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Comedian goes viral after finding shrimp tails in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Published: 23/Mar/2021 13:39 Updated: 24/Mar/2021 16:20

by Alex Garton


Podcaster and comedian Jensen Karp has gone viral on Twitter after finding a number of shrimp tails in his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Although the company’s Twitter account has responded, no one appears to have solved the mystery just yet.

For a lot of people around the world, there’s nothing better than sitting down and starting the morning with a bowl of cereal. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also simple and incredibly tasty.

There are countless cereal brands to choose from, but Cinnamon Toast Crunch remains one of the most popular among breakfast lovers.


However, after a recent discovery posted on Twitter, fans of Cinnamon Toast Crunch will be double-checking the box the next time they go to pour themselves a bowl.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
General Mills
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of the most popular cereals in the US.

Shrimp tails in Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

Jensen Karp has gone viral on Twitter after posting a picture of a number of shrimp tails he found in his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. At the time of writing, the tweet has over 27,000 likes and over 4,000 retweets.

It’s fair to say Karp was rather shocked at the unsavory discovery and promptly tweeted @CTSquares for answers on what he had found.

“Why are there shrimp tails in my cereal? (this is not a bit).”


It didn’t take long for Cinnamon Toast Crunch’s Twitter account to reply to the tweet and apologize for the inclusion of shrimp tails in the box. While they didn’t provide any answers for why they had been included, they did offer to replace Karp’s box of cereal with a new one.

Understandably, despite the generous offer,  Karp made it clear he’d be taking a break from Cinnamon Toast Crunch for the foreseeable future.

It was only a few hours later that Cinnamon Toast Crunch released a statement on Twitter that refuted that the objects in Karp’s box were shrimp tails. Instead, they claimed that the strange-shaped objects were in fact, the accumulation of sugar and cinnamon.


“It appears to be an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren’t thoroughly blended… We assure you that there’s no possibility of cross-contamination with shrimp.”

Understandably, this frustrated Karp who uploaded another photo of the objects on Twitter, claiming the company had attempted to gaslight him.

“Ok, well after further investigation with my eyes, these are cinnamon coated shrimp tails, you weirdos… I wasn’t all that mad until you now tried to gaslight me?”

Since this tweet, Karp continued conversations with the company in DM’s and they’ve asked him to send them the shrimp tails via the mail. This is presumably so they can investigate the objects to determine how they ended up in the box of cereal.


While Karp was offered a set of General Mills vouchers from the company, it’s obvious he’s frustrated they publicly refuted his claims the objects are shrimp tails.

Who is Jensen Karp?

As the wild story continues to baffle everyone, the story behind the man himself is also turning heads. He is a 41-year-old comedian based in Los Angeles, but it also turns out that he is married to Danielle Fishel Karp, the actor who played Topanga in Boy Meets World.

As Twitter user @HarveyBar22 points out, the frankly bizarre coincidences don’t stop there, tweeting: “A man named Karp married to a woman named Fishel found shrimp tails in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cereal was purchased from the Costco on Topanga Canyon Blvd, and his wife played Topanga in Boy Meets World. Meanwhile, Karp used to be a guest on Pistol Shrimp Podcast.”


Twitter users also found out that Jensen was once a rapper under the name “Hot Karl” which appears to have blown the minds of many people who thought the story just couldn’t get any crazier.

Meanwhile, it looks as though answers might be found sooner rather than later, with Jensen confirming, “a Carcinologist (crustacean researcher) that works at NHMLA is going to morphologically identify the shrimp using microscopy and he will work with a team of researchers to use DNA to try and identify the putative shrimp down to species. THIS IS HAPPENING.”

For now, we’ll have to see wait and see where this leads, if there are any more bizarre facts about Jensen, and if Cinnamon Toast Crunch release anymore statements addressing the issue.