If you frequent TikTok, you might have seen a viral video going around of someone “exposing” how Panera Bread makes their mac & cheese. 

To fill you in, the video shows individual frozen packages of noodles being dropped into a vat of boiling water before being put into a bowl. 

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It’s garnered nearly a million likes and six million views on the app, with many people in the comments expressing their shock at the method for cooking the meal. In case you haven’t seen it, you can watch the video below. 


After the user @briannaraelenee’s video went viral, she posted a few TikTok saying she was “not trying to get fired”. She also received some backlash for people saying that it shouldn’t be surprising that fast-food chains do not make food fresh. The user responded, saying she wasn’t saying anyone shouldn’t eat the mac & cheese and that it’s “perfectly fine.”

Then, in a follow up TikTok, she confirmed she got fired from Panera Bread for posting the video on TikTok.

A Panera spokeswoman has confirmed to USA Today that the soups and mac & cheese is frozen to “ avoid using certain preservatives that do not meet our clean standards.” 

"We want to make sure that if you're in Massachusetts or California or in any one of our 2,100 locations that you get that same awesome experience," she said. “This is how we are efficient and how we make it consistent. We want that experience to be great, and that's the best way to do it."

The spokesperson did not comment to USA Today about the employee being fired. USA Today was also unable to receive comment from the alleged former employee. 

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Back in August, Panic! At The Disco put their own spin on the viral “Mr. Sandman” Cat TikTok trend. 

According to BuzzFeed, the trend started with 17-year-old Jade Taylor-Ryan and her cat Ed.

Her 12-second video is set to the 1954 song “Mr. Sandman” and features nine wonderful frames of Ed clapping, twirling and peering into her phone’s camera.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the video below.

The video quickly went viral across multiple social media platforms with people adding their own takes to the video.

Now, it looks like Panic! At The Disco are jumping on board with their own “Mr. Sandman” nine-frame video featuring the one and only Beebo.

The post is appropriately captioned with, “What dreams (or nightmares) are made of.”

Check out the PATD take on the viral fad below!
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