Panera Bread’s mac n’ cheese scandal has stirred up memories of previous fast food fails.
By now we’ve all viewed the video of Panera Bread entering the world of fast food fails. To catch you up, and employee filmed a Tic Tok video showing how the fast-growing fast-casual restaurant prepares its mac n’ cheese.
Essentially, their mac n’ cheese isn’t prepared in-store, at all, as it has previously been advertised. Instead, it’s shipped to its stores in pre-frozen bags. In reality, we shouldn’t have expected anything different from Panera Bread. After all, it didn’t gain the reputation of “upscale hospital food” for nothing. But it was still a shock to the system, especially from a restaurant that claims to make everything fresh in-house.
In case you missed it, here’s the Tik Tok video that exposes Panera Bread:
Panera Bread’s “mac n’ cheese gate” has stirred up old memories of other hilarious, legendary fast food fails that none of us will ever live down.
Remember the time in 2013, when an Australian boy decided to measure the Subway “footlong” sandwich, and found out it was only 11 inches long? Yea, that was truly a disappointment.
Then there was also that time when a video discovered KFC saving old green beans, and re-using mac n’ cheese (what’s up with these mac n’ cheese crimes?) and day-old chicken. Granted, that was several years ago, but it’s a moment that none of us will ever allow KFC to live down because, deep down inside, we expected something like this from KFC.
Which brings me back to why Panera’s “mac n’ cheese gate” became as controversial as it did. While Panera was growing like gangbusters, we began to see the food that was served there as little more than glorified hospital cuisine. So when the video of their frozen mac n’ cheese surfaced, we weren’t outraged that Panera did that, we always thought that.
It was that now we have proof of this, just like we had proof of the Subway “footlong” not being a true foot long. Just like we got proof that Applebees was watering down their margaritas, to the point they were called “water-ritas.” Just like we finally got the proof that some KFCs were saving food for the next day.
Proof matters and it did once again with Panera Bread’s epic fast food fail.