TikTok’s infamous ‘pink sauce’ sparks major drama and here’s what chefs say is wrong

TikTok’s infamous “pink sauce” has sparked a lot of controversy this week, with netizens wondering if the colorful condiment is actually safe to eat.

The sauce was created by influencer @chef.pii, a Miami-based private chef, and can only be purchased on the pink sauce website for $20 a bottle.

Concerns arose when TikTok users noticed an inconsistency in the color of the product. In some videos, the sauce looks like a vibrant pink Pepto-Bismol, and in others it’s more of a pastel shade.

As for flavor, many reviewers struggle to place the exact flavor. A TikToker claims it looks like a “sweet ranch” but takes issue with the watery consistency of the product, saying “I really hate how runny it is.”

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Narcity spoke to food industry professionals to get their thoughts on the infamous “pink sauce.”

“It’s like the Fyre Fest of sauces,” wrote Greg Hornak, owner and chef of Greg’s Famous Hot Sauce.

“There’s oil and water but no emulsifier. Looking at its label, right off the bat milk is included alongside a ton of high acid ingredients, even though everything else was “perfectly sure, it would curdle. There are MANY ways to get that effect that don’t involve adding milk to an acidic product, and frankly, I don’t think the ingredient list is accurate at all,” he continued.

The accuracy of the label was another point of contention, with consumers questioning the nutrition information, which contained multiple typos.

Twitter user @caressable_ pointed out that the number of servings per bottle, listed as 444, made no mathematical sense.

Dressing connoisseur The Sauce Boss on TikTok also addressed the issue of the sauce’s ingredient list in a video posted on the platform last week, claiming that each bottle would total 40,000 calories. This information seems to be incorrect according to his knowledge.

TikTok’s The Sauce Boss addresses the ingredient list. jplepire | ICT Tac

“She is [Chef Pii] basically admitted to inventing the Nutrition Facts label after people called her out for the 444 servings thing,” Hornak added. In my opinion, there is no other way this mistake would have been made if she hadn’t tampered with the tag. There are a ton of clues that she forged it. I think that’s an important lesson for people to review what they’re buying to make sure it’s safe.”

Contacted by Narcity, Julia Thompson, Operations Manager Nom Nom Poké Shop, shares a similar sentiment. She explained:

“What stands out in its ingredients for me are milk, pitaya (dragon fruit) and garlic. Tropical fruits and dairy products share volatile compounds such as esters and lactones, which would to these flavors of pairing well, but they lost me with the garlic It’s not impossible to pair alliums with tropical fruits, some onions are nice and sweet in moderate amounts […]but the amount of sulfur compounds present in garlic does not pair well with tropical fruits, especially when mixed raw.”

Thompson added that in her more than 10 years in the food industry, she had never come across a professional who would add plain milk to an uncooked sauce or dressing, instead suggesting eggs or yogurt for flavor and stability.

Consumer safety is also a concern for Thompson, as she wrote:

“First, BOTULISM. Some foods must be properly stored or cannot be safely held at room temperature for more than 4 hours…and she is [Chef Pii] shipping it across the country during a heatwave!!! I’ve seen people use overstretched bottles during sauce reviews which seriously bothered me. I’m really happy that chefs of all skill levels are succeeding, but the whole product feels like an amalgamation of issues that I hope it fixes.”

Chef Pii, the creator of the sauce, addressed the labeling issues in a video posted July 20, saying it was just a typo and new bottles being shipped will have the correct labels. updates.

In the clip, she claims the sauce is currently still in “lab testing”, leaving customers worried that the product is not yet FDA approved.

Narcity has reached out to Chief Pii for comment but had not received a response as of press time.

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