The process was so simple! Put about 1 cup of rice in a ziplock bag. Use 2 tablespoons of hot water to liquify the Kool-aid powder. Pour into the ziplock bag of rice. Squish, squash, mash and the rice is covered in color. Pour the rice out on wax paper and spread out to dry. It only took about 15 minutes to dry, but I left it out for longer just to make sure. I made bags of different colors of rice - cherry red, grape purple, watermelon pink, orangy orange. Plus I used food coloring to make some yellow, green, and blue.
UPDATE JULY 2014:
I still love this rice. I have been using it with students for a year and a half now. If you keep the rice in an air tight container, it lasts forever! I love to reuse my liquid coffee-mate containers. Just peel off the wrapper and you have a clear container filled with colored rice and a convenient pouring spout!
I just made another 14 pounds for the next school year. Some things I have discovered:
- Use 1 pack of Kool Aid per pound of rice
- The flavors I used are mixed berry (blue), strawberry kiwi (pink), green apple (green), lemonade with a few drops of yellow food coloring (yellow), grape (purple), orange (orange, obviously), black cherry (red).
- Only add a few spoonfuls of water to mix the powder
- Put rice and Kool Aid dye in a quart size ziplock and Shake, Shake, Shake. It only takes about 30 seconds.