If you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance that you’re in the middle of a terrible heat wave. While I can’t make it cooler (sorry about that), I’d like to offer up this cool lesson in color mixing…and it all happens right on top of a chilly scoop of ice cream, sure to help you forget the heat for at least 5 minutes.


  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Food Coloring. Because I like to keep it natural, my new favorite food coloring is India Tree Liquid Natural Decorating Colors. They’re pricier than supermarket food coloring, but they last a long time, the colors are wonderful, and you’ll feel good about feeding your family with natural coloring.
  • Bowls
  • Ice Cream Scooper (optional)
  • Assorted sprinkles and syrup (optional)

Drop food coloring directly onto the ice cream.
Blend it around in whatever way you like.
After you marvel at the rainbow colors on your ice cream, pour on the jimmies, rainbow sprinkles. colored sugar or syrup. Yummy and cool.


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  1. This looks like a dangerously tasty idea. Art is delicious, and your cool entry gives me an idea: food coloring on or in popsicles. I’m not sure how well it works, but perhaps you could brighten & liven up light colored juices like apple, lemonade/limeade or white grape with pieces of fruit and your natural choice of food coloring. Stay cool.

    • yum. makes me think of vanilla pudding pops too. thanks for the idea, chris!!

  2. I love the colors and the decorations! The fact that the colours are natural allows you to do more such food plus art activities. I, too, remain far away from artificial food colours and flavours.

    • I’m trying, Rashmie. Although I realize I should have addressed that I included the very unnatural chocolate syrup and rainbow sprinkles!!

    • Good minds think alike, Roopa! Now I wish I’d posted this a few days earlier 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link. It’s full of lots of sugary, colorful fun.

  3. what fun!

    i am curious about these food colorings. the last natural ones i used made sorta gross colors. i will look into these… thanks!

    • Hey Amy! I really like these, and I’ve used them a handful of times for cake frosting and ice cream painting. Good luck!

  4. WOw! i just took a ride through my new email box with my new operating system and your newsletters/blog posts scroll through like candy. the colors, the fun and Sweet N grows more in each photo. xo
    And you know i am participating with this post. Perhaps we’ll even make a “rainbow soup” in the ice cream maker!

    • What’s this new magical operating system you’ve got your hands on? Do I need to get one too? And yes, you were most likely the subliminal inspiration for this post, and you’re reminding me that we should get busy making some ice cream too! (not that i need an excuse to eat more ice cream!)

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