You'd need to be living under a rock to not know how the app Tik Tok has been influencing the world as we know it (which might actually be the case considering most of us saw the insides of our houses the past year rather than the outside world). Among all of the strange dances, incredible destination videos, and weird (albeit occasionally helpful) life hacks were the recipes that set off many people on a cooking and baking frenzy. With so much time to spend in the kitchen, it's not surprising that cooking and baking were two things that people found themselves connecting, or reconnecting, with, more often than not.
The best part about these was that they came in from all corners of the world with many people being inspired by locally-available foods or things that could be found at any common supermarket. While some of them may have been flops, there were many that were worth trying and even deserving of the hype that they received. So, for those who are wondering what they missed by bypassing the Tik Tok trend, we've got it all for you right here.
Hot Chocolate Bombs
These were trending all over social media for a while (and still are) thanks to the fact that they make for a great video. Aesthetics aside, hot cocoa bombs gained tremendous respect with their all-encompassing nature of having both chocolate, cocoa powder, and marshmallows inside a convenient chocolate ball that melts when hot water or hot milk is added. It's fun to watch and, quite honestly, tastes better than most hot cocoa powders due to the fact that there's real chocolate melting into the whole drink concoction.
Homemade Cookie Crisp Cereal
Watching these videos almost brought up the question of, 'why hasn't this been done before?' Making homemade cookie crisp cereal is as simple as baking mini chocolate chip cookies and adding milk to them. Due to their size, most recipes call for being careful regarding the baking time so that they don't burn but other than that, they couldn't be simpler to make. It's also a great excuse to eat (real) cookies and milk for breakfast without buying an entire box of cereal to do so.
Mini Pancake 'Cereal'
What seemed silly at first has now become a trend that everyone is loving. Pancakes are undoubtedly the breakfast comfort food of choice for so many people which is why these miniature versions were so much fun. Rather than adding milk, Tik Tok declared that they would be drizzled with syrup and eaten with a spoon just like cereal would be. It's basically just a fun way to eat pancakes and ensure that every bite has the perfect amount of syrup, and it's pretty clever.
White Claw Slushies
White Claw definitely made a name for itself over the last year or so and now, people are getting creative with their mixed drinks. The idea behind a frozen daiquiri has been revived through Tik Tok as many people took to adding frozen fruit to their blenders with a healthy amount of White Claw. The result is similar to a spritzer but better and it could be argued that the addition of fruit makes it healthy... right?
Sour Grape Snacks
There was an unusual claim going around Tik Tok that regular green grapes could be turned into Sour Patch Kids with the addition of one ingredient: Lime juice. While many were skeptical, it did seem that adding this acid to an otherwise sweet grape does, indeed, alter the flavor enough to make it seem like it could, maybe, be similar to the sour and sweet candy that so many people love. Plus, this is definitely healthier than eating a bag of those strange candies.
Dalgona Coffee And Other Whipped Drinks
Everyone became very familiar with the idea of pulling a muscle while whipping their instant coffee into perfection this year. However, there were many trends to follow that didn't get as much attention, such as whipped Nutella and whipped peanut butter in regard to 'whipped' drinks. These videos have been trending like crazy and will likely continue to be a well-loved trend.
Thanks to the use of liquid smoke, a Tik Tok user by the name of Tabitha Brown was able to turn thinly sliced carrots into gold in the form of vegan bacon. Onion powder, garlic powder, maple syrup, smoked paprika, and an air fryer or oven is all that's needed to achieve this delicious vegan alternative to regular bacon, and we love to see it.