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If you’ve (or someone you know) has held up a camera to take a photo of their food, chances are likely that you’ve also rocked one of the most basic trends to come from our enviably bold and too-proud-for-their-own-good millennials: a pure and utter obsession with the color pink. And not just any color pink…Millennial pink, the rosé-hued, subdued version of Barbie’s signature Corvette that has littered computer desktops, Rent the Runway gowns, and chipped manicures for years.

Whether the celebrated hue will continue to surge in popularity, we’re not entirely sure, but these pink-inspired recipes make visually appealing dishes to serve at any party. Scroll down to check them out and be sure to have a perfectly pink Pepto-Bismol on hand to keep things extra thematic.

1. Dangerously Delicious Pita Chips and Millennial Pink Hummus

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Hummus is cool, but have you ever had pink hummus? This recipe comes from Chowhound’s Editor-at-Large Joey Skladany’s new cookbook, “Basic Bitchen,” where he infuses homemade hummus with roasted beets. Get the Millennial Pink Hummus recipe.

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2. Millennial Pink Lemonade Pie

Pink lemonade-flavored anything is so millennial. Taking an already artificial treat and reimagining it in pie form is the type of out-of-the-box idea that is shared thousands of times on Facebook. Get this Millennial Pink Lemonade Pie recipe, or try a No-Bake Pink Lemonade Pie recipe.

3. Millennial Pink Doughnuts

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Calories don’t count when food is pretty, right? If that were the case, these pink doughnuts would actually help you lose weight. Dust them with coconut or pink sprinkles for a more decadent indulgence. Get the Millennial Pink Doughnuts recipe.

4. French Macarons with Pomegranate Ganache

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For the more sophisticated graduate who demands the finer things in life, you’ll want to invest some time and energy in these gold-laced pomegranate macarons. They’re simply blushing with beauty. Get our French Macarons with Pomegranate Ganache recipe.

5. Pink Velvet Swiss Roll

Who knew that pink velvet was even a thing? While the dessert, as a whole, is certainly beautiful, our eyes are on that gorgeous cream cheese frosting. Consider us mesmerized. Get the Pink Velvet Swiss Roll recipe.

6. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies

Sipping desserts doesn’t have the same satisfaction as eating them. These cookies combine the best of both worlds by incorporating your favorite fruit flavor into a white chocolate-heavy cookie. All that’s missing is a glass of cold milk. Get the Strawberry Milkshake Cookies recipe.

7. Pink Popcorn

Movie night just got an adorable upgrade with these rosy kernels. Might we suggest a viewing of “Pretty in Pink” or “The Pink Panther?” For no reason other than the fact that they’re great, of course. Get the Pink Popcorn recipe.

8. Vegan Pink Flamingo Cheesecake Bars

We’re not entirely sure if flamingos would dig these vegan bars with a cashew crust, but we’re almost certain humans will. The pink stems from the cactus fruit pitaya, though it can be substituted with dragonfruit if the former is out of season. Get the Vegan Pink Flamingo Cheesecake Bars recipe.

9. Raspberry Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake gets a tart raspberry and lemon upgrade that tastes heavenly. In fact, Red Bull has nothing on this zinger that actually gives us wings. Get the Raspberry Angel Food Cake recipe.

10. Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes

Your graduate has worked so, so hard. Serve them breakfast in bed with these pretty pancakes. And then bang a few pots and pans, wake them up, and remind them that the real world is tough. Get the Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes recipe.

11. Strawberry Cream Fudge

Is there anyone in the world who actually doesn’t like fudge? Though the sprinkles aren’t necessary, they are entirely appropriate. Don’t forget them. Get the Strawberry Cream Fudge recipe.

12. Cotton Candy Ice Cream

This is what happens when you combine two indisputably amazing desserts into one. The results: an intense flavor and texture profile that might even give chocolate chip cookie dough or Rocky Road a run for their money. Get the Cotton Candy Ice Cream recipe.

Check out our pink drink recipes for a bevy of thematic beverages to go along with your snacks.

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen," and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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