When you caption a video “Don’t get mad at me Aussies”, chances are, they’re going to get mad.
I am sure you have heard of the saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
But to the shock of both Aussies and Kiwis, an American man has done just that, after he tampered with a favourite childhood recipe.
Beau Coffron, known as the @lunchboxdad on TikTok, shared a “tutorial” on how to make
fairy bread and let’s just say his version was met with patriotic rage.
Instead of using the traditional spread of butter, Beau lathered a slice of white bread in peanut butter.
“These originally became popular around New Zealand and Australia,” he begins the video.
“They use butter, I like peanut butter, so spread that peanut butter on.”
He then dumps (any) sprinkles on top before using a cookie cutter to form love heart and star shapes.
The popular TikTok user included the caption “Don’t get mad at me Aussies” – but, of course, that’s exactly what happened.
“This is offensive to all Australians,” one of the more than 134,000 viewers of the clip wrote.
“Bro what, is this a joke?” another person asked.
“If your (sic) not Australian you do not have permission to make fairy bread especially if your (sic) gonna stuff it up like this,” a third added, while a fourth person wondered, “Why is America like this?”
Most of the comments included the words “crime”, “fail” and “destroyed” to describe his … unique take on the cult classic.
But while his use of peanut butter drew plenty of attention, furious viewers also couldn’t help but notice his choice of sprinkles.
“One, never and I mean never use peanut butter, two, the circle sprinkles not the long sprinkles; they go soggy and three, they’re single slices,” one woman pointed out.
“Fairy bread has hundreds and thousands, NOT sprinkles. Huge difference. This is a peanut butter and sprinkle sandwich. NOT fairy bread!” a second added.
“This guy has made himself hated by Aussies and Kiwis,” wrote another user.
After copping a heap of backlash, the dad created another video, “for the sandwich haters who said I did it wrong”.
But this time he asked his sons to take part in a taste test between the two versions.
Sure enough the brothers agreed with the rest of Australia and New Zealand – the original version tastes better.
“Looks like I was wrong and you guys were right.”
On ya Beau for admitting defeat.
So, how do you actually make fairy bread?
If you go by a report in the Hobart Mercury newspaper dating back to 1929, it explains a children’s party at the time included a serving of bread, butter, and hundreds and thousands.
In other words, it’s nothing more than triangles (not fancy shapes) of white bread covered with butter and topped with small, colourful sprinkles.