Rainbow Themed Food Ideas for Kids

Rainbow Themed Food Recipes for Kids

Who doesn’t like rainbows?  These rainbow recipes are easy to make and are fun to eat.  They are great for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, parties, really anytime.  Check out the fun recipes  below that include: rainbow waffles, rainbow pudding, rainbow cupcakes, rainbow pancakes, pot of gold snack

Rainbow Waffle



Ingredients: waffle mix, gel food coloring, food storage bags with twist ties or piping bag, tall cup, whipped cream, waffle iron

Step 1:  Make the waffle mix according to the box

Step 2:  Place a food storage bag inside the tall cup.  You will need one storage bag per color.

Step 3: Place about 1/2 a cup of the mixture into the bag.

Step 4: Add red gel food coloring to the mixture.  Secure the bag with a twist tie.  Mush the bag with your hand until the color is completely blended.  I have my niece and daughter mix the colors, they loved it and it kept them busy.  Repeat this step with each color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet ( I only used one purple color).  The back of the food coloring box with give you directions on how to make the colors.  It doesn’t show you how to make the purple colors but red and blue make purple.

Step 5: Place all the colors in a row in order of the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  Place them with the tips facing up.  Snip off the very tip of the bag.

Step 6: Starting with red make a circle around the waffle iron, repeat this with each color.





Step 7: Break the waffle in half and put on the plate.  Squeeze some whipped cream on each side to represent clouds.  Enjoy!











Rainbow Pancakes



Ingredients: pancake mix, food coloring

Step 1:  The first thing you’re going to do is make the pancake batter according to the directions. I used 1 cup of pancake mix to make silver dollar pancakes in the 7 colors of the rainbow.


Step 2:  Once the batter is make you’re going to separate it into 7 small bowls.  I used child size cereal bowls.

Step 3: Now your going to add a couple of drops of different color food coloring in each bowl.  This is the perfect time to teach the kids about mixing colors.  Most food coloring packages come with red, blue, green and yellow.  You can show the kids that if you mix yellow and red you will get orange and red and blue make purple.

Step 4: Cook the pancakes how you normally would.  Then stack them in order of the colors of the rainbow.  Roy G. BIV  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.



Rainbow Pudding




Materials: Jell-O instant pudding, milk, food coloring, whip cream, sprinkles, clear plastic cups, bowls, spoons, optional chocolate coins (for St. Patrick’s Day)


Step 1:  The first thing your going to do is make the Jell-O instant pudding according to the directions.  Your going to need 2 cups of instant pudding per snack.  Separate the Jell-O into 7 separate bowls.  One bowl per color.







Step 2:  next you’re going to add food coloring to each bowl of pudding.  Your going to make the colors of the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.  ROYGBIV






Step 3:  Place the bowls in the line for of the colors of the rainbow ROY G. BIV. Now your going to layer the colors. Have the children start at the red bowl and put 2 smalls spoonful’s of each color in their plastic cup.







Step 4:  Put some whipped cream on top of the last color.  The whipped cream will be the cloud at the end of the rainbow.







Step 5:  Pour some sprinkles on top than top with a chocolate gold coin. Enjoy!







Rainbow Cupcakes



Ingredients: White cake mix, gel food coloring, food storage bag with twist ties (or piping bags), tall cup,  optional: for frosting Cool Whip and Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix

Step 1: Make cake mix according to box.  Mine made 15 cupcakes

Step 2: Place one food storage bag inside the tall cup.  You will need one storage bag per color.  Place about 1/2 cup of the mix into the bag.

Step 3: Squeeze the red food gel into the bag.  Secure the bag with the twist tie.  If you are making this with a child, this is a fun part for them.  They can mush together the mixture in the bag so the color is completely blended.  Repeat this step with all the colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet)  Follow the directions on the food gel container to make different colors.  I only make one purple color and it was hard to make the purple colors.

Step 4:  Once all your colors are mixed place them in order of the colors of the rainbow.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet This step makes it easier when you are piping your colors.

Step 5:  Place the tips of the bags facing upwards and snip the end off.  Keep the tips facing up, so the mixture does not spill out.

Step 6:  Starting with the purple (indigo and violet)  color first pipe a small amount into each cupcake wrapper.  Repeat with the other colors in this order purple (indigo and violet), blue, green, yellow, orange, red

Step 7:  Let the cupcakes bake according to the box.


Step 8: Pour half of the Cool Whip container into a bowl.  Add the entire packet of Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix into the bowl.  Mix the Cool Whip and pudding mix together until completing blended.  Ice cupcakes with the mixture when they are completely cool.

You can also add a gold coin on top!

*You can mix and flavor instant pudding with Cool Whip to make a nice light frosting.


Rainbow Pot of Gold


This rainbow pot of gold snack is cute and easy to make. It a great idea for a classroom snack or great idea for parents to make for a troop, party or any other special event.

Materials: Clear plastic sandwich bags, green ribbon, Rolo candies, colorful Twizzlers.

Step 1: Place 3 or more colorful Twizzlers into the plastic sandwich bag.

Step 2: Add 3-4 Rolo candies.

Step 3: Close the sandwich bag tightly at the top so the Twizzers bend in the shape of a rainbow. Tie with a green ribbon.

Rainbow Bunt Cake

The rainbow bunt cake came out great.  I let me daughter do most of the mixing and decorating.  She had a blast mixing all the colors. I love baking with her.  It is a good way for us to spend quality time together. This is a great recipe for not only St. Patrick’s Day, but for Spring in general.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own rainbow bunt cake.

Ingredients:  1 vanilla cake mix, red, blue, green, yellow food coloring, Cool Whip (let the Cool Whip thaw out in the refrigerator), 1 box of Jell-O pistachio instant pudding mix, 1 box of Jell-O vanilla pudding mix, green sprinkles


Step 1:  The first thing that you are going to do it make the cake mix according to the package.  I always add 1 box Jell-O instant vanilla pudding to the mix.  It makes the cake come out very moist.

Step 2: Once the cake batter is complete, you are going to pour the mixture evenly into 4 bowls.  My daughter wanted to help with this she we lost about 1/4 of our mixture.  It landed everywhere but in the bowl.

Step 3: Add a little bit of food coloring to each bowl.  Start off with only a couple of drops.  You can always add more, but you cannot take away.  I suggest the adult add the food coloring.  It can stain your hands for a little while.

Step 4:  Mix until the food coloring is well blended.  This is important.  You want the color to be even.  In the picture below the red looks a little orange.  In person it took on a pinkish color.  I never seem to get a bright red right however, when it was cooked it looked more like red.

Step 5:  My daughter loved this part.  You want to add each color to the bunt pan.  If you want to have the colors in the order of the rainbow do it in this order: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue.  I messed this part up and started with the blue first.  Then I realized that you flip the bunt pan over and blue would be on top, but help my daughter liked it, so it worked out.

Step 6:  Now it’s time to prepare the icing.  This is one of my favorite icing recipes.  It’s much lighter than store bought icing and tastes great.  Take one container of Cool Whip and mix it with 1 package of Jell-O Instant Pistachio Pudding.  Keep mixing until the instant pudding is completely dissolved.

Step 7:  Once your cake has cooled completely it’s time to decorate.  I let my daughter go to town with the icing and the sprinkles.  She had the best time.

The rainbow cake came out great!  My daughter said it was like eating a rainbow.  She had the best time making it.  Hope you enjoyed out rainbow themed food ideas!