An employee of Panera Bread spilled the chain's not-so-secret trade secret about its signature mac and cheese on TikTok. But the viral fame may have cost her the job.
In a quick clip filmed behind the counter, TikTok user @ Brianannaraelenee dips a frozen package of Panera & # 39; s white cheddar mac & cheese in hot water, pulls it out and empties the steaming bag into a bowl before serving it.
It's not exactly a surprising reveal – how else would the chain have made its creamy, dreamy mac-and-cheese that always tastes the same in more than 2,1
clips earned almost 950,000 likes on the app. But in another video, the user shared tearfully that she had been fired from her job.
CNN reached out to a Twitter account related to the TikTok user and is waiting to hear back.
A spokesperson for Panera told CNN that the company does not comment on personnel matters, but assures that the meals are shipped frozen so that they can exclude certain preservatives that do not meet the company's pure standards.
"Mac and cheese is made off-site with our in-house recipe developed by our chefs and uses our ingredients that meet our standards for our clean menu offerings," said the spokesman.
The item is prepared every day as ordered, said It is available on the shelves of grocery stores for diners to swallow at home, even if that version is not frozen.