The world of fast food is a strange one. People make fun of it regularly while others shun the idea of eating such unhealthy stuff, and yet it's a multi-billion dollar industry. The fact is, fast food is a guilty pleasure for many of us. And you know what? That's OK. Everything in moderation, right? Except for maybe those fast food items that seem like terrible mistakes of culinary madness.
Every so often, a restaurant chain comes up with an idea that's just mind-boggling in its weirdness. Or maybe they just create a local item that defies expectations by including ingredients you never even imagined before. Whatever the case, there are just so many fast food menu items out that there you've probably never even imagined and twice as many you'd only eat on a dare. But would you recognize them when you saw them?
If you think your fast food knowledge is up to the task, unwrap this quiz and dive right in. Weave your way through the Nutella Burgers and Pickle-Os and McSpaghetti plates to get to the heart of what was legitimately served to an unsuspecting yet voraciously hungry public, and what maybe never existed at all. At least not yet.
Everyone loves pasta, but which fast food pasta dish isn't legit?
Wendy's Bacon Penne Carbonara
Wendy's never took the pasta plunge with penne, but Burger King and McDonald's both offered pasta dishes in America, and KFC's Mac and Cheese Bites made it on the menu in the Philippines.
When in doubt, change the color! Which off-color item wasn't for sale?
The red-shelled Fiery Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell
The black Kuro Pearl Burger from Burger King
McDonald's Naughty Green Burger
Sonic's Blue Moon Burger
Sonic never made a Blue Moon burger, but McDonald's amazingly did produce a green burger to promote Angry Birds while Taco Bell has its fiery red taco and Burger King Japan made a jet black burger bun.
Most restaurants have a specialty, but which item that goes against what the restaurant normally sells isn't real?
Taco Bell's Bell Beefer Burger
KFC's Double Down Hot Dog
Subway's Fresh Menu Fajita
Subway hasn't dabbled in the fajita world, which is probably for the best. KFC did, however, make a hot dog with chicken as the bun, while McDonald's pizza wasn't all it was cracked up to be and Taco Bell's odd Sloppy Joe never really caught on.
Pizza Hut's international menu is the stuff of legends. Which bizarre pizza never really existed?
Salmon, fish roe, and cream cheese pizza
Mini cheeseburger and chicken tender-stuffed crust
Pizza Hut never tried a huevos rancheros pizza, but its international menu has done some wacky stuff. In the Middle East, you could have little burgers in your crust, Australia got the hot dogs, and Hong Kong got fish and cream cheese.
Every fast food place tries seafood sometimes. Which of these fishy items isn't the real deal?
Burger King's Calamari and Tofu Burger
Burger King hasn't made a calamari and tofu burger ever. That said, Wendy's in Japan will offer you lobster and caviar while Dunkin Donuts in China adds some seaweed to their donuts and Taco Bell once dared to sell a seafood salad.
Food mash-ups are super popular these days. Which one of these mash-ups never actually mashed up, though?
Taco Bell Cheetos Burrito
Burger King Lucky Charms Shake
McDonald's Oh Henry Pie
Sadly, you can't get an Oh Henry pie at McDonald's, but you can go to Australia for a Doritos crust pizza. Burger King did offer a Lucky Charms shake for a while and of course, Taco Bell made a Cheetos burrito.
Sometimes the toppings are what make or break your meal. Which one of these never topped an actual menu item?
McDonald's Mashed Potato Burger
KFC's Cream Corn Chicken Sandwich
Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt
Burger King's Baked Beans and Bacon Ranch Burger
No one is putting baked beans on a burger yet, but McDonald's did put mashed potatoes on one in China while KFC Brazil was topping sandwiches with creamed corn. Subway's Fritos Enchilada Melt was an American creation.
Veggies are important in a balanced meal. Which veggie isn't on a burger at a major chain somewhere?
Near as we can tell, no one is selling a carrot burger. Pumpkin graces the Whopper in Japan, however. McDonald's in Singapore has the cucumber-topped Nasi Lemak burger, and in New Zealand, they have the Kiwiburger, topped with beetroot.
Seems like McDonald's can put an "Mc" on anything and sell it. Which one of these didn't they try for real?
No McPotato is waiting for you out there, though McDonald's obviously has fries and hash browns. The McSoup is actually Campbell's soup, McCrab was a sort of McLobster spin-off, and McRice is a staple in Middle Eastern McDonald's locations.
Sometimes you have no idea what something is based on the confusing name. Which one of these vaguely named items never existed?
Burger King's Yumbo
Taco Bell Mega Melt
Taco Bell doesn't have a mega melt on the menu. Burger King did have a Yumbo, which was a ham and cheese sandwich and the Thome Triple at McDonald's was named for baseball player Jim Thome. The Cheezilla was a chicken sandwich on top of a breaded cheese patty all served on a bun.
Sometimes a restaurant will try to innovate how it serves drinks. Which one of these isn't the real deal?
KFC's edible Scoff-ee Cup
McDonald's Upside Down Iced Tea
The Col-Pop Cup that holds a drink and nuggets
The Twin Freeze two compartment drink cup
There's no Twin Freeze cup out there, but KFC did have an edible coffee cup and McDonald's tried a cup that had an ice compartment to keep your tea cold. Meanwhile, a South Korean fried chicken chain invented the Col-Pop, which holds nuggets in a cup over your drink.
A hot dog is an American classic, even though most big restaurants don't sell them. What chain has never sold a hot dog?
Taco Bell has never sold a hot dog, which is ironic because founder Glen Bell opened a hot dog stand before he began Taco Bell. McDonald's and Burger King both sold hot dogs and Subway in Japan even had a hot dog on their menu.
McDonald's McFlurry is pretty popular all over the world. What flavor have they yet to try for real?
There's no tangerine ginger in your McFlurry future, but the other flavors all exist. Even Bubblegum Squash is real, but it's worth noting that didn't mean squash the vegetable, it was referring to marshmallows.
Everyone needs a vegan option on the menu. Which one of these meatless choices wasn't a true choice at all?
Red Robin Garden Burger
Wendy's didn't produce anything called a Veganator, but McDonald's does offer a McVegan while Red Robin also has a fully vegan burger. The Taco Bell Power Menu bowl is literally just beans and vegetables in a bowl unless you add meat or cheese.
Secret menus are all the rage. What secret menu item is so secret it's not even real?
Burger King's Beef Bonanza
No such thing as a Burger King Beef Bonanza. Animal Style does exist at In-N-Out and features grilled onion, sauce, and cheese on your fries. The Land, Sea, and Ar burger has fish, beef and chicken involved and The Incredible Hulk is a five-layer burrito with guacamole instead of nacho cheese.