People are transforming tiny food into cereal on TikTok — here are the best ones, from mini doughnuts to little eggs
- Pancake and cookie cereals were just the beginning of the miniature food trend currently taking over TikTok and Instagram.
- Now, people are whipping up everything from doughnuts and muffins to eggs and pizza bagels in cereal form.
- Insider spoke with food bloggers to find out which mini trends are worth trying, and to get their tips and tricks so that you can make your own cereal creations at home.
The TikTok trend that first began with tiny pancakes has taken on a life of its own, giving us everything from blueberry muffins and doughnuts to eggs and French toast in cereal form.And food bloggers are constantly discovering new ways to play with the trend — as long as it's miniature.
"I love how adorable the food turns out," Valentina Mussi told Insider. "Everything is cuter when it's tiny."
Mussi, of @sweetportfolio, has tested more than four different variations of the cereal trend, whipping up the likes of doughnuts, muffins, and pizza bagels"I spent all of last week brainstorming foods that could be made into tiny versions," she said. "I chose to make French toast, muffins, and doughnuts because they could hold their shape — even when made tiny — and are relatively easy to make."
MINI MUFFIN CEREAL ✨Itty bitty tiny chocolate chip muffins made into cereal! Aren’t these the cutest? Which food should I make into a tiny cereal version next?! Muffin recipe below: 2 cups of flour 3 tsps of baking powder 1 cup of sugar 1/4 cup oil 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup of milk Bake at 400° for 8 mins for tiny muffins. This recipe yields 12 large muffins so, you’ll have to adjust for the tiny ones. . . . . — #cereal #cookiecereal #pancakecereal #muffin #bigbiteszn #muffincereal #socialdistancing #recipe #recipevideo #asmreating #asmrfood #chocolatechip #recipeoftheday #easyrecipes #recipes #recetas #foodvideo #buzzfeast #tastingtable #huffposttaste #thefeedfeed #foodcoma #wshh #eattheworld #cheatday #sugarrush #teampixel
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"Mini doughnuts and muffins already exist, but not in such a tiny size," she added. "So I needed to ensure that they could fit in a bowl and be eaten with a spoon."After creating so many tiny sweets, Mussi was craving something savory. So she decided to experiment with pizza bagels as well.
"I got tired of all the sweets!" she said. "Pizza Bagel Bites already exist, but I wanted to make something even smaller!"
Shay and Steph, of @soflofooodie, have also been cooking up tiny pizza bagels, along with eggs, bacon, and toast
Even as the pancake cereal trend was just starting to kick off on social media, the pair already knew they wanted to create something different.
"We wanted to do something that people hadn't seen before," they told Insider. "That's when we did waffle cereal and, to be honest, we've always preferred waffles over pancakes!"
FRUITY PEBBLES WAFFLE CEREAL Decided to use one of our fav cereals and incorporate them into our #wafflecereal we’ve loved seeing some of you re-create your own waffle cereal flavors! Also, yes, I went back to doing it the individual way because I def like it 100x better this way . . . . #fruitypebbles #stayhome #quarantine #baking #recipe #recipeoftheday #pancakecereal #cerealpancakes #tiktokfood #tiktok #tiktokviral #foodcoman#foodgasm #videoclips #processvideo #waffles #waffle #brunch #mothersday #happymothersday #buzzfeast #forkyeah #forkfeed #wafflemaker #instaeat #heresmyfood #dessertlover #desserttable
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Shay and Steph went on to experiment with doughnuts, pizza bagels, and the savory breakfast spread, which they were inspired to create after seeing tiny eggs first pop up on Sydney Melhoff's popular TikTok page."We decided to turn it into a whole mini breakfast with toast and bacon," they added. "There's something about mini food that catches people's eyes, including ours. So why not have fun with it?"
Nico Norena, of @succulentbite, found a way to incorporate actual cereal into the trend with his own colorful spin on miniature French toast
"I was looking to take a globally popular breakfast favorite and make it bite-sized," he told Insider. "Then, it occurred to me that if I was already making it in a cereal format, why not add actual cereal to it?"So Norena sliced brioche bread into perfect cubes, soaking them in his egg mixture before crusting them in Froot Loops.
FRUIT LOOPS FRENCH TOAST CEREAL | Brioche french toast with Fruit Loops cereal topped with condensed milk | Would you try it? #succulentbite ~ ~ ’ : • 4 eggs • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 1/3 cup of milk • 2 tsp cinnamon powder • 2 slices thick brioche bread • 1/2 cup Fruit Loops • 1 tsp butter • 1/4 cup condensed milk : • In a bowl, whisk eggs, brown sugar, milk and cinnamon powder • Cut your brioche bread into 1x1 inch cubes • Soak your bread in the whisked mix • Cover in crushed Fruit Loops cereal • Melt the butter in your pan and add the french toast bites • Cook until lightly browned • Serve in a bowl and add condensed milk! Music: www.bensound.com
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He also made a chocolate version, adding cocoa powder to his egg mixture and crusting his tiny pieces of bread with Cocoa Krispies."I love how easy and creative we can get with it," Norena said. "It's a fun approach to some of our everyday favorites, and the best part is that everyone can partake in making them while being at home! Plus, it makes awesome snacks."
The blueberry muffins have been Mussi's favorite variation of the trend, while she found tiny pancakes to be the hardest to make
"The muffins tasted amazing," she said. "It makes sense to eat them in a bowl of milk because they don't get as soggy as the cookie and pancake versions."
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN CEREAL Another version of these itty bitty tiny muffins! They are almost the size of the blueberries — so funny looking. You can always cut the blueberries in half instead of using a whole one. Same recipe as last time for the muffin base: 2 cups of flour 3 tsps of baking powder 1 cup of sugar 1/4 oil 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup of milk Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or 25 if it’s a regular-sized muffin . . . . . — #cereal #cookiecereal #pancakecereal #muffin #bigbiteszn #muffincereal #socialdistancing #recipe #recipevideo #asmreating #asmrfood #blueberry #recipeoftheday #easyrecipes #recipes #recetas #foodvideo #buzzfeast #tastingtable #huffposttaste #thefeedfeed #foodcoma #wshh #eattheworld #cheatday #sugarrush #teampixel
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"I nearly had a nervous breakdown making pancake cereal in my kitchen," Mussi added. "Since they were so small, the pancakes would cook faster than I could finish piping them, so they were starting to burn! And pancake batter is super difficult to clean after it dries up — and it dries up quickly — so my kitchen was covered in pancake batter for a while."
Shay and Steph thought the most challenging version of the miniature trend was the tiny doughnuts, but they came up with a strategy to speed up the process"We ended up not decorating each by hand and just tossed them into a bowl, drizzled glaze and sprinkles, and added milk," they said. "It worked out well that way anyway because, once the milk hits the doughnuts, the glaze and sprinkles pretty much fall off the doughnuts and into the milk. It was so good!"
Of all the variations they've tried, Shay and Steph said they loved the waffles and doughnuts the most because of their texture."We made both of them extra crispy," they said. "They didn't get soggy quickly when we added milk, unlike the other trending cereals."
If you want something that feels even more like dessert, Eloise Head has been whipping up everything from cookie dough to brownie cereals"I'm a dessert girl," she told Insider. "So having the opportunity to get creative with this trend was a no-brainer."
Head originally planned to turn her cookie dough into truffle balls, which she often makes for her @fitwafflekitchen page. But then she saw the miniature cereal trend really start to take off on social media.
"I decided to try the cookie balls as miniatures and create a cookie dough cereal bowl," she said. "Then I wanted to challenge myself with the brownies to see if I could make a brownie that wouldn't go soggy when milk was added. Needless to say, the brownies were a success!"
CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH CEREAL! We decided to hop on this cereal trend and omg... these cookie dough balls, served with cold milk were so so good! Sound on for full instructions Ingredients: 120g plain flour 65g light brown sugar 65g granulated sugar 115g unsalted butter 75g mini (or chopped) chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 salt 150g dark chocolate to cover To note: Flour to be heat treaded before using in the mix. Happy Saturday everybody! Enjoy #fitwaffle #fitwafflekitchen
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Head said the brownies were not only the easiest version of the cereal trend that she's made, but they were also the most enjoyable."The brownies were definitely the best of the bunch for me," she added. "You're in complete control of how small you cut the pieces and, if you've ever dunked a brownie in milk, you already know how good these taste."
4-INGREDIENT BROWNIE CEREAL Brownies and milk is such a good combo, especially when the brownies don’t got soggy!! These aren’t gooey, fudgy brownies (due to the lack of fats)... they’re sweet, chocolately and crumbly (a bit more like cookies ) and they only require 4 ingredients! Sound on for full instructions All you need is: 160g icing sugar 20g cocoa powder 1 large egg white 65g chocolate chips Bake at 170C for 20 mins Have fun and enjoy Follow @fitwafflekitchen for more recipes #fitwaffle #fitwafflekitchen
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With so many different variations, it's clear that miniature food won't be disappearing anytime soonNorena said he wants to experiment with cinnamon rolls and churros, while Mussi is planning to make deep-fried Oreo cereal.
Whichever version you decide to try, the whole point is to just get creative in the kitchen."Quarantine is the perfect excuse to experiment with food," Mussi said. "Either with new combinations, hacks, or making tiny versions of things. Everything is valid right now!"
"Always have fun with it," Head added. "And keep the miniatures as small as possible so that they can actually fit in your mouth!"Read the original article on Insider
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