TikTok didn’t stop at pancake cereal. Rather, pancake cereal opened the floodgates for more breakfast food adaptations, each more unnecessary than the last. Enter: mini donut cereal, an aesthetically pleasing take on a classic breakfast that served as an instant injection of whimsy amidst a boring and frankly terrifying year. That is, perhaps, the only conceivable reason that donut cereal ever gained any traction.
Before going viral on TikTok, donut cereal was actually already a thing. Kellogg introduced two flavors of Donut Shop cereals — pink donut and chocolate donut — in 2017, but TikTok’s viral trend took the oft-overlooked classic and made it significantly worse, if only for the extraordinary effort it takes to make a single bowl.
To make TikTok’s donut cereal, you have to first make a bunch of mini donuts. Depending on your donut recipe, it may or may not require a Herculean effort to find some fresh yeast, wait for said yeast to rise in the dough, and to bust out your at-home deep fryer skills. Then, you’ll have to ice the donuts, wait for the icing to solidify, and put the doughnuts in a bowl with milk, where they will inevitably become a soggy mess in 60 seconds flat.
While anyone can make doughnut cereal, did anyone ever stop to think whether or not you actually should?