Tide Pod on formal dinnerware

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There’s now a recipe to make your own edible Tide Pods

The meme starts a discussion on recipes for edible Tide Pods.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 10, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:15 am CDT

Over the last month, eating Tide Pods quickly became a popular meme. Of course, people aren’t actually eating Tide Pods on purpose (we hope), because ingesting a small pouch of concentrated laundry detergent could result in death. The issue is that Tide Pods look edible to some people. Like Gushers, or candy. Now people who believe that the multi-colored swirl pouches would make a good snack if they weren’t filled with harmful chemicals have found a solution: make an edible Tide Pod.

A recipe was shared this week on Twitter, which originally appeared on Tumblr, that showed how one could make a dessert that looks like a Tide Pod. The “Hypothetical edible tide pods recipe” consists of four components: A blue swirl, an orange swirl, white gel, and a plastic shell. ” The main ingredient is gelatin.

“Eat in front of friends aware of the tide pod memes for maximum fun!” the recipe suggests.

We haven’t heard of anyone actually trying out this recipe and enjoying it (yet!), but before this recipe hit the internet there was definitely a demand for it. On Twitter, people said they would eat edible Tide Pods, if available.



What about just asking Gushers to make an edible laundry pod version of their snack food? Yeah, people tried that and it didn’t go over well with the company.

On Reddit last week, a person started a discussion on a recipes subreddit about materials to use in an edible Tide Pod recipe. “Does anybody have a good, gooey, grape or orange filling recipe that has a very even and vivid look?” a user named wiisportsresort said. “I’m not being sarcastic, I actually want to make this.”

The answers ranged from using saltwater taffy to white chocolate to snow cone syrup.

Would any of these hypothetical recipes result in a tasty dessert? We’ll let you know if we try them out.

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2018, 11:00 am CST