10 Major Fast Food Failures Of Our Time
Almost all the major fast food chains have had the misfortune of indulging in some sort of fast food failure at one point or the other. Let’s go through the top 10 major fast food failures of our time.
In 1984, McDonald’s launched the McDLT. It was no special food except for being packed in a Styrofoam container that kept “the hot side hot and the cool side cool” by storing the beef patty in a separate compartment and the lettuce and tomato half in another. The consumer would then put the two sides together and eat climate-controlled paradise on a bun.
Domino’s created its own mascot called the Noid. It was a red suited creature that would try to destroy this pizza chain’s menu items. It did not create much of a fan following.
The burgers at the In-N-Out Burger chain are cooked to order. The 3x3 burger is basically three beef patties and three slices of cheese, and the highest meat to cheese ratio that you can order here is the 4x4, or four beef patties and four slices of cheese. On Halloween 2004, Will Young and seven of his friends ordered a 100x100. Yes, that’s actually 100 beef patties and 100 slices of cheese on a single bun.
Enormous Omelet Sandwich
Burger King introduced the Enormous Omelet Sandwich in March 2005. The sandwich consisted of eggs, cheese, bacon and sausage on a sesame seed roll, with a whopping 330 milligrams of cholesterol and 1940 milligrams of sodium.
Free Iced Coffee Day
In May 2010, Dunkin Donuts decided to give out free coffee to its patrons but only in 5 states and in participating locations. However most people did not read this disclaimer and lined up outside the stores. Upon finding out that they were not getting any free coffee, they were infuriated and Dunkin Donuts learned a lesson the hard way.
In 1996, McDonald’s launched the Arch Deluxe, meant to appeal to adult taste. They created a $100 million ad campaign but unfortunately, the product flopped.
This was a pie with two crusts, meant to resemble a Chicago deep-dish pizza. However, it took too much time to make for a fast food business and failed.
In the summer of 1987, Burger King launched Burger Bundles that took so much time to prepare that it had to be discontinued.
Taco Bell briefly launched the chili-cheese burrito, and made it extra special by adding Frito’s chips to the mix. However for people living outside of the southwestern United States, it was a bizarre and outlandish idea.
In 2006, the Wendy’s chain decided to battle it out with Subway restaurants and present their own line of freshly prepared deli sandwiches. They were called Frescatas, and were a healthy, more nutritious menu option but it never became popular. They were discontinued in 2007.
Let’s hope you did not have the misfortune of experiencing any of these fast food failures.
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