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Bon Appetit Vids Ranked By How Much They Emotionally Scarred Claire Saffitz

Peep on peepin' on.

If you’re anything like me, a hungover Sunday entails lying in bed, ordering copious amounts of pasta on Uber Eats and binge watching Claire Saffitz’ Bon Appetit videos.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bon Appetit, it’s a YouTube channel based on an American food and entertaining magazine and it’s pretty much just a bunch of adorable, hilarious and utterly charming chefs and food enthusiasts who teach the world how to cook and challenge themselves to create dishes I’d never dream to attempt. 

It sounds simple, until you watch Claire Saffitz’ YouTube series for Bon Appetit. Gourmet Makes sees Claire – an unlikely social media sensation – attempt to recreate our favourite junk and comfort foods. 

Each episode is an emotional journey full of ups and downs and there’s no doubt that some have left Saffitz wondering how she could possibly go on – or temper chocolate one more goddamn time.

Here’s some of the best Gourmet Makes videos, ranked from how much they emotionally scarred Claire Saffitz. You’re welcome.

Twinkie

Remember when Gourmet Makes videos were only TEN MINUTES long? What else did we do with all our time? Pastry Chef Attempts to Make A Gourmet Twinkie was the first Gourmet Makes episode and relatively drama-free compared to what was to come. Early on, Saffitz remarks, “this is harder than I thought it was going to be,” and as one user correctly commented, this comment foreshadowed the entire series. The only real challenge during the Twinkie ep is making is making them “spongier” which is achieved relatively quickly. 

Pocky

Claire Saffitz can’t believe how talented she is during the Pocky ep of Gourmet Makes – even though she had never eaten one until she had to recreate them. When she manages to dip the Pocky stick in chocolate and IT WORKS, Saffitz says “that was incredible” and honestly – she couldn’t be more correct. 

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Peeps

At the start of Gourmet Makes Peeps episode we’re met with fellow BA test kitchen legend Chris Morocco reflecting on how viewers “didn’t like” him giving Claire “sh*t for not tempering chocolate.” We still love you Chris – and yes, every Dumbledore does need their Voldemort – but these bad vibes really set the scene for the rest of the episode. Not only is Saffitz sick during the ep and can’t actually taste what she’s creating, her peeps begin to weep overnight, they lose their ‘beaks’ and Brad says they have a “weird smell.” However, Carla tells her to “peep on peepin’ on” and ultimately, everything works out for the best.

Sour Patch Kids

The best thing about Gourmet Makes Sour Patch Kids ep is Cosmo, Carla’s cute AF son. Sadly, everything else is one uphill battle. Claire begins with the bright idea to model the shape of her Sour Patch Kids off Cosmo, but unfortunately, it’s a dream that never comes to fruition. Taste and texture becomes challenge, blanching fruits takes hours upon hours and when Chris Morocco tastes her concoction he says he thinks he’s gonna “pass out for a sec.” Sad music plays multiple times and at one point Claire says “it’s a huge waste of time.” All-in-all, Claire’s Sour Patch Kids aren’t perfect but my God, she gets an A+ for effort.

Kit Kat

The Kit Kat episode of Gourmet Makes is where Claire Saffitz’ on-again off-again relationship with chocolate tempering began. She even says “I’m gonna attempt chocolate tempering, which I’ve never successfully done,” setting off a chain of events throughout the entire series that lead to a mess of melted chocolate and an incredible amount of emotional scarring. The Kit Kats test Claire’s patience, in fact, they nearly drive her to breaking point – and at one point she tells Chris Morocco “I can accept zero criticism right now” which is a MOOD. Twenty minutes later and Claire’s Kit Kats snap, they Kit, they Kat, and you know what, she ultimately nailed it. 

No wonder she’s a social media influencer/icon without even trying. 

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Ask For What You Want On Twitter And Lizzo Shall Deliver

"Ask for what you want, y'all!"

Serious question: what would the world look like without Lizzo in it? 

The ‘Truth Hurts’ singer and recent Grammy Award winner has not only blessed our playlists with a lifetime supply of empowering music, but she’s making literal dreams come true. 

French Horn player Kyra Sims took to Twitter this week to encourage her followers to always ask for what you want after she scored a gig working for Lizzo via the power of the Internet. 

“I put my wish out into the world and less than a year later it came true. Ask for what you want, y’all!” Sims tweeted, referencing a tweet she posted in May 2019.

In the original tweet, Sims wrote, “Ok so how do I become @lizzo’s personal fat black French Horn player tho.”

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It’s by no means the first time Lizzo has helped her fans. Last year, she reached out to a Twitter user who was struggling with self-love.

“How is it possible that I listened to the great @lizzo tell me how important self love is and I still somehow hate myself like that’s just not right,” the fan tweeted.

In response to the fan, Lizzo wrote, “It’s because loving yourself don’t happen overnight…self-hate is years of internalised programming from external influences…sometimes self-hate is chemical and effects ya mentally/emotionally…”

“Give your growth time – it took me 10 years and I’m still not 100% there.”

Then there was Lizzo’s recent Australian tour when she spent a day volunteering for Foodbank Victoria to put together hampers for people in bushfire affected areas. 

In a 2019 interview with Elle, Lizzo spoke about opening up about her mental well-being on social media and said, “I learned in the last 24 hours that being emotionally honest can save your life. Reaching out may be hard, but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love.”

Lizzo is testament to the fact that loving, supporting and lifting each other up is not only incredibly important, but has the power to change people’s lives.

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Grimes' Unborn Baby Is 2020's Most Disruptive Social Media Influencer

Meet 'War Nymph.'

Grimes and Elon Musk are well known for going ~against the grain~ and it looks like their unborn baby is no exception.

ICYMI, Grimes posted an Instagram pic of a baby Photoshopped to appear inside her belly, setting social media alight with pregnancy rumours and hilarious ideas as to what her and Musk’s spawn would look like.

Since then, Grimes has all but confirmed her pregnancy with a series of cryptic Instagram pics including a link to her unborn child’s very own social media account.

Part-time social media influencer, full-time fetus @warnymph is still on private but has managed to rack up a whopping 11.6K followers since bursting onto the platform yesterday.

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War Nymph has even been speaking to its online fans. In response to a fan who tweeted, “accept me pretty pls,” War Nymph wrote, “OK it’s hard to press the small buttons with big fingers so excuse my slowness.”

In another response to a fan’s tweet, Grimes said War Nymph’s social media accounts will stay private “while she’s in beta form.” If this isn’t the most Grimes and Elon Musk answer out there, I don’t know what is.

Grimes even spoke to her fans via War Nymph in this truly triggering Instagram story:

Despite still being in “beta form,” it sounds like War Nymph is set to be 2020’s most disruptive influencer – but are we that surprised? 

War Nymph’s mum is the singer songwriter and visual artists who once claimed she removed part of her eye to treat depression – and that was just the start of her ‘workout routine.

As for War Nymph’s father? He’s the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who bangs on about Martian governments and smokes weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if War Nymph got a deal with Adidas and a blue tick before its even out of the womb. I can’t wait to meet this baby.

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