The biggest and best TikTok food trends of the year

Rachel Askinasi,Anneta Konstantinides
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Schuble's cookie cereal. Justin Schuble
  • People stuck at home have been sharing their culinary creations on TikTok.

  • The social-media platform allows posters to share one-minute videos of what's going on in their kitchens.

  • From teeny tiny pancake cereal to White Claw slushies, TikTok foodies have proven themselves to be a creative bunch.

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Pancake cereal became a TikTok phenomenon.

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The food trend hit TikTok and Instagram. Melanie Locke/Valentina Mussi

People started to make miniature pancakes and loaded them into a bowl instead of stacking them on a plate. And thus, pancake cereal was born. 

At the time of writing, the #pancakecereal hashtag had generated more than 800.8 million views on TikTok.

All you need to make the bowl of miniature pancakes is some batter and something to squeeze it out of.

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Home cooks can easily pipe small pancakes onto a pan. Melanie Locke

Melanie Locke posted a video to TikTok showing viewers how she created her own squeeze container: She filled a water bottle with pancake batter and poked a hole in the cap.

@melanie_locke

i’m telling u guys 10/10 recommend!! might even beat normal pancakes ##pancakecereal

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An at-home version of Cookie Crisp cereal has also swept across TikTok feeds.

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This trend puts a homemade twist on Cookie Crisp cereal (pictured). Paul_Brighton/Shutterstock

Justin Schuble, the person behind the Instagram account @dcfoodporn, posted a video of his cookie cereal creation on TikTok. 

Insider reporter Anneta Konstantinides spoke with Schuble about how he executed the trend.

Pre-made cookie dough and a bit of milk are the only two ingredients for cookie cereal.

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Schuble's cookie cereal. Justin Schuble

Make small cookies by cutting pre-made cookie dough into small and flat pieces. Schuble told Insider that a key step is to let the cookies sit out for a few minutes after pulling them out of the oven so that they can harden and become crispy. 

Insider's Anneta Konstantinides tested out cookie cereal, and said it tasted even better than Cookie Crisp.

After tiny pancakes and cookies took over TikTok, people got even more creative with the miniature-food trend.

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It wasn't long before tiny food took over TikTok. Soflofooodie/Instagram/Valentina Mussi

Food bloggers continued to find new and exciting ways to turn food into cereal, shrinking everything from doughnuts and muffins to pizza bagels and bacon.

Shay and Steph, of @soflofooodie, told Insider they wanted to create something their fans weren't seeing anywhere else on social media.  

"We decided to turn it into a whole mini breakfast with toast and bacon," they said. "There's something about mini food that catches people's eyes, including ours. So why not have fun with it?" 

White Claw Slushies are an easy boozy beverage trend on TikTok.

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You can make it with any flavor of spiked seltzer. Christopher Lane/Getty Images for White Claw

TikTokers started dressing up their White Claw seltzers with fruit and ice, because why not?

The only requirements for making this frozen treat are White Claw hard seltzer and fruit.

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Frozen fruit and White Claw are all you need. rebeccalwromano/TikTok

While some people have added extra alcohol like vodka to their slushies, all you really need is a White Claw and some frozen fruit.

As temperatures started heating up, people on TikTok turned cold grapes into a sweet treat that they said tasted just like Sour Patch Kids.

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TikTok users started squeezing lime juice over grapes to make them taste like Sour Patch Kids. Mia Wilson

TikTok users claimed you could make grapes taste just like the beloved candy by squeezing lime juice over them.

It appears that the first viral video of the clever hack was posted by skincare blogger Mia Wilson, who told Insider that she got the idea from Reddit.

@mianicolewilson7

Healthy Sour Patch Kids 😜 Skip too much processed sugar and save your skin #fyp #wellness #healthy #foodhacks #candy #beauty #skincare

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"I tried it and loved it," she said. "I was addicted to candy and Sour Patch were my favorite. I love that these are a healthier alternative with a pretty similar taste." 

Insider reporter Anneta Konstantinides tested out the hack and deemed it a success.

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Insider tested out the TikTok grape hack and found it actually worked well. Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

After trying a couple of different versions of the hack, she deemed that freezing the grapes for a few hours before adding the lime juice worked best.

This version of vegan "bacon" has also popped up on TikTok.

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You can cook the carrots in an air fryer or an oven to get the desired bacon-like texture. Janaki Jitchotvisut for Insider

Turning carrots into a vegan-version of a meat product isn't necessarily a new idea, but this vegan bacon found some viral success on TikTok. 

Tabitha Brown shared her recipe for carrot bacon which includes maple syrup, garlic powder, onion powder, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika.

Dalgona coffee was an early quarantine trend.

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The whipped coffee is sticky. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

The name dalgona coffee came from a popular South Korean snack of toffee.

As more people stayed home and played around in their kitchen, the whipped-coffee topping became a massive trend on TikTok.

At the time of writing, the #dalgonacoffee hashtag had more than 300.9 million views on the platform.

The popularity of dalgona coffee led to the creation of other whipped drinks.

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Whipped cocoa, Nutella, and strawberry milk have all become popular. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

After dalgona coffee took off, TikTokers got more creative with whipped drinks

Concoctions like whipped cocoa, matcha, Nutella, and more started to pop up all over social media.  

@dessberry_

Saw this on Instagram and I had to try it!! WHIPPED STRAWBERRY MILK 🍓🥛 ##milk ##strawberry ##whippedcoffee ##whippedmilk ##fyp ##foryou ##quarantine

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Another drink that made the rounds was hot chocolate made with cocoa bombs.

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The hot cocoa bombs explode with marshmallows. stephanieevaann/TikTok

TikTok users started sharing videos of the store-bought chocolate spheres filled with marshmallows and hot cocoa mix. Naturally, people started to make their own at home afterward.

Stephanie Eva Ann Kelly (@stephanieevaann on TikTok), shared a video of the satisfying explosion. At the time of writing, the video had 3.6 million views.

Cloud bread filled our feeds with colorful creations that looked like they were straight out of a cartoon.

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Cloud bread only requires three ingredients, so many were quick to try the trend. Abimhn/TikTok/Soflofooodie/TikTok

It appears the trend was started by TikTok user @linqanaaa, who mixed egg whites with sugar and cornstarch to make the fluffy bread. 

Abigail Hwang-Nable, of @abimhn, told Insider that she made cloud bread after she saw @linqanaaa's video and was "intrigued by its fluffiness and simplicity." 

But Hwang-Nable made a few tweaks to the recipe, adding blue food coloring to the mix. 

Her blue cloud bread became a sensation on TikTok, racking up more than 30 million views. 

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