WATCH: People are amazed and confused by TikTok’s Sprite pie
A pie shell with an entire can of Sprite dumped in the centre are the main ingredients for this viral recipe by a TikTok user named @kitchentools.
In the oven, the dessert transforms from a puddle of liquid and sugar into a deliciously golden pie with a gooey, caramalised filling and, of course, that iconic hint of lemonade flavouring associated with Sprite.
From popular Youtubers to TikTok chefs, everyone has been hopping onto the trend to test out whether the seemingly impossible concoction of ingredients will bake into something edible. It’s similar to a recipe derived from the Depression Era in America called “water pie” that also uses pantry staples, like sugar, butter and water.
During these tough times, there was a scarcity of food and ingredients like cocoa and certain fruits were hard to come by. Thus, making do with what was on hand and being creative in the kitchen was the only solution.
Emmy Eats, one of the YouTubers to test out the trend was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Allowing the delicately soupy mixture to set in the refrigerator, she enjoyed a slice, stating that it tasted similar to a sugar cookie with a strong vanilla and buttery flavour coming through.
Frozen pie crust (thawed)
1 can of Sprite
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tbs vanilla extract
5 tbs butter (grated)
4 tbs flour
Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Combine the sugar and four together in a bowl and stir until well combined.
Pour the entire can of sprite into your pie crust.
Using a spoon, gradually add the sugar and flour mixture to your pie crust, sprinkling it evenly over the sprite.
Spoon over the vanilla extract.
Add the grated butter to the pie, so that it covers most of the mixture evenly.
Bake for 30 minutes at 200ºC and then reduce the temperature to 135ºC and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Allow the pie to cool at room temperature and then place in the fridge for at least an hour.
Slice and enjoy.
What could “Sprite Noodles” taste like?
TikTok is the social media platform of the hour, and for good reason. With bite-size videos full of funny and engaging content, what’s not to like? We especially love the creative food ideas people come up with, like the McDonald’s apple pie hack and the recipe for making pillowy cloud bread, because they let people share ways to make already tasty food even more delicious!
The latest food hack to go viral on TikTok in China is a noodle recipe using a popular, spicy Korean-style instant ramen known as Shin Ramen. It caught the eye of our Japanese language reporter P.K. Sanjun, who, as you know, considers himself a foodie. They call it 雪碧拌面, but for P.K., who doesn’t speak Chinese, it was hard to judge what kind of dish it was based on the meaning of the characters alone–a combination of “snow”, “blue”, and “lo mein”–, so he did a quick Google search to get an idea of what to expect.
Unfortunately, all the results came back in Chinese, so that didn’t really help. P.K. had eaten dishes with Chinese egg noodles before, so he had an idea of what to expect from the “lo mein” part of the name, perhaps. But where do the “snow” and “blue” come in? P.K. asked fellow reporter Takashi Harada, who knows a little bit of Chinese, and it turns out that 雪碧 is simply the Chinese name for Sprite.
So 雪碧拌面 is just “Sprite Noodles”, nothing fancy about the name. But does that mean it’s a noodle dish made with…Sprite? And…and spicy ramen??
Learning this, P.K. just had to try making it, because what could that possibly taste like?
Here’s the recipe for Sprite Noodles:
● 1 package of Shin Ramen
● 1 clove of garlic
● 1 chili pepper
● 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
● Green onion, to taste
● Cilantro, to taste
● 1/2 cucumber
● 2 slices of lemon
● Zhenjiang vinegar, to taste
● Soy sauce, to taste
● Cooking oil, to taste
● 200 milliliters (6.8 ounces) of Sprite
1. Slice the cucumber into strips, then finely chop the onions, cilantro, garlic, and chili pepper.
2. Add the garlic, chili pepper, sesame seeds, and half the powder soup into a bowl.
3. Warm up some oil in a pan, then pour it over the spices in the bowl.
4. Add the Sprite.
5. Add your desired amount of Zhenjiang vinegar and soy sauce and mix well.
6. Boil the noodles, then cool in ice water.
7. Add the noodles to the bowl, then top with cucumbers, onions, cilantro, and lemon slices.
And that’s it! Though P.K. found that warming up oil in a pan before adding it to the spices was an interesting technique, he was, of course, most curious about what the Sprite would add to the flavor. Wouldn’t it be too sweet? Wouldn’t the carbonation be weird? Slightly nervous, P.K. scooped up some noodles and hesitantly slurped them up…
It was actually really good!
It wasn’t sweet at all, and there was somehow no carbonation at all, either. It just tasted like a normal broth, albeit a really tasty one. It actually still had a pretty spicy aftertaste, too. P.K. would never have guessed that it had Sprite in it at all if he hadn’t put it in himself.
In fact, P.K. thought that this cold noodle dish was pretty close to cold noodles he’d eaten in Shangai. Though he’d used Korean-style instant ramen to make it, the Zhenjiang vinegar really gave the dish a Chinese flair that was really quite tasty. P.K. had to admit it lacked a certain depth of flavor and umami, but for a TikTok hack, it was actually pretty good.
Cold noodles dishes are some of the best things to eat to stay cool in summer–just ask our other reporter Go Hatori, who’s devised an expert way to beat the heat with cold noodles. So why not give “Sprite Noodles” a try yourself while it’s still hot outside? The mixture of spicy flavors and cold temperatures is sure to make you forget the heat!
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Once again, TikTok made me do it.
While aimlessly scrolling through the app one night, I chanced upon a recipe that suggested adding Sprite to your Indomie to give it a little pizzaz. Intriguing.
my Asian mum-in-law just taught me how to make dry ramen correctly. #asianmuminlaw♬ original sound - Asian Mum-In-Law Hacks
As if it were a sign from the heavens, I just happened to have a bottle of Sprite and a packet of Indomie at home, so I knew I had to try it out.
- One packet of Indomie Mi Goreng Special Instant Noodles
- Cooking oil
- Chopped garlic
- Chopped chilli
- Soya sauce
1. Cook the noodles in boiled water.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the noodle seasoning, chopped chilli and garlic.
3. Boil the oil and add it to the mix. Give it a good stir.
4. Add the Sprite while the oil is still hot.
5. Add soya sauce and vinegar before dunking in the noodles.
6. Give it another good mix and slurp away!
As no exact measurements were given, I tried eyeballing the ingredients and made rough estimates based on the video.
The result: A stomach ache
I need to be honest — I suffered from a horrible stomach ache after polishing off the whole bowl of noodles.
Whether it was the combination of Sprite and chilli or the unhealthy amount of oil used, something just didn't sit right with my digestive system and I was writhing in pain the whole night.
However, it may just be me. I chanced upon another TikTok of someone else trying out the recipe and he had no complaints.
This may sound weird but I actually felt that the pain I experienced was in vain. Hear me out — while the overall result tasted surprisingly edible, its flavours and textures didn't quite live up to my expectations and came off as rather unexciting.
For one, the explosive fizziness that erupted once I poured the Sprite into the hot oil gave me the impression that the dish too would have some sort of bubbly element. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and the sauce ended up having the same consistency as a bowl of watery instant noodle soup.
To be frank, all the Sprite did was make the dish a tad bit sweeter than usual. So if you have a sweet tooth, this may be something up your alley. Otherwise, I recommend just sticking to your regular Indomie.
In today’s TikTok food news, users on the popular platform have recently been sharing videos of a new trendy snack that’s perfect for summer and the warm weather that comes with it, and is super easy to make.
This latest viral recipe of the moment is called honey jelly, and it basically entails popping some honey in the freezer for a few hours until it boasts a jelly-like consistency. One of the first honey jelly TikToks was posted by a user who goes by the handle @random.videoslmaooo. “Basically you just freeze honey,” she states in a video shared earlier this month.
The TikToker begins by pouring about two tablespoons of honey into an empty water bottle. “I put the cap on,” she explains as she stores the bottle in her freezer upside down. “Some people leave it to freeze for a whole day, but I’m only going to freeze it for two hours.”
After only one hour had passed, the TikToker retrieved her bottle from the freezer and gave it a try. The honey’s syrup-like texture was no more, because it had begun to solidify after just an hour in the freezer. Instead, it was more like jelly, and tough enough so the TikToker could bite off one piece at a time.
“Oh my god, I love this,” she exclaimed as she took a taste. “This is so nice.”
While it’s hard to imagine that the honey tastes any different after its trip to the freezer, the texture clearly changes, and the fact that the honey is now cool makes it an ideal sweet treat for a hot summer day.
As with many viral TikTok recipes, there are now dozens of versions of honey jelly on the platform. In a clip shared earlier this week, TikToker @jonathan._.linares makes regular honey jelly and also whips up a batch in which he combined honey and blueberry Jell-O powder to create, you guessed it, blueberry honey jelly.
While it took Jonathan’s honey more than an hour to freeze, the final products were clearly worth it. Though the regular honey jelly was “so good,” Jonathan was really impressed with the blueberry version and its bright blue-green hue. “This one came out so much better,” he gushed.
This trick also works well with flavored honey — like the ever-popular Mike’s Hot Honey or some classy Brown Butter Truffle Honey from Truffle Shuffle — and others have tried it with corn syrup instead. While the corn syrup doesn’t seem to freeze as well, the final product is still pretty cool, especially if you add some food coloring to create a vibrant treat.
Will you be whipping up some honey jelly this weekend?
Frozen honey is TikTok's trendiest summer treat — but can it make you sick?
When we think of honey, we think of cold-weather comforts — a drizzle on a steaming bowl of oatmeal or a spoonful in a hot cup of tea. Does honey have a place in the warm weather? According to TikTok, yes — in "frozen" form.
It's a trend that's going viral this summer for its chilly sweetness: Videos under the hashtag #FrozenHoney have over 826 million collective views.
Davey RZ, one of the first TikTokers to post about the treat, said he was struck with the idea to freeze honey in a bottle and eat it like a popsicle when he came across a video of someone eating a jelly-like frozen substance squeezed from a bottle.
"I tried to look for that recipe and ingredients but I could never find it anywhere," he told me. "There were no YouTube videos on the recipe and nothing was showing up when I was Googling it."
The rest … is sweet history.
"I keep my honey in the fridge," he said. "So when I tried squeezing it out to try and make the jelly, I noticed it had the same effect I saw on YouTube. I threw the bottle of honey in the freezer and boom — I discovered the secret to making frozen honey jelly."
And this "frozen honey jelly" has boomed across TikTok. Across the app, there are videos of different variations on the trend, from vibrant versions dyed with food coloring to sweet treats made by switching out honey for corn syrup and adding flavoring like powdered drink mix.
But Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, told NBC News there are some risks to trying the sweet trend.
"Honey is great, but having it in small amounts to sweeten is really a healthy relationship with food," said Kirkpatrick. "Using it to get a lot of followers and a lot of attention and having it in excess amounts is crazy."
According to the experts interviewed by NBC News, consuming high amounts of honey can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramping, bloating and other adverse effects.
Kirkpatrick said about 1 in 3 people have dietary fructose intolerance, also called fructose malabsorption, which means the cells in the intestines don't absorb fructose the way they should, causing gastrointestinal distress.
There's also a small risk of botulism for those who try the trend with raw honey, not to mention the possibility that the sticky substance could hurt people's teeth, cause cavities and pull out fillings.
Against my better judgment, I decided to try the "frozen" honey trend at home, adding honey straight from my bear squeeze bottle to a small plastic water bottle and tossing it in the freezer for a few hours.
When it was time to squeeze the honey up from the bottle, I was surprised at how hard it was to get the cold, sticky substance moving upward.
"You have to bang it on the counter to loosen it up," said my tween daughter, who has apparently been studying the trend on TikTok for weeks.
She was right: Once I gave the bottle a few taps on my countertop, it was much easier to squeeze.
I must admit, once I bit into the frozen honey, I … didn't get it? It was cold honey, and not completely frozen, just thicker and more chilled.
I'm happy to report that I didn't experience any tummy troubles due to my test run, but I probably won't be making it again. You can thank me for trying it so you don't have to.
EDITOR'S NOTE (Aug. 9, 2021, 1:52 p.m. EST): This article has been updated with information about the health risks of frozen honey.
Terri Peters is a writer and editor for TODAY.com. She lives in a small beach town on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband and two kids. When she isn't writing, she can be found at the beach or exploring Florida's theme parks with her family.
Does This TikTok Hack Really Make Ginger Ale?
Everyone loves a good hack. Show us a quick fix that makes our lives even a little bit easier — bonus points if it's delivered in an entertaining way — and we'll give you all the social media love. TikTok user crawking has one for the masses. In one of his high-energy videos, he claims "I was today years old when I learned that when you mix just a splash of Coke with Sprite ... you get ginger ale."
But, does the hack work? Let's examine the evidence. First, there's the color, presumably of the two sodas mixed together. In the post, crawking flashes the camera the contents of his cup and says, "Bro, look at the color, just look at the color." That color looks darker than ginger ale, so that doesn't exactly track. But, up next on the evidence block is the cooking apron crawking is wearing in the video coupled with the fact that he is in what looks like an industrial storeroom, both suggesting that he may work in some professional restaurant capacity, potentially making him a good expert on the subject matter. Lastly, he's wearing glasses, and, frankly, who wouldn't trust someone wearing glasses?
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NUDeclassified: Who’s TikTok famous on campus?
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TikTok surged in popularity during quarantine and some Northwestern students found stardom with it. Listen to Northwestern TikTok creators talk about what inspires them, what they create and what went viral.
ALI MCCADDEN: You just heard a sound that Medill sophomore Talia Schulhof made back in August. After TikTok users started using the sound to go along with a new dance, the sound blew up.
TALIA SCHULHOF: Jason Derulo did this dance. China Anne McClain did this dance. It was absolutely crazy, like new people doing it every day and I couldn’t fathom the influence that this sound had.
ALI MCCADDEN: From The Daily Northwestern, I’m Ali McCadden. This is NU Declassified, a look into how Wildcats thrive and survive at Northwestern.
ALI MCCADDEN: If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being on campus so far it’s that Northwestern students love TikTok. I’ve seen people making TikToks at Norris, at the dining halls, in their rooms. It’s everywhere. But have you ever wondered who’s really TikTok famous on campus? I sat down with three Northwestern TikTok creators and got an inside look into what inspires them, what they create and what went viral.
ASHLEY XU: I think it was high school sophomore year, I ran across a video, it was a Vine — RIP Vine — but it was by Zach King. He’s a magician, but with video edits. I was really inspired by him. I thought what he did was super cool. And I decided to Google, “How do you do this effect?” and a ton of tutorials popped up and that’s how I started creating videos.
ALI MCCADDEN: That’s Communication freshman Ashley Xu. Ashley’s TikTok page has nearly 350,000 followers and over 10 million likes. Her content started off with art videos but has since evolved into cinematography with killer transitions and commercial-style videos.
ASHLEY XU: I was inspired by another creator on the platform. Her handle is @gracewellsphoto. She’s amazing. But she started a series on her page where she would create little commercials for random objects that she finds within her house. So I ran across one of those videos, and thought like, “I should try doing this. I think I know how, this seems fun, and it’d be good practice since I’m stuck at home anyway.” So I did. I made a commercial for a clock. And it did moderately well. But what ended up happening was, she saw the video and then she reached out to me asking if she could post it to her Instagram story and give me like a little bit of a shout out. So obviously, I agreed. It was such a nice gesture on her part. But after that happened, I started getting DMs on my Instagram asking if I did commissions or collaborations. And that’s how I got my very first client.
ALI MCCADDEN: And who was your first client?
ASHLEY XU: It was a makeup brand called BrowsPop.That was my very first official client work. Before that I’d never done actual commercials before. I’d only done little promotions for local nonprofits, like that was all just volunteer work. And then all this TikTok stuff was the first time I actually went into like, officially working with like a client and with contracts and etc.
ALI MCCADDEN: Most recently, Ashley had a can of Sprite sitting in her dorm room from her flight to Chicago to move to campus. On Feb. 7 she posted a TikTok commercial for the Sprite can. Since then the video has accumulated over 4 million likes and nearly 16 million views. I asked her about the level of response she’s received on the video.
ASHLEY XU: It’s definitely been a little overwhelming especially since I definitely didn’t expect the video to do as well as it did, but it’s also proved to be an amazing opportunity for me to connect with other creators and collaborate with businesses who need promotional videos done.
ALI MCCADDEN: Another student, Communication senior Lauren Tran, has found success on TikTok through her Northwestern-themed content and her role as a campus TikTok rep.
LAUREN TRAN: One of my friends had sent me the job link to the TikTok rep position as a joke. None of my friends were into TikTok a couple years ago, and I was like, super into it. So my friend was like “Haha, like this would be so funny if you did this,” and I applied and I got an interview. And then I found out I got the position.
ALI MCCADDEN: So besides the clout, what exactly does being a TikTok rep entail?
LAUREN TRAN: When I first got this job, it was pre-COVID, so there was a big emphasis on events on campus where we would give out merch. We had like TikTok t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, things like that, and we would ask people “Hey, make a TikTok and we’ll give you a t-shirt” or something like that. Now that it’s remote, over the summer, there was more of an emphasis on just creating different content that would make people feel engaged with Northwestern. And this fall when it was remote again, it was, again, the emphasis on connecting people to Northwestern and posting about Northwestern and getting the student orgs to post things on TikTok as part of their PR plans.
ALI MCCADDEN: Lauren has over 150,000 likes on her page, many of which come from a video she posted in October of clips of Northwestern with the song “Campus” by Vampire Weekend playing in the background. The video has over 200,000 views.
LAUREN TRAN: I was really excited to see a lot of people who are freshmen who were like “Hey, I can’t be on campus, but I really love seeing this tour because it makes me want to be there so badly,” or people who are, I think high school seniors, were like “Oh my gosh, I didn’t even realize Northwestern looks like that and like now I want to apply there.” So I was very excited to be able to feel like I had some kind of influence on people who are younger than me, because I really love Northwestern, so I love being able to share that with other people who are excited to be here as well.
ALI MCCADDEN: Does that remix sound familiar? It was created by our last TikTok star on campus that I spoke with: Medill sophomore Talia Schulhof. Talia got her big break in March with a video of her face morphing into the woman from the Education Connection commercials. Now, she has over 200,000 followers and nearly 6 million likes. She’s found her niche through the world of TikTok sounds.
TALIA SCHULHOF: The unique part about TikTok is that sounds loop together videos, and it’s the same way that a hashtag might. I loved seeing funny new sounds that people would create, and there were a bunch of them that I wanted to hear and instead of waiting for someone else to create it, I thought I would just make them myself.
ALI MCCADDEN: One of Talia’s first viral sounds to blow up happened in June when she remixed “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj with the Jewish ceremonial song Hava Nagila.
TALIA SCHULHOF: The funny part is that although it did get picked up by Jewish TikTok and all the Jews were like going crazy, they thought it was so funny, a lot of people that aren’t Jewish were using it not knowing the background of the song, and I think a lot of people found that really funny.
ALI MCCADDEN: The sound has been used in over 81 thousand videos to date, with one of them by none other than Charli D’Amelio herself. Another TikTok star Addison Rae used one of Talia’s sounds,which was Doja Cat’s song “Cyber Sex” remixed with an audio clip of Vivi from Dance Moms. But Talia’s most popular TikTok sound by far is “Tap In” by Saweetie remixed with Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb, which has over 13 million views and 1.2 million videos.
TALIA SCHULHOF: It took about two weeks before it kind of picked up. And then when it really started getting traction was when this guy made a dance to it called the Doof which was just a term that became a hashtag. And then everyone started doing this dance. Jason Derulo did this dance. China Anne McClain did this dance. It was absolutely crazy, like new people doing it every day and I couldn’t fathom the influence that this sound had. And even the creator of Phineas and Ferb followed me and DM’d me and was like, “You have brought new life into the song that I literally wrote years ago and never thought would ever come to anyone’s mind ever again.”
ALI MCCADDEN: Remixing sounds isn’t the only thing Talia spends her time doing on TikTok. She’s also part of the group previously named TikTok for Biden, now called Gen Z For Change, which has 1.2 million followers.With so many members of Gen Z voting for the first time, the group used its platform to simplify the voting process and educate viewers in an engaging way.
TALIA SCHULHOF: It was just like an amazing communal experience with all these people that shared a love for content creation and TikTok and memes in the same way that I did. And I think that TikTok is really about that sort of community. And it’s definitely something beyond just what you see on your For You Page of people making funny jokes. There’s so much more to it — people using humor and satire to handle our reactions to troubling current events and things that we see on the news, or finding a community of people who are like you that maybe you can’t find in your regular life. I see endless benefits to it. And I think it’s a great platform that if you’re not already on TikTok, which I’m sure most people already are, I think it’s always worth a shot to download and see what it’s all about, because you’re really missing out if you’re not.
ALI MCCADDEN: From The Daily Northwestern, I’m Ali McCadden. Thanks for listening to another episode of NU Declassified. This episode was reported and produced by me, Ali McCadden. The audio editor of The Daily Northwestern is Alex Chun, the digital managing editors are Molly Lubbers and Olivia Yarvis, and the editor in chief is Sneha Dey.
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