We Compared Crayola Crayon Food Colors to Actual Food
The almond in the photo has a slightly richer, more golden color than the crayon appears to have. But in person this one’s a good match.
The crayon color is a little brighter than the photo suggests, but regardless it’s closer to the paler orange found on the outside of apricots.
The brighter, greener parts of the stalk definitely have more yellow in them, but when you account for the tips of the asparagus this crayon is pretty spot on.
Fluorescent colors are hard to capture on camera, and this one is definitely more atomic than tangerine.
Accuracy: 3 (But to be fair, we’ve never seen a radioactive tangerine.)
It’s about as banana yellow as a crayon is going to get (before it turns brown like the real ones do).
We combined this with a lighter shade of brown to achieve that two-toned look, and have to say this color looks right at home roasting over an open fire.
The candy in this photo is over a paler variety, but we’ve definitely seen county fair clouds this pink.
Take concord grapes, add computers, and you’ll apparently get something really, really purple.
Eggplant’s rich, blackish-purple tone is hard to match but Crayola got really close.
This green is electric to the point of practically being a neon light. Rather than the rind, like Laser Lemon, what this color captures perfectly is the iridescent of the lime pulp itself.
Granny Smith Apple
Granny Smiths have a very distinctive yellow-green sheen to them, and this crayon seems a little too blue. But it is similar to the color we associate with apple flavored candy.
In the early ‘90s we called this actual color “hot green” or “fluorescent yellow” (which, unfortunately doesn’t photograph well). This color doesn’t match the peel, but it does get closer to the inside flesh of the fruit.
We included this one because lavender is popping up in so many recipes. While lavender the pigment might vary slightly from lavender the flower, this crayon ends up little to pink to our eye.
Macaroni and Cheese
This fan favorite was named by fans themselves. However, unless they’re using a super cheddar-rich sauce, it’s a much orange-r hue the the blue boxed pasta we’ve seen.
If you’re wondering why this whole mango is colored red, we felt like the term “mango” connoted the color of the flesh of the fruit rather than the skin, the latter of which this crayon seems to represent (the red portion, at least).
Since the melon of choice isn’t specified we went with the closest melon we could pair with the orange-ish red hue. In reality, this would be better suited for a watermelon than a cantaloupe.
We went with nori because of its sheen, and while the actual seaweed is darker on the roll, when you hold up something like a seaweed snack chip up to the light you do get a similar hue.
Very neon. More Cheeto than carrot.
The photographed olive is a little yellower than some we’ve seen in the bins at Whole Foods. All in all, you can call this green “olive” and we’d buy it.
We took the classic orange crayon and compared it this actual orange and guess what? It’s actually orange.
Too outrageous to be considered an orange, this one borders on hot pink but does have a citrus vibe.
Peach the fruit? Not so much. Peach the emoji? Definitely.
This color looks rich, smooth and freshly scooped.
Real plums tend to have darker undertones. You might consider Eggplant for your still life of pitted fruits.
This is definitely the color we call “salmon” but the fish is a bit more orange. It is a it closer to cooked fish.
Seeing a strawberry this pink would be wild.
A fluorescent take on the small fruits that’s not quite true to life, but looks more like what a tangerine tastes like, perhaps.
What the crayon side doesn’t show is that this is another neon-colored shade which is just too bright to be found in your melon patch.