Unicorn food—glittery, multicolored dishes—has taken over social media. Stylized and pastel-hued cakes, cocktails, noodles, and bagels are ubiquitous on Instagram and other platforms, but the trend hit the big time with the release of Starbucks’s Unicorn Frappuccino in April 2017. Unicorn food has now made its way into cookbooks, with a host of titles featuring these über-Instagrammable treats hitting bookstore shelves in the coming months.
Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows
Food stylist Mahut uses food colorings made from berry juices and vegetables for recipes sweet (Unicorn Ice Cream) and savory (Unicorn Rice Paper Rolls). Other recipes include Unicorn Cake, Cosmic Donuts, and Celestial Swirl Soup.
Unicorn Food: Rainbow Treats and Colorful Creations to Enjoy and Admire
Gallagher is the host and creator of YouTube channel Pankobunny, which has more than 55,000 subscribers and is described by Gallagher as devoted to the world of “edible cuteness.” Gallagher’s Instagram account boasts more than 160,000 followers, and in her first cookbook, she offers up now-familiar confections such as Unicorn Cakes and Unicorn Cupcakes, venturing into Unicorn Parfaits and Unicorn Breakfast Croissants.
Unicorn Food: Magical Recipes for Sweets, Eats, and Treats
Johnson, another food stylist, hits all the Instagram favorites with Tie-Dyed Grilled Cheese, Unicorn Universe Baked Donuts, and DIY Rainbow Pasta.
Unicorn Food: Beautiful, Vibrant, Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast
Odell is the former editor of Eater L.A. and Eater Drinks, as well as the author of Day Drinking (Workman, 2017), and she manages the Instagram account Unicorn Foods. Her take on Unicorn food swings vegan and all-natural, incorporating superfoods such as flax, coconut oil, and chia.