Starbucks barista making tiramisu at work

There’s a growing trend of fast food workers posting TikToks, where they take whatever’s handy at work to create entirely new menu items.

While customers shouldn’t expect McDonald’s employees to go out of their way to make them McChurros out of hamburger buns, or Tim Horton’s employees to make them that special pizza, there are still droves of people who love these MacGyver concoctions love.

A Starbucks employee even made tiramisu out of crushed almond biscuits, cocoa powder, espresso, and whipped cream.

@starbiesthings Starbucks Gourmet: Volume 1 #earlymorningshenanigigans #starbies #starbucks #barista #baristalife #baristatok #coffeetiktok ♬ Original sound – StarbiesThings

In the clip, posted to @starbiesthings’ TikTok account, the fast food worker says, “I do this thing where I take Starbucks ingredients and turn them into something completely different. I call it Starbucks Gourmet so we had some broken almond cookies and I was like what can we do with them? And my colleague was like ‘Tiramisu!’”

TikToker had several mixed reactions to the tiramisu, with some people urging others not to annoy workers by requesting off-menu items.

“DON’T EVEN TRY TO ORDER THIS PLS,” one person wrote.

Another wrote: “Cap because it’s never slow enough to have time for it.”

Custom TikTok order trends have become a hot topic of conversation on the app, with many companies outright turning down customers who want to try the “hacks” people have come up with. Some Starbucks employees are releasing PSAs asking people to stop “hacking” as it makes their job harder.

Other workers shared their own preparations.

“One time I made cold siracha foam and put it over an iced chocolate milk thing because I know they like siracha chocolate?” wrote one commenter.

The Daily Dot reached out to @starbiesthings via TikTok comment and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: February 23, 2023 at 5:10 pm CST

Jack Alban

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