A Panera Bread employee spilled the chain's not-so-secret trade secret about its signature mac and cheese on TikTok.
In a quick clip filmed from behind the counter, TikTok user @briannaraelenee dips a frozen pack of Panera's white cheddar mac & cheese into hot water, pulls it out and empties the
It's not exactly a surprise reveal – how else would the chain make its creamy, dreamy mac-and-cheese that always tastes the same across more than 2,100 locations?
clip earned almost 950,000 likes on the app. But in another video, the user tearfully shared that she was fired from her job.
CNN reached out to a Twitter account linked to the TikTok user and was waiting to hear back.
A Panera spokesperson told CNN the The company does not comment on personnel matters but assured that the meals are shipped frozen so they can leave out certain preservatives that do not meet the company's clean standards.
by our chefs and using our sourced ingredients to meet our standards for our clean menu offerings, ”the spokesperson said.
The item is prepared daily as it's ordered, the spokesperson said. Available on grocery store shelves, too, for diners to devour at home, though that version does not come frozen.