Coloring Modeling Chocolate with Food Coloring

If you can find a chocolate that is just the color you need for your cake decorating project then you are in luck. Wilton and a few other manufacturers make colored chocolate wafers.  If you are looking for colored wafers you can find some among the featured products on the Modeling Chocolate Essentials page.

Most of the time, however, you’ll want a very specific color — a shade that you can’t find in a colored wafer.  Or perhaps you will want to use a premium white chocolate because you prefer its taste.  Either way, you will need to add food coloring to the basic modeling chocolate recipe.  With food coloring, you can create modeling chocolate in any color of the rainbow with two important caveats.

First, do NOT use liquid food coloring.  You must use either powder food coloring or gel food coloring.

Second, you will have to start with white chocolate to achieve any color other than a  brown or black.

A good quality white chocolate makes the best colored modeling chocolate.

Items You Will Need

  • A batch of white modeling chocolate
  • Powder food coloring or gel food coloring
  • Food-safe gloves

The amount of food coloring that you will need to add to the recipe will depend entirely on the look that you are seeking.  In general, you will need to use less gel coloring than if you are using a powder food coloring.  To get the right shades and colors you will simply have to use a bit of trial and error.



After the modeling chocolate has set (step 4 of the recipe), you will take a small chunk of the modeling chocolate to color.  Try to estimate the amount of chocolate that you will need in that color and then add bit so that you have a margin of error.  Make sure that the chunk you start with is not too large for you to be able to mix it well with your hands.  As you knead it, the chocolate will soften up.  If it gets overly sticky you can set it aside or chill it until it firms up again.  If you are in a hurry, you can add a small amount of cornstarch to your hands to prevent the modeling chocolate from sticking so much.


Add small amounts of food coloring at a time and knead them in well before adding more.  If you inadvertently add too much of a color, add more of the white modeling chocolate to tone it down.

This is a bit messy and likely will stain your hands.  To avoid some of the mess you can either put the modeling chocolate and the food coloring in a plastic zip lock bag and kneading the dough through the plastic bag.  A better option would be to wear food-safe gloves.


You will  knead the dough with your hands until the modeling chocolate is a  consistent color and the shade and color that you want.  If the color is too light add more food coloring and begin the kneading process again.

When you’ve finished coloring one chunk of modeling chocolate put it in a sealed container then repeat the above steps to create the next color that you need for your project.

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