Bizarre TikTok video reveals you can actually eat packing peanuts

girl eating packing peanuts
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Photo credit: Tik Tok/Getty.

TikTok is an amazing app full of dance crazes, comedy gold, even important lessons about human anatomy.

But never have I been so blown away by a TikTok video as I was today, when this young woman showed me that packing peanuts are edible. 

That's right, you can eat those squishy foam peanuts that encase your online shopping, which you probably throw in the bin without a second thought. 

US theatre major Payton Thompson, the girl chowing down in the TikTok, tells Buzzfeed she's been eating packing peanuts for a couple of years - more as a prank than anything. 

"I learned they were edible from one of my college professors," says the 21-year-old, who gets packages of stage makeup kits filled with the packing peanuts 

"Now whenever we get them I like to eat a couple of them just to mess with the freshmen that year."

However, packing peanuts are definitely not a Newshub-recommended snack: we prefer an apple with peanut butter, or maybe some cheese and crackers. 

But if you choose to ingest some accidentally, it's not going to kill you, according to that bastion of knowledge that is Wikipedia.

"One of the first brands of biodegradable peanuts, Biofoam, is made from the grain sorghum [and] other brands are made from corn starch," the Wiki page reads. 

"Being biodegradable and non-toxic, they are also safe for humans and pets if ingested accidentally."

Note the key word, "accidentally". 

And here's the kicker: "However, they are not produced in food-safe conditions and are not recommended for eating."

So don't go chowing down like Thompson. 

If you're wondering what packing peanuts taste like without popping one yourself, Thompson describes them as "if you took a Cheetos Puff and took the seasoning off of it and then left the bag open for two days so they got stale".