The food industry is a highly competitive one. Americans love their fast food and the concept has quickly spread across the entire globe. But all isn’t good under the “Golden Arches.” There is a ton of competition with over 200,000 fast food locations in the United States alone. The numbers are truly staggering. Revenue growth from fast food restaurants have skyrocketed from $6 billion in 1970 to over $160 billion in 2014. That is an average growth rate of 8.6 per cent over a 44-year period. Very impressive numbers.
Fast food tends to focus on high volume, low cost, speedy food products. The idea is to get the best food possible out as quickly as possible under these fast-paced conditions. Consistency is generally a hallmark of these franchises, with someone from Chicago in the United States guaranteed to see similar offerings at their favorite chain when visiting Montreal, Canada. This branding has lent itself to massive growth in the business. However, there are constant pressures to be original and people are more conscious about health these days than ever before.
Fast food chains go through various promotional items which sometimes are geared toward their geographic targets. Meaning, a specific promotion in Europe for McDonalds may never see the light of day in the United States. Aggressive marketing and the push for originality have led fast food chains to go all out in creating new and more inventive food products. Just the marketing alone of a creative item can draw the company enough attention to make it worthwhile. And sometimes, these products land on the insane scale, like a mad scientist cooking up wild inventions in his lab.
These are 10 Weird Promotional Food Offerings At Your Favorite Fast Food Chains.
10 Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza – Cheesy Diet
Pizza Hut has delivered a variety of pizza creations over the years and is constantly battling for second behind delivery giant, Dominos. Pizza Hut came up with the marvelous creation many years back called the Stuffed Crust Pizza. This added cheese in the crust (because pizzas always lack cheese.) But Pizza Hut needed a big hook so they went out on a limb and tried to cut into the popular cheeseburger market (cause when you think Pizza Hut, you think great angus beef!). Thus, the Pizza Hut braintrust created the Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza.
9 Burger King's Bacon Sundae – Bacon On Everything!
Burger King came out with an interesting promotion back in the summer of 2012. This promotional hail mary is made up of vanilla soft serve ice cream and topped with hot fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a nice piece of bacon to round it out. Burger King promoted the item as “sweet and savory made with cool, creamy and velvety vanilla soft serve, chocolate fudge and smooth caramel, made to order with our new thick hardwood smoked bacon.”
8 Pizza Hut KitKat Pops – Doughy Kat
7 Quick’s Darth Vader Burger – May The Force Be With Your Colon
6 Dunkin’ Donuts Bacon, Egg and Cheese On A Donut – I’ll Take A Heart Attack To Go
5 Burger King’s Kuro Pearl Burger – Black Death
4 Kentucky Fried Chicken Double Down Dog – Double Time On The Pottie
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC for those down with the Colonel) has a tremendous reputation as the one-stop-shop for fried chicken. Their chicken, biscuits and mashed potatoes are part of their legendary family combo meals that have delighted families for many years. However, pressure to come up with a snazzy new item led the colonel himself to come up with one of the strangest food creations of all time.
3 Wendy’s Premium Lobster And Caviar Sandwich – Lobster Cravings
Wendy’s is known for their square burger patties and a strange girl with red hair on their logo. The successful worldwide fast food chain is not as well known for delivering lobster atop their menu items. In Japan, fish and sushi are a part of their daily diets. So, in a way, it makes sense that Wendy’s franchises in Japan would try to tap into this market.
2 Dunkin Donuts Pork And Seaweed Donut – About Time
Well, sometimes you see a food item and you are leveled speechless. With this one, you got to just shake your head and wonder what the hell was going on when they came upon with this Frankenstein of a creation. Dunkin Donuts is a powerhouse when it comes to doughnuts but never in our wildest dreams would we have concocted a doughnut that combines the amazing flavor of glaze, pork and seaweed. That’s right, a pork and seaweed doughnut!
1 Pizza Hut’s Double Sensation – Double Trouble Indigestion
There’s creative when it comes to pizza and then there’s crazy creative. File this under the latter. You got to give Pizza Hut credit when it comes to this one. The “Double Sensation” offering was featured in Singapore. Instead of just one ring of stuffed crust, this crazy pie features two rings, an outer ring and an inner ring. The outer ring is stuffed with melted mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheeses that ooze out of holes in the crust. In addition, the outer pie is topped with turkey, ham, bell peppers, mushroom and a salsa sauce.
Now to the inner crust. This one is filled with chicken sausage and cheese! The innermost pie is then topped with smoked chicken, zucchini and a pepper Alfredo sauce. And what would top this pizza off you may ask? A cherry. And really, they put a cherry in the middle as the topper. This comes in at $27.49 for a large. Definitely crazy creative.
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