Cereal Bars & Snacks

Cereal Bars & Snacks

Formed cereal bars can incorporate color in many ways, from the binding syrup to inclusions or coatings. The pH can be a key consideration when trying to achieve vibrant reds and bright purples.


  • Starting dosage range is 0.1% – 0.3% w/w for coloring the binding syrup. For spray coating/tumbling, we would recommend a starting dosage of 4% w/w in the coating solution
  • The pH should be <3.5 to achieve the brightest red and purple hues
  • When using fruit pieces and purées, higher dosages may be required to mitigate the color changes over shelf life.

Manufacturing process

  • Note the order of ingredient addition and add colors during the final stage of batching


  • Overall stability in color retention is good for 6 months.