PIEd Pods

Photo via Sean Berthiaume/Vinnies Pizzeria

This Brooklyn Pizzeria is serving edible Tide Pods

They're called 'pied pods.'


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Jan 18, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 4:14 am CDT

A Brooklyn pizzeria has decided that if kids are going to eat Tide Pods, they might as well be eating ones that are healthy—or at least not toxic.

Sean Berthiaume, co-owner of Vinnie’s Pizzeria in New York City, created a mini calzone that resembles the laundry detergent product that, for some reason, people have decided to start eating.

For the record, Tide Pods are poisonous and potentially lethal, so DO NOT eat (or for the love of god, vape) them. They contain things like dioxane and polyvinyl alcohol, which can damage your lungs and kidneys.

The Daily Dot spoke to pizzeria owner Berthiaume over the phone. He told us his “pied pods” contain mozzarella, pepperoni, ricotta, Italian spices, and some orange and blue food coloring. While that may not be great for your arteries, they’re still way better—and no doubt tastier—than eating laundry detergent.

“Our Pied Pods (filled w/cheese and roni) have that bright, alluring colors that youths crave ” The restaurant said in a tweet promoting their new product, “BUT are 100% edible and 100% not soap. Plus they’re delicious.”

Sean Berthiaume with PIEd Pods
Sean Berthiaume with a pan of his “pied pods.” Photo via Sean Berthiaume/Vinnes Pizzeria

Vinnie’s has a long history of pun-themed menu options. Berthiaume has been creating specials on the restaurant’s dry erase board since 2010 (which, for the record, is the year before Bob’s Burgers premiered on Fox) and has featured tributes to pop culture topics like Star Wars and the celebrities we lost in 2017.

Berthiaume isn’t actually the first to create an edible version of a Tide POD, but this is the first we’ve heard of a savory version and likely the first time an actual restaurant has added it to the menu. So if you’re in Brooklyn right now, and you’re hungrily staring at your laundry detergent, consider stopping by Vinnie’s instead.

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2018, 5:15 pm CST