10 Times Fast Food Went Too Far

10 Times Fast Food Went Too Far

August 16, 2019 100 By Bertrand Dibbert


We have all probably heard of some odd sounding
menu item from our favourite fast food chains – sometimes it turns out to be delicious,
but other times it turns out to be something the world never, ever needed. There’s no
telling what weird things fast food restaurants might come up with. So here are just a few
of those times when fast food restaurants went too far when trying to come up with unique
menu items. Carl’s JR Most American Thickburger The Most American Thickburger from Carl’s
JR seems like it was created by someone who threw whatever they could find in their cupboard
onto a hamburger and gave it a name. For those who may not have tried this burger, and for
those who haven’t heard of it before, let me break it down for you. The Most American
Thickburger is a hamburger with the usual lettuce, ketchup, pickles and other burger
toppings, but with a few added items that you probably wouldn’t have thought to put
on a hamburger. The Most American Thickburger also comes with a hot dog split in two on
top of the rest of the items inside the burger, along with Lay’s kettle cooked potato chips.
You heard that right, it’s a hamburger that has a hot dog and potato chips on it. This
combination is strange, and very unnecessary all around. The old saying of less is more
seems to apply to this situation, with many customers commenting that the three different
tastes of the hot dog, chips and hamburger all in one prove to be too much for one sandwich,
and who can blame them? While hot dogs, hamburgers and chips can all be very tasty on their own,
mixing all three together seems a tad ridiculous. All in all, this hamburger went too far, and should
never have been made an actual menu item available to the public. KFC Double Down Dog Sometimes fast food restaurants make some
menu items that are more about trying to come up with a craze and make more money than they
are about providing their customers with something reasonable to eat, KFC is no different. 
It all started with the original KFC Double Down sandwich, which was a sandwich that skipped
the bread and replaced it with chicken instead. The original Double Down is two pieces of
KFC’s fried chicken with bacon, cheese and sauce in between them. This item alone sounds
over the top as is, but KFC didn’t share that view, for them it wasn’t quite far
enough. For those who aren’t satisfied with chicken as the vehicle to get bacon and cheese
in your mouth, you can step it up a notch with the Double Down Dog. This KFC menu item
takes the regular version of the KFC Double Down and adds a hot dog in between the two
pieces of fried chicken. As if eating nothing but fried chicken around cheese, sauce and
bacon wasn’t enough, adding a hot dog to the combination really tips this KFC menu
item over the edge to just completely unnecessary. Some customers even reported feeling sick
shortly after eating the Double Down Dog, probably from the pure amount of grease and
fat that the food item contains. Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino The Unicorn Frappucino from Starbucks really
blew up on social media in the spring of 2017, the colors made for a really cool picture,
and social media influencers definitely took advantage of that fact during the heydays
of this drink. In reality, a lot of consumers reported that it really didn’t taste that
great, some saying it tasted like birthday cake with a sour flavor to it, and the Starbucks
baristas hated making it. It was also criticized by health organizations because of the absolutely
ridiculous amount of sugar that this drink contained. One 24-OZ Unicorn Frappucino contained
76 grams of sugar, which is at least 40 grams more than the recommended daily sugar intake
for the average person. The multi-coloured drink looked cool for pictures, but this particular
Starbucks creation pushed it way too far with the number of empty calories and sugar in
even one of these beverages. Despite the obvious general health reasons to avoid this drink,
it was super popular and even major news outlets reported on this multi-colored craze, even
if its popularity was mostly based on the way it looked rather than the way it tasted. The Arby’s Arbynator Arby’s has found a way to combine your sandwich
with your side, and it is called the Arbynator. The Arbynator is a simple concept, you take
a regular Arby’s roast beef sandwich and you add all of their most popular sauces to
it: Cheddar sauce, Arby’s sauce and Horsey sauce, but it doesn’t just end in a pile
of roast beef with three sauces. This over the top sandwich also includes a pile of their
signature curly fries in between the buns, so now you can eat both your sandwich and
your fries all in one go. This roast beef monstrosity also comes in half-pound and double
sizes just in case a regular sized roast beef sandwich with curly fries on it wasn’t enough
for you. This item is unnecessary probably for a multitude of reasons, but the most glaringly
obvious reason is, you could easily just make the combination yourself if you really wanted
to by simply ordering your choice of Arby’s sandwich, making it a combo with curly fries
and sticking your fries on the sandwich. If you really want fries on your sandwich, doing
it yourself makes it so you can create your own fry and sandwich combinations with any
available Arby’s sandwich. In the end, there really was no real reason for Arby’s to
ever make this a menu item. Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse Burger This was a limited time menu item offered
by Burger King, and it’s exactly what the name suggests, a hamburger made with a patty
that has been stuffed with other ingredients. The patty was stuffed with cheese and jalapenos
and promised a whole lot of flavor to consumers. From various customer reviews, the burger
itself was actually pretty delicious, and they seemed to have delivered on their promise
for a tasty new hamburger, but the fact that this is a hamburger patty that is literally
stuffed with a whole bunch of cheese makes it a bit over-indulgent. Cheese has been used
in sandwiches for a very long time, and it has always worked well as a topping in the
traditional sense, but there really is no reason to stuff it into the hamburger instead
of just putting it on top with the rest of the ingredients. Despite the fact that the
traditional way of having cheese on a hamburger seemed to be working well, Burger King still
decided to go that extra distance and stuff it into the hamburger patty. Though it doesn’t
seem like a necessary thing to do, it seemed to work out for the fast food chain, with
many customers really enjoying the pepper and cheese stuffed patty. Sometimes things
that were taken too far, such as the Stuffed Steakhouse Burger, can end up going well for
the fast food restaurants despite the item being something super extra. Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa Taco Bell is known for some of their more
inventive menu options, including everything from french toast in place of taco shells
to taco shells that are flavored like Doritos, but one of their more out of the box menu
options was the Naked Chicken Chalupa. This limited time menu option swapped out the classic
taco shell for a taco shell shaped piece of fried chicken instead. This meant that you
could order a piece of fried chicken shaped like a taco shell with taco fillings piled
inside. Not only has Taco Bell offered this menu option on more than one occasion, they’ve
also offered more than one version of it, including a spicy option for those who might
like a bit of kick to their Naked Chicken Chalupa. I think it’s plain to see why this
fast food item went just a little too far, having a piece of fried chicken surrounding
the already unhealthy taco fillings offered by Taco Bell just makes it that much worse
for the consumer. Despite how over the top this menu item is, it has proven to be fairly
popular considering Taco Bell has brought the limited time item back on more than one
occasion. Some people just seem to love their taco fillings being stuffed into a fried chicken
taco shell, and though for a lot of us these may seem unnecessary, it’s proven at least
popular enough for Taco Bell to bother releasing it more than once. Lucky Charms Shake As if the sugar content in Lucky Charms cereal
wasn’t high enough, Burger King decided to add the popular breakfast cereal into a
milkshake. In early 2017, the fast food chain added the limited time Lucky Charms milkshake
to their menu, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a milkshake made with soft serve
vanilla ice cream and bits of Lucky Charms cereal blended in it, along with a sweet syrup
being added to increase the sugary taste of the drink. With this Burger King menu item,
not only do you get the large amounts of sugar found in the cereal, but you get a bunch of
extra sugar from the ice cream and syrup that are added. This milkshake is absolutely ridiculous,
and though the cereal is much loved by all sorts of people, and Burger King claimed it
did well in their consumer tests, this milkshake didn’t prove to be as popular as they had
hoped. Consumers gave the limited-edition milkshake some bad reviews, meaning that not
only was this a completely over the top menu addition, it didn’t even go over well with
Burger King’s customers. Firecracker Burrito from Taco Bell This limited time offer from Taco Bell doesn’t
sound like anything crazy when you first start listing off the ingredients: ground beef,
rice, cheese, sour cream and spicy sauce. Those ingredients sound like a normal burrito,
definitely something that appeals to those with a taste for the spicier things in life,
but when you hear the special ingredient in this burrito, you’ll realize just how over
the top it really is. Taco Bell decided the missing ingredient in this dish was cayenne
pepper flavored Pop Rocks. That’s right, cayenne flavored Pop Rocks, someone down
at Taco Bell decided that spicy Pop Rocks in a burrito was a necessary item to be added
to the menu, even if just temporarily and only in a few select locations. Dubbed “Cayenne
popping crystals” by Taco Bell, they were a spicy spin on Pop Rocks, which came in a
little package on the side of your meal. The expectation was you were supposed to sprinkle
the Pop Rock knockoffs onto your burrito to add an extra little crunch and that cayenne
pepper flavor to what is basically an otherwise regular burrito. It wasn’t a very popular
menu item, because honestly it just sounds weird, so understandably it didn’t sell
as well as Taco Bell probably hoped. Tim Hortons Buffalo flavored latte Tim Hortons is a huge coffee chain that is
mostly known in Canada, but has made its way into other countries slowly as well. Typically,
their menu items aren’t super strange, some of them aren’t for everyone but for the
most part they are just normal coffee and doughnut additives. Every once in a while,
they get a little more adventurous with their new food and drinks, and it doesn’t always
work out well for them. You would think that they would know better than releasing some
of the menu items that they have tried out, but sometimes companies just don’t seem
to understand their consumer base, and they miss the mark completely when it comes to
some of their ideas. One example is their Buffalo flavored latte. This limited time
drink was just way too far out of the box for most, comprised of steamed milk, fresh
poured espresso and buffalo sauce flavoring, it wasn’t exactly most people’s idea of
a delicious morning drink. It didn’t go over well with consumers, and for a good reason,
I don’t think anyone has ever wished for a buffalo sauce flavored latte. McDonald’s McLobster When people think lobster, especially when
they don’t live on the coast, they tend to thing higher priced, fancier restaurants
– not many people think McDonald’s. The fast food giant tried to change the way that consumers
thought about lobster, introducing their version of the seafood with the McLobster, which
was a lobster roll served on a bun similar to a hot dog bun and what they called lobster
sauce.  As you can probably guess, this menu item didn’t go well for the company, the
cost of obtaining the lobster proved to be a bigger challenge than they thought, and
along with general supply issues, the Mclobster did not go as planned. This menu item did not
prove profitable in most places, so McDonald’s made a decision to stop offering it everywhere
at any time, and instead decided to only offer it in coastal areas during the summer where
lobster would be abundant and cheaper to source. The Mclobster was very unnecessary, as most
people don’t tend to go into their local McDonald’s looking for lobster. McDonald’s
really didn’t think things through very thoroughly when they attempted to offer this
menu item, meaning that instead of creating a new popular fast food craze, they ended
up losing money and having to remove it from their menus except in very select places at
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