Taste Test: Sweet Treats With Cereal

A large drinking glass filled with ice cream, marshmallow, strawberries, and other toppings.
Rook’s Halo Halo topped with Fruity Pebbles

Photograph by Tony Valainis

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Lolly Waffles
When you mix fluffy waffles with Cinnamon Toast Crunch like Bay Area Bistro (8395 E. 116th St., Fishers) does, you turn two classics into a sweet dynamic duo. Put it on a stick and drizzle it with caramel syrup, and it’s even better.

Saturday Morning Cartoons
This cocktail at Conner’s Kitchen + Bar (350 W. Maryland St., 317-405-6100) is made with vanilla-infused Hotel Tango vodka and Cocoa Puff cereal milk. With a few floating Cocoa Puffs and a sweep of demerara on top, it’s as satisfying as a lazy weekend in pajamas.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Mom was right. You should always eat the crust—especially when devouring this sweet final course at Shoefly Public House (122 East 22nd St., 317-283-5007), which covers a Cocoa Pebbles base with a mountain of peanut butter cheesecake.

Breakfast of Champions
Every layer of this sugar-cookie cream pie by Confectioneiress (80 Brendon Way, Zionsville, 317-873-0880) is sweetened with cereal. The buttercream filling is Cap’n Crunch–flavored, and the outside is rolled in the crunchy squares.

Fruity Pebble Treat Ice Cream Sandwich
TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth (8660 Purdue Rd., 317-744-9764) makes ice cream sandwiches even more fun by using Fruity Pebbles as bookends for the chilly dessert. It’s no wonder the owners are dental hygienists—they know a thing or two about a sweet tooth.

Halo Halo
Rook’s (501 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2293) version of this colorful Filipino crushed-ice dessert is showered with Fruity Pebbles. The elaborate presentation also includes ice cream, marshmallow, strawberries, pineapple, flan, and lemongrass milk, layered in a tall glass.