McDonald’s weird Hula Burger.
Fast food chains have offered us truly unforgettable foods. There are menus that are accepted almost unanimously by the carnivorous society: the quarter pound in McDonald’sthe chili pepper Wendy’s (for spicy lovers), the whopper from Burger King. Good reception justified by the long stay of these dishes on billboards.
But throughout history there have also been unforgettable preparations for their eccentricity: aberrant food combinations, flavors never explored before in the face of grandeur, blatant marketing failures.
Let’s see then 9 failed experiments (or rejected) by successful fast food chains that were once inexplicably given the green light to go to market.
1. Pizza with cheeseburger filled crust (Pizza Hut)
The arrangement of the meat medallions on this Pizza Hut pizza is bizarre to say the least.
As the name suggests, this culinary monster is nothing more than a pizza filled with cheeseburgers (there was also one with sausage, but that’s another topic).
This baroque food, made for those who surpass the typical flavors of pizza, is occasionally put up for sale. It is currently not available on Pizza Hut’s websites in Spain and the United States.
2. Onion nuggets (McDonald’s)
McDonald’s Onion Nuggets promotion.
Onion Nuggets were fairly popular onion nuggets in the 1970s. Before the arrival of chicken nuggets, a neat invention (well known to all of us who have set foot in McDonald’s) that wiped them out of the market.
The difference with the onion rings that the American chain has offered in our time is that the Onion Nuggets were consistent, inappropriately large. They had an unusual size for a fried onion.
3. Double (KFC)
A Kentucky fried chicken beast. Hey, he has his fans.
KFC interrupted the Double Down a few times due to how brutal it was. The photo says it all: they are two pieces of fried chicken that act as buns that wrap cheese, bacon and a special sauce.
4. Whopperrito (Burger King)
A food that stands out more for its name than for its content.
There was a day when Burger King took apart a Whopper and turned it into a burrito. And so “Whopperrito” was born. Nothing else to add.
5. Lobster Roll (McDonald’s)
McDonald’s Lobster Roll was popular in North America.
“Made with 100% real North Atlantic lobster.” This is how McDonald’s sold this extremely rare (possibly the rarest in its history) sandwich in Canada and New England.
The bread is that of a pancho. Inside is lobster, lobster sauce, and chopped lettuce. It was born in ’93 and, having supply problems, it soon left the menu and had only a few sporadic appearances on the menu.
6. Red Ramen (Red Robin)
Red Robin’s quirky Red Ramen. Curious.
In 2013, the American hamburger chain launched a trend that never reached the American subcontinent. He made red ramen, which is basically a ramen burger.
Based on Keizo Shimamoto’s original experiment, the sandwich was: a beef medallion placed on a crispy bun of ramen noodles and cabbage, carrots, onions infused with chilli, basil, teriyaki and Chiu Chow aioli sauce.
7. McAfrika (McDonald)
The big mistake of this burger: the name.
The most inappropriate thing about this burger is not its content, but the name. It was launched at the beginning of the 21st century in Norway and Denmark on the occasion of the Olympic Games and, according to the brand of the golden arches, it paid homage to an ancient African recipe. It consisted of meat, cheese and tomatoes wrapped in pita.
The idea of calling him McAfrika didn’t even appeal to the local public, considering that one of the richest countries in the world was promoting a food named after an extremely hungry continent.
Norwegian Church Aid and the Norwegian Red Cross, who were conducting humanitarian operations in southern Africa at the time, said the decision was callous, rude and reckless.
8. Hula Burger (McDonald’s)
The Hula Burger, only for the brave.
This completely unusual burger was introduced in 1960 to American Catholics who didn’t eat meat on Fridays.
Between the two loaves there was not a meat medallion, but a slice of grilled pineapple with cheese.
The Hula Burger also emerged to compete with another burger of the brand that was being produced in a few branches: the McFish. It was a breaded white fish sandwich (Alaskan pollock) topped with pickled dressing, half a wedge of cheese, and tartar sauce.
9. Bacon Sundae (Burger King)
A more than risky proposal.
What’s better than ending with a dessert? The strangest of all the snacks ever launched by a fast food chain is, without a doubt, Burger King’s bacon ice cream.
The base, that of any cup of ice cream: vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce. The addition, the aberrant element, of a few pieces of crispy bacon with an extra thicker piece in place of the “cubanito” or biscuit wafer.