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 venture 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 solely by Ashley who experiments with recipes in her test kitchen, trying out new color products and making tasty treats.
Ashley most enjoys consulting with small food manufacturers on their color solutions. Whether it be an ice cream shop looking for a seasonal color blend, or a CBD gummy candy, her knowledge of natural colors benefits a wide range of food producers from bakeries, gourmet doughnut shops, artisan ice cream makers, to the cannabis industry. She also enjoys teaching and judging food competitions!