9 Fast-Food Items That Made Waves in the Industry
Fast-food restaurants stopped the presses with items that range from genius to outrageous.
People are very passionate about fast-food menu items
Fast-food menu staples like burgers and fries are always in high demand, but some chains like to shake things up with new or unique recipes, menus, and deals, too. Click on to see the fast-food menu items that not only made waves in the industry but were also the talk of the town.
Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich
Popeyes introduced a chicken sandwich to their menu in 2019 that’s actually stopping traffic. At one New Jersey Popeyes location, the drive-through line backed up into the main road, and caused major traffic jams and headaches for police. People in other parts of America are also withstanding hours-long lines to taste a sandwich so popular that it sold out way ahead of schedule, according to Fox News. Popeyes knows a thing or two about chicken, however, you might not know these Popeyes chicken facts.
Beyond Meat Burgers
Although the company started only selling patties in Whole Foods, Beyond Meat Burgers are now everywhere, from hotels to sports stadiums, in addition to restaurants, CNBC reports. And the plant-based vegan patty appeals to meat-eaters, too. That’s probably why fast-food and fast-casual restaurants including, White Castle, Carl’s Jr., Del Taco, Subway, TGI Friday’s, and Tim Hortons all serve Beyond Meat Burgers. In fact, many of the most popular vegetarian items at fast-food restaurants are Beyond Meat burgers.
KFC’s Donut Sandwich
Chicken and waffles might be a classic dish, but KFC took things to another level by introducing the KFC Donut Sandwich. And there are mixed feelings about this indulgent menu item that sandwiches fried chicken and donuts. One report sums it up and says, “KFC’s new fried chicken and donut sandwich is terrifying and delicious.” People think the sandwich is in response to the new popular Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, while others think it’s just an easy way to eat a not-so-healthy food combination, Business Insider reports. If you like trying out-of-the-box foods, opt for one of these new fast-food items of 2019.
The Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos
Since the launch of the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos, the fast-food chain has sold more than 450 million tacos, Fast Company reports. Although initial tests of the product flopped, the Dorito-like shell and taco is now a staple menu item. Word of mouth and social media blasts were so important to the success of the taco. Now, it’s not just a single product, either. Taco Bell and Frito-Lay signed a contract to they can collaborate in the future, so it’s probably not the last time Taco Bell will introduce new shell flavors. The theme of Taco Bell’s restaurants hasn’t changed too drastically, but their menu sure has.
The McDonald’s McRib
One of the fast-food items that continue to make waves is the McRib. McDonald’s introduced the sandwich in 1985, and it jumped on and off the menu for some 30 odd years. People are so obsessed with this menu item that there’s even a McRib locator website where you can either find or report a McRib sighting. Those who love the product might not love the fact that some reports claim it’s not a rib at all, but “restructured meat products,” Chicago Magazine reports. The McDonald’s menu has changed so much over the years. This is what it looked like the year you were born.
The McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Menu
After years of disappointing people at exactly 10:30 a.m., the previous breakfast cut-off time, on October 6th, 2015, McDonald’s finally gave people what they want—an all-day breakfast menu. There’s a reason why breakfast is such a big deal at McDonald’s. And although McDonald’s breakfast lovers don’t need to set their alarms for breakfast, there are other challenges. The additional menu and food prep slow down service, so McDonald’s announced that each McDonald’s location has the power to choose the breakfast items they want to serve, Mashed reports. You certainly won’t see them serving burgers in the morning.
McDonald’s Supersize Me Menu
McDonald’s might rotate the McRib, but there’s essentially no chance people will ever “Supersize” a menu item again. In the early late 1990s and 2000s, people could “Supersize” a menu item from McDonald’s for a bigger-than-large size option. The Golden Arches eliminated the menu item not long after the release of the documentary, Supersize Me, which shows the effects of overeating McDonald’s. Still, the chain claims that this is the real reason they got rid of this menu option.
KFC’s Double Down Sandwich
KFC is obviously known for its crispy fried chicken, and the fast-food chain took the opportunity to highlight it in a bread-less sandwich. Instead of a bun, the KFC Double Down Sandwich replaces bread slices with pieces of fried chicken. All the buzz about the concoction drove traffic to KFC.com, increasing it by 29 percent. The reason KFC’s fried chicken makes a good sandwich is that it’s so crispy thanks to this secret.
The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
People really look forward to the seasonal, minty McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. The original shake created in Philadelphia was the St. Patrick’s Day milkshake. In 2019, McDonald’s turned heads when they offered the shake in September. Locations in Philly exclusively offered the beverage in partnership with the NFL and the Eagles. Fans of the drink in other cities have to wait until the new year for another sip of this classic menu item, but you won’t see these failed McDonald’s items again.