It’s 2018, and consumers now DEMAND regional authenticity in their food. So if you’re gonna post something like, say, a Jamaican jerk chicken recipe, you better come correct. AKA, don’t do what Dole Sunshine just did to Jamaica’s iconic dish.
Dole called this Jerk Chicken…you a jerk if you think this is chicken. pic.twitter.com/GwwLxae8kv
— Jake Lloyd (@LLoyderAdams) May 28, 2018
Dole’s packaged foods division recently posted their take on “Caribbean Style Jerk Chicken” that has the internet either horrified or laughing. The recipe, which features ingredients like pineapple juice, golden raisins, and bananas, was a far cry from how the dish is traditionally made. Everything from allspice to spicy Scotch bonnets peppers, and even salt was missing.
In light of the desecration of this traditional dish, the Internet banded together to call Dole out with a generous pinch of savagery.
Dude… this makes us look sooo bad. Like FoxNews and Trump aren’t bad enough, we got Dole out here making pale ass jerk chicken with raisins and bananas. https://t.co/AbkNNO04HY
— Dave’sNotHereMan (@Dpope123) May 27, 2018
Jerk chicken with Raisins. Lmfaooo Karen done went from the potato salad at the cookout, to the Jerk Chicken in the islands.
— Zy Bryant (@ZyahnaB) May 27, 2018
Dole has a recipe for jerk chicken with raisins and bananas mixed in…karen pic.twitter.com/L2i50k0sBA
— MARiAH🥢 (@ththippylyfe) May 29, 2018
The amount of DOLE ingredients in that “jerk chicken” pic.twitter.com/DnP5DDbctf
— ` Yen (@Jewii_Salk) May 28, 2018
Popular cultural blogger The Love Life of an Asian Guy also shared the recipe to his Facebook page, where the brutality of the responses only intensified.
None was as gut-busting, however, as this Twitter user’s incorporation of Chadwick Boseman on SNL.
Dole making Jerk Chicken… pic.twitter.com/JBd5ozxqGi
— ஃ³ (@blvckynigos) May 27, 2018
Dole has since responded to the travesty, saying they are working with the Sunshine team to “correct the recipe.” Hopefully, the next version at least includes some salt.
UPDATE (June 1st, 2018): Dole Sunshine has since removed the “jerk chicken” recipe from their website.