Review: Tastes of TikTok

July 28, 2021

I love finding new recipes as much as anyone, but a lot of the recipes on TikTok only look edible at best. Every day I find myself scrolling past foods with ingredients I can’t begin to pronounce or videos of people dumping unknown ingredients in a bowl, whisking them together and claiming to have discovered “the world’s easiest cake.” However, I decided to take advantage of my spare time and try a few of TikTok’s most popular recipes and foods.

Nature’s cereal

After seeing Lizzo eat “Nature’s Cereal,” fruit, ice and coconut water, I absolutely needed to try it. I went to the store to buy all my favorite berries to try the viral dish.

However, I quickly found that it was not the meal for me. At all. It had so much potential–blackberries,strawberries and raspberries–but the coconut water ruined it all. Admittedly, I’m not the most qualified person to judge a dish with coconut water, because I don’t like it. Overall, if you like coconut water and healthy snacks, you’ll love it. It makes the fruit super juicy and the ice makes it super refreshing, but don’t think that this’ll be the recipe that makes you love it. You’ll be disappointed.

Recipe:
A handful of your favorite berries- I
used blackberries, raspberries and
strawberries

1 cup coconut water

A handful of ice cubes

Oreo cake

Many TikTok chefs claim that Oreos+ milk = chocolate cake, which seems a bit too simple to be true. I opted for a simple recipe that called for Oreos, milk and chocolate chips. It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate chips, but the texture of the cake was too dense. It was more thick than a typical chocolate cake and a little more spongy. The flavor was less rich but more sweet than a typical cake. Even though it was tasty, I would still choose a couple of Oreos in milk or a slice of chocolate cake over this recipe. Oreo mug cake is somehow the worst of both worlds.

Recipe:

¼ cup Oreo cookie crumbs-any kind
but I used original

3 tbsp milk

Microwave for 1-2 minutes in a
microwave-safe mug

Mug mac’n’cheese

Macaroni and cheese is about the hardest thing to mess up. Whether you fail an important test or get accepted into your dream college, macaroni and cheese has your back. That being said, I was really excited to try this three minute mug macaroni and cheese.

It only called for three ingredients: cheese, milk and noodles. It was super easy to make, quick to cook and relatively easy to clean up after. Overall, it was gooey and delicious and gave Kraft macaroni a run for its money. I would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone.

Recipe:

½ cup dried pasta

½ cup water

Microwave for 3-4 minutes

Add 2 tbsp milk and ½ cup shredded cheese

Microwave for 30 seconds

Feta pasta

I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I first saw all the people raving about TikTok’s new feta pasta recipe. In my defense, the way that the pasta “sauce” cooks—a large block of cheese surrounded by cherry tomatoes— doesn’t look all that appetizing.

I Googled a recipe for the famous TikTok feta pasta and there were a TON of different ways to make it. After seeing so many different takes on the dish, I decided to improvise a little. I took out the lemon juice but kept the garlic, red pepper flakes and thyme. Meanwhile, I boiled my favorite pasta. Slowly, my fear of the feta subsided.

My kitchen smelled like heaven and I was excited to try the pasta. I took the cheese and tomatoes out of the oven and mixed in the pasta.

It was creamy and rich, the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Overall, it only took about 45 minutes from start to finish and the flavor was top notch. I would definitely recommend this pasta to anyone, even if you don’t love feta.

Recipe:

1 box pasta of your choice (I used bowtie)

½ cup olive oil

1 block of feta cheese (any type–sheep feta melts best)

2 containers of cherry tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic, pressed

2 tsp basil (fresh is always best)

2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)

½ tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)

Place the block of feta in the middle of a baking dish and surround with tomatoes. Press garlic and sprinkle salt, red pepper and Italian seasoning over the top.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the tomatoes are mostly popped, then add basil to the top.

Boil your noodles to al dente and save ½ cup of pasta water

Mix it up and enjoy!

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