Black coloring, whether natural or synthetic, is typically a combination of primary colors red, blue and yellow.
Coloring manufacturers either combine equal parts of primary colors or add blue to caramel color. Grape skin and a dark caramel color, such as DDW 055 or DDW 605, can achieve some of the missing grey/blue undertones; however, application options are limited and the amount of required coloring may impact flavor.
In the European Union, food manufacturers can use Carbon Black, an insoluble powder formed from the combustion of vegetable material, without needing additional color combinations.
Hues that could be created within the black range of natural colors include blackberry, wild rice, peppercorn, soy sauce, roasted coffee, poppy seed or truffle hues.
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