Not every item on a fast-food menu can be a hit.
We’ve highlighted items from top fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King that just didn’t resonate with customers.
From unappetizing to flavourless, here are some of the biggest fails.
McDonald's continued its streak of introducing foods other than burgers onto its menu in the late 1970s with McSpaghetti.
McDonald's customers were not intrigued, but some international McDonald's restaurants still sell this item.
The Hula burger was McDonald's failed option for Catholics who couldn't eat meat on Fridays during Lent. The sandwich combined pineapple and melted cheese. If people weren't going to eat meat, it was clear that they would rather have a filet-o-fish than a pineapple-and-cheese sandwich.
The McDLT wasn't anything special -- it was simply a burger with lettuce and tomato.
McDonald's tried to entice customers with styrofoam packaging that separated the lettuce and tomato from the burger for maximum freshness. It didn't work, particularly because environmental advocates attacked the packaging.
Burger King tried to compete with White Castle sliders on numerous occasions. The burger chain offered burger bundles in the late 1980s, burger buddies shortly after, and burger shots in the late 2000s. Changing the name didn't help; Burger King's customers did not seem to want to purchase these tiny sliders.
Even though Taco Bell's slogan is 'think outside the bun,' the taco chain made a taco burger, bun and all. Customers were not intrigued by the ground-beef taco burger, deciding to stick to tacos at Taco Bell and burgers at other establishments. However, some customers miss the retired item; a small but loyal Facebook group, 'Taco Bell Please Bring Back The Bell Beefer,' begs the taco chain to revive the product.
Burger King attempted to lighten up its fries with this low-calorie alternative, but customers seemed to prefer the real thing. The burger empire dropped them from its menu in 2014.
The McAfrika -- a pita with beef, cheese, lettuce, and tomato -- was an enormous PR disaster. The sandwich was released in Norway during a famine in southern Africa. Unsurprisingly, McDonald's pulled the sandwich.
McDonald's tried to appeal to gourmand grownups with this quarter-pound burger. The 'secret sauce' on the burger didn't help; after a huge marketing campaign, it wound up being one of the most expensive failures in McDonald's history.
The burger chain added this addition to the menu in an attempt to compete with Burger King's staple, the Whopper. The sandwich couldn't prove to be popular with customers over time, and it was pulled from the menu in 2010.
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