A few months back, I visited a 7-11 for the very first time and I saw this really interesting candy called "Crunchkins", which are basically like Whoppers candy except there are some circular candies flavored like birthday cake, others tasting like a brownie, and still others tasting like a glazed donut.
I have never seen such an interesting flavor of candies before and my initial idea was to make an ice cream out of them but then I realized that would be way too sweet, so I decided to make a tofu meatloaf with them and the flavors they represent(you know, actual cake, brownies, and donuts).
I found it really interesting that the exterior of the Crunchkins melted in the oven, leaving the crunchy interiors of all the candies. If this isn't the sweetest meatloaf I've ever made, it's probably the most indulgent. YOLO!
I also find it fascinating that when I make dessert meatloaves the end result is usually a flattened, rectangular pancake. Still tasty, nonetheless!
The only glazed donut holes I could find were pumpkin spice flavored since this is October after all, so there was a little pumpkin spice flavor in the meatloaf too. I didn't taste much birthday cake flavor though but to be fair, I only used birthday cake flavored soda and not actual cake in this meatloaf.
My dad definitely didn't try this meatloaf as it had chocolate in it.
Birthday Cake Soda: www.jonessoda.com/collections/jones-beverages/products/limited-edition-birthday-cake-soda-12-pk
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the meatloaf:
2/3 tbsp. onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/2 cup birthday cake soda(see HELPFUL LINK)
3.5 oz. bag Crunchkin candies(probably can find it at a 7-11)
2-4 packs Entemann's brownie bites
1/2 cup's worth of crumbled, glazed donut holes
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 pound chopped, drained, crumbled up, firm tofu
1. Put the first 4 ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Crumble up the brownie bites into a breadcrumb consistency and put them in the large bowl, along with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Mix all the ingredients up until you get a firm mixture.
4. Spray a lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray and form 2 loaves from the meatloaf mixture.
5. Bake the meatloaves in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40-45 minutes.