You’ve Seen the TikToks, But What Is Cloud Bread?

As Oprah Winfrey once said, “I love bread.” And so do I! It’s hard not to, what with it being the so-called “staff of life” and everything. Bread is extremely versatile and comes in countless forms, including in a basket before your meal at The Cheesecake Factory. But of course, bread has a dark secret that has increasingly banished it from the health-conscious plate—namely, it’s high in carbs. Yes, those damnable carbohydrates are everywhere in our beloved bread, and if you’re on certain diets, you must eschew this food item. However, the desire for bread still persists. How else are you supposed to make a sandwich—wrapped in lettuce? As someone who has had countless globs of mayo and mustard drip onto my clothes from a romaine-wrapped burger, I can confirm this is not a great alternative. 

Enter cloud bread, a bread substitute that’s popular on TikTok (here’s a cloud bread TikTok as an example). It’s easy to make, tasty, and best of all, carb free. Let’s do a little cloud gazing and learn more about this viral treat. 

What is cloud bread?

This carb-free bread sub is having a real moment on social media. However, while its originator is unknown, it was probably created during the rise of the Atkins Diet in the ‘80s. It’s “bread” made with eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and some spices. That’s it! 

You can use cloud bread as an alternative for bread when making sandwiches, toast, and even French onion soup, with none of the carbs or gluten. 

How do you make cloud bread?

The food blog A Spicy Perspective has a simple, step-by-step process for creating cloud bread, but here’s a rundown: First, make sure you have the cloud bread ingredients—eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar—and a mixer. Mix the egg whites and cream of tartar until it becomes meringue. Then, mix the softened cream cheese with the yolks, add seasonings, combine with the meringue, and bake. The result, if done correctly, should taste surprisingly like bread, with none of the carbs. Of course, if you’re on a dairy-free diet, this is probably not the recipe for you.

Keep in mind that some recipes call for sugar or other sweet ingredients as part of the seasonings. If you want cloud bread that tastes less sweet, you should avoid these ingredients in favor of something like garlic powder.

Where to buy cloud bread?

While TikTok cloud bread videos typically focus on how to make this”bread,” those who aren’t so confident in the kitchen may be wondering where they can purchase such a thing. Well, there are, in fact, commercial retailers that make this product, so you may be able to find it at your local grocery store. If you can’t, ship their cloud breads (note that they use baking soda and baking powder instead of cream of tartar). 

Now you’re a cloud bread pro (or at least, you will be once you make some). Let us know how it turns out!

About the Author

Matt Crowley

Matt Crowley is a comedy writer living in Los Angeles. He likes maple-flavored snacks, loves every kind of cheese, and is slowly learning to accept mushrooms.

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