From cheeseburger pizzas to waffle tacos, these are our "favorite" artery-clogging fast food concoctions.
In the digital age, going viral is an all-important way to spread your brand. For restaurants, an easy way to make that happen is to invent a disgusting and/or over-the-top food that makes people's arteries seize up just by thinking about it.
Customers feel compelled to try this "specialty food" — which is usually highly-publicized in the media, because it's just so ridiculous — and share the experience with their various social followers. Thus, the digital age has encouraged the proliferation of stunt food.
Here are 10 of our favorite attention-grabbing junk food offenders.
KFC's Double Down
We feel like the latest rash of stunt foods can mostly be blamed on the success of KFC's gross-terpiece, the Double-Down, which turns two fried chicken cutlets into the "bread" of a cheese-and-bacon sandwich. Inspiring many other "restaurants" to copy its over-the-top caloric antics, it should be both commended as a marketing marvel and reviled as a tragedy against mankind.
Arby's Meat Mountain
Since it's a "secret menu" item, you will have to explain to the confused worker who's never heard of it that it's comprised of a bun topped with two chicken tenders, 1.5-oz. of roast turkey, 1.5-oz. of ham, one slice of Swiss cheese, 1.5-oz. of corned beef, 1.5-oz. of brisket, 1.5-oz. of Angus steak, one slice of cheddar cheese, 1.5-oz. of roast beef, and three half-strips of bacon. With each meat you list, you have another opportunity to reevaluate your choice, as you realize the ludicrousness of the sandwich.
Burger King's Pizza Burger
Available only for a short time at The Whopper Bar in Times Square, before it was shut down for violations (against health codes, not, like, "against good sense" or for "crimes against humanity"), it's a giant hamburger topped with six fire-grilled burgers, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, red pesto, and Sicilian sauce, then cut into six slices. Yes, it feeds six people. Or one really lonely person.
Pizza Hut's Cheeseburger Pizza Crust
The US and UK are truly "two nations, separated by our common fast food travesties." Oscar Wilde said that. If America had not split from England over taxation, the cheeseburger pizza — found only in UK Pizza Huts — might have been the next best reason.
Dunkin' Donuts' Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich
The "chefs" over at Dunkers must come from the "look, it all goes to the same place!" school of culinary arts, as this one just mashes up various breakfast items into one sandwich that would make Paula Deen proud. We did a hands-on video review (mouths-on?) and determined that it "wasn't as gross as you'd think".
Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco
One of the biggest stunt food success stories, people took to this one, mainly, because it's not absolutely disgusting. (Well, at least no more disgusting than regular Taco Bell food.) It's quirky and brings new flavors, without being a train wreck. It even spawned a Cool Ranch sequel. A food sequel! What a country!
A cinnamon bun, minus the cinnamon — plus some pepperoni and cheese. It's the recipe for disappointment!
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco
What happens when other fast food joints are eating your lunch, when it comes to breakfast? You scramble to find a thematically-accurate idea for a breakfast of your own. Do people love eating waffles with their hands? It's still on Taco Bell's menu, so we guess so?
Baskin-Robbins' Firehouse 31 Ice Cream
It's a hot summer day and you're sweaty from a long day of sheep shearing (or whatever people do in the summer). To cool off, you reach for ice cream. BAM! It's full of super-hot cinnamon candy. It's the cruelest joke in ice cream form.
Sonic's Peanut Butter and Bacon Shake
This might sound gross but remember, people have been combining bacon and peanut butter for decades. Not only was Elvis a huge fan (he also added bananas and fried it), but every college kid who finds their refrigerator almost empty often combine these two foods.
Readers, what do you think? Have you tried any of these stunt foods? Were they delicious or disgusti-licious? Tell us your favorite nightmare food, in the comments, below!
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