If there is one thing all burger joints have in common it's beef. I mean that both literally and figuratively because there are times when simple capitalistic competition turns into real rivalry. Sometimes that animosity spills over to cause rifts between restaurants that have nothing in common. That's exactly what happened recently in Lubbock, TX which quickly became the epicenter in a war of attrition between Wendy's and local beverage company Pure Water.
Fast food restaurants seem like they are scrambling to get people in their doors by reinventing normal foods or just shooting their food into space. As people push for more health conscious and sustainable food options, fast food has watched their market share decrease. Now, attention is the name of the game. McDonald's is not immune to the shakey ground and has "created" a new utensil to help you eat their craft burgers.
Though it remains one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world, fast food restaurants have produced some real stinkers over the years.
For example -- remember McDonald's Hula Burger? It was a burger that, instead of having a beef patty, had a large piece of grilled pineapple, a slice of cheese and lettuce on the inside. Who the heck thought that was appetizing?
From weird, to flavorless, to downright disgusting, below are some of fast food's biggest fails.
13 Fast Food Fails You Probably Forgot About:
1. Burger King's Pumpkin Burger
As much as I hate to admit it, pumpkin things are good. When fall rolls around, I look forward to a Pumpkin Spice Latte (or 10) and a piece of pumpkin bread -- but a pumpkin burger?
2. McDonald's McSpaghetti
Somehow, this product is pretty popular in certain areas of the world -- namely the Philippines -- and even has a bit of a cult following.
But, in the U.S., this dish failed miserably.
3. Taco Bell's Taco Burger
I get it -- a taco-burger hybrid sounds pretty damn good. But, Taco Bell's Bell Beefers were a total fail... Mainly because they left you feeling gross, greasy and 1,000 pounds heavier.
Also, was this before their "think outside the bun" campaign, or?
4. In-n-Out's 100 x 100 Burger
Cramming 100 burger patties in between two buns is never a good idea.
5. McDonald's McPizza
First of all, no one wants to go to McDonald's for pizza -- ever. Second of all, it took 10 or more minutes to cook, which defeats the purpose of going to a fast food restaurant.
6. Jack in the Box's Frings
It was literally a bag with fries and onion rings in it.
7. Pizza Hut's Priazzo
This was Pizza Huts take on Chicago deep dish pizza. While it didn't necessarily taste bad, the company spent $15 million and didn't make much in return. Plus, it took forever to cook.
8. Dairy Queen's Moolatte
This was a decent product, but guys -- the name! The name was the problem.
9. Taco Bell's Frito Burrito
10. McDonald's McLobster
This is basically a hot dog bun stuffed with "lobster," lettuce and sauce.
Much like the McRib, this sandwich appears every once in a while at select locations across the country, only to vanish weeks later. As a whole, it doesn't see much success.
Currently, it's only available in parts of New England and eastern Canada.
11. KFC's Double Down
I'm not really sure what their goal was here -- but if I'm not into eating bread, I'm probably not into eating fried chicken... As bread.
12. McDonald's Hula Burger
In order to lure Catholic customers who didn't eat meat on Fridays, McDonald's created the hula burger -- which was grilled pineapple and cheese on a bun. Yum?
13. Burger King's Enormous Omelet Sandwich
This was just way too much. And, the cholesterol was through the roof.
14. Taco Bell's Seafood Salad
In the 1980s, Taco Bell tried to diversify their menu with this number. But, something about eating seafood at Taco Bell didn't sit well with customers -- and by that I mean a lot of people got food poisoning.
March is just around the corner, which for McDonald's lovers, also means it's time for the seasonal mint-flavored green shake to reappear on the menu.
Beginning February 7th, the original Shamrock Shake will become available, as well as four other brand new varieties, including the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Shamrock Mocha, Shamrock Hot Chocolate.
The beloved original version, composed of vanilla soft serve blended with mint syrup, launched in 1970 and has developed somewhat of a cult-following. The popular green shake is only available in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick's Day.
In the late 1980s, Wendy's took the training of their employees very seriously and to new heights.
As humans, we love fast food.
I mean, there's something about the convenience, the saltiness and the fake-ness of it all that keeps us coming back for more -- and more, and more.
So, with that in mind, I decided to do a little research and figure out which fast food restaurants are the largest worldwide. You may find some of these interesting.
10 Largest Fast Food Chains in the World:
10. Papa John's Pizza
There are over 4,700 Papa John's restaurants worldwide, including locations in all 50 U.S. states and in 37 other countries.
9. Dairy Queen
There are over 6,000 Dairy Queen locations worldwide, including locations in 18 countries other than U.S.
8. Dunkin' Donuts
There are over 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts, including locations in two countries other than the U.S.
7. Domino's Pizza
There are over 15,000 Domino's locations worldwide, including locations in 70 countries other than the U.S.
6. Burger King
There are over 13,000 Burger King locations worldwide, including locations in 91 countries other than the U.S.
There are over 25,085 Starbucks locations worldwide, including locations in 64 countries other than the U.S.
4. Pizza Hut
There are over 11,000 Pizza Hut locations worldwide, including location in 93 countries other than the U.S.
There are 42,174 Subway locations worldwide, including locations in 106 countries other than the U.S.
There are 18,875 KFC locations worldwide, including locations in 118 countries other than the U.S.
There are over 35,000 McDonald's locations worldwide, including locations in 119 countries other than the U.S.
The thing I love most about McDonald's is that they're true to themselves, and don't often change their menu.
Of course, since being founded in 1955, the historic fast food chain has expanded and updated the foods they serve, but they haven't veered far off the original path -- burgers and fries.
Now, in addition to their delectable burgers, they offer breakfast items, such as Egg McMuffins and McGriddles, McCafe items such as lattes, coffee and shakes, and healthy options, such as chicken nuggets, salads, wraps and oatmeal.
But, even though McDonald's has made many changes toward the healthier, a lot of their menu items still veer on the side of dangerously caloric, fat and sodium dense.
So, next time you visit your favorite fast food destination, keep these menu items in mind.
McDonald's 11 Unhealthiest Menu Items May Surprise You:
Fat: 22 Grams
Sodium: 1,110 milligrams
10. McDonald's Sausage Biscuit with Egg
Fat: 35 Grams
Sodium: 1,290 milligrams
9. Crispy Chicken and Bacon Premium McWrap
Fat: 32 Grams
Sodium: 1,540 milligrams
8. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel
Fat: 27 Grams
Sodium: 1,040 milligrams
7. Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich
Fat: 30 Grams
Sodium: 1,199 milligrams
6. Frappe Mocha, Large
Fat: 22 Grams
Sodium: 160 milligrams
5. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Fat: 45 Grams
Sodium: 1,060 milligrams
4. Cheeseburger Happy Meal
Fat: 23 Grams
Sodium: 790 milligrams
3. McCafe Shakes
Fat: 15 Grams
Sodium: 340 milligrams
2. McFlurry with M&Ms, 16 oz.
Fat: 32 Grams
Sodium: 256 milligrams
1. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
Fat: 56 Grams
Sodium: 2,150 milligrams
When I'm looking to eat healthy, I don't usually think, "Oh, let me run to McDonald's for something light." But, as it turns out, the famous fast food joint actually has some decent options.
Now, in addition to their delectable burgers and fries, McDonald's offers non-red meat and healthy options, such as chicken nuggets, salads, wraps and oatmeal.
So now, when you're trying to shed a couple pounds, you don't have to forfeit health for convenience.
McDonald's 6 Healthiest Menu Items:
6. Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Premium McWrap
Fat: 15 Grams
Sodium: 1,090 milligrams
5. Buffalo Ranch McChicken
Fat: 16 Grams
Sodium: 990 milligrams
Fat: 16 Grams
Sodium: 800 milligrams
3. Premium Classic Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Fat: 9 Grams
Sodium: 820 milligrams
2. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken
Fat: 8 Grams
Sodium: 680 milligrams
1. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken
Fat: 8 Grams
Sodium: 690 milligrams