Why this TikTok video of Panera’s frozen mac and cheese goes viral

A video of mac and cheese being ready inside a kitchen at one Panera Bread location has shortly gained consideration on-line.

Whether or not you go to Panera for the recent baked breads, soup and seasonal salad or one other merchandise, like the favored mac and cheese, the menu on the fast-casual restaurant is understandably, ready shortly.


The corporate states on their web site that they “consider that good meals, meals you’ll be able to be ok with, can convey out one of the best in all of us,” however one former worker’s current social media put up has triggered some folks to query that notion.

TikTok person @briannaraelenee (Brianna Ramirez) posted the video “how Panera prepares mac and cheese” on the music and lip dubbing social media platform with the caption “exposing Panera” set to a person laughing.


The shell-shaped pasta with creamy cheese sauce comes from the freezer in a vacuum sealed bag, will get submerged into boiling water, eliminated, opened and plated.

On the time of publication, her video had greater than 945,000 likes and almost 9,000 feedback.

The feedback from different TikTok customers have been cut up.

PHOTO: In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, a Panera Bread store in Teterboro, N.J., is shown.Michael Brochstein/Sopa Photos/LightRocket by way of Getty Photos, FILE
On this Aug. 5, 2018, file picture, a Panera Bread retailer in Teterboro, N.J., is proven.

“That’s how most quick meals eating places put together the meals,” one individual stated, alluding to the prep work in order that the meals might be served scorching straight away.

“I imply… it’s nonetheless good,” one other replied.

However others appeared insensed by the notion of flash-freezing gadgets for constant cookery.


“For the worth that is dishonest from Panera, they’re only a nicely designed McDonald’s with luxurious costs,” somebody wrote.

The corporate didn’t instantly reply to ABC Information’ request for remark, however earlier informed The Washington Post, that they “confirmed the TikTok video’s authenticity.”

Panera Bread defended their product to The Washington Put up and stated the mac and cheese is, “made offsite with our proprietary recipe developed by our cooks.”


“It’s shipped frozen to our bakery cafes — this permits us to keep away from utilizing preservatives which don’t meet our clear requirements,” the corporate stated.

After the video went viral, the identical TikTok person posted a sequence of movies within the face of the backlash to defend the observe of heating frozen meals and delivered a tearful apology.

“I like my job, I am actually not making an attempt to get fired,” she stated.


She shared the information on Twitter on Friday that she misplaced her job, and claimed it was due to the unique put up.

When somebody replied asking how the restaurant discovered, she stated “it went viral on tik tok and ended up on the information the place I dwell.”

Panera has not commented on Ramirez’s employment standing.


Ramirez didn’t instantly reply to ABC Information’ request for remark.