Let me set the scene. It's around 6 p.m., you've just gotten home from work or school, and you're dead tired. So, you reach for a cup of noodles because it's simple, delicious, and quick to make. You peel back the lid, fill the cup with water, pop it in the microwave, and *happy sigh* dinner is ready!
And if that was your routine, then you may be shocked to learn that the company behind Cup Noodles, Nissin Foods, recently announced that they'll begin filling grocery stores with paper cups in 2024 — which will make the product microwavable for the first time since their US launch in 1973.
Yes. The noodle cups have not been microwave safe for about 50 years.
Many people have apparently been ignoring the warning label for the past half century, because a culture page shared Nissin's new product news on Twitter, and 42 million views later, the internet erupted in shock.
Cup Noodles will be microwavable for the first time in 50 years thanks to new cup design 🍜📸: Chris McGrath/ Getty Images pic.twitter.com/ODwSKQRME6
— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) November 1, 2023
First, noodle lovers questioned how they could have made this mistake their whole lives:
what the fuck do you mean these weren’t microwavble before??? https://t.co/X3CWSNmiz2
— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) November 2, 2023
— Prezi Banks. 🐻🇬🇭 (@AfrikanKing_) November 2, 2023
every day i find out i spent my whole childhood doing random irreparable damage to my tiny body https://t.co/TfiBCSbYYn
— black queer nyc tattoo artist. (@zvvzhe) November 2, 2023
Then others questioned why anyone would think the styrofoam cups were microwave safe to begin with:
“it wasn’t microwaveable before??”My brothers in Christ, the container is styrofoam 😭 https://t.co/v1KbBpWvg1
— Jannifer Gao 🌶 (@Jani__Gee) November 2, 2023
— Thanos Pagkidis (@ThanosPagkidis1) November 2, 2023
I always saw my mom heat water up in a kettle on the stove, pour it in the cup, & then sit a plate on top & let them sit to cook lol. The instructions were literally on the package. 😂 https://t.co/Jos0EtLdnk
— Carramello (@_carramello) November 2, 2023
I never used a microwave for this in my life. I’m judging u all https://t.co/5kTIyyJqzC
— Fado Dias (@MindtoConrad) November 2, 2023
you guys didn’t know you weren’t supposed to microwave ramen..? (I read the warning label and still did)
— ultimate boyfailure (@vampboyjino) November 2, 2023
And now we're all waiting for paper cups to drop so we can enjoy microwaving our noodles in peace.