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This Millennial Pink—Can I Eat It? (Yes, in 11 Ways)

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On Tuesday, our own Mayukh Sen wrote about the pale pink color that's stubbornly managed to stay in our cultural imagination (and made its way to our clothes and dishes). What is it about this hue that is so attractive? Is it how it manages to be neutral yet full of character? Is "millennial pink," as it is commonly referred to as, really generational, or is pink finally getting the respect and attention it deserves, after so many years of being condescendingly dismissed as "girly"? It's the color that's launching a hundred think pieces.

Well, we're here to provide you with the eat piece. I apologize in advance to Heather Schwedel who (rightly) argued in Slate's XX Factor that not every shade of light pink is millennial pink. But when it comes to food this delectable, a few variations of shade can't stop us. Here's a zeitgeist-y idea: Throw a pale pink–themed dinner party or potluck—pinkluck? no?—and make these things.

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Pink Champagne Cake
Pink Champagne Cake
Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Beet Casunsei
Beet Casunsei
Strawberry Marshmallows
Strawberry Marshmallows
Radish Sashimi
Radish Sashimi
Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream
Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream
Conversation Hearts
Conversation Hearts
Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Eton Mess: Proof That Whipped Cream with Fruit Is the Perfect Dessert
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Eton Mess: Proof That Whipped Cream with Fruit Is the Perfect Dessert
Fresh Cranberries: Not Just for Sauce
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Fresh Cranberries: Not Just for Sauce
How to Make Frosé Without a Blender, at the Beach
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How to Make Frosé Without a Blender, at the Beach

Have any recipe ideas for pale pink food? Share them in the comments!

Tags: millennial pink, pretty cakes, colorful foods