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7 Most Shocking Fast-Food Menu Items That Ever Existed

It's kind of hard to believe these diet disasters were a thing once upon a time...

If you're deciding to venture to a fast-food restaurant, you most likely have in mind what you're going to order. Everyone has a favorite meal, right? Over time, these beloved menu items become classics, forever staples you can always count on. Big Mac, Whopper, and Frosty, we're looking at you.

Sometimes, though, fast-food restaurants decide to take some risks and add some truly jaw-dropping new menu items. They might not last forever, but these foods do leave behind a lasting impression. And it's not a good one! See, oftentimes, fast-food chains try to outdo each other and themselves, and in the process, create some shocking, daring, and completely unhealthy menu items.

We went ahead and took a little trip down memory lane and dug up some fast-food menu items that were downright scary (often temporary) additions. Simply put—they were nothing but trouble, health-wise. Take a look back at these diet disasters and afterward, re-discover these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Pizza Hut—Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza

hot dog stuffed pizza
Courtesy of Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut really took the concept of the stuffed crust pizza to a whole other level back in 2015 with the introduction of the hot dog stuffed pizza. The pizza first made its debut in Canada, Australia, the U.K., and South Korea before heading to the U.S., and that version of the pizza contained 28 mini hot dogs baked into the crust. It's no secret that pizza and hot dogs are already foods high in sodium and saturated fat, making them nightmares for your heart health, so this combination was bad news.

KFC—Double Down

KFC Double Down
Courtesy of KFC

Yes, this is a bunless KFC sandwich. It's made of two pieces of chicken fillets that have bacon, melted cheese, and sauce between them. Talk about a gut-buster!

Taco Bell—Waffle Taco

Taco Bell's Waffle Taco
Courtesy of Taco Bell

Taco Bell created the Waffle Taco in 2014, and the menu item lasted for about a year, so it had a brief stay. It featured a waffle as the "taco shell," with a sausage patty or bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheese as the filling. Oh, and there was plenty of syrup to drizzle over it, too. It's always a great idea to start the day off with a hearty protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full, but this breakfast taco took things a bit too far.

Burger King—Mac n' Cheetos

Mac and Cheetos
Courtesy of Burger King

Macaroni and cheese, Cheetos, and Burger King—this sounds like quite the mighty trio. It's no secret, though, that mac and cheese is a decadent dish and Cheetos aren't necessarily a healthy snack. At BK, there was a time in 2016 (and again in 2017) when the Mac 'n Cheetos existed—deep-fried, Cheeto dusted mac and cheese bites.

Dunkin'—Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

dunkin glazed donut breakfast sandwich
Courtesy of Dunkin'

From a distance, this looked like a seemingly harmless breakfast sandwich Dunkin' debuted in 2013. But then you took a step closer and realized it's an actual donut making up those outside layers. A glazed donut—which already clocks in at 240 calories and has 13 grams of sugar—was sliced in half and stuffed with fried eggs and bacon. Yikes…

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KFC—Cheetos Sandwich

kfc cheetos sandwich
Courtesy of KFC

Cheetos strikes again! This time, KFC decided to add some along with a mysterious Cheetos sauce to its chicken sandwich. It was a limited-edition sandwich and along with being a calorie and fat bomb, was just messy to eat. Not fun.

Burger King—Enormous Omelet Sandwich

burger king enormous omelet sandwich
Courtesy of Burger King

Back in 2005, Burger King launched a breakfast sandwich that was truly unforgettable—the Enormous Omelet Sandwich. It featured a two-egg omelet topped with two slices of American cheese, three strips of bacon, and a sausage patty, all on a hoagie-style bun. It came in at more than 700 calories, had 47 grams of fat, and was high in sodium. Soon enough, this ridiculously large sandwich was wiped off menus, never to be seen again.

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more about Jennifer
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