giving away 1 or 2 people a dozen decorated sugar cookies. They can pick the design of their choice. These will be mailed to the winner(s). This contest is not international, and is only for people in the United States, sorry.

But before I let you know how to enter, I wanted to share an amazing, and cool tip and trick with you about the colors of these cake pops.


These cake pops were colored/dyed with wilton/americolor gel paste food color. What?!?! Yes, the chocolate did not seize up. The chocolate was still chocolate. I was always taught that water based food coloring will make chocolate seize up, and become unusual as a dip for cake pops. I was told to always use oil based colors for chocolate. I decided to do an experiment.

I took a dollop of white chocolate/candy melts, added some gel food color...and it did form some lumps. Experiment 1 failed. 

Experiment 2: So I decided to add paramount crystals to my next dollop. I added some gel food coloring. And nothing bad happened. It was still smooth chocolate. I used both wilton and americolor gel paste, and they both worked wonderfully!

Can you imagine the crazy colors cake pops will be in the future because of this? I sure can.

I even made the cake pops match the sugar cookies for the same order.


The secret is to add paramount crystal to your chocolate/candy melts. Then add the colors. I'm sure a lot of people will be thrilled to know they can make teal or tiffany blue cake pops using gel food color instead of playing with blue or green oil color. That's what I did here to these cake pops. I added teal gel paste. Getting teal was difficult using just blue and green oil colors. There's not that many oil food colors out there compared to gel food colors.


The best part is, if you use gel paste food coloring for cake pops, you can use the same color for frosting/buttercream for cupcakes...and even for fondant. To make all your desserts match the same exact color!!! This was good for me, because I had a customer that wanted tiffany blue cake pops...and tiffany blue cupcakes. I made them match exactly using a small amount of teal gel paste in white candy melts and white buttercream. They match perfectly! Yay =]


OK...now to thank everyone! I will be giving away a dozen decorated sugar cookies to 1 or 2 winners. The winner(s) will choose the designs of the cookies, and will receive them in the mail! Anyone in the United States can enter.

How to Enter: CONTEST CLOSED!

There is 3 ways to enter, and even more if you have tons of friends. Leave all comments on this blog.

1. Like my page on facebook, and leave a comment below saying you did or already do. Click here to go to my facebook page.
2. Follow me on this blog. Leave a comment below saying you are following me.
3. Let your friends know about this giveaway. If they come back here and leave a comment with your name on it, both of you will win a dozen custom decorated sugar cookies.

The winner will be chosen via random.org. The winner will be drawn on April 20, 2013 so enter before then!

Good luck everyone!

Congratulations Sarah!!! You are the winner! Please contact me within 2 weeks!










18 comments :

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

You know I love Love Love your work and creations. You are professional and your work is amazing and perfection! Hope I win!

rachel said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I'm a FB fan! :)

Ann@Anncoo Journal said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

These are too pretty to eat!

Anon F.G. said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I'm following you via Google. I'm actually planning to buy a new set of Americolor gels!! Glad to know they work with chocolate :)

Sarah Ochocki said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I follow your blog. These cookies are adorable!

Sarah Ochocki said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Oh, and I like you on Facebook. :]

Anon F.G. said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Like you on facebook!

jarnizzl said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Your pictures are gorgeous!

My cousin told me about your site :)

(her name's Meena, email is thework****gmail.com.)

jarnizzl said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I liked you on Facebook =)

Angela Denesha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I'm following you on here and facebook :)

Portia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I want to win cookies!!! I liked (and am following) you on Facebook, liked you here (Blogger), and liked you MOST in PERSON :) <3 I hope I get chosen!!!

I am following you on Blogger and Facebook -> To hopefully win cookies!

Joanna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I'm following you on the Google blog feature: my friend J-nizzle told me to check out your GORGEOUS cookies. I have a very soft spot for pretty cookies. :)

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

@Sarah Ochocki

Hi Sara, you have won! Please email me within 2 weeks at GwensKitchenCreations@gmail.com to claim your prize! =]

Andz said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
March 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

What did you mean by crystals that have to add to the choc melts? ^_^

Wendy Korz said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
March 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

@Andz
The crystals are called paramount crystals. It is similar to a solidified shortening. It can be added to chocolate to thin it out, so cake pops are easier to dip.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
July 15, 2014 at 5:38 AM

How do I know how much paramount crystal to add? Is their a correct formula or do I just add until the chocolate thin to the consistency that I am looking for?

Rebecca Cuthbert-Payne said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
August 19, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Where do you buy paramount crystals? I can't seem to find them!

Nina said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
March 25, 2016 at 8:27 AM

Hello, I may be going out on a limb with this question since this is an old thread... but can you please share with me your buttercream recipe!? It looks absolutely PERFECT!!! TMiller.7097@gmail.com

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