In the beginning
Founder Ashley Phelps has long suffered from food allergies and chemical additives in products. With a nutritionist mother, she grew up aware of what was in her foods and paid close attention to her diet and how it affected her mind and body. Eating healthy has always been a priority for Ashley, and with a rather substantial sweet tooth, finding healthy dessert options has been a life-long mission.
Read more about Ashley's journey in "The Passion Behind the Product", Huffington Post.
Ashley (also an artist) wanted to find healthier alternatives to the paints she was using for her art. This lead her to embark upon a journey to find the brightest and most beautiful natural colors available.
This pursuit developed into to her first business in 2009, Glob Colors, a line of natural arts & crafts paints for kids. Glob paints were made from food-grade ingredients, so they were as safe as possible for little ones to play with.
Because of the growing awareness of the dangers of artificial dyes in food, stores were eager for an expansion of Glob's natural colors for baking. This lead Ashley to ventured into the world of food coloring products, and ColorKitchen was launched in 2015.
Today, located in Bend, Oregon, just east of the Cascade Mountains, ColorKitchen is a small business run by dog-loving women. Ashley experiments with recipes in her test kitchen, trying out new products and making tasty treats.
The overflow from ColorKitchen natural food colors are still blended into the paints.
At ColorKitchen we say, "we bake, we test, and we taste, and nothing goes to waste."