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The 10 Craziest Fast Food Items That Broke The Internet In 2017

When it comes down to who made the craziest fast food items, chains really upped their game in 2017. Everybody was crafting concoctions that bordered sheer insanity, whether it be for their looks, calorie content, or how much it drove fans berserk. Not all items generated hype from the major fast food players this year, but these ten were the ones that pushed the limits of total absurdity.

Unicorn Frappuccino – Starbucks

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To be honest, I’m not sure whether this wacky drink broke baristas more than it did the internet. Still, the color-changing, terrible-tasting frappuccino went viral everywhere for its looks, which made it a huge hit on Instagram. This epitome of unicorn food was only sold for a few days, but that was enough to leave a lasting impact.

Firecracker Burrito – Taco Bell

spicy pop rocks burrito is back

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You’d think Pop Rocks and burritos wouldn’t go well together, but Taco Bell found a way to make it happen with this eye-popping item. The spicy Pop Rocks added a whole new level of texture that was unprecedented in terms of fast food items. While it was only available as a test item this year, the hype surrounding it could lead to bigger launches in the future.

Cookie Dough Tenders – Popeyes

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Another mashup between the realms of sweet and savory, Popeyes crusted some of their chicken tenders in shortbread cookie dough. These Sweet & Crunchy tenders drew long lines the instant they came out, and drew some high praise from our fried chicken expert, Reach. It also pushed the bounds of just what could be used as fried chicken batter, making us wonder what’s coming next.

McVegan – McDonald’s

McDonald’s is now the first major fast food burger joint to offer a full vegan burger, and this McVegan actually received praise from PETA. It’s insane how long it took for this item to surface, but the plant-based meat movement was in full swing during 2017. While it’s only in Sweden and Finland for now, initial tests are doing very well, so it may spread even further next year.

Arbynator – Arby’s

The Arbynator may have just come out last week, but its gargantuan size is enough to vault it into this top ten. At a half pound of meat, curly fries, and multiple sauces on the inside, there’s only one other sandwich as gluttonous as this one that came out this year.

Farmhouse King – Burger King

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Burger King’s contribution to this list involves it’s most caloric burger of all time. At 1,220 calories per sandwich, this fried egg, bacon, and crispy onion double cheeseburger is easily enough to require an extra week at the gym. No fast food addition this year came close to beating the Farmhouse King in terms of unhealthiness.

Kit Kat Quesadilla – Taco Bell

Dessert quesadillas, anyone? At just a buck each, Taco Bell began testing Kit Kat AND Twix Quesadillas this year. The sweet candy fusion turned a ton of heads and led to customer demands nationwide. We’ll have to see if this delirious dessert will show up next year or not.

Cherry Pie Frappuccino – Starbucks

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While the Unicorn Frappuccino was crazy on a whole bunch of different levels, it didn’t have one insane addition that this drink did: A pie crust lid. Starbucks Japan sold the Cherry Pie Frappuccino for the whole month of April, and fans were drawn to it, both for the sweet flavors inside and the innovative pastry on the outside. We’ve never seen anything like it here in the U.S., but the crunchy add-on would definitely be a dope menu option.

Naked Chicken Chalupa – Taco Bell

When Taco Bell first announced their fried chicken taco shell, fans went absolutely nuts. The hyped continued throughout the year with its national launch, along with its return as a Bacon Ranch Naked Chicken Chalupa. The concept led Taco Bell to innovate even further with protein taco shells, with their breakfast Naked Egg Taco being an example of their continual envelope pushing. There was nothing normal about the Naked Chicken Chalupa at first, but now that it’s arrived, the norms have clearly changed.

Szechuan Sauce – McDonald’s

While Szechuan Sauce isn’t exactly new, having been released for a limited time in the 90s, its Rick & Morty-fueled return escalated to extreme levels of excitement. Hardcore fans demanded the condiment, then once they got it, called for more. McDonald’s couldn’t keep up with the growing hype of the Szechuan Sauce, as their ultra-limited release pissed off some fans to the point of police being called. No 2017 item was obsessed over more than the Mulan McNugget Sauce, that’s for sure.

Deals Fast Food

Free Firecracker Chicken At Panda Express For Chinese New Year




It’s almost the year of the rooster, and Panda Express will be celebrating Chinese New Year by handing out celebratory red envelopes (or Hong Bao) to all guests this Saturday. Within those envelopes will be coupons for you to redeem a free entree of their Firecracker Chicken and a 22-ounce drink during a future visit.

WHO: Panda Express

WHAT: Free voucher for Firecracker Chicken entree, and 22-ounce Dr. Pepper on future visit

WHEN: Saturday, January 28

WHERE: All participating Panda Express locations

WHY: To celebrate Chinese New Year

Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

Wendy’s Savagely Claps Back At Snarky Twitter Trolls

We’re only three days into 2017 and Wendy’s may have already received the award for savage of the year.

If there’s one way to start the new year right, it’s probably not trolling fast food accounts on Twitter.

Well, it seems former twitter user Thuggy-D (@NHRide), who has since deleted its account and comments on Wendy’s page, decided learn this lesson the hard way when he started some beef over a three-day old tweet Wendy’s sent out about their beef being, “too cool to be frozen.”

While trying to discredit Wendy’s quality of beef and storing process, Thuggy-D began a mildly-incoherent tirade insinuating that no one would ever believe that Wendy’s beef wasn’t frozen because there’s no way to store non-frozen beef before it’s cooked, and that Wendy’s should just, “give up.”

“Y’all should give up. @McDonald’s got you guys beat with that bomb ass breakfast.” — Former Twitter user Thuggy-D

The Twitter rant struck a chord with Wendy’s, but as usual they followed with a non-aggressive response that would eventually lead to the demise of Thuggy-D’s account from the social media site.

Responding with pure class, Wendy’s clapped back real quick with the following tweet:

“You don’t have to bring them into this just because you forgot refrigerators existed for a second there.” — Wendy’s, in reply to Thuggy-D

And with that, Thuggy-D’s account was essentially put out to pasture. 

However, Wendy’s is no stranger to this nature of savagery. In fact, on the morning of January 3, 2017, shortly after the world discovered Thuggy-D’s account and comments had been deleted, Wendy’s began roasting everyone who wanted a piece.

Most people began trolling Wendy’s by asking them questions about locations of McDonald’s and Burger King, but Wendy’s level of comedic genius is something we should all take note of. 

Some responses only required photos.

The Wendy’s Roast of 2017 was underway, with people practically begging to receive a sample of the burger chain’s newfound sass.

Wendy’s wasn’t playin’ and it showed.

Even this guy wanted some. 

It’s unclear exactly why Wendy’s account decided to let people have it, but it’s nice to know they’re not going quietly into the night.

Thank you, Wendy’s.