Can You Match These Fast Food Items to Their Chain Restaurant?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

The fast-food industry is massive! Not only in the United States, but around the world. Pretty much any food you can think of is available in a fast food style, but burgers, pizza, nachos, tacos and fries are the staples of the American diet.

And fast food is certainly not as new as you might think. Most people assume fast food was born in the 1950s, after World War II. Well, that period certainly saw a boom in fast food joints with the likes of McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken gaining in popularity. In truth, however, the first real fast food joints can be traced by to the early 1920s with White Castle, still going strong today, seen as the first franchise in this line of the food business.

Today, takeout food is a massive business. In 2016, fast food purchases contributed over $200 billion dollars to the economy, almost a quarter of the overall spend at restaurants. And you know what's best? Gone of the days of just a few restaurants with small menus. Today, there are many different restaurants, each with its own range of menu items.

So the question is: Can you identify an item from a fast food chain by just seeing an image of it? Think you can? Then take this tough fast food quiz.

Good luck!


At which fast food chain would you be to tuck into this double patty burger?

Who doesn't love a Big Mac? One of McDonald's most sought after meals, the Big Mac was introduced by the chain in 1968. It originally was known the Aristocrat and then the Blue Ribbon Burger before finally having the name we now all know. And what is in that special sauce? It's what makes the Big Mac different from anything else.

Who serves up this massive burger, an American favorite?

Many people would pick a Whopper over a Big Mac any day. Burger King introduced the Whopper in 1957 and over the years it has become their signature item. After all, the franchise's tagline is "Home of the Whopper." Did you know that Whoppers are tailored to local tastes in certain parts of the world?

If you want this delicious chicken, which fast food restaurant would you visit?

KFC is one of the best-selling restaurant chains on the planet, and it's all thanks to that secret recipe chicken. Founded by Harland Sanders, the Colonel's first restaurant opened as Sanders Court & Café in North Corbin, Kentucky in 1930. By 1952, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise had opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. And the secret 11 herbs and spice that make KFC unique? Well, no one's telling what that is!

Their waffle-shaped fries are delicious! Which fast food joint introduced these in the mid-1980s?

Introduced in 1985, Chick-Fil-A's Waffle Fries are a popular side at the fast food chain. Prepared with the skin on, these fries are cooked in canola oil to be crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Yum!

Do you know at which restaurant you would find this popular cheeseburger?

A staple on the Five Guys menu and also extremely popular, this cheeseburger is a whopping 840 calories! Did you know former basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal owns over 150 Five Guys franchises?

Can you identify the restaurant where mashed potatoes and Cajun gravy is offered as a side?

What's not to like about a decent mashed potato? Add the Cajun gravy and you have a very popular dish available from Popeye's: and it's only 120 calories! Popeye's, which opened in 1972, has 2,600 restaurants in the United States and 30 other locations around the world.

Loved by police officers, Homer Simpson, you and me, where are you most likely to get great doughnuts from the options below?

Closing in on 100 years old, Krispy Kreme doughnuts come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can include a range of fillings. The company was founded by Vernon Rudolph in 1937 and has over 1,000 locations across the globe.

These sliders may be small, but they pack a punch of flavor. Who sells them?

America's first fast-food chain, sliders have been a White Castle staple since 1921. Served on a 2 x 2-inch bun, even the patty is square. Of course, a slider is nothing without the extras, and the White Castle variety has onions and pickles.

Double patty, double cheese. Who could ask for more? Where can you order these tasty burgers?

Certainly a smaller take-out chain than most of its competitors, In-N-Out has around 340 stores, mainly on the Pacific coast and in the Southwest. Opened in 1948, In-N-Out operated California's first drive-through hamburger joint.

Which take-out joint makes these delicious long, thin, salty fries?

There certainly isn't anything quite like McDonald's fries. Crispy, salty, long, thin and delicious, they are quite calorie heavy. A medium fries is around 340 calories and also contains plenty of fat, thanks to the frying process. McDonald's fries were first introduced in 1949 and flavored with a special "beef" flavoring.

Where would you find this beautiful roast beef sandwich?

Introduced in 1964, if you love roast beef, then an Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich is a must. It simply consists of roast beef—plenty of it—and a bun. Sometimes, however, simple is best. And at 350 calories, it's healthier than most hamburgers.

Ice cream with extras! At which restaurant chain is this a staple dessert?

Creamy soft-serve ice cream ... check! A range of extras such as Oreo's, M&M's or chocolate fudge ... check! Pure bliss ... check. At just over 20 years old, the McFlurry is one of the best desserts around. Watch your waistline, however. It clocks in at about 500 calories, depending on the topping.

Fries come in all shapes and sizes in the world of fast food. Who makes these curly fries?

First seen in 1988, Curly Fries from Arby's are certainly unique. Fried till golden brown, they are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Add an Arby's sauce to make them even better.

Do you know where this spicy chicken creation is served?

Less than a decade old and already an extremely popular item on the Chick-Fil-A's menu, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich has a massive chicken filet, hand-breaded and spiced and then fried to perfection. You have an option to choose your bun as well, with gluten-free and multi-grain available.

Love it or hate it, this hot drink includes pumpkin spice and is available from _______?

Espresso, milk, spices and cream. A favorite for many in the fall, this Starbucks hot drink tops almost 400 calories. Of course, you could always leave out the cream, but then it's not as rich and decadent, is it?

Do you know which fast food chain sells this huge pretzel?

What could be better than pretzels in a range of flavors, from savory to sweet? You can always just go for an original, which the chain started selling back in 1988.

Which fast-food chain serves this delicious looking burger?

Shake Shack started out in New York City in 2004 and although still relatively new, now boasts 130 domestic restaurants and 70 outside of the United States. The Shake Burger is fairly simple, but sometimes that's a good thing! It certainly has all you need on a hamburger.

These used to cost just $.99 ... for 2! At which fast-food chain could you buy them?

Sadly, you can't get two tacos for under a dollar from Jack in the Box anymore, although $1.29 is still very reasonable. Clocking in at just under 400 calories for two, these delicious, greasy bits of fast food heaven were introduced in the 1950s.

Can you name the fast food joint that serves these fries from their "secret" menu?

It's not much of a secret anymore, but In-N-Out's "animal style" options provide some interesting variations of some of their menu items. Fries, for example, get drenched in sauce, smothered in cheese and finished with onions. They do clock in at a whopping 750 calories, however.

This apple pie is as American as the franchise that serves it. Can you name it?

Caution! Contents hot! How many times have you burned your lips on a McDonald's Apple Pie just to get them in your belly faster? Thank goodness they are served in twos! Perfect.

If you love chicken and biscuits, then you probably love this option. But where would you buy it?

Great biscuits, baked golden brown ... check. Tasty chicken spiced perfectly ... check. Perfect combo! The Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit was first introduced in 1986.

Only available for breakfast, who serves this muffin-based item?

Served the world over, if you like your bacon, egg and cheese served on a buttery muffin, then McDonald's Egg McMuffin is just for you. It certainly is popular all over the world, and has been served as a morning hangover cure since 1972.

Where would you place an order for nacho fries?

Nacho fries gave Taco Bell their best ever product launch, and over 53 million were ordered across the United States in the five months that followed. What's not to love? They're fries with a cheesy sauce: a winner every time.

Can you name the takeout joint that is the likeliest to provide you with this pizza?

The most popular item on the Domino's menu, the pepperoni pizza, has made this chain one of the most popular in the United States when it comes to pizza.

You probably should keep your calories down for the rest of the day after consuming this sandwich. Who is responsible for this calorie monster?

960! That's what the Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich is worth, calorie-wise. But this sandwich has it all. Flavor, texture and general yumminess. Just don't eat them too often!

Who serves this interesting combination of bun, fish and cheese?

The combination of a bun, fish and cheese isn't alluring to everyone, but McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, introduced in 1963, must be eaten by many people; otherwise, it wouldn't be on the menu, right?

Where would you buy this spicy stir fry chicken dish?

You could almost eat the picture, right? Not only does Panda Express’ Kung Pao Chicken stir fry look incredible, it tastes incredible. It's also relatively low in calories (290) and carbohydrates (16 g per serving).

Who serves up this frozen dessert filled with treats of your choice?

First introduced in 1985, the Blizzard is Dairy Queen's go-to frozen dessert. With a variety of fillings to choose from, there is one to match your particular sweet tooth. They are calorific, however. A small Oreo blizzard tops out at over 600 calories.

It may not be the healthiest, but it looks and tastes incredible. Who sells this sandwich?

Business Insider says this is one of the least healthy things on the menu at Subway. We don't care! Look at it! A full serving is around 600 calories, so if you're worried about that, share one with a friend ... if you can manage!

Ranked the number one pizza chain in America, who services this classic pizza?

America's biggest pizza chain, of course Pizza Hut would have one of the country's favorite pizzas, right? Meat lovers unite!

If you have kids, no doubt they have whined for this meal from time to time. Where would you go to keep them quiet?

Since 1979, kids around the world certainly haven't wanted a happy meal for the food itself. It's all about the toy, isn't it? Great marketing by McDonald's in that regard. Of course, the toys often have a tie-in with whatever kids' movie is current at the time.

Small, round balls of goodness. Which fast food joint created these sugary treats?

Scared of eating a whole doughnut? Munchkins are a perfect alternative. The same sugary goodness, but fewer calories! Thanks, Dunkin'!

Can you name the restaurant where these incredible cheese-filled dough balls are part of the menu?

Filled with cheese from Wisconsin, these stringy snacks are delicious! Let's be honest, anything with cheese is good. Deep fried cheese is even better. Just don't tell your doctor!

Which fast food chain serves these popular Parmesan-crusted bread sticks?

Although most people go to Little Caesar's for their pizza, their Crazy Bread is one of their most popular menu items. Just perfect while you wait for your pie to come out the pizza oven!

Bacon ... so much bacon! Now that's a bacon burger. Do you know where to purchase one?

That's a whole lot of bacon. And possibly cholesterol. Served up by Wendy's chains across the United States, this hamburger is not called the Baconator for nothing.

Love Cajun spices? Then these fries are straight up your alley. Who makes them?

First spiced in 1986, Cajun Spices, a popular item on the Five Guys menu are prepared with the takeout chains famous seasoning with a Cajun base. Note that Five Guys fries are cooked in peanut oil, so those with a peanut allergy should steer well clear.

Which famous chain serves this popular spiced chicken sandwich?

Who doesn't like a spicy chicken sandwich? Wendy's have served this winner since 1996 and it continues to prove a popular menu item.

Where would you buy these bite-sized pieces of chicken?

Available in a number of different-sized meals, McNuggets have been part of the McDonald's menu since 1981. Don't forget the yummy selection of sauces that go with them as well. They are high in calories, however, with a six-piece serving coming in at around 287 calories.

Can you name the take-out restaurant that serves this dessert?

No fancy flavors here, it's simply not needed. Just the classic chocolate and vanilla. Wendy's have served Frostys since 1969. One of the five original products at the time, it cost just 35 cents way back then.

Crunchy and certainly cheesy, where would you go for this taco?

Nothing beats a decent crunch while eating and the Cheesy Gordita has it by the bucketload! Spicy, crunchy and tasty, it has proved to be a winner since it was first introduced at the turn of the 21st Century.

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