After I read this fascinating post about dying Easter eggs with Kool-Aid, I knew I had to try it. To make it even more scientific and interesting, we decided to dye half with Kool-Aid bath and half with regular food coloring. My kids have always hated the smell of vinegar so much they have not been wanting to dye eggs. I noticed in the responses to the post on Kool-Aid dye that the Kool-Aid works without vinegar because it has citric acid in it. I happen to have citric acid on hand as one of the ingredients of homemade cleansers, so I used a tablespoon of citric acid in place of the vinegar this year. No vinegar smell!
The results of our experimenting? Kool-Aid made a darker, deeper color than regular food coloring (and had a very pleasant smell.) The red and orange is from the Kool Aid (strawberry and orange flavors) and the blues and greens are with liquid food coloring and citric acid.