5 Controversial recipes so wrong they broke the Internet

It’s amazing how much an innocent little recipe can ignite such a huge firestorm on the Internet. Take this well-meaning healthy eating tip from Whole Foods, for example.

The company recently posted a photo of collard greens via Twitter… cooked collard greens dotted with peanuts.

The people of Twitter were not happy.

Whole Foods has made amends, but it’s not the only one who has made recipe suggestions that fell flat with people. And it’s not the company’s first time making a foodie faux pas either.

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1. Pea guacamole

People collectively lost their you-know-what when The New York Times suggested putting peas in guacamole. The seemingly innocuous suggestion was met with vitriol from all corners of the web — even President Obama had to step in.

2. Nigella’s avocado toast

People usually love Nigella Lawson’s simple approach to cooking good food, but when she shared a “recipe” for avocado toast, they were none too impressed. Even though Nigella herself admitted, “I’m fully aware that avocado toast isn’t a recipe, but it’s part of the fabric of my life,” Twitter was quick to question her credibility as a chef.

3. Whole Foods’ asparagus water

Whole Foods has been down this Twitter outrage road before. In the summer of 2015, it made headlines for selling $6 bottles of asparagus water. What the heck is asparagus water, you ask? Um, it’s literally just asparagus in water. Considering the fact that you can get an entire bunch of asparagus for about $6 at Whole Foods and the fact that asparagus water isn’t “a thing,” people were understandably incredulous. Whole Foods later pulled the water from shelves and stated that its very existence was a mistake.

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4. Cindy McCain’s stolen cookie recipe

This one was embarrassing. In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, Family Circle pitted Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama against each other in a cookie contest. But it turns out McCain’s recipe for oatmeal butterscotch cookies was nearly identical to a recipe from Hershey’s. As in, the entire recipe was the same, except that Hershey’s called for 1-3/4 cups of butterscotch chips, while McCain’s called for just 1-2/3 cups. It certainly seems like the prospective first lady tried to pass off their recipe as her own, but we’ll never know what really happened.

5. Paula Deen’s fried butter balls recipe

Paula Deen is known for her over-the-top recipes, but at a certain point you have to ask, what the &%$! is she thinking? That’s the reaction people had to her infamous deep-fried butter balls in 2007, which called for mixing butter and cream cheese together, rolling it into balls, coating the balls in breadcrumbs and deep-frying them.

Too far, Paula. Even for you. As one heartbroken fan commented on the recipe, “I am sorry but as I look at the picture and read the ingredients and cooking method I can feel my arteries clogging. Love to you & best wishes but please make don’t deep fry any more butter, for all of us.”

Since then, the stank of the butter debacle has never worn off Deen.

Bonus culinary freakout? This “scientific” method of cutting pizza recently caused an uproar. The slices of pizza may be all the same size, but who wants to get stuck with a piece that’s all crust, no topping? I’d rather have a tiny slice of pizza with cheese and sauce on it than a whopping hunk of just crust, rendering this whole method moot.

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