The world of fast food is a strange one. People make fun of it regularly while others shun the idea of eating such unhealthy stuff, and yet it's a multi-billion dollar industry. The fact is, fast food is a guilty pleasure for many of us. And you know what? That's OK. Everything in moderation, right? Except for maybe those fast food items that seem like terrible mistakes of culinary madness.
Every so often, a restaurant chain comes up with an idea that's just mind-boggling in its weirdness. Or maybe they just create a local item that defies expectations by including ingredients you never even imagined before. Whatever the case, there are just so many fast food menu items out that there you've probably never even imagined and twice as many you'd only eat on a dare. But would you recognize them when you saw them?
If you think your fast food knowledge is up to the task, unwrap this quiz and dive right in. Weave your way through the Nutella Burgers and Pickle-Os and McSpaghetti plates to get to the heart of what was legitimately served to an unsuspecting yet voraciously hungry public, and what maybe never existed at all. At least not yet.
Wendy's never took the pasta plunge with penne, but Burger King and McDonald's both offered pasta dishes in America, and KFC's Mac and Cheese Bites made it on the menu in the Philippines.
Sonic never made a Blue Moon burger, but McDonald's amazingly did produce a green burger to promote Angry Birds while Taco Bell has its fiery red taco and Burger King Japan made a jet black burger bun.
Subway hasn't dabbled in the fajita world, which is probably for the best. KFC did, however, make a hot dog with chicken as the bun, while McDonald's pizza wasn't all it was cracked up to be and Taco Bell's odd Sloppy Joe never really caught on.
Pizza Hut never tried a huevos rancheros pizza, but its international menu has done some wacky stuff. In the Middle East, you could have little burgers in your crust, Australia got the hot dogs, and Hong Kong got fish and cream cheese.
Burger King hasn't made a calamari and tofu burger ever. That said, Wendy's in Japan will offer you lobster and caviar while Dunkin Donuts in China adds some seaweed to their donuts and Taco Bell once dared to sell a seafood salad.
No, Burger King did not make a sausage burger ever. McDonald's has dabbled in both pineapple and Nutella between the bun and Wendy's in Japan will give you some foie gras, if you're into that.
Sonic does not sell poutine in Canada because Sonic does not exist in Canada. The other chains do and all offer poutine. So does KFC, for that matter.
Sadly, you can't get an Oh Henry pie at McDonald's, but you can go to Australia for a Doritos crust pizza. Burger King did offer a Lucky Charms shake for a while and of course, Taco Bell made a Cheetos burrito.
Salted Caramel Egg Nog is not a flavor Starbucks has tried out yet, but the rest of them are legit. The cherry pie version even had a pie crust over the top. Don't ask what was in the unicorn one.
McDonald's has never swapped lettuce for a bun. Burger King in Israel did use donuts however, and both Taco Bella and KFC have used fried chicken to hold other items.
You won't find a grape pie at any McDonald's but they do have Apricot in Russia and corn in Japan, while sweet potato became a seasonal offering in the U.S. for a while.
Wendy's Baconator does no exist in enchilada form. However, McDonald's in California briefly tried out a torta while both Burger King and KFC added burritos to their menu.
There was never a McShaq produced at McDonald's, but they did honor other NBA stars including Rory Sparrow, Michael Jordan and number 33, Larry Bird.
No one is putting baked beans on a burger yet, but McDonald's did put mashed potatoes on one in China while KFC Brazil was topping sandwiches with creamed corn. Subway's Fritos Enchilada Melt was an American creation.
McDonald's doesn't sell calamari rings but both Burger King and White Castle offer chicken in ring form, while KFC in Singapore has fish donuts on the menu.
No one made a turkey breast stuffed crust pizza so far. Peanut sauce got on the menu in Taiwan, however, and Marmite made it in New Zealand. You had to go to Japan to try the shrimp at Pizza Hut.
Near as we can tell, no one is selling a carrot burger. Pumpkin graces the Whopper in Japan, however. McDonald's in Singapore has the cucumber-topped Nasi Lemak burger, and in New Zealand, they have the Kiwiburger, topped with beetroot.
No McPotato is waiting for you out there, though McDonald's obviously has fries and hash browns. The McSoup is actually Campbell's soup, McCrab was a sort of McLobster spin-off, and McRice is a staple in Middle Eastern McDonald's locations.
The Big Sea Sandwich was never a name for Burger King's fish offering, but they do change the name a lot so you never know. It originally started as The Whaler to compete with the Filet-o-Fish.
Taco Bell doesn't have a mega melt on the menu. Burger King did have a Yumbo, which was a ham and cheese sandwich and the Thome Triple at McDonald's was named for baseball player Jim Thome. The Cheezilla was a chicken sandwich on top of a breaded cheese patty all served on a bun.
There's no Twin Freeze cup out there, but KFC did have an edible coffee cup and McDonald's tried a cup that had an ice compartment to keep your tea cold. Meanwhile, a South Korean fried chicken chain invented the Col-Pop, which holds nuggets in a cup over your drink.
Of all the things Taco Bell ever stuffed into something else, Bugles never made the grade. All the rest were legit menu items, even the Pop Rocks.
Taco Bell has never sold a hot dog, which is ironic because founder Glen Bell opened a hot dog stand before he began Taco Bell. McDonald's and Burger King both sold hot dogs and Subway in Japan even had a hot dog on their menu.
Whataburger has never created a What What Burger, but they do have a Triple Meat Whataburger that looks like it might be hard to get through.
There's no such thing as a KFC Double Dipped Crunch Fry and that's probably for the best. Taco Bell sells Fries Supreme in Canada, Garlic fries were tested in 2016 and so were Cheetos Chicken Fries.
Told Gold Pretzels have never been on a burger (probably) but Cheetos have, as have Fritos and even Pringles.
There's no tangerine ginger in your McFlurry future, but the other flavors all exist. Even Bubblegum Squash is real, but it's worth noting that didn't mean squash the vegetable, it was referring to marshmallows.
There's no Triple Crown out there but all the rest caught the attention of everyone on social media for being pretty extreme.
There's no chicken shingles out there, even though that sounds like a real thing. Rings, chips and fries exist alongside sandwiches and nuggets.
Wendy's didn't produce anything called a Veganator, but McDonald's does offer a McVegan while Red Robin also has a fully vegan burger. The Taco Bell Power Menu bowl is literally just beans and vegetables in a bowl unless you add meat or cheese.
KFC will not fry fudge, but all the rest of these questionable dessert options have been available at some time or other.
Taco Bell has no Lava Guava anything but all the other options have appeared on menus at some point in time.
Taco Bell has no tiny taco option but all the others have existed. The Son of Mac was also called Mini Mac and Baby Mac.
There's no Lil Beefy at Arby's but all the rest exist. Whether your kid will like them is another matter.
No such thing as a Burger King Beef Bonanza. Animal Style does exist at In-N-Out and features grilled onion, sauce, and cheese on your fries. The Land, Sea, and Ar burger has fish, beef and chicken involved and The Incredible Hulk is a five-layer burrito with guacamole instead of nacho cheese.