One of my more OCD characteristics is that I MUST dye Easter eggs every year. I’m not Christian and don’t really do Easter (save for the Cadbury mini eggs), but I MUST DYE EGGS! I think it’s just another expression of my love for color. This year I decided to stray from the Paas dye kits and try something different: Kool Aid.
Using Kool Aid is awesome for two reasons: it produces unique colors and you don’t need to use vinegar (the Kool Aid already contains the required citric acid). I loved how they turned out. Happy Spring, y’all!
If you’d like to try this method..
- You’ll need 12-18 hard-boiled eggs. I cooked mine by placing the eggs in a large saucepan, covering with water, and bringing to a rolling boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Allow the eggs to cool completely before dyeing.
- Buy various packets of Kool-Aid. They are cheap, so go crazy and get all of the colors. Word to the wise: be sure you are buying berry BLUE flavor if you want that color… not the Tropical Punch flavor that comes in blue packaging. I wish I could have been able to have blue eggs, but it was not to be.
- Fill small cups with about 3/4 cup of water. Mix in the Kool-Aid powder. You don’t need vinegar – the Kool Aid already contains the required acid that will bind the color to the eggshell.
- Dunk your hard-boiled eggs into each cup of dye. If you want deeper colors, let them sit for 5-10 minutes. If you want pastels, just give them a minute or two.
- Also… your eggs will NOT absorb any Kool-Aid flavoring or scents. Don’t worry!