The web loves little greater than to gawk on the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the newest one making the rounds options “Sleepy Hen,” which entails cooking hen breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.
The on-line articles about it gasp on the risks of the supposed pattern, interviewing medical doctors in regards to the potential hurt and making obscure allusions to how widespread and horrifying it’s. (And to be clear: Don’t do that—it’s not an important plan from a poison security standpoint.) However none appear to exhibit any precise proof that individuals tried to prepare dinner their hen in cough syrup and really ate it.
Not less than one particular person cooked the dish: The unique video demonstrating sleepy hen got here out in 2020, from what’s clearly a satire account—in one other video, he grocery retailers dressed as a banana and tries to pay in “banana money.” His pioneering recipe for sleepy hen entails measurements equivalent to “four-thirds of a bottle,” strategies like pouring the used cough syrup again into the bottle, and directions to boil for “5 to half-hour.” The completed dish contains clearly still-raw hen, now an iridescent bluish-green shade. It didn’t embody footage of anybody consuming it.
Just like the time Gen Z took warmth for not believing birds are actual and the entire “TidePod problem” period, little proof exists that anybody has truly consumed sleepy hen. Definitely, because the medical doctors interviewed by horrified writers on the NY Put up and Newsweek clarify, it will be a horrible concept. Cooking concentrates the medication making it straightforward to take an excessive amount of. And anybody who lived by means of the “robotripping” period of medicine (which, sadly, was an actual factor) can inform you: It’s a no-good, very unhealthy concept.
Fortunately, no one appears to be really ingesting the disgusting “Sleepy Hen” and in case you search TikTok with that hashtag, the outcomes embody about 10 p.c individuals horrified on the supposed pattern and 90 p.c individuals exhibiting off their pet chickens taking a nap, which is a wonderful pattern that does deserve the web’s consideration.