While we may not be able to spare every Saturday morning for cartoons and never-ending bowls of high-sugar cereals, adulthood wouldn’t be complete without a decent dose of nostalgia. To indulge your inner 8-year-old, we’ve compiled a handful of cereal-themed desserts for those days on which adulting proves a bit too daunting.
This decadent destination has become a hot spot among ice cream lovers citywide. The make-your-own ice cream sandwich station allows guests to customize their ideal sandwich iterations by incorporating breakfast food favorites like cornflake crunch and Cocoa Crispies onto the rich ice cream. Choose from gooey cookies in flavors like snickerdoodle, brown butter chocolate chip, and oatmeal. 75 E. Fourth St., 917-475-1812; 75 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, 347-599-0556
For a Fruity Pebbles take without the, well, Fruity Pebbles themselves, The Anthony’s pastry chef, Ashton Warren, mimics the flavor of the famous cereal by using lime and orange zest in pie crust—a combination she discovered years ago that comes remarkably close to the a.m. fave’s original flavor profile. Topped with a crumble and a citrus meringue, the dessert is a housemade delicacy evoking memories of more playful times. 183 Bleecker St., 212-804-7771
The beloved Black Tap boasts a Flintstones-inspired Bam Bam Shake that uses real Fruity Pebbles. The rim, which is frosted with vanilla and sprinkled with the colorful cereal, is topped with the addition of a Fruity Pebbles Krispy Treat, a strawberry Pop Tart, and the ever-popular and crunchy Nerds Rope. A hefty dose of whipped cream, a dash of Fruity Pebbles, and a bright red cherry garnish the already over-the-top concoction. 529 Broome St., 917-639-3089
Artfully merging fashion and food, Kith Treats is fast becoming an NYC icon for creative collaboration and inimitable dessert presentations. Their second location, situated within the Nike x Kith Shop, offers customers an immersive experience and a chance to snack on sophisticated desserts with a stylish flair. Flavor combinations, like Air Max 1 (Cocoa Krispies, crushed Oreos, chocolate cake crunch, and chocolate milk) and Air Force 1 (Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, mini marshmallows, and whole milk) infuse various ice creams with fun, childlike ingredients. 644 Broadway, 646-648-6285
At Schmackary’s, the noticeable theme is nostalgia. Cereal plays a starring role in the bakery’s desserts—from the Cereal Killer cookie with a sugar cookie base featuring marshmallows and assorted fruity cereal and marshmallow fluff, to the “Lucky Charmed,” a vanilla sugar cookie base blended with cereal marshmallows and sprinkled with marshmallow cereal pieces and marshmallow frosting. But they don’t stop there—signature, housemade Krispie Treats come ready-made in familiar flavors ranging from Toast Crunch and Crunch Berry to Apple Jacked. 362 W. 45th St., 646-801-9866