Burst Into Treats

Burst Into Treats

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Updated Feb 06, 2014 at 08:50PM EST by James.

Added Dec 03, 2011 at 04:58PM EST by TheStudio.

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Burst Into Treats is a bait-and-switch copypasta commonly used on 4chan imageboards to conclude a seemingly believable greentext story about a personal experience involving embarrassing or emotionally moving moments. Similar to Spaghetti Stories and Fucking Gamestop, the readers only become aware of the anticlimactic joke toward the end of each story.


On June 22nd, 2010, a greentext story thread titled “Greentext When You Felt Like a Dick”[1] was posted on 4chan’s /r9k/ board, a miscellaneous board based on a bot made for the webcomic xkcd’s IRC channel. One user replied to the thread with a story about a fight with his or her mother on the graduation day.

It is likely that the original poster meant to type “burst into tears,” but seemed to never reappear in the thread. Within five minutes of that post, other users in the thread called attention to the typo and incorporated the line into their own stories.


Three days later, an AskReddit[2] thread appeared asking for stories about causing someone to burst into treats. It has also been used in Yahoo! Answers[8] questions, paired with references to other greentext tropes, like spaghetti stories and penis inspection day.

The phrase has since spread to other 4chan boards, including /v/ (video games)[4], /b/ (random)[5] and /tv/ (television)[6], where the joke is typically played out in the form of green text stories[7], as well as on Tumblr[9], where there are cartoons and illustrations based on the original story.

Notable Examples

Search Interest

Search for “burst in treats” began in July 2010 with search peaks in November 2010 and April 2011 before reaching an all time high in October 2011.

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Yeah too bad this was already posted on Reddit, so it was killed months ago according to your standards.

Look, I really do hate Reddit as much as the next rational person, but KYM is a site for documenting memes. It’s what we do, regardless of the source. It’s pretty much a universal fact that 4chan produces the funniest OC online and there’s no reason it’s a bad thing for people to understand 4chan’s inside jokes. Oh no, will new fags start coming to /b/?!?! Gasp. Oh wait, there have always been new fags and you were a new fag once too. You, like EVERY other /b/tard, had to have heard of 4chan from somewhere before going there, so don’t cry when new fags are doing the same thing you once did.


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