Over the Rainbow: The Country’s Most-Colorful Drinks and Dishes
Taste many different rainbows with these sweet and savory multi-colored palate pleasers.
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Edible Rainbows and Unicorns
It’s not just your childhood food fantasy: Images of multicolored foods really are popping up everywhere. And it seems that chefs and bartenders across the country are just as obsessed with the rainbow and unicorn trend as the rest of us, cranking out dishes and drinks that would make Dorothy proud. From sweet to savory, here’s how spots across the country are taking the challenge to “eat a rainbow” in all new directions.
Birthday Cake Latte at Home Cafe, San Francisco
The Last Unicorn at Scout PNW, Seattle
Shave Ice at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, Maui
Rainbow Cake at Sugaree's Bakery, New Albany, Mississippi
Armed with the tagline “Reflections of a Southern Childhood,” Sugaree Bakery’s Mary Jennifer Russell has been whipping up classic layered cakes since 1997. This multicolored confection joined the menu in 2001, when Russell was doing research for the opening of her current storefront. Inspired by a Jell-O ad, the baker came up with this stacked rainbow cake, flavoring the batter with Kool-Aid powder to get both vibrant hues and unique flavors (strawberry, orange, lemon, lime, grape). The nine-inch round is finished with a cream cheese icing and, of course, sprinkles.
Unicorn Melt at Chomp Eatery & Juice Station, Santa Monica
Birthday Cake Push Pops at by Chloe, New York City
Pho Shaved Ice at Agalico Restaurant, Honolulu
Unicorn Hot Chocolate at XO Marshmallow, Chicago
Sprinkle Mix Doughie at MdoughW, Miami
Rainbow Cake Jar at Jar Bar, Northbrook, Illinois
Paradise Cheesecake at King’s Hawaiian, Torrance, California
Rainbow Marshmallows at Dough, Tampa
Chiffon Roll Cake at Sunmerry Bakery, Irvine, California
Mozzarella Sticks at Tony Boloney's Atlantic City and Hoboken
The mozzarella sticks at Tony Boloney’s are a labor of love. The New Jersey pizza joint makes everything from scratch, from the cheese to the bread to the natural food coloring. Chefs use beets, turmeric and other dehydrated fruits and seeds to stain the mozz, then roll each baton in a house blend of breadcrumbs, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzel bits and panko. They’re fried to a crisp golden-brown, then delivered to your table for the perfect cheese pull.
Cereal Doughnut at PVDonuts, Providence
Rainbow Latte at The Good Sort, New York City
Fruity Pebbles Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches at MILK, Los Angeles
How do you take ice cream sandwiches to the next level? By swapping plain chocolate chip cookies with French macarons. Though they're available in a multitude of colors, the most eye-catching may be the Fruity Pebbles, a pink-on-pink confection partially dipped in white chocolate and the rainbow cereal.
Unicorn Blondie Bars at Buttercream Bakeshop, Washington, D.C.
Rainbow Cake at Bouchon Bakery, Napa
San Diego: Unicorn Concha at Puesto
Soup Dumplings at Imperial La Mian, Chicago
Rainbow Sangria at I|O Godfrey, Chicago
Crepe Cake at Dek Sen, New York City
Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispy Treat at The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at Parish, Atlanta
In honor of Atlanta Pride, Pastry Chef Brenna Kinkead gave the cereal treat a vivid grown-up twist. Her version starts with a nutty brown-butter base, followed by marshmallows, white chocolate and a whole lot of Fruity Pebbles. Not only will the bite satisfy your sweet tooth, a part of proceeds are donated to a local non-profit that helps homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
Bam Bam Milkshake at The Toasted Mallow, Phoenix
Rainbow Connection at Shake Shack, West Hollywood
Taste the Rainbow at Bitter & Twisted, Phoenix
Blackberry Walnut French Toast at Cork & Pig Tavern, Fort Worth,
Rainbow Sliders at Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Las Vegas
Everything at this celeb-approved hotspot is as fun to look at as it is to eat, including goblets of candy-studded cocktails and the eye-catching rainbow sliders. Each tiny burger comes in a different-colored brioche bun, but all hold fillings of a mini angus beef patty, pickles, American cheese, onion rings and Sugar Factory's special sauce.