I have also tried making small amounts with adding the paste afterward, and kneading it in. I never achieved a true black color. When the mmf had dried it looked pretty black, but with a bit of purple-ish tint to it. IMO, the other way worked best, but maybe it's just me
Fondarific offers samples: "Not sure which flavor to get for your next cake or do you just want to have a sampling? Each FREE sample pack includes two ounces each of Buttercream, Vanilla, Chocolate and two of your favorite flavors. All we ask is you pay $4.50 for shipping and $1.50 for handling. Thanks!"
Here's the link:
Here's another thread, "Fondant samples (manufacturer of Duff's), if interested!"
How large is a 2 ounce sample? Well if you were to cut a deck of cards in half, it is a little smaller than that size. For comparison, see the individual color packets in the Wilton ready-to-use box of Rolled Fondant Pastel Colors, Wilton Stock # 710-447. A box of the Wilton contains 4 packets, each 4.4 ounces per color, for $10.49.
Here's a link to more samples of Satin Ice and Fondarific for about $6 for 10 flavors of 1" square sizes:
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