2020 has been the year of weird cereal trends.
Then, there’s “croissant cereal.” The viral breakfast treat is quite literally a bunch of mini croissants drenched in milk.
The editors at In The Know still had some reservations about “croissant cereal” though (it’s just bread and milk, right?), so we decided to make our own batch. Here’s what went down:
How to make ‘croissant cereal’
The good news: There are technically only two ingredients in this thing. That said, we decided to spice up our batch with a few add-ons (more on that below). To make our advanced version, here’s all you’ll need:
One tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls
Some milk (or the milk substitute of your choice)
A bit of all-purpose flour
One bottle of maple syrup
First, spread some flour onto a large flat surface. Then open your crescent rolls and sprawl out the dough. Next, cut the dough into tiny triangles (there’s no one way to do this, but it helps to make diagonal cuts from top to bottom).
After that, start rolling your tiny triangles. The key here is to fold the two-sided end into the pointed end, which will give you a nice croissant shape. Do this as many times as necessary (you’ll have a lot of these by the end), and toss the finished product onto a baking sheet.
Heat your oven to 375 degrees, and cook the mini croissants until they’re flaky and golden (which takes about 8-10 minutes).
Lastly, enjoy! Dump your little bread babies into a bowl, and add milk — just like you’d do with regular cereal. Then, apply toppings as you see fit. We made three separate bowls: one coated with Nutella, one topped with maple syrup and one “plain” version without any additions.
Is it actually good, though?
This is where having three bowls came in handy. By itself, “croissant cereal” is, in this writer’s opinion, bad. Crescent rolls have some amount of sweetness to them, but ultimately, you’re just eating soggy, bland bread.
The toppings, meanwhile, make all the difference. Nutella was easily the clubhouse leader, giving the cereal a chocolatey, savory-sweet flavor that resembled a nostalgically sugary breakfast experience. It sort of tasted like Krave, a semi-obscure (but amazing) Kellog cereal.
The syrup-topped version was somewhere in between. It was good, but not better than most cereals you can buy for $4 at the grocery store (and those come with mazes on the back!).
So, should I make ‘croissant cereal’ at home?
If you have Nutella, then absolutely yes. The chocolate version was so good that this writer had to spend an hour sprawled on his bed after overeating it. So, just keep that in mind.
The other flavors aren’t bad, but they don’t taste amazing. They are, however, very pretty — which to be fair, does matter when it comes to social media snacks. If you want to make these once for the novelty, go for it.
Another option: Try even more additions. TikTok users have added everything from strawberries to cookie butter to their “croissant cereal,” and it stands to reason that there are even more undiscovered toppings out there.
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