welcome to Delicious or distressing, where we rate recent memes, videos, and other food news. Last week we looked Chrissy Teigen allegedly plagiarized a fancy boxed cake mix.
If you’ve walked through life thinking that the anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers of Blue’s clues weren’t worth your brain space, think again. Valiant TikToker @munchy_monk has provided us with a surprisingly compelling retrospective analysis of Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper’s ethnic origins, and it’s as much a reminder of basic genomics as it is a gripping tale of infidelity and marital woes. How could salt and pepper together produce baby paprika, he postulates, if not for an extramarital affair? The twists and turns (not to mention the breadth of Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper’s extensive family tree) may shock you.
In culinary events beyond early children’s television, 1975’s Matty Healy nibbled on a piece of raw meat (or so he’d like you to think) on stage during a concert. Equally remarkable: a candle that looks and smells like a jar of pickles and pie crust in the shape of a skinned human face.
You know when you see something and you’re so taken aback, you don’t really know how to feel? That’s how I and everyone else in Madison Square Garden felt last Monday, watching 1975’s Matty Healy kneel shirtless on stage and gnaw on a piece of raw steak in the middle of the band’s gig. Was it really raw meat? ! (For what it’s worth: No, I don’t think so…he was biting into it way too easily.) What was the intention here? Was it a jump scare? Was it supposed to trigger a deep, primal attraction? The whole thing felt wild at its rawest – off balance in a vaguely sexy way. And, once people got over the shock factor, some audience members found Healy eating the (un)raw meat as positively delicious as Healy seemed to find the meat himself. Unfortunately, this 1975 writer and fan was not (entirely) one of them. My unsolicited verdict? Mildly delicious, mostly distressing. 3.5/5 painful —Megan Wahn, Associate Business Writer
Food-scented candles are a hot marketing gimmick right now. The last: a realistic pickle jar from the 80-year-old supermarket brand Vlasic, made in partnership with candle manufacturer Candier. Most food companies playing the scented candle game tend to disguise their water as Swedish meatballs Where burger-and-fries duo inside the bohemian-looking types of jars you’d expect to find in a Montauk candle shop. So I respect that Vlasic really leaned into the whole pickle thing; her candle jar is filled with realistic whole dills floating in a clear wax brine. Unfortunately, the smell would be just as accurate. Anyone who’s burned their nostrils after stuffing them into a jar of vinegar pickles knows these pungent boys are made for eating, not sniffing. 2.5/5 sorry. —Ali Francis, Editor
Have you ever looked at your baked Brie and wondered, “I wish this was a more haunting experience?” Please let me introduce you Baby Baked Brie. The humanoid crust on this appetizer – with eyes that stare deep into your soul and a mouth lined with dough teeth that could perhaps take a bite out of you – is one of many terrifying pie crusts occupying a very specific corner of TikTok: #facepie. Here, you’ll find fruit pies (usually cherries or mixed berries) bleeding red from every orifice as they come out hot and bubbling from the oven. They appeared in huge numbers on my For You page in October, but home bakers make them all year. Given that my last five-star reading was Tender is my flesh and I still want for a fourth season of Hannibal, I can stand these scary pies, but I understand why some videos come with trigger warnings. 5/5 painful. —Esra Erol, Senior Social Media Manager
voice stefon: This video has it all. Anthropomorphism of spices. A shocking cheating allegation for healthy and well-being characters on a beloved TV show. A dive into the history and origin of various spices, accompanied by a punnet square. Then, finally, catharsis: TikToker @munchy_monk convincingly claims that Blue’s cluesit’s Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper could indeed give birth, without implying infidelity, to differently colored spices such as Sage and Ginger. I even hate to waste it because the trip was worth watching a particularly long TikTok, something I pretty much never say. This is internet culture at its finest. 5/5 delicious — Serena Dai, Editorial Director