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Miami-based private chef Carly Pii (@chef.pii) debuted her iconic Pepto-Bismol-colored condiment, Pink Sauce, last year, and it quickly became an internet sensation for the wrong reasons.
As customers ordered the first batch of Pii’s condiment, concerns about food safety were raised. Pii pulled the sauce from production.
The Pink Sauce was not gone for long. In January, Walmart announced that it will be selling the social media sensation at its stores, a win for the internet underdog.
I decided I had to try it. Some customers reported their sauce looking beige, but mine arrived pink and, for some unknown reason, became more vibrant the longer I had it in my fridge.
Despite watching gross TikToks of people trying Pink Sauce, and my friends joking about starting a GoFundMe to pay medical bills if I get sick, I remained optimistic.
I initially tried it with some basic chicken nuggets. The taste itself was somewhere between ranch dressing and a fruit-flavored gummy multivitamin.
I went through the five stages of grief as I pushed through my snack of supermarket nuggets dipped in Barbiecore sauce. There were moments I had to step aside and drink some water to get the taste out of my mouth, because the weird smell of a fruity ranch dressing was overwhelming.
Despite not enjoying the sauce at all, I still had a little more than half the bottle left, and I was determined to make sure my $8.99 (plus shipping and handling) was well spent.
The fruity flavor reminded me of summer dishes, and the ranch consistency of the sauce made it something more casual than I would get at a pub, so I brainstormed two recipes.
The first dish I made was a simple chicken club sandwich, with cajun seasoning and garlic butter to mask the strong sauce smell.
I took one bite and realized this was not enough. The heat from the bacon and chicken cooked the sauce and reduced its thickness, giving it an even more unappealing feeling in my mouth.
But I gave it one more shot. I whipped up a cold pasta salad, and it surprisingly worked out well. A simple mix of tricolored rotini, diced bell peppers, dill seasoning, and mozzarella balls was all that was needed to make the sauce taste great! The fruity sauce and thickness worked together with the mozzarella and coated the pasta well.
Do I recommend this sauce? No, I don’t. But it has potential if you’re willing to play around.