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How to make colorful marshmallow without using synthetic coloring agents?

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Need more details please. Presumably you are making your own marshmallow from scratch? And you are referring to store-bought "food colouring" as "synthetic coloring agents?" –  sdg Aug 7 '10 at 15:47
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If you are making your own marshmallows, you can add home made or purchased natural food color. With home made colors there is a trade-off: too much coloring liquid and you get the added flavor, too little, and the colors will be whitish. You make your own by concentrating the juices of blueberries, raspberries, spinach, or carrots, or by using turmeric.

If you live close to a Whole Foods supermarket (or other well supplied supermarket) look in the spice section for the India Tree natural dyes. They cost more than the artificial colors, but they save you a lot of work. You may also buy them online.

There are several companies that make natural colors. US based Wild Flavors explains on their web site how they produce the natural colors they sell (look for the PDFs in the color library).

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+1 for raspberries. –  MGOwen Aug 9 '10 at 0:47
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Small amounts of natural fruit or vegetable juices should provide some colour without altering the flavour too much.

If you have access to a juicer, carrot, beet, strawberry and blueberry all come to mind as colouring agents.

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+1: I use beets for that sort of thing all the time. –  Satanicpuppy Aug 7 '10 at 19:43
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