Fast-food restaurant chains are constantly trying new things and are in a constant competition over which has the best and most unique menus items in the hopes of luring new customers. However, in this nonstop race to come up with the next buzzworthy food item mistakes are bound to happen. From McDonald’s Hula Burger to Pizza Hut’s Priazzo these are 25 Fast Food Menu Items That Failed Miserably.
In 2013 Wendy’s announced it would stop serving breakfast at most locations after a yearlong experiment. The fast-food chain’s effort was a gigantic flop because, according to them, they underestimated the habits of the average breakfast eater.
You might be too young to remember this, but there was a time when, in addition to its Frostys and the best fast-food fries (before they changed the recipe), Wendy’s dabbled in being a country-style buffet, with a buffet bar called the SuperBar. It was predominately a salad bar with your standard salad fixings, and despite becoming quite popular the chain discontinued it without ever giving customers a satisfactory reason for doing so.
Wendy’s Frescata Sandwiches
The sandwiches, introduced in 2006, were pulled off the menu a year later since they were a big commercial failure. The sandwiches took more than eighteen months to develop before being rolled out, and two-dozen kinds were tested by consumers, but apparently that wasn’t enough to help these sandwiches stay on the board.
The McDLT was an ambitious menu item that was introduced in the 1980s but in the end failed for all the wrong reasons. The burger came in a Styrofoam container that kept the lettuce and tomato separate so the veggies stayed cool. This item was really popular with customers but was eliminated because of environmental concerns concerning the packaging.
Taco Bell’s Seafood Salad
Seafood started becoming really big back in the eighties and Taco Bell tried to make it work for them. However, after a respectable number of reported incidents of food poisoning, Taco Bell pulled this disastrous item from their menu.
Taco Bell’s Bell Beefer
The only problem with the Bell Beefer was that the meat fell apart to the point where the customers started complaining about it. Consequently, Taco Bell pulled it from the menu back in the 1980s. For all the haters the Bell Beefer had there were some dedicated fans who have actually created a Facebook group pleading for its return.
Sonic introduced fried pickle bites in 2004 and despite becoming a hit pretty quickly they became unpopular and went out of fashion even quicker and as a result were eventually discontinued.
Pizza Hut’s Priazzo
The Priazzo was introduced in the mid-1980s and was similar to a deep-dish Chicago pizza. Despite being delicious and earning many fans, the dish’s outrageously long preparation time was enough for Pizza Hut to pull it off the menu.
In the late 1980s McDonald’s tried to introduce pizza as a menu item but they discovered their costumers would rather come in for burgers and fries than anything else.
In spite of McPizza’s failure, McDonald’s gave Italian cuisine another try with their McSpaghetti. They also introduced lasagna and fettuccine alfredo. Needless to say the items failed miserably in the US.
Big 33 and McJordan
These were ’90s special menu items that probably only the older peeps remember. The two burgers debuted in 1992 and were pretty much the same: a Quarter Pounder with bacon and special barbecue sauce named after either Larry Bird or Michael Jordan.
McDonald’s Triple-Double Burger
Back in the 1990s before the “notorious” burger challenges on YouTube where silly peeps build towers of patties and consume them like animals, there was a burger made of three beef patties and two slices of cheese served on a sesame seed bun. The coolest part was that it was originally created and marketed as a promotional tie-in for the film Batman Forever, which made it incredibly popular.
Come on now? Who can afford to buy lobster at a fast-food place? No wonder it failed.
McDonald’s Hula Burger
The Hula Burger replaced a meat patty with a grilled pineapple slice and was supposed to be for Catholics who didn’t eat meat on Fridays. Unfortunately, McDonald’s soon found out most religious people don’t eat fast food that much.
McDonald’s Arch Deluxe
The Arch Deluxe was a hamburger sold by McDonald’s in 1996 and marketed specifically to adults. It was soon discontinued after failing to become popular despite a massive marketing campaign and is considered one of the most expensive flops of all time.
McDonald’s Salad Shakers
Back in the early 2000s these awesome salad shakers became wildly popular especially with the younger generation and made salads look cooler than ever before. Just think about it—an entire salad shoved into what appears to be a Frappuccino cup. Isn’t that cool? If you want them back you can always join their Facebook page which demands their return.
McDonald’s Mighty Wings
Mighty Wings were a truly ambitious project but proved to be too expensive, too spicy, and too unappetizing to customers. To get an idea how big a flop the wings were, the fast-food chain had to sell the wings for about 60 cents at some point, compared to the original price of $1.
The McAfrika reminded us more of a Greek gyro rather than a traditional McDonald’s item and included beef, cheese, and tomatoes on a pita. However, it caused a lot of controversy back in 2002 when it was released during the extreme famines in southern Africa. McDonald’s apologized and pulled the item shortly after its release.
Frings were a combination of onion rings and fries for all those indecisive customers out there and was supposed to be the hottest item of the seventies. Soon after their release they proved to be Jack-in-the-Box’s biggest failure to that point.
Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Burger Melt
To public health advocates, the sandwich appeared to be a cruel and tasteless joke. The entire Burgermelt meal with fries came in at a whopping 1,500 calories, 97 grams of fat, and a horrifying 2,090 milligrams of sodium. The Burger Melt was taken off the menu after a short time in 2010.
Burger King’s Enormous Omelette Sandwich
Burger King’s enormous omelette sandwich was released in 2005 and included an egg omelette, sausage, and cheese on a big sesame seed bun. Surprisingly, the sandwich was considered too big for customers and was discontinued.
Dairy Queen’s Breeze
The Dairy Queen Breeze was conceived as a healthier version of the popular Blizzard ice cream treat, made with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. It plodded along for about a decade before DQ pulled the plug, claiming the demand was so low that the frozen yogurt often went bad before it could be sold.
Burger King’s Satisfries
Burger King’s “great-tasting crinkle-cut, reduced-fat, reduced-calorie French fries,” also known as Satisfries, were removed from the menu in about two-thirds of its restaurants in North America less than a year after their debut in September 2013. Seriously now, with a name like Satisfries, they really hoped they could be trending?
Burger King’s Burger Shots
BK Burger Shots were Burger King’s version of sliders but customers never showed any fondness for them and so they were discontinued in record time back in 1987.
All Things “Super-Size” at McDonald’s
Super-size was a super successful project with millions of happy customers that lasted for over a decade. However, all that changed when independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock released his documentary Super Size Me in 2004. The film showed Spurlock eating nothing but McDonald’s for a month, and how it negatively damaged his body and health. Super Size Me was the death knell for McDonald’s “super-size it” idea and by the end of 2004 it was gone forever.