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50 Catastrophic Cooking Fails No One Ever Wants To Come Home To



Ever had a bad day in the kitchen? You are in good company with these crazy kitchen blunders. Some of them are almost too crazy to believe, these epic mishaps will surprise anyone!

Here are 50 kitchen catastrophes. They are hard-core and hard-to-believe, but so, so, funny. From kitchen explosions to missed attempts at baking masterpieces, these pics will make you chuckle—or straight out laugh.

I hope these photos will help us all laugh a little more at our own mistakes and not take things so seriously in the dinner department. A big thanks to all the cooks who shared and let us know that on our bad cooking days we aren’t alone, who gave us this opportunity to share the love with our friends and family!

1) The Zombie Roll Apocalypse, Coming To a Dinner Table Near You

I’m just going to come out and say it—are those rolls vomiting? What a scary thing to come home to, unless it’s Halloween. If that’s the case, then these spewing faces might be just what the kids ordered. Kudos to the cook who made them, this picture made my day with a good laugh. Thanks for sharing!

Source: am730

2) RIP, Cutting Board

On one hand, it’s nice to be left a note by your spouse or partner. On the other hand, now you have to replace a cutting board and an electric burner. At the end of the day though, it’s nice to know that you’re loved.

Source: madcowga

3) 1 Minute Wonder

I love sushi but don’t have the stomach (literally) to try making it. This though, I could handle!

“Sushi Chef Level: Beginner”

Source: OyVeyzMeir

4) Watch Out—Exploding Chickens!

This could be an ad for Birds’n’Blocks. In the game, the birds are stuck and can’t fly because of their small wings. This is a true testament to the power of yeast…and of baking in small pans.

Source: brfrozen

5) Alien Invaders!

These eggs are out of this world! I know a couple of ten-year-olds who would be delighted with this kind of after school snack invasion. I still can’t believe the eggs fell just in the right spot to make that perfect slit of a creepy alien mouth!!

Source: NinjaBullets

6) So Apparently, Anything Is Possible In the Kitchen

According to the cook, this is caramel. It looks like Frodo took the pan and scooped up some of the fires of Mount Doom! Good thing this didn’t happen in a small space, can you imagine coming home to a volcano?

“I forgot I was making caramel at work. It’s a tad overcooked.”

Source: Skiddle1138

7) Missing Glasses, Or Missing Baker?

This loaf of bread is a little spooky! It looks like something straight out of the Harry Potter series. I can just imagine Dumbledore having a bad day, and teaching this badly behaved baker a lesson!

Source: MyLoveBox

8) Demon Baby Meatloaf

Not that I advocate for babies being mistaken as or associated with demons, but this creation is just too creepy to call it anything else. What’s up with the eyes, is that where the fat leaked out! Aaahhhh!

Source: londonladse

9) A Sure-Fire Way To Run Up the Electric Bill

It’s hard to believe this started out as something edible! These look like pieces of charcoal, ready to be lit to cook food on—not the product of already cooked food. Oh well, that’s what the drive-through is for!

“RIP my electric bill”

Source: luxurs

10) Popcorn Ceiling + Hot Stove + Angry Spaghetti

Woah, how is this possible? Have heard of InstaPots exploding, but this lid looks like it’s from a regular old saucepan. This is crazy, I have never seen anything like this. I am chalking it up to a very hot stove and a very soft ceiling!


Source: imgur

11) “Nuclear lunch detected”— AlyoshaV

This pizza looks like an inverted mushroom cloud. Were those veggie toppings? I think I see some olives in there. This is when you hope it’s a self-cleaning oven.


Source: AlyoshaV

12) It’s alive. It’s alive…IT’S ALIVE! — Frankenstien (1931)

Maybe it’s the Bride of Frankenstein’s iconic hair that triggered this headline. I can just see the pot growing legs and walking. This person had a more practical idea:

“Maybe we should buy a rice cooker.”


Source: pandarmour

13) Forget Worrying About a Grease Fire…

Oh, this is scary! I know I wouldn’t want to come home to that… talk about taking “worrying about the house while you’re at work” to a whole new level! Really though, easy mistake. Turn the gas stove on too high, the flame gets too big, and poof. Pasta fire.

“This is why I don’t cook.”


Source: Marzz

14) Don’t Worry, It’ll Still Taste Good…

It looks like Sponge Bob got a little soggy in the ocean there. I think we can all agree to blame Squidward. Regardless, this baker has an excellent sense of humor.

“Happy birthday!”


Source: lolpancakeslol

15) Science Experiment Gone Dinner

There have got to be some interesting chemicals floating around that kitchen from all the burned plastic! I have also mistaken those weird plastic plans for glass, well almost. Watch out!

“I thought it was glass”


Source: ZimmeM03

16) When Chickens Don’t Want To Be Fried

Umm… normally I am all about developing new talents and creative skills like cooking, but we might need to find a new aspiration for this chef. That is a seriously burnt kitchen. I think it’s safe to say the flavor of these wings turned out “fire” hot!

“First time trying to fry buffalo wings. I think it went pretty well.”


Source: MJ23157

17) How Are These Hotdogs?

This looks like some kind of foreign alien life specimen from Doctor Who. Next thing you know, it they will try mind control on you and start to move! This photo really makes you think twice about eating those things.

“My wife steamed hotdogs.”


Source: shirtythebear

18) At Least This Was A First Attempt

I call this the “Rupunzel got a bad haircut” dish. Yum! It’s puzzling how the pasta seems cooked, but somehow is so stuck to the bottom of the pan?

“one of my roommates tried to make pasta one night … first attempt = FAIL”


Source: Neal

19) This Looks Like a Legit “Nailed It”

I’d like to think that all the Gatsby characters would be delighted to have some cake, but I have a feeling that Jay Gatsby’s hopes would be dashed. I, however, would be happy to have this cake any day, it’s an American classic!


Source: hpquotebot

20) College—The Good Old Days

There is nothing as great as recounting fond memories of middle-of-the-night ice cream runs, having a heated discussion with your co-workers about what did and did not qualify as food in those days…good times. Excellent news for these students though, I saw some pans at the dollar store last week!

“Cooking in college”


Source: khotch

21) Saddest Sticky Notes Ever

I am not sure whether to laugh or cry. Who left the note—the baker or the boyfriend?

“Boyfriend had big deadline. I tried to help. I failed.”


Source: LoadedPhysicist

22) Can We Just Throw a Sheet Over This and Pretend It Didn’t Happen?

I don’t know about you, but I would be on the phone, VERY UPSET with whoever installed those cabinets. I swear, it wasn’t me, it was the cabinets! This looks like a serious pizza night. And ice cream. And wine.


Source: imgur

23) Real Life Coal Christmas Cookies

Reserved for bad little boys, bad little girls, and bad little kids! Actually, this mom was just preoccupied with taking care of her sweet kids. Look at these cute little cut-outs, they would have been great! It happens to the best of us.

“I got distracted! Can’t imagine why with 2 kids!”


Source: kbabcock71

24) Dad’s Are Great, Aren’t They?

Really though, they are. I can just imagine this sweet dad looking our for his kids, wanting to make their day. Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time!

“Had to post this. My friend’s husband wanted to make Gingerbread cookies for his kids…he didn’t know he was supposed to remove the cookie cutters before baking! Love it!”


Source: kidskitchenrd

25) Rainbow Mac and Cheese, or Radioactive Pasta and Shells?

I am not really sure what to say here. My inner child really wants to love this. Like, really wants to love this. After all, it’s a rainbow and it’s macaroni and cheese. I just don’t know if I can make the stretch here!

“Girlfriend sent me a pic of her family’s dinner- rainbow Mac and cheese”


Source: Jeezor

26) Mac and Cheese Cake Anyone?

I always try to salvage macaroni and cheese mistakes. Maybe frost it like a pretend cake? I’m not sure a save will work in this case!

“So I asked my girlfriend to cook macaroni and cheese last night…”

Hey, just be thankful that she cooked! Or attempted…


Source: imgur

27) In Case You’ve Ever Thought About Baking Some Ben & Jerry’s

This one kind of speaks for itself.

“Came home to my fiance cooking the cookie dough out of our ice cream..”


Source: macycakes

28) You Can’t Fight the Yeast

Sometimes I actually wish I could get this kind of rise out of my homemade whole grain bread. This must contain some serious yeast! Look on the bright side, it’s kind of like two loaves instead of just one?


Source: adventuredorks

29) Boom Choco Laka Laka

It’s probably already a bad day if a jar of chocolate is being microwaved. Or, maybe that dang metal lid just wouldn’t come off. Either way, this looks like a bad explosion. Turn down the tears, turn on some Boom Face, and turn up the dance moves!


Source: margusenock

30) Thanksgiving Has Gone To DEFCON 1. I Repeat, DEFCON 1, People!

Can you imagine! I’m not sure if I can tell how this even happened. Is that a log in the oven? This kitchen just went nuclear. I am going to imagine a supportive spouse or partner rubbing the feet of whatever cook experienced this. Take heart brave chef, the turkey and mashed potatoes don’t look radioactive!


Source: ihatepandas

31) So, Are You Going To Tell Me What Happened? Or…

That will give you a heart attack. Ether way, come home to this, I feel some heart palpitations. I am cooking and this happened, I feel some heart palpitations. I mean, what actually happened here? It’s all been left to the imagination since the cook cleaned up the burned mess!


Source: missbarajaja

32) Tombstone Reads: Grabbed Camera Instead Of Fire Extinguisher

I never thought toaster fires were actually a real thing until I saw this photo. If this happened to me, I would be seriously disappointed—I love toast. I do think it says something about the times though, that’s it’s a grab for the camera before the extinguisher.


Source: t3nn3f

33) I Know It Was A Hard Day, But We Can’t Eat Those For Dinner

So, this isn’t the Keto diet…not Atkins, not low carb, not the raw diet, definitely not a cleanse… Only the cook knows where this idea came from!


Source: snayblay

34) Dinner With A Spooky Halloween Treat!

A frightening fog machine? A humungous humidifier? Some serious steam? According to this Imstagram-mer, it’s accidental dry ice in the sink! Add a couple of decorations, some costumes, and candy, and October 31st is all ready to go.


Source: skipperloren

35) Coke Explosion! Because I Can…’t

What a let down. Who put on Reddit that you could make self-freezing coke slushies? That’s just mean. I admit I would have wanted to give it a go, it just sounds so promising!

“Reddit suggested how to make “Self Freezing Slushies”. Tried it, heard a loud ‘bang’ in the kitchen and came to find this . . .”


Source: ManInBlack10538

36) Smoothy Or Face Mask?

So you’ve been out all day, running errands, and haven’t cracked open that yummy homemade smoothy you took out with you that morning. Won’t make that mistake twice!

“It’s risky to travel with #kefir smoothies, because they continue to ferment when not refrigerated. When I popped the top off of my thermos: BANG!!!”


Source: bintrhoda

37) Mood Lighting, She Was Trying To Get Him To Take Her Out

The post said:

“How to get out of cooking dinner”

Yep, that’ll do it.

* If it’s a grease fire, remember, water won’t work!


Source: Kaymank

38) C’est La Fin Des Haricots

That is a french saying that translates as: “it’s the end of beans”. Enjoy this wonderfully French plated refried bean tower, complete with garnish and reduction sauce. Note the chef, I’m impressed! I usually only get a half a can of the beans out intact.

“Canned refried bean stack avec tacobell Fire reduction, fresh summer dwarf basil greens”


Source: BSAlibi

39) Surrender To the Squash

That would seem like a good idea, to quickly microwave the vegetable. No matter how promising an appliance, spaghetti squash is not to be trifled with. Lesson learned.

“Well crap… That didn’t go as planned.”


Source: 05_.anna._

40) Thank Goodness This Wasn’t Thanksgiving

That’s a big bird. I think it was a little too plump for the glass pan? What a bummer to have to toss out the whole thing, on account of the glass. I hope whoever was coming home that night was bringing dinner!


Source: mandas_heart

41) And Today’s Special Is…

Here we have a special delicacy. A premium grade, whole grain bread bowl, with tasty and delectable tomato soup. A bright and filling note to your humdrum day. Topped with strings of shredded cheese.

“Homemade soup in a bread bowl”


Source: Ram27

42) We All Have Questionable Ideas Sometimes…

Well…it’s clear that we have some Cheerios, some canned green beans, and I am going to guess this dish also includes the trusted casserole staple—cream of mushroom soup. I would seriously put some salt on that.

“Roommate made this mysterious “casserole” last night.”


Source: GenevieveMC

43) What If That Thing Above the Stove Blows Up?

Not sure exactly what happened here. But yeah, they’re probably not getting the security deposit back.

“Cooking level: not getting the security deposit back”


Source: foundation_G

44) Is This Still Drinkable? (You Know You Were Thinking It Too)

I haven’t been pregnant (yet, hopefully), but it looks like I have a lot to look forward to! Is this a common problem? The only product I know of that is strong enough to do that, is a Vitamix. That blender part was Vita-split!



Source: mekkiepekkie

45) It Looks Like We Will Be Getting Some Snow

Well, here, you’ll see that this meringue has exploded. Don’t tell Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry. It looks like The British Baking Show is down another potential contestant.


Source: prillypics

46) Bring On the Bubbly! Oh, Wait…

Tonight on the menu we have:

“Raw ground beef, infused with frozen champagne and shards.”

This will put a damper on your celebration plans! That plan to turn champagne into a lovely chilled treat has failed—yet again.


Source: gregnuttle

47) French Fries and Chicken Nuggets Turn To Coal, and Then Eventually To Diamonds

I think we’ll let McDonald’s handle this one. Let’s just pretend this never happened. This is a very wise quote indeed.

“Man created takeaways for a reason”


Source: ihatechairs

48) I Hate It When Glass Pans Refuse To Cooperate

This is all you need after a long day! I hope someone swoops in and cleans this up for this cook. And then treats them to a nice dinner!

“Not looking forward to cleaning that up!”


Source: carrieafitlife

49) Pizza and Fish Sticks Anyone?

Well, it was already a pizza and fish sticks kind of night, and then this happened. If your frozen foods don’t work out, there is always delivery.

“cooking skills level: expert ✓ (pizza and fish sticks)”


Source: bytezh

50) Gross.

Don’t fret, this is not spit-up, throw-up, or any other kind of ick. Just:

“New England style Clam Chowder.”

It’s just unfortunate that this happened on brown carpet. Another testament to soups needing to be kept at the table.


Source: Dr_Dust

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50 Photos Of The Funniest Quarantine Baking Fails



We all have different ways of dealing with perpetual boredom. One highly proactive way you can approach time in isolation is to pick up a new skill or hobby. A popular choice for people during this time is to pick up baking for the first time and expand their repertoire of kitchen skills.

The problem is…it’s not quite as easy as it seems. Enjoy, 50 slides of people’s quarantine baking fails. and DON’T get any ideas!


1) This bread got the chop!

Now it’s one thing to over-bake bread, but it’s another thing altogether to produce break that can withstand an axe chop. They should get hold of your recipe to make bullet-proof vests!


2) These rolls have got the distancing thing down!

Well it would seem like “overnight baking”, may not be the best way to get those soft tasty rolls you’re trying to bake, but if you want rock hard, pitch black golf balls instead, that’s how you do it! Similarly if you’re trying to demonstrate social distancing, that’s the way to go!


3) Well, she’s got the spirit, but she’s a bit confused

It’s all good and well using tray liners to bake your muffins. Problem is, you kind of need the try to line! Otherwise what do you get? Well, you get puffy muffin textured cookies…but at least they’re in liners!



4) That’s lights-out for a lighthouse!

This native Floridian decided to honor her state by baking some commemorative “lighthouse” shaped cookies. Well, she may have set out to make lighthouse cookies, but I don’t think she ended up with lighthouse shaped cookies…These are a little more R rated…


5) Baking is not for everybody

Remember kids, if you’re baking for the first time, follow the instructions VERY carefully. Any number of things can go wrong for the unexperienced. Think of recipes as parachutes! Otherwise your scones, can become stones.


6) Is this how Oreos were invented?

Not sure if these are burnt to a crisp, or simply trying to fit in with the whole “activated charcoal” fad. something tells me however, it’s probably the former. Youch!


7) You can teach an old dog new tricks…

But can you teach an old bread maker to make new bread? No. You cannot, it would seem. You can try, but you may just end up with a pile of…whatever that is.


8) Mmmm, maybe baking isn’t for you…

I mean, look, if you want to bake scorched hockey pucks, I will not stand in your way. It’s hard to tell if these were originally made with oats, or if that’s just the texture you get when you roast cookies to within an inch of their life.


9) Well Tommy, you try it then!

You have to agree with him though, that is one pretty messy…whatever that is. But hey, fluffy sponge covered in sweet, sweet frosting. t may look messy, but looks like it still tastes pretty good!


10) Cookies can’t social distance

Once again, who dropped the ball on telling these cookies about social distancing! Common choc chips, flatten that curve! Instead these cookies are just a flat mess!


11) Well that should just be illegal

Some people love cilantro, some people hate it. Either way, this is a crime against taste buds. Even if you’re a devout fan of the common herb, there is no place for it in a chocolate chip cookie!


12) #bananadead

Now I don’t know a lot about banana bread, but I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be the same color and consistency as volcanic rock. I mean I have heard of lava cake, but I don’t think this is it.


13) When does it become just “one” cookie?

At what point does it stop being several cookies and just become one giant melded together cookie? And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing at all wrong with the idea of a giant cookie!


14) Looks like these cookies didn’t get the memo…

When cookies all meld together like this…do they technically just become one giant cookie? Either way, these cookies are officially breaching the social distancing instructions.


15) Banana bread or sinkhole?

As a fan of a nice fluffy, soft piece of banana bread this does hurt a little. Looks like this banana bread is little more sunken than I would otherwise like, but hey, banana bread is banana bread.


16) Mmm, tasty rocks…

They say the rolling stone gathers no moss, but when the roll is as hard as a stone, what then? It gathers no interest in someone eating it?


17) Now that’s being optimistic

As aforementioned, it’s best to take these little baking losses in your stride. Rather that just throw in the towel (along with the baking itself), you should walk away with a checklist of lessons learnt. Just like this guy did!


18) People are uniting over their blunders

In the eternal struggle of isolated citizens attempting banana bread, yet another casualty has inspired others. Under the hashtag, #Mysham, other bakers have been sharing their own baking mishaps.


19) Those poor bunnies…

It’s not just banana bread that’s getting a hared time right now, these poor baked bunnies aren’t exactly in great shape either. In fact, they actually seem a little miserable. In fact, if nobody told me those were bunnies I would think they’re some sort of ghost cookies.


20) And…this…thing…

What was supposed to be a braided chocolate circle (whatever that is…) ended up looking more like…well…I’ll let you decide what it looks like. It seems like this baker already has…


21) And it goes further than banana bread

I know that you CAN make bread out of potatoes, but I’ve never seen a loaf of bread BECOME one! In fact this disasterous loaf seems to even be growing roots. Hey, maybe before long they’ll be able to grow a whole plantation of loaves.


22) Some even throw their S.O.’s under the bus

Sometimes the shame isn’t even theirs! This guy’s poor girlfriend spent her time, sweat and effort baking him an isolation birthday cake, but I guess it didn’t quite work out so well. Well, it may be good if those are strawberries…but there’s a small chance that they’re tomatoes.


23) Puts the “pan” in “pandora’s box”

Typically cinnamon buns are, y’know…separate. Also they don’t usually amalgamate into this giant, heaving mess of cinnamon chaos. But…it may still taste good?


24) Not even microwave baking is safe

We’ve all seen the ol’ cake-in-a-cup trick, but sometimes it can go pretty wrong. One of the classic blunders that is just too easy to make, is putting way to much of the magic powder in the cup.


25) They say that baking is like chemistry…

…but that may not strictly be true. This baker and science maker is not all that successful in the techniques required to bake this…I guess cake?


26) Great if you want to bake yourself a golf-ball holder..

If you’re trying to bake cupcakes however, this may not be the result you’re after. Plus, aren’t cupcakes usually in, like, cups? In fact, whatever this baking is, sort of became the cups.


27) This loaf was a bit of a reach

So desperate was this loaf to escape its fate, that it appears to even have been reaching for a way out. Stay strong, strange loaf, maybe one day you will be free of this world!


28) another…reaching attempt

Here’s another loaf of bread that seems to just be happy hanging out. Not sure what it is that this loaf expects to grab at, but hopefully the next time around this baker may have more success.


29) Cake news…

I mean… your kid knows what a cake is right? At least some of these turned out OK, not sure about those ones on the edge though. I guess at least some of them were worthy of icing.


30) Is there such a thing as a cake exorcist?

I mean, I’m not here to judge. But also, I am. To be honest, this cake looks like it still tastes pretty good, even if it looks a little ghastly. The good news is, a one year old probably won’t discriminate between a pretty cake and an ugly one so long as it is loaded with sugar.


31) Send those macarons back!

I guess as it turns out, homemade almond flour isn’t ideal for making these (usually) delectable treats. They’re usually soft, which a slightly crunchy outer. These however, seem to be hard, with a hard outer, not to mention charred to a cinder. I’m no macaron expert but I’m sure that’s not how it was meant to go.


32) It’scone badly

I’m pretty sure there’s supposed to be a difference between scones and cookies. And I’m pretty sure it’s not just that one of them can’t be mispronounced. I won’t even get started on the whole cookies vs biscuits debate…although if I were, I would point out that a biscuit is something that you dip in your tea…so it has been and so it shall always be. Wot wot!


33) How do you burn something without even burning it?

According to this tweeter, they somehow managed to create these black-as-night banana bread muffins, but without actually burning them. They point to the colour being caused by some other sort of drastic chemical reaction, which I do have to call BS on. I’m no baker and so I know a burnt muffin when I see one!


34) Somewhere over a horrendous mess

What delightful little cookies (biscuits) this person set out to bake. What they got however, seems like more of a surrealist painter’s nightmare, put on a baking tray and shoved into the oven at 350 degrees for five minutes too long.


35) Well I’ve heard of lava cake…

But I’ve never seen it actually molten! Did somebody try actually scooping lava from the earth’s mantle, then dust it with frosting just to throw it back in the oven for another hour? Not going to lie, a little curious about how it tastes…


36) This funny bunny

This ambitious baker set out to make an adorable bunny cookie. Instead, what they ended up with was some sort of grotesque, molten horror-rabbit. Just going to say though- still looks delicious.


37) Silly Rabbit

Well, they got the ears and eye-holes right, but the shape…not so much. Instead of cute little round bun-nies, they ended up with these messes which seem to have amalgamated somewhat, just to be broken into square rabbits.


38) Fail? OR prevail?

While this person didn’t quite get what they set out for, but by the sounds of it, it kind of worked out in the end! I’ve certainly never heard of using wild yeast from dried fruit to make bread, but hey, maybe I’ll try it for my failed baking attempt!


39) What is it with the bunnies?

I guess that following Easter, everybody was in a rabbit state of mind, but maybe they should have looked a bit closer at those recipes. To be fair, this rabbit actually just looks jacked! That’s a gym bunny for sure.


40) Oh the horror…

What fresh nightmare is this disastrous creation? What little bakery of horrors could produce such a hideous mess? I will say what I’ve been saying this whole time though- I bet that is still as sweet and chocolaty as if it were immaculate.


41) Pretzels have seen better days

The MUTANT pretzels went a little wrong when they went from being wonderful little bread knots to…whatever those folded lumps are. I can’t tell if those are salted, but, is this person eating them with Nutella? Is that normal? Am I missing something?


42) This terrifying cookie

It’s hard to feel good about your baking skills when your pug seems to be shaken to the very core by a mere cookie. Usually dogsa re all to ready to take any treat in front of them, but this pup is petrified.


43) This custard tart turned to…custard?

Either something went wrong with this recipe, or there is something evil in that oven because something is strange in this neighbourhood. Somehow the eggs in this custard have rebelled and spilled out into a separate omelette alongside. I guess there’s nothing wring with a bonus omelette.

Source: Kristie Walker

44) Actually kind of cute

Y’know, I’m not even 100% sure that this is even technically a fail being rather cute in a way. I mean, that is a “face” in the loosest possible definition of the word, but still! How much is that doggy?


45)Well, at least this guy has the spirit!

The important thing is that when you mess up horrendously in the kitchen over this period, you learn from your mistakes and try again. Before that though, just follow the damn recipe!


46) Nothing better to do?

While this is certainly tame as far as these fails go, I’m sure it’s not quite up to scratch for this quarantine baker. I don’t know, I feel like with a hefty dollop of cream and cup o’ tea, this would be pretty delightful!


47) Not as it appears

It seems like this video is just like Vin Diesel. Hard on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside. Unlike Vin Diesel however, this break is probably not ready, and probably wouldn’t be cast in The Chronicles of Riddick. Probably.


48) A flop of glop

Well it seems like many things went wrong with this, a perfect storm of missing ingredients, faulty equipment, and gloopy consistency. Better luck next time! Given that we’re all quarantined, that could be literally any time!


49) Upside down cake, upside down?

Well I’ve heard of upside down cake, but don’t you need to turn it upside down first. And if this isn’t upside down cake, then why does it…appear to be upside down?


50) *Baguettes

Well, that’s also not how you spell focaccia, but I’m just going to let that one slide! You know what else is sliding? This sloppy, melty dough. Sorry, I meant “D’oh!”


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55 Copycat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants



It’s no secret that Americans love their fast food. In fact, we love all of our chain restaurants, whether they’re regional or national. Can you really blame us? We have some pretty kickin’ food. Just take McDonald’s, which has traveled across the world and garnered new fans in 101 different countries. It may not be good for you, but it sure is delicious.

That being said, eating out is expensive. Spending $50 a week — about the average for Americans — adds up to $2,500 every year. So how can you get your favorite restaurant recipes without spending that much money? You make them yourself, of course.

The good news is that in the age of the internet, it’s not as hard to learn as you might think. There are entire blogs dedicated to crafting “copycat” recipes of our favorite restaurant meals, from fast food all the way to fine dining. Whether leaked recipes or just imitations, they’re the next best thing to the dishes we know and love.

So, if you have the fast food bug or trying to save some money, grab a whisk and look through these recipes from all your favorite restaurants.

1. Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

Source: The Frugal Navy White

These unbelievable rolls taste just like the ones you’ll find at Texas Roadhouse: buttery and intensely sweet with a touch of cinnamon. Just be careful — they’re not light on the calories.

2. Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

Source: Delish

If you’re a fan of Panda Express, you’ll love being able to make honey walnut shrimp in your own kitchen. After tasting this home version, you’ll understand why Panda Express has such a dedicated fan base.

3. Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

Source: Delish

Craving one of the most popular items on the Taco Bell menu? You can make it at home and skip the drive-thru wait. Sure, Taco Bell is cheap, but this delicious DIY version is even more inexpensive.

4. Olive Garden Breadsticks

Source: Delish

Have you been known to fill up on Olive Garden breadsticks before your entree even arrives? Now you can make them at home and have as many as you want. We won’t judge you.

5. Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuits

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Not everyone is lucky enough to know about Bojangles or its delectable Bo-Berry Biscuits. The chain only exists in certain parts of the country, particularly in the southeastern United States. But you don’t have to find a Bojangles location to become hooked.

6. Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup has been a favorite of Italian lovers for years. You could spend a bundle on an expensive Italian dinner — or you could make all your favorites at home.

7. Chipotle Pork Carnitas

Source: Copykat

Craving the pork carnitas from Chipotle but don’t have the time or money to head out to eat? Make this easy version at home. You’ll also have a bit more control over portion sizes!

8. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

Source: Copykat

You don’t have to spend money and wait in line for a delicious Starbucks white chocolate mocha. You can make it for a fraction of the price at home — no more paying $8 for coffee.

9. Panera Tomato Soup

Source: Copykat

Panera is the home of pastries, baguettes, and soup like its signature tomato soup. The good news is, you can make this creamy concoction right at home. For even more authenticity, buy or make a bread bowl to go with it.

10. Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger


Source: Copykat

Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger is a testament to what happens when you combine great ideas. Can’t decide if you want a burger or a quesadilla? You don’t have to choose.

11. IKEA Swedish Meatballs


Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff

IKEA might not technically be a restaurant, but the furniture giant is known for its amazing Swedish meatballs. This recipe combines them with meatball gravy, which sounds so good that you’ll be licking your bowl clean.

12. Wendy’s Frosty


Source: Top Secret Recipes

Who doesn’t love a Wendy’s Frosty? The good news is they’re super easy to make and they only require a couple of ingredients.

13. Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi


Source: Genius Food

If you haven’t been lucky enough to try the Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi, you’re in for a treat. In fact, even if you’ve had it, you’re in for a treat.

14. P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef


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P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef is a spicy, flavorful meat-and-rice dish with a dedicated fanbase. If you love Asian cuisine but don’t have a P.F. Chang’s location in your neighborhood, you can make this at home.

15. McDonald’s Egg McMuffins


Source: Serious Eats

You can get your favorite fast food breakfast in no time at all — and for fewer calories with this homemade Egg McMuffin recipe. Sure, it won’t save you much money, but it can be on the unlimited breakfast menu.

16. Starbucks Chocolate Chunk Cookies


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Hankering for that perfect Starbucks chocolate chunk cookie? The coffee giant’s pastries are pretty tasty, but they sure as heck aren’t cheap. Thankfully, you can save money by making these deliciously rich cookies at home.

17. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich


Source: Top Secret Recipes

You can get your hands on that Chick-Fil-A sandwich even on Sunday with this Chick-Fil-A sandwich recipe. In spite of its reputation for stirring controversy, Chick-Fil-A maintains a big fanbase.

18. Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Casserole


Source: Copykat

Cracker Barrel has earned the reputation of being a road trip restaurant. So, you probably don’t often get your hands on its delicious broccoli cheddar chicken casserole. This rich, satisfying dish is perfect for a potluck or weekend dinner.

19. Red Lobster Cheesy Garlic Biscuits


Source: I Am Baker

Red Lobster’s cheesy garlic biscuits have become something of a legend. Even though you know you’re about to eat a big seafood dinner, it’s almost impossible to resist these flaky, cheesy biscuits.

20. Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup


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This creamy soup is a favorite of many Panera’s customers. You can enjoy it at home and choose your own sides (how about chips, an apple, AND a baguette?).

21. Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade


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Chicken sandwiches aren’t the only things we miss on Sundays. There’s also great signature beverages like the Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade. It might be special, but it’s super easy to make in your own kitchen.

22. Chili’s Baby Back Ribs


Source: Recipe4Living

Michael Scott isn’t the only one who loves Chili’s Baby Back Ribs. You can either load everyone up in the car and drive to Chili’s or you can make these scrumptious ribs at home.

23. Arby’s Signature Sauce


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You don’t need to hit the drive-thru to get a taste of Arby’s signature sauce. It’s not hard, and you can practice saying “We have the meats” in a deep voice while you mix up a batch.

24. Olive Garden Salad


Source: The Cozy Cook

Olive Garden salad and breadsticks go together like …well, the start of a great meal. Even salad haters enjoy this vinegary, parmesan-covered veggie delight. Plus, you can put as much cheese on it as you want.

25. Red Robin Onion Rings


Source: Copytkat

Red Robin’s delicious onion rings are easier to make than you think. If you love fried food but don’t want to go out, you can make a batch of these to enjoy at home.

26. KFC Chicken Pot Pie


Source: Copykat

If you haven’t been to KFC in a while, you’re in for a treat. Once you’ve had this dish, you’ll never forget KFC’s chicken pot pie. It’s the best of everything: flaky crust, rich chicken, and fresh veggies.

27. Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard


Source: Copykat

There’s no one in the world who doesn’t love a Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard. Of course, you’ll have to perform the flip test in your kitchen. Well, maybe not on the first attempt.

28. Whataburger Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwich


Source: Copykat

Depending on where you live, you may not be familiar with the Whataburger Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwich. But even if Whataburger isn’t in your region, you can still enjoy this sumptuous chicken sandwich.

29. Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls


Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

There are few who can resist a Cinnabon cinnamon roll. The smell is practically a requirement when visiting the mall. But you can make these calorie-heavy treats at home!

30. Pizza Hut Original Deep Pan Pizza


Source: CDKitchen

If the thought of a Pizza Hut Original Deep Pan Pizza gets your mouth watering, you’re in luck. You can save money — and have fun — making this delicious recipe in your own oven.

31. Chipotle Burrito Bowls


Source: Savings Lifestyle

The Chipotle Burrito Bowls have been one of the most popular items at Chipotle for many years. But they’re super easy to prepare at home and customize any way you want. And good news — at home, guacamole doesn’t cost extra.

32. Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels


Source: Cooking Classy

Walking through the mall, you’re bound to catch a whiff of Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. The smell goes hand-in-hand with Cinnabon and perfume samples from Bath and Bodyworks. Make them at home without the added fragrance of Japanese cherry blossoms.

33. Panda Express Chow Mein


Source: Eat Cake For Dinner

If you love Panda Express, you’ll probably want to try Panda Express Chow Mein. This salty noodle dish is loaded with vegetables and meat.

34. T.G.I. Friday’s Jack Daniels Grill Glaze


Source: Noshing With The Nolands

Less well-known but still fiercely popular, T.G.I. Friday’s Jack Daniels grill glaze is easy to make. All that remains is to choose what you want to put it on.

35. Macaroni Grill’s Penne Rustica


Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Macaroni Grill’s Penne Rustica is a delicious bowl of hearty, cheesy pasta — but you don’t have to go out to get it. If you’re craving carbs, just whip up your own version.

36. Famous Dave’s Cornbread Muffins


Source: Eat Cake For Dinner

Famous Dave’s cornbread muffins are well known because they’re not like any others. Everyone will rave over them when you make them at home.

37. Sonic Cherry Limeade Drink


Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff

Sonic Cherry Limeade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. If you want to pop your roller skates on for an authentic experience, we won’t judge.

38. IHOP Strawberry Banana King’s Hawaiian French Toast


Source: My Recipes

If you’re looking for a decadent weekend breakfast, try the copycat IHOP Strawberry Banana King’s Hawaiian French Toast. This will be a hit no matter how many picky eaters you have.

39. McDonald’s McRib


Source: Top Secret Recipes

The McRib is back at some select McDonald’s locations. But if it’s not near you, you can make it yourself and enjoy this hard-to-find item.

40. McDonald’s Shamrock Shake


Source: Top Secret Recipes

The Shamrock Shake only appears at McDonald’s in March for St. Patrick’s Day, but you can make it any time of the year at home.

41. Culver’s Fried Cheese Curds


Source: Copykat

Culver’s fried cheese curds aren’t known everywhere, but people who’ve had them rave about the flavor. You can try them for yourself — apparently, the fresh one’s squeak when you eat them.

42. Burger King Whopper


Source: Copykat

The Burger King Whopper has been extremely popular for decades. Don’t worry about going out for one. Just whip it up for dinner.

43. Cheddar’s Honey Butter Croissants


Source: Copykat

If you’ve been to Cheddar’s, you’re probably familiar with their honey butter croissants. They are just as sweet and flaky as you imagine — and they’re yours for the making.

44. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


Source: Cooking Classy

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are some of the most popular around. If you’re brave enough to tackle them at home, you’re bound to get rave reviews.

45. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish


Source: Top Secret Recipes

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish started as an alternative to hamburgers for people abstaining during Lent. But you can make these tasty tartar sauce-covered filets any time of the year.

46. Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake


Source: Recipe4Living

Nothing beats the original flavor of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. There may be a dozen different flavors, but there’s something about the classic recipe that’s unforgettable.

47. Little Caesars Italian Cheese Breadsticks


Source: copykat

Little Caesars cheese breadsticks are known as a delicious accompaniment to Hot and Ready pizzas. Save yourself some money and bake them in your kitchen.

48. Long John Silver’s Fish


Source: Copykat

Long John Silver’s fried fish is a classic, but you may not get a chance to enjoy it often. Now you can make it at home.

49. Taco Bell Baja Blast


Source: Copykat

The Taco Bell Baja Blast is the perfect pick-me-up to accompany a midnight snack. The next time you need a sweet treat in the middle of the night, you can make it yourself!

50. Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup


Source: Copykat

If you don’t often go to sit-down restaurants, you may not have had the chance to try Carrabba’s sausage and lentil soup. It’s the perfect combination of salty, vegetable-filled, and hearty.

51. Dunkin Donuts Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate


Source: Copykat

Dunkin’s salted caramel hot chocolate is the perfect winter treat, but you can also make it in the summer if you want. It’s so delicious, we wouldn’t blame you.

52. Strawberry Julius


Source: Copykat

Orange Julius is a popular mall smoothie shop. As the name implies, it’s known for its signature orange smoothie, but it also offers a popular Strawberry Julius that you can whip up in no time.

53. Baskin Robbins Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie


Source: Copykat

Are you in the mood for something decadent? Recreate Baskin Robbins’ famous Reese’s peanut butter pie. It’s the very definition of rich.

54. Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake


Source: Copykat

If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, try this replica of Shoney’s hot fudge cake instead. Its ooey-gooey chocolate excess is to die for.

55. Steak and Shake Garlic Double Steakburger


Source: Copykat

Steak and Shake is known for its low prices, but making this delicious garlic double steakburger costs even less. All it needs is a milkshake to go with it.

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Put A Pickle In Your Beer For An Oddly Delicious Midwestern Experience



Everyone loves pickles in some form or fashion. There are so many things you can do with them. You can fry them, bake them in cupcakes, use the juice in your whiskey sours, and so much more. They just have an exquisite taste that tickles the tastebuds just the right way.

Pabst Blue Ribbon recently shared an Instagram photo of a dill pickle in a frosty PBR. This had us thinking, do people add pickles to beer all the time? Or was it a new creation?

The origin of the pickle-in-beer

Source: Instagram/oldoakleather

Supposedly, Midwesterners have been adding dill pickles to their beers for many years.

A South Dakota newspaper called Argus Leader, reported,

“Ordering a pickle in your beer in South Dakota is akin to ordering a side of ketchup or ranch with your french fries.”

A man named Jeremy Deutsch, who manages a bar named Cubby’s in Brookings, commented that the pickle beer trend actually came from something called the South Dakota martini. This drink was popular in the 1980s and contains lager, green olives, tomato juice, and of course, pickles.

Akin to the Bloody Mary, this is the perfect drink to wash down those hair-of-the-dog days.

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But don’t take our word for it, here’s what Brookings had to say when asked about the drink:

“We’ve had several people from out of state, just as you’re pouring a beer and adding pickles into it, ask what we’re putting in the beer,” Deutsch said in an interview. “It’s a regional thing at least in the Midwest — you have it in Minnesota and Nebraska sometimes — but it’s really a South Dakota niche, I think.”

Source: Pexels – Engin Akyurt

PBR being a fan of pickles in beer isn’t necessarily surprising. The company was originally founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have a few traditions that are special to their alcohol products.

DIY: How to make your own pickle beer

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We’re talking an extremely easy cocktail here folks. Just grab your favorite lager and a jar of pickles. Select an appropriate pickle spear and add it to the drink. Then sit back and enjoy the experience.

You might never drink beer the same way again. You can even introduce some of the other ingredients to make the South Dakota martini, if you are feeling extra spicy. That will require the ingredients listed above but shouldn’t take much more of your time as it is a relatively easy drink to concoct.

Apparently, this drink is so tasty that a Texas brewery had to jump in on the action.

Texas brewery introduces specialty beer made with Best Maid Pickle brine


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Even the Texans love pickles in their beer. Martin House Brewing Company located in Fort Worth, Texas, actually makes beer with pickles. The Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer (4.7% ABV, 3 IBU) is created with a very special ingredient- Best Maid’s dill pickling brine.

The salt totally changes the flavor of the drink, and we highly recommend you try it. Let’s be honest, is anyone surprised that people from Texas have already tried this concoction?



Source: Wide Open Eats

This drink really is a great new spin on classic IPA’s.

If you need a new thing to try, we highly recommend this specialty drink because of its overall taste and its ease of creation.

Let us know in the comments if you have other things you just casually toss in your alcohol!

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