It’s not a new concept for Arizonans to try to prove how hot it is by cooking food in their cars and frying eggs on pavement.
But lately social media users are racking up millions of views for videos that showcase the effects of the Southwest heatwave.
One metro Phoenix TikToker, “Arizona weather man” @woetheromans_, purported to show a garbage bin that buckled and cracked in half while out on the street. Standup comedian Dylan White seems to be using humor to cope: In a recent video, he said, “Imagine living in a pizza oven because that’s cooler than being outside.” User @angelboomin recorded what appeared to be a melted car wash sign.
Others have shown the world what they can melt, cook and bake in their cars or on pavement. Obviously, such foods — including chocolate cake, eggs and steak — can be risky to eat if not cooked and maintained at the right temperature as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are some cooking videos that showcase the recent heat wave in Arizona.
‘All I know how to do is cook in my car’
Joe Brown, also known as @thejoebrown, has garnered more than 2 million TikTok followers over several years by posting pranks, life hacks and the results of melting and cooking various items on the roof of his house and on his car’s dashboard.
Brown, who has been identified by Fox 10 as a Gilbert resident, has ramped up his food experimentation and now posts two videos per day: one introducing the item that will sit on a baking sheet his 200-degree car, then a follow-up several hours later. Some items he recently featured were gummy bears, instant mac and cheese, chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin pie.
“I’m not really the best cook; all I know how to do is cook in my car or on my roof,” Brown said in a video in which he cuts and seasons homemade fries.
In another video, Brown says that “everything I cook in my car, I have to eat.”
‘The egg I attempted to ‘cook’ in the 110 degree heat’
A cosplayer who lives in Arizona shared her attempt at cooking an egg by cracking it on what appears to be paved stone.
“Me trying to scrape off and clean the egg I attempted to ‘cook’ in the 110 degree heat,” @emkinscos wrote at the beginning of her video as she scrapes hardened yolk with a plastic knife.
Some viewers pointed out that she was supposed to crack the egg on a frying pan, not directly on the stone.
Chocolate chip cookies baked on a dashboard: ‘A bit soft but good’
Ricky H., who goes by @thedadboddiary on TikTok, showed the results of baking Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix on a baking sheet placed on his Hyundai’s dashboard.
The batter was scooped directly on the sheet and left in the car for two hours.
The result? “A bit soft but good!” according to the end of the video.
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