This year, though, there are shadows hanging over all of us: first, coronavirus concerns led (rightfully) to many public Pride celebrations being cancelled for the health and safety of the community. More recently, nationwide protests sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (to name but a few Black men and women killed in this country)—many of which have begun peacefully but been marred by destruction and violence—have forced uncomfortable truths into the light, exactly where they belong.
Black rights and LGBTQ+ rights have long been intertwined; Marsha P. Johnson is synonymous with Stonewall, after all, and there have been many prominent members of the LGBTQ+ Black community before and since. Despite significant advancements in legal protections and general public acceptance—and even celebration—of both LGBTQ+ and Black people, they remain marginalized and more likely to suffer violence.
That doesn’t mean Pride shouldn’t be celebrated this year—if anything, let’s make the rainbows even brighter, and our voices ever louder. But if yourself aren’t a member of these groups, be sure to amplify the voices of Black and LGBTQ+ people too—share their stories, in their own words; donate your time and money to supportive causes as you can; and always, always vote for change.
As Shannon Boudreau of Lazy Gourmet—a Vancouver based catering company that has long been active in the LGBTQ+ community—says, “Nothing gets everyone’s attention quite like the rainbow.” From delectably sweet to succulent and savory, there’s no shortage of rainbow-themed recipes for you to try this season:
If a piñata and a rainbow cake had a torrid affair, this delightful creation would be their love child. Made using six layers of sponge cake (each colored and baked separately), a cookie cutter, and your favorite candy; this piñata-inspired cake requires time, patience, and a lot of buttercream icing to create (not that we’re complaining). The visual payoff is huge when you cut that first slice. Get the Rainbow Piñata Cake recipe.
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You may remember this magical grilled cheese from Instagram (where it promptly blew your mind). If you’re not able to make it to Kala Toast in Hong Kong to taste the original, you can make it at home with this recipe. While we’re wary about the addition of sprinkles on a sandwich, this three-cheese blend of gruyere, swiss, and mozzarella sounds delicious on its own. Perfect for Pride festivities, children’s birthday parties, or any time you just want to add some whimsy to your go-to grilled cheese, this recipe is sure to be a crowdpleaser. Get the Rainbow Grilled Cheese recipe.
High school culinary teacher Erin Boukall has been awing fans on Instagram with her multicolored creations made with natural coloring (think handmade agnolotti dyed with dragon fruit, blue spirulina, and saffron)—and her rainbow dumplings are no exception. We get excited just thinking about serving these as an appetizer or brunch option. Even better: Boukall says making them is easier than you think. Get the Rainbow Dumplings recipe.
For those of us who are baking impaired, these rainbow no-bake cheesecake parfaits are a godsend. Powdered sugar, cream cheese, and whipped topping are blended until smooth, then divided into separate portions and colored. Layer in a parfait glass. Top with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Impress your guests. Repeat. Get the Rainbow No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits recipe.
Finally, two of our favorite things (challah and rainbows) together in one delicious, eye-popping dish. While this may not look like your Bubbe’s challah, the process is very similar. After making the dough, divide it into six even pieces and add gel food coloring. Then, braid away! Glaze with egg, bake, and enjoy (challah French toast with strawberries, anyone?). Get the Rainbow Challah Bread recipe.
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Every color of the rainbow, and then some.
This rainbow fudge will have guests asking you, “How did you do that?!” It’s actually quite simple, according to the recipe. The secret is making the fudge layer by layer, allowing each to cool before adding the next. This process ensures the colors don’t bleed together. Flavor each layer individually for that “I just put a handful of Skittles in my mouth” taste or stick to one uniform flavor like vanilla or lemon. Serve on a bed of marshmallow clouds. Get the Easy Rainbow Fudge recipe.
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s made in an empty watermelon, but there’s something about this boozy dessert that just screams Pride Month. To make it, simply combine strawberry vodka, citrus vodka, blue raspberry vodka, and red, yellow, and blue Jello, and sit back as your guests lose their minds over this visually mesmerizing treat. Get the Rainbow Watermelon Jello Shots recipe.
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Who doesn’t love a good sweet and salty snack mix? This ultra colorful mix pairs Trix and Froot Loops cereal with goldfish crackers and mini marshmallows. If you’re pressed for time, this recipe is as easy as mixing the ingredients together in a bowl. Serve it in individual bowls or package it in mason jars for a cute host or hostess gift. No baking or culinary skills required. Get the Rainbow Snack Mix.
Looking for ways to cut the carbs? This delicious low-carb cauliflower crust rainbow pizza is packed with veggies inside and out—making it a great option for kiddos and healthy-ish adults alike. Instead of mixing all the veggies together, lay them out as you would a rainbow for a gorgeous visual effect. Get this Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe.
Looking for another colorful yet healthy option? These rainbow popsicles fit the bill. They’re actually made using this recipe for rainbow smoothies but with one extra step: the smoothie mixture is layered and frozen in a popsicle tray. Packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients like strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and spinach, these popsicles taste as good as they look. Get the Rainbow Popsicles recipe.
This is another rainbow treat that looks way more complicated to make than it really is. Simply follow your favorite white sangria recipe, layer the fruit in the glass, and pour the liquid on top. Pour the drinks about 30 minutes before you’re expecting guests and let them rest in the fridge so that the flavors can meld. Don’t be surprised if you’re refilling your friend’s drinks all night. Get the Rainbow Sangria recipe.
Original story by Simone Paget in 2019; intro updated by Chowhound editors to reflect current events.
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