An edible rainbow is almost as good as a real one, especially if it’s in the form of our Pride Popsicles. These little bright delights bring rainbows to life with a sugary-sweet lemon flavor. They’re perfect for picnics, outdoor get-togethers, or just celebrating Pride Month on your own. With a few ingredients and a little patience, these Pride Popsicles are simple to make. Give yourself time to let each layer completely freeze before continuing on. Trust us, the results are well worth the wait! Maybe binge the latest season of your favorite show while you wait, or use the time to plan your pride celebration.

Natural Dye Options

If you’re looking to take these Pride Popsicles a step further, you can use fruit to naturally dye each layer. The results may not be as vibrant, but the fruit will also add a touch of flavor and texture. Just add some roughly-chopped fruit to each layer. For red, try using strawberries or raspberries mashed into a puree. Orange can be a blend of mandarin oranges and mangoes. Yellow works best with pineapple, and kiwis can be used for the green layer. Then, for blue and purple, you can use blueberries, blackberries, or grapes. Simply incorporate these fruit purees or chunks into each layer and freeze completely before moving onto the next.

Pride Popsicles Recipe

Makes 8

Pride Popsicles Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups cold water
  • Desired food coloring

Popsicles Preparation Instructions

  1. Whisk together the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved into a syrup.
  2. Add the syrup to the cold water and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Divide the popsicle mixture into 6 equal parts and dye each individual cup a different color. We did red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  4. Pour one color into popsicle molds and freeze individually, then repeat with each color, making sure each layer is completely frozen before pouring the next color.
  5. To remove from mold, allow the popsicles to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes and then pull up on the stick the same time as you push up from the bottom.
  6. Place in a plastic bag and store in the freezer.


A man in a suit holds a rainbow pride popsicle in one hand with a bit taken out of it and a glass of red drink in his other hand.

Other Ways to Celebrate Pride Month

While parades and festivals may seem like the obvious ways to celebrate Pride Month, you can gather a group of friends and get into the spirit right in your own home. If you’re looking to bake up a savory brunch, make Tasty’s Rainbow Pride Flag Bagels recipe by Aleya Zenieris & Marissa Buie. Then, construct a whole bagel bar of rainbow toppings like colored cream cheeses, lox, avocado, and more. Or, for a sweeter option, a Trans Pride Swiss Roll by Jacob Taylor from Tesco Real Food. It incorporates the transgender pride flag colors on the outside, along with fresh fruit encased in jam and cream on the inside.

Wrap Up

Cool down with a bite of lemony, rainbow goodness with our Pride Popsicles. Basic ingredients of lemon juice, sugar, water, and food coloring give you a great start to create any popsicle pride flag you’d like. Fresh fruit is the way to go if you opt for a naturally-dyed version. The best part about Pride Month is that it’s all about individuality, so the choices are truly up to you.

Recipe by Anna Franklin / Story by Kylie Thomas / Photography by Jeff Swensen

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