It's time to clear up the Krabby Patty recipe conspiracy once and for all. We know that in the series Mr. Krabs would do pretty much anything to keep his secret formula from falling into the hands of his nemesis, Plankton. But what is Mr. Krabs hiding? Why does he protect this recipe so vehemently? We're about to find out. Are ya ready kids?!
Brace yourself because this might be hard to process. There is a possibility that Mr. Krabs is a cannibal. As seen in the infamous 'SpongeGar/Patar' episode where the main characters are neanderthals, we get a not-so-subtle glimpse at the secret formula.
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After eating the crabs, SpongeGar makes a Krabby Patty in the sand. That's pretty telling. Has Mr. Krabs really hunted and killed off all of the other crabs in order to continue making his delicious burgers? That theory would hold water, except for the fact that Mr. Krabs' mom and dad are still alive. Moreover, an official recipe posted by Nickelodeon shows that the secret ingredient is actually imitation crab.
Imitation crab looks and tastes like crab meat, but that debunks the cannibalism theory...for Mr. Krabs. But let's not forget that imitation crab meat is literally made out of pulverized fish. So even though Mr. Krabs isn't partaking in cannibalism, every other Bikini Bottom resident is!
One last string we'd like to tie up is the Poseidon's Powder theory. Poseidon's Powder stems not from the SpongeBob series itself, but according to SpongeBob Fandom it is mentioned in the comics as a secret ingredient to the Krabby Patty. So we did a simple search, and here's what Urban Dictionary had to say.
The secret ingredient is also cocaine. This makes so much sense. Why else would everyone in Bikini Bottom be obsessed with these burgers (especially if they are eating their own kind as mentioned above) if not for the addictive qualities of cocaine?
It also explains why Mr. Krabs does everything he can to keep Plankton from getting the secret formula. Imagine the backlash of finding out that Krabby Patties are not only made of fish parts, but also dosed with coke. The Krusty Krab would be done for.