Colored Easter Eggs and a Duff Giveaway

 

Coloring Easter Eggs used to be a big ordeal when I was a kid.  My mom would get out the Paas coloring kits and we’d watch the tablets fizz in the vinegar and water.  It was great but we only had 4 colors to choose from.  Can I hear an “Awww, poor thing”?

That doesn’t happen in our house anymore.  Nope – my kids have it grand.   We all want a better life for our kids than what we had and this is the way I’m giving it to my children – through colored Easter Eggs.   We just get out my gel paste colors that I use for coloring icing and they could have up to 18 colors if I’d let them.  Yes – 18.  I know.  They are spoiled!

I received some of Duff’s Gel Paste Colors as a sample when I went to the Housewares Show in Chicago a few weekends ago.  I have been using another gel paste brand for years that I truly love so I was excited to see if Duff’s would be up for the challenge.  I used them for coloring the eggs this year as well as in buttercream icing. 

  

I found Duff’s colors to be true to the color on the boxes and were very similar if not the same as my other brand of colors.  The one thing I like about Duff’s is that they come in a 4-pack of complimentary colors – electric, jewel and primary.  My favorite is the box of Electric Colors – electric pink, green, blue and purple.  These colors just scream – “You are so hip girlfriend!”

When we used them to color the eggs, the glasses of colored water were so cool to look at.  A word to the wise – make sure you stir the gel paste colors into the water and vinegar mixture really well otherwise your eggs will come out kind of streaked.  And that’s OK if that is the look you are going for.  Such vibrant, eye catching colored eggs we now have.

  

 Also, put down something like old papers or a vinyl tablecloth in case you get spills – these colors will stain. 

We also used the electric pink, electric green and the sapphire in some icing and they are beautiful!  The sapphire is a color I didn’t have and am so glad I do now!

 

So Duff’s Gel Paste Colors passed the “Kendra’s Test”.  And, at $7.99 for a 4-pack, I think they are very reasonably priced and comparable to other brands.  Duff has a whole line of cake decorating items out.  He has fondant, gel pastes, tools, pans, edible spray paint and cake mixes.  They can be found online or at Michael’s stores.

 

And today I’m giving away a 4-pack of the Electric Gel Pastes compliments of Gartner Studios (the company that sells Duff’s line), a fondant smoother (something Duff says he uses all of the time on fondant cakes) and a SIGNED copy of Duff’s 15 minute promo DVD.  It briefly covers some of his product line as well as crumb coating a cake, coloring fondant, rolling out fondant and a few tips for decorating with fondant.  Duff signed this DVD for me at the Housewares Show just for you – that is, if you are the lucky winner. 

Here’s the scoop.  You have two chances to enter this giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment telling me how you heard about Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’.
  2. “Like” Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’ on facebook and come back here and leave another comment telling me you did.  If you already “Like” me – just say so.

I will choose a number using Random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond.  If I receive no response back in those 48 hours, I will choose another winner.

Open to US residents only.

Comments are open until Thursday, March 29, 2012 at noon CST.

Comments need to be approved before showing up so if you don’t see it there for awhile, it’s because I’m not on my computer at the moment approving them. 

Good Luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by Gartner Studios, Duff Goldman and Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’.  These are my honest opinions and experiences with the Gel Paste Colors.

Coloring Your Own Easter Eggs

Decorate your Easter Eggs with your own Gel Paste Colors. Use your imagination to create the colored eggs you want.

Ingredients:

For each desired color use the ingredients below:

Hard Boiled Eggs
1 teaspoon vinegar
3/4 cup boiling water
1/8 teaspoon gel paste color - about 2 - 3 drops (or your own desired amount)

Directions:

1. Put boiling water into cups.
2. Add vinegar. Stir to combine.
3. Add gel paste colors and stir well until dissolved.
4. Add the hardboiled egg.
5. Let set in colored water for at least 2 minutes. You can leave them in the water for as long as you like – until it reaches the desired color.
6. Take egg out and place onto paper towels to dry.
7. Store hardboiled eggs in the fridge.