TikTok’s mission statement is to “capture and present the world’s creativity, knowledge and precious life moments.”
It’s a nice idea in theory, but one woman has proven maybe we don’t need to capture and present everyone’s idea of creativity.
Michelle’s social media platforms advertise that she’s an American living in England, so she explained that she was going to explain what “this American” girl likes to drink for tea.
Tea is notoriously popular in England, so it makes sense that her followers have asked Michelle about the cultural adjustment.
Strike one is when Michelle pulls out a container of Lipton Ice Tea Mix. It’s unclear where in the U.S. Michelle lived before moving to Europe, but a lot of southern states use instant tea powder, so maybe it was a callback to her roots.
But then horror unfolds as Michelle films her daughter adding two cups of tang to the bowl with one cup of Lipton mix, following by an unspecified amount of Country Time Lemonade powder.
One serving of Lipton Ice Tea mix is 1.33 of a tablespoon (or 18 grams) which has 17 grams of sugar. There are 128 grams per cup, so one cup of the mix is roughly 120 grams of sugar. One serving of tang is half a scoop (24 grams) and is 22 grams of sugar, which means on top of the 120 grams of sugar from the ice tea, Michelle added an additional 117 grams of sugar.
Although the amount of Country Time Lemonade powder added is not specified, a single serving is one scoop (approximately 29 grams) has 16 grams of sugar.
That means, three ingredients in, Michelle’s tea is at least 253 grams of sugar — one and a fourth cups.
After that, it’s two cups of sugar, “a little bit” of cinnamon and “a little bit” of cloves.
Instead of boiling water — because why would any part of this process start making sense at this point — Michelle microwaves a mug of water and then spoons in the mixture into it.
Unsurprisingly, people were wildly unimpressed and vaguely concerned for the state of Michelle’s teeth.
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