If you haven’t noticed, I’m a lover of all holidays. Whether it be holidays like Valentine’s Day or Cinco de Mayo that are not really intended for a single, Canadian gal like myself, or the more celebrated holidays like Thanksgiving or Canada Day or Halloween, you can count me in. It’s just the way my mind works, you know? I get swept up in the fun and games and before I know it, the holiday comes and goes but before I can get too melancholy, the next one rolls around and I’m happy again. ☺
So, in that spirit, I decided to get a little funky in the kitchen yesterday for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve long seen pictures on Instagram of the prettiest, yummiest looking donuts decorated with the most random of foods, but my favourite throughout the years have definitely been cereal donuts. After seeing this picture this week featuring a donut made by a company that seems to make cereal donuts like no other, California Donuts, I suddenly realized that I could probably whip these up myself.
I tied up my hair, got out my donut pan and started looking up recipes for plain donuts, cereal milk donuts, etc. There are a lot of good recipes out there (just type in ‘donut recipe‘ into the search bar on Pinterest and you’ll have access to more recipes than you ever imagined possible), but I was short on time (and if I’m being honest, energy, too). So, like any true millennial, I opted for the easiest, quickest, most convenient option: hopped in my car, drove to Tim Hortons, and in less than 5 minutes I had obtained a dozen perfect plain donuts, ready for decorating! #thelazyway
To decorate these donuts, I used a couple of different bags of candy melts for the “glaze” on top and a few of the cereals that I had access to within the house; Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops and of course, Lucky Charms. Once I had melted the chocolate (carefully, I’ve shared how to melt them without burning in this post), I dunked the top of the donut into the various colours to coat it, and before the chocolate had time to harden, I sprinkled a generous layer of cereal on top. After I started on my merry way, I saw that some people dip the chocolate-covered donut into a bowl of dry cereal, but I thought that would end up being a lot messier. The result?! Super aesthetically pleasing donuts, dude! ?
I know that a “proper” cereal donut is made using actual cereal milk, but honestly, these were simply delicious regardless. So delicious, in fact, that I wanted to decorate the donuts with other things! As you can see in the photo above, I thought I had Reese Puffs in the house but I didn’t, so I crushed up some Oreos and sprinkled that over a chocolate-covered donut instead. Then, came the next stage of donut decor (it’s a thing, guys!), my lovely Easter donuts…
The long and the short of it is, I’m so glad I didn’t stop at just cereal. Being in the kitchen is all about getting creative and having some fun. What started as a quest to create something cute and “lucky” for one of my favourite holidays, ended up being a therapeutic task that left me completely in good spirits, with some damn pretty donuts to show for it (if I do say so myself!). If it were up to me, as a lover of all things pastel and holiday-themed, I’d say these donuts are actually TOO PRETTY TO EAT, but that didn’t stop my family, who had some different ideas. Alas, my donuts are already nearly gone but that’s okay, there’s always the next holiday!! ?☀???
Tell me, what’s your favourite way to celebrate a holiday? Do you have a favourite dish or treat that you simply have to make every year when the holiday comes around? Are you a big fan of holidays, like me, or are they just another day to you? I’d love to hear what you have to say!
*No cereal were harmed in the making of this post. ???*
Until next time,