Taste the rainbow: Brightly colored foods to nosh during Pride

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Over the top: Kayla Ratdavong and Kelsey Phothisan bought a pair of glittery “Unicorn Bagels,” one with rainbow cream cheese and the other with cookie dough cream cheese.
Out of this world: For a mere $7, DeKalb Market-goers can sink their teeth into a unicorn ice cream churro sandwich by Dulcinea.

Brooklyn is chasing rainbows — and catching them!

June is gay pride month, and this borough is so proud that you can taste it. Brooklyn brewmasters, ice cream churners, and bakers have all crafted brightly colored concoctions that celebrate the queer community and add a magical touch to your favorite nosh. Here are six vibrant bites that you can indulge in this June — and beyond!

Pint of pride

This month Carroll Gardens creamery MilkMade is churning out “Pride Pints” of ice cream studded with moist rainbow cookies from the Awkward Scone in Williamsburg. Grab a spoon and dig into some sweet cream ice cream, made even sweeter by brightly colored chunks of six-layer almond marzipan cake with a dark chocolate glaze.

Pride pints at MilkMade (204 Sackett St. between Henry and Hicks streets in Carroll Gardens, Open Sun–Thu, 1–10 pm, Fri–Sat, 1–11 pm. $12.

Cookie rumbles

You can also go straight to the source and order a batch of those six-layer rainbow cookies directly from the Awkward Scone, either shipped to your doorstep or carried out from its Williamsburg location. A chunk of the proceeds go to a different gay rights organization each month.

Rainbow cookies at the Awkward Scone (630 Flushing Ave. between Fenimore and Hawthorne streets in Williamsburg, Pick-up by appointment. $22 for eight pieces.

A good ’wich!

Spanish confection maker Dulcinea has created the Unicorn Ice Cream Churro Sandwich by stuffing scoops of rainbow ice cream between two churros — an elongated, crispier version of a cruller dusted with sugar — each curved into a flaky disc-like bun. It makes for an extravagant ice cream sandwich sure to satiate your sweet tooth.

Unicorn Ice Cream Churro Sandwich at Dulcinea (445 Albee Sq. West between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street Downtown, Sun–Wed, 11 am–9 pm, Thu–Sat, 11 am–10 pm. $7.

All that glitters

The creative geniuses who birthed the Rainbow Bagel have stepped up their game with the Unicorn Bagel — a similar concoction in pastel colors, saturated with edible glitter. So you can take your morning bagel to the next level with rainbow swirls, sparkles, and rainbow-colored birthday cake funfetti cream cheese.

The Bagel Store [754 Metropolitan Ave. between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–5856,]. Open Mon–Sun, 7 am–6 pm. $3.95.

Bearing fruity

Get a rainbow flashback to your grade school days with the Fruity Pebble Bars at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge. A flamboyant alternative to its strait-laced cousin “rice crispy treats,” this chewy, marshmallow cereal bar will send you down memory lane.

Fruity Pebble Bars at Little Cupcake Bakeshop [9102 Third Ave. at 91st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 680–4465,] Mon–Fri, 6:30 am–11 pm, Sat–Sun, 8 am–11 pm. $2.75.

Go on a Gender bender

The Gowanus brewmasters at Threes Brewing will serve a new brew called “Gender Neutral” in a can draped in rainbow ripples on June 22. The light pale lager with a citrus zest, launching at a gay Pride party on June 22, is designed to provoke discussion about LGBTQ issues among beer guzzlers.

“Gender Neutral” party at Threes Brewing [333 Douglass St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, (718) 522–2110,]. June 22, 5 pm–midnight. $6 per pint. $16 for a six-pack (to go only).

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
"...six-layer rainbow cookies"

Rainbow Cookies have seven layers:

Red cake
Apricot jam
Yellow cake
Apricot jam
Green cake

Anything less is an abomination. Calling it anything other than a "Rainbow Cookie" is indicative that the person speaking is not a true Brooklynite.
June 21, 2017, 1:46 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
I meant to add:

"$22 for eight pieces."

Absurd pricing fit only for hipsters who don't know any better. For $22 you can get at least 2 pounds of them in any good Italian bakery.
June 21, 2017, 1:49 pm
Mary from Bay Ridge says:
Did you even look at the cookies on their website? It's six layers for the colors of the standard pride flag. Also, rainbow cookies are made all sorts of ways. What a snob.
June 21, 2017, 3:41 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:

I looked. Their cookies are 12 layers. The jam counts as a layer.

I'm not a snob, just a real native Brooklynite who knows how real Rainbow Cookies are made. As analogy, their cookie is to a Rainbow Cookie as a Hydrox is to an Oreo. Similar, but not the same thing.
June 21, 2017, 4:54 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Hydrox were introduced a few years before Oreos.. and were better.
June 22, 2017, 2:13 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:

Though I prefer Oreos, no argument from me. Both were better than the store brand sandwich cookies my Mom used to buy. Just saying: similar but not the same.
June 22, 2017, 12:20 pm

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