A TikToker is claiming that they bit into a Starbucks cake pop with mold in it, and the sight has commenters threatening to swear off the popular menu item.
TikTok is home to many, many videos exposing some not-so-appetizing secrets about popular chains — like how McDonald’s makes its onions or how Subway prepares its steak or “tuna.” But in this case, it wasn’t an employee filming the cake pop. It was allegedly a customer, and 5 million people tuned in.
User @teabezel28 uploaded the video on May 2, which showed a half-eaten cake pop. Beneath the pink frosting shell appeared to be several bluish-green spots of mold, which @teabezel28 joked were “not chocolate chips.”
The clarification was necessary, as several commenters initially thought the spots were Funfetti.
“Why was my mouth watering?” one commenter asked. “I didn’t realize there was mold, BYE.”
There was no wrapping to prove that this was, in fact, a Starbucks cake pop. However, @teabezel28 added, “Starbucks, what’s good?” to the caption and also included the coffee chain in the video’s hashtags.
“No I just ate one yesterday while driving and didn’t bother to look,” one user wrote. “Now I’m all stressed.”
“As a Starbucks barista, I would not go to that Starbucks [again],” another added. “I don’t know how that happens at ALL. They are prepackaged and should get thrown out every two [days].”
“Yeah seriously,” @teabezel28 replied. “My gut told me to look before I swallowed what I bit off and sure enough…”
The video got so much traction on the platform that the official Starbucks TikTok account commented two days after @teabezel28 posted.
“We’re concerned and want to learn more so we can make it right,” Starbucks commented, adding their corporate number for contact.
After that, a lot of commenters started joking that @teabezel28 was about to get a lot of “hush money.”
“Looks like you’re getting a free college tuition,” one user said.
It remains to be determined whether the apparently moldy cake pop was actually sold by Starbucks or not.
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