In the same way Kool Aid dyed your tongue as a kid, you can use it to make these gorgeously vibrant Kool Aid Dyed Eggs! Your favorite Summer beverage has officially been used to make Easter…beautiful!
Kool Aid is so great – it’s delicious and cheap, and you can use it to dye so many things, like homemade slushies and homemade play dough. And now, you’re about to learn how to use it to make Easter Eggs.
The process is simple: Mix the Kool Aid with water and a bit of vinegar, and allow your hard boiled eggs to soak. Just look at how pretty they turn out!
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What You’ll Need:
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Kool Aid Packets (as many different colors as you want)
- Glass cup for each different color
- Paper towels
Can you use any flavor of Kool-Aid to dye Easter eggs?
YES, you can use any flavor, but they don’t all work as well as others. MOST work beautifully. The only one I wouldn’t recommend is Lemonade flavor. It’s too pale, and no matter how long I let the eggs sit in the dye, I just couldn’t get a nice color.
- For yellow eggs, try Pina-Pineapple instead for a gorgeous spring yellow.
- For pink eggs, Pink Lemonade will make a beautiful soft pink color, but you need to let your egg sit for 3-4 minutes, at least.
- For green eggs, Lemon lime and green apple come out the same shade of green, so no need to try them both.
- For red eggs, Black Cherry, Sharkleberry Fin, and Cherry come out with very similar shades of red, but they are different shades.
- For orange eggs, Peach mango comes out light orange. You can use traditional Orange Kool-aid for a more vibrant one.
What’s the Benefit of Using Kool Aid Instead of Dye?
Well, Kool Aid has a lot of dye in it, so they aren’t really all that different, are they? However, kids really love the Kool Aid packets, and there are just so many fun flavors to choose from! Plus, the Kool Aid smells yummy!
Do I Have to Use Vinegar to Dye Eggs?
No, you don’t have to use vinegar to dye eggs with Kool Aid or with food dye. However, the vinegar is what gives your eggs a really vibrant color. If you dye eggs with Kool Aid and don’t use vinegar, you’ll end up with pastel colors (which are still very pretty!).
Tips and Recipe Notes (Should NOT be ingredient substitutions)
- This method of dying works for farm fresh eggs or brown eggs. The colors come out a little darker, but it’s still gorgeous. I wouldn’t recommend orange or yellow on brown eggs though.
- Do not add any more vinegar than suggested. It will eat the color off the egg and make it look bad.
- Don’t add more water unless you add more Kool Aid or it will water down the dye too much. Your colors won’t be bright at all.
- Remove the eggs from the dye with a spoon. If you have an old one around, you can bend the handle to help it fit down in the glass (plus the kids will think you’re a rebel!).
- If you handle the eggs too much coming right out of the dye, it will make marks in your coloring. For a more flawless egg, allow the egg to dry before handling it. The dye will settle onto the shell and it won’t budge after that.
- You can set your eggs on paper towels, or you can grab a cookie cooking rack and place it over a sheet pan.
- The color of the egg will brighten a bit as it dries.
How Can I Make Patterns in my Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs?
A white crayon is the easiest way! Just draw pictures or patterns on your hard boiled eggs with a white crayon before submerging them in the Kool Aid cups. The dye won’t stick to the part of the egg that has crayon on it.
Will the Kool-Aid dye transfer onto clothing or surfaces?
Once your eggs are dry, the dye won’t transfer (unless you get them wet again). Make sure they’re really well-dried before you use them in decorating or handle them (or you’ll have Kool Aid-dyed hands, too!).
How Do I Store Easter Eggs?
You can keep eggs out on the table or use them for decorating for a few days before they’ll begin to smell.
If you plan to eat these eggs, return them directly to the fridge. Make sure you refrigerate them within 2 hours of hard boiling them.
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