PURPOSE: To provide an edible transfer printing ink which is applicable to a variety of foods, prepared by adding a solvent-insoluble edible powder to a liquid composition consisting of shellac, a solvent for it and an edible coloring matter.
CONSTITUTION: Edible powder which is insoluble in solvent for shellac is added to a film-forming liquid composition consisting of shellac, a solvent for it and an edible coloring matter in an amount of 1W1,000pts.wt. per 100pts.wt. shellac. The shellac has so far been used in food industry as a harmless additive for natural foods. Preferred solvent is ethyl alcohol which has high solvency power on shellac. The edible powder includes sugar alcohol such as α-starch and corn starch, saccharose such as glucose and lactose and natural gum such as vegetable and microbial polysaccharides.