1. Frozen Jell-O
Jell-O takes on a delightfully crunchy texture when frozen. If you’re old enough to remember Jell-O popsicles, you know what we’re talking about. Don’t worry — they’re soft-crunchy and not so hard that you’ll break a tooth, so your dentist will approve.
2. Fruit Roll-Ups and Ice Cream
Some genius discovered that if you put a dollop of ice cream in a flattened Fruit Roll-Up and roll it back, the Fruit Roll-Up freezes and gets crisp and breakable. The official Fruit Roll-Ups account recommends filling the roll-up with fruit sorbet and frozen grapes, which is a tart, crunchy, flavor explosion.
3. Parmesan Potatoes
A real-deal grilled cheese has a crunchy skirt of cheese that melts out and crisps up in the pan. These potatoes take that theory and go one step further by baking potatoes right in a pan of grated parmesan cheese. When you lift them out, they have a little skirty coating of cheese on the bottom — a sensory delight!
4. Fried Egg Yolks
Take the most delicious part of the egg (the yolk — stop throwing them away!), dip it into panko breadcrumbs and give it a quick pan fry. Now you’ve got a tender egg with a crumbly coating and the perfect partner for toast, salads or even ramen noodles.
5. Spicy Bowl
This bowl of hot stuff isn’t playing and is not for weak stomachs. Pickles, jalapenos, pickled peppers and more sit in a bed of pickle juice and hot sauce — can the lining of your stomach handle it?
6. Creamy Gochujang Pasta
Gochujang sauce is a spicy, tangy, sweet Korean chili sauce that goes really well with pasta (see: ramen). Like in this viral fusion recipe, mix it into cheesy noodles for a super quick, very satisfying meal.
7. Ice Cube Pancakes
This is an interesting way to make fluffy pancakes in a — pop the batter into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then you can go from freezer to pan, cooking until they puff up.
8. Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
Cottage cheese has killer protein in it, but it’s also delicious and creamy. TikTok is finding so many uses for it, but this dessert is one of the best. Puree the cheese, fruit and honey, then freeze for a scoop of magic. It's not ice cream but maybe something better.
TikTok is calling this Brazilian lemonade but, as you can see, those are limes. It’s still a delicious drink, though, when the whole citrus fruit is blended with sweetener and condensed milk and then strained and poured over ice. Is this the drink of the summer?
10. Cucumber Pepper Salad
The salad is silly simple, but it’s the combination of the texture and dressing that keep creators coming back for more. You can make a whole meal out of this if you mix in some whole grain and top with your favorite protein.
11. Parmesan Espresso Martini
This cheesy cocktail is right up there with the everything bagel martini that made the rounds a while back, but don’t be turned off; the bitterness of the espresso actually plays well with the salty parmesan.
12. Chicken Cobbler
The name does not sound good but it’s basically chicken and biscuits baked in the oven. Just remember — don’t mix it!