The latest egg trend on TikTok isn’t exactly food related: Those with steady hands and the proper tools have been hopping on live to peel raw eggs.
In order to peel a raw egg, you must separate the shell from the egg membrane, leaving a weird little egg sack. TikTokkers use a variety of metal instruments to delicately break the shell and slowly remove the shell in pieces, which is just as eggs-hausting as it sounds. They have to be careful not to puncture the egg membrane! People are using tweezers, blackhead removers, and other surgical utensils. Meanwhile, I am still trying to master the art of peeling a hard-boiled egg.
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Eggs are also notorious on TikTok and have given birth to numerous trends, such as the “give your pet an egg and see if they take care of it” trend and many cooking hacks.
While these egg-peeling challenge videos thrive on TikTok livestreams, clips and sped up versions of livestreams are also posted.
At first glance these videos seem odd. “Why?” immediately comes to mind. But as soon as you buy into the concept, they are strangely mesmerizing and relaxing — not unlike other unexpectedly satisfying trends that thrive on TikTok, like chalk breaking, oyster shucking, and sand chopping.
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Peeling a raw egg is quite a feat, which contributes to the fascination with these videos. A TikTok posted by @itxhurts2know shows a time lapse of their eighth attempt. “Don’t waste your time. It friggin popped at the end cause it’s IMPOSSIBLE,” the user cautioned. It’s surprising that so many users have been successful in the challenge.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen raw egg-peeling videos gain traction online. Over the past five years there’s been a steady stream of surgeons uploading these videos onto YouTube to show off their skills and steady hands, but the TikTok trend seems to have brought the challenge to us common folks.