TikTok's influence on what we drink and eat increases every month. More users share unique hacks, recipes and mesmerizing creations we simply can't not try.
Here is a list of our best viral foods and drinks and their stories.
1. Baked Oats Cake
TikTok’s Baked Oats creation has the texture of a cake, but is made with better ingredients than a regular cake. The oats are blended into oat flour and then baked into a little cake you can eat for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up treat. We have seen creators making it with fruit, chocolate, nut butters, whipped cream and much more.
2. Baked Feta Pasta (With Cherry Tomatoes)
The original recipe was first created by Finnish food blogger Jenni Hayrinen back in 2019, but it became viral in the U.S in early 2021. This recipe is super creamy and delicious, and the best part is that it’s also quick to make. Cherry tomatoes and a whole block of feta are baked until bursting and softened, then tossed with diced garlic, basil and tender pasta. Finally, mixed all together and the rest is TikTok history.
3. One-Bowl Microwave Mac & Cheese
Is there anything else that screams easy like a single serve mac and cheese dish? Microwave your pasta and add simple ingredients, while skipping the fake cheese, and make this TikTok homemade sensation in just about 5 minutes.
4. Korean Strawberry Milk
The Korean style strawberry milk, 딸기 우유 in Korean, is not new to Korea’s coffee shops, but became quite a hit on TikTok during 2020. It is made from freshly mashed strawberries, which were soaked in sugar, simmered on the stove, cooled down and topped with cold milk. This is an incredibly easy, quick and delicious treat.
5. Folded Tortilla
According to BuzzFeed the first person to create the folded tortilla on TikTok was Ell Carter. The folded tortilla or as some call it the Tortilla Hack is made by taking one large tortilla and dividing it into quarters, filling each quarter with a different ingredient (eggs, avocado, bacon, you name it). Then the tortilla is folded, one quarter at a time and entered the hot skillet with butter.
6. Dalgona Coffee
Dalgona Coffee, 달고나커피 in Korean, is a whipped iced coffee drink made from equal parts of instant coffee granules, sugar and water. All ingredients are mixed together until become fluffy and delicious. It became popular during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine, when most coffee shops were closed and people shared their coffee creations over social media. Dalgona coffee is probably the most viral food trend of 2020 and was first launched into the media in January 2020, when Korean Actor Jung Il-Woo was featured in an episode of KBS World. In March of that year, TikTok creator Hannah Cho uploaded a video of her making the coffee for her mother. The video received 12 million views and over 2 million likes and the rest is history.
7. Nature’s Cereal
In March of 2021, Sherwayne Mears shared the first Nature’s Cereal recipe via his TikTok account, @natures_food. He said: “this, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me. I call it nature’s cereal.” The recipe calls for combining blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds in a wooden bowl topped with coconut water straight from the tree.
8. Mini Pancake Cereal
In April of 2020, while the world was under a lockdown, Sydney Melhoff had the idea for the mini pancake cereal sensation. The mini pancakes are fluffy, crispy miniature-sized served in a bowl just as you would serve regular cereal, minus the milk (although some do add milk as well). Simply pile all the mini pancakes into a small bowl, topped with a thick square of butter and drizzled in syrup. Yum!
9. Carrot Bacon
Yes, this is yet another 2020 quarantine food trend. The vegan carrot bacon trend started when the TikTok user Tabitha Brown (@iamtabithabrown) shared a video showing how to make "bacon" out of a vegetable. To make the carrot bacon, she prepares a marinade using simple everyday ingredients such as liquid smoke, maple syrup, paprika, black pepper and garlic powder. After soaking the strips in the marinade, the carrots are cooked in an air fryer at 380 degrees for five minutes.
10. Boba Tea
Bubble, or ‘boba’ tea has become a phenomenon on TikTok. Boba tea has been around for many years in South Asia, but gained more popularity in recent years in other parts of the globe as well. While we couldn’t find one specific video that sparked the current virality of the drink, we can tell you that boba/bubble tea hashtags are viewed by millions of people. Creators post about their boba drinks, how to make boba yourself and other original dished with boba like boba pizza! The trend is so big that according to a recent study, the bubble tea industry is expected to grow by almost $2 billion to a whopping $4.3 billion by 2027.