Sometimes new fast food menu items can be fun. Just think back to the days when Burger King started offering $2 Hershey's chocolate cream pies, or when Taco Bell came out with their explosive Volcano Taco!
Alas, fast food is not always the graceful home of innovation. Some new menu items clearly demonstrate that when it comes to "new fast food," the boundaries may have already been reached, with some gross fast food items lasting only a week on the menu. Leafing through the fast food history books, one finds that for every stuffed crust pizza success, there is a cream cheese-and-meatball stuffed-crust failure.
Sometimes these major chains didn't understand their audience, didn't get what was going on in the world, or just forgot what tastes good. Take a look at these fast food items that failed and see some of the weirdest creations fast food chains around the world have dished out over the years.
Taco Bell Seafood Salad
This menu item sounds more like the name of a Southern California punk band than anything you would actually want to eat. Taco Bell tried to take on the Filet-O-Fish in the '80s with this monstrosity containing crab, whitefish, and shrimp. Not even in the '80s were people wild enough to trust Taco Bell with their seafood.
KFC Cheese Top Burger
This sandwich was released in the Philippines and subsequently blew up in America. The wacky burger caught the attention of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! writers, who did a solid job pointing out its fatal flaw: how do you hold it without taking a bath in processed cheese?
Pizza Hut Double Sensation Pizza
The title is provocative, compelling, and almost existential, but not nearly as perplexing as the pizza itself. Released in Singapore in 2012, this limited-edition holiday pizza was truly a nightmare before Christmas. It featured one crust stuffed with three kinds of cheese and topped with turkey, veggies, ham, and salsa. The second crust was stuffed with chicken sausage and cheese and topped with zucchini, chicken, and sauce. Oh, there was also a cherry in the middle.
This hot dog is a historic failure in America. The McHotDog is where consumers drew the line at fast-food mystery meat. Even the McSalads and other healthy menu items were more successful for the longtime establishment, even if not by much. The McHotDog left as mysteriously as it arrived but suspiciously reappeared in Japan on the breakfast menu in 2009.