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How to Make Crème Brûlée if You’re Too High to Use a Blowtorch

How to Make Crème Brûlée if You’re Too High to Use a Blowtorch

It’s a staple of ritzy dessert menus at restaurants across the world. It’s a creamy, caramelized, mouth-based badge of honor for fancy boys and girls across the land. It basically takes what would otherwise be a goddamn Snack Pack and elevates it into a rich, custardy ambrosia. It’s crème brûlée and it’s basically the perfect dessert. If you just want normal-ass pudding, that’s fine, I guess. Sure, you might think it makes you a man of the people, but really it just means you should leave your house and keep walking until you hit the ocean because you need to dunk your face in the water and wake the hell up. There’s a better way to eat pudding. There’s a way to eat pudding where you’re not eating pudding at all. You’re actually jury-rigging it into crème brûlée with a simple trick that is currently blowing up the Twittersphere. And the best part? Even if you’re baked out of your gourd right now, on 4/20, you can handle this simple trick.

This life-changing dessert hack first came to our attention via RocketNews24, and now we can never go back to eating standard pudding ever again. Most cookbooks recommend that you use a handheld blowtorch to caramelize a layer of delicious sugar to give crème brûlée its deliciously crispy golden top layer, but Twitter user @PRpy8veMpF3rf67 has effectively changed the game with a few simple household tools.

  • Step 1: Remove the lid from your pudding cup
  • Step 2: Sprinkle granulated sugar on top of said pudding
  • Step 3: Turn on the burner on your stove and hold a spoon in the open flame for several seconds to heat it up
  • Step 4: Press the heated spoon to the top of your pudding and watch dessert magic
  • Step 5: Use a different spoon and enjoy that Michelin star-worthy sweet.

IMPORTANT WARNING: The spoon you use to caramelize the sugar will be incredibly hot. Too hot to put in your mouth. Like so hot that it will cause you bodily harm, and you’ll burn your taste buds off so you won’t even be able to enjoy your sweet treat in the first place. For this reason, I recommend buying two spoons. If you’ve been living in a single-spoon household, then look buddy, I don’t want to judge, but allow me to blow your mind by doubling your spoon quotient.

Try this trick at home (preferably not baked out of your mind; maybe save that for right before you eat it), and let us know how it goes in the comments below. What other fancy dessert lifehacks do you like? Share them with us too!

Featured image: Flickr/Seabamirum

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