Steve Eighinger

Thankfully, these menu items did not catch on

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 5, 2020 10:00 pm

We're all guilty. We all love fast food way too much.

That said, not all fast food has proved to be equal over the years. In fact, there have been some tremendous culinary gaffes thrust upon consumers.

For every classic Big Mac or Whopper, there have been such offerings as McSpaghetti and the Kuro Pearl Burger (more about this item in a minute).

I've compiled a list of 10 of the worst choices that some of our favorite corporate giants have rolled out for us to (try and) consume over the past few decades.

Some of the following I tried, some of them I couldn't. I just couldn't.

We'll start with the least offensive and work toward what I think was the worst fast-food idea in my adult lifetime:

10. McHotdog: Seriously, the Golden Arches tried this, but soon abandoned the concept. Good call. Even seeing the item on a McDonald's menu made by stomach begin to churn.

9. McSpahetti: Like the McHotdog, McDonald's introduced this treat in the late 1970s when it was trying to broaden its menu. U.S. customers immediately rejected McSpaghetti, although some international versions of Mickey D's still sell the item. For the record, the spaghetti came with a handful of Chicken McNuggets.

8. McPizza: McDonald's tried this at different times during the late 1980s and early 1990s, but it never caught on in the U.S. The wait for the pizzas often clogged order lines and created resentment among customers. I used to love these things, but the wait was often intolerable.

7. Taco Bell seafood salad: In the 1980s, Taco Bell attempted to diversify its menu with this item, but the chain was forced to pull it after numerous reported incidents of food poisoning, according to Business Insider.

6. McWrap: A salad inside a tortilla shell was not popular.

5. McAfrika: McDonald's offered a pita with beef, cheese, lettuce and tomato, which on the surface was not a bad idea. The timing, however, was an enormous public relations nightmare. The sandwich was initially released in Europe during a famine in southern Africa. McDonald's soon pulled the sandwich.

4. Burger King Windows 7: To my knowledge, this never reached the mainland, but is so bizarre I felt it needed to be included on this list. In 2009, Burger King Japan released a special-edition SEVEN-PATTY burger in honor of Windows 7. Seven. Count 'em, seven.

3. Taco Bell Mountain Dew A.M.: In 2012, Taco Bell debuted a new and bizarre morning beverage that carried this name. The drink was a sugary mix of orange juice and Mountain Dew. Yikes.

2. Bubble-gum flavored broccoli: Less than a decade ago, McDonald's idea was to revolutionize kid menus. Add this one to the "did not work" file.

1. Burger King Kuro Pearl Burger: While most of the U.S. never knew this existed, it is a menu item that will live in infamy. Served with a black bun and black cheese (dyed with bamboo charcoal), this burger also came with an onion-garlic sauce dyed black with squid ink.

And on that note, pass the Alka-Seltzer.