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We’ve all seen those absolutely mouth-watering videos from Tasty on Facebook. We’re stuck staring at the screen, thinking to ourselves, “Oh my gosh, get in my belly,” as the food magically transforms into a fabulous dish in a matter of moments.

But how often does anyone actually try to make these culinary masterpieces? Are they really as easy as they make it look in those videos?

Enter Tara and Natalie. We tried out three different dishes from Tasty to see how realistic these recipes really are.

Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls

Recipe here.

This one seemed pretty straight-forward. We had a lot of fun mixing the ingredients by hand (no, really), and it only took about five or ten minutes to prep. Then we just had to put them in the oven and wait.

Soon we could smell the garlic and mozzarella, and our stomachs started rumbling. As soon as we opened the oven, we could tell we did something right. They looked pretty much the same as in the Tasty video, and pulling them apart was just as satisfying as you could imagine. Plus, they tasted bomb.


Fajita-Stuffed Chicken

Recipe here.

This one was much more time-intensive. This was definitely a recipe that was really helpful to have two sets of hands for, because we could start prepping for the next step while the other was still working.

*SUPER IMPORTANT* Make sure you buy chicken breasts, not chicken breast tenders. Because then you can’t actually stuff the chicken. Not that we would know. Because we definitely didn’t do that… (Okay maybe we did. But like a Project Runway designer, we made it work.)

Everything was smooth sailing until it was time to stuff the chicken. All but two of the tenders were too small to stuff. We did our best, but it was impossible to “reseal” the chicken like the recipe says to do. After that, we abandoned the idea of cooking the chicken with the peppers and onions.


The recipe says that you’re supposed to cook the breasts for five minutes on each side, but we’re calling bullsh*t. It probably took our little tenders that long to cook, so there’s no way that a full chicken breast could actually cook in that amount of time.

So once all of our baby chickens were cooked, we just threw the pepper and onion mixture on top. Tasted just as good with half the effort. The mixture might have benefited from warming up a little while the chicken was cooking, but it still tasted great.


Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Pinwheels

Recipe here.

This was by far the most ambitious recipe we tried. Everything was going pretty well until we had to roll the sheet up. Everything just got all mixed together, and we said adios to those nice, defined layers you see in the Tasty video. The problem was that we didn’t wait long enough for the sheet to cool down enough so that it wouldn’t melt. But we didn’t know that, because it wasn’t in the instructions!! *GASP* How inconsiderate.

We popped it in the fridge and waited. After it had chilled for a few hours, it was time to see what our, uh, creation turned out like. Unwrapping the thing turned out to be more difficult than expected.


But none of that mattered when we got a taste. It was fabulous. The visuals hardly even mattered anymore. 


Even though there were minor technical difficulties and the dishes weren’t all that pretty, they still tasted delicious. 10/10 would make Tasty recipes again.





Natalie started as Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus Santa Clara in the fall of 2014. She is a senior English major, and no, she doesn't want to be a teacher. If she has any free time, chances are you'll find her reading with a cup of tea at her side or lying in bed binge-watching Netflix. 
Tara Karanik is a sophomore student at Santa Clara University. In between late night studying for her Chemistry and History double major, her hobbies include binge watching puppy videos and Netflix. She is addicted to coffee and will most likely say she needs more coffee throughout the day. She has truly found a home at Santa Clara and looks forward to many more adventures as a Bronco.
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