some fast food menu items garnering a fan base, it appears they don’t
always make the grade and are pulled for one reason or another. For
example, Taco Bell came up with the Beefy Crunch Burrito – many
thought it was a sure winner, but then it was gone. Then, you had
McDonald’s McPizza or the Burger King ribs.
of customers have asked the restaurants to bring back the iconic
foods and, in some cases, have led to real results. For instance,
Starbucks announced its S’mores Frappuccino would be coming back to
its menu. After customers demanded the Cini-Minis be returned to the
Burger King menu lineup, the company listened and the sweet morning
food was reintroduced in 2018. Another Burger King menu item that
customers demanded be returned was the chicken fries, which happened
customer demands and feedback, some fast food menus may never be
resurrected. What are some of the foods you may never see again at a
fast food restaurant?
Bell (Beefy Crunch Burrito and Bell Beefer)
Beefy Crunch Burrito was first seen on menus in 2011, which led to a
fan following and organized movement never before seen in the fast
food industry. The idea was to get the food on the menu permanently.
Despite 73,000 members of the Facebook group dedicated to the item,
Taco Bell still has yet to rule on the possibility of a comeback.
the 1970s, Taco Bell came up with the Bell Beefer; its attempt at the
burger world. In essence, it was a sloppy joe with taco meat,
lettuce, onion and the mild Border Sauce on a burger bun. The
creation lasted until the 1990s due in part to waning interest by
(Chicken Caesar Pita, Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, Frescata
Sandwiches and Salad Bar)
customer favorite since the late 1990s, the Chicken Caesar Pita was
Wendy’s version of the wrap craze that hit fast-food restaurants
during this time. It included warm bread and low-fat Caesar dressing.
It lasted three years before it was dropped from menus.
company also ventured into offering a frosty flavor beyond its
regular chocolate and vanilla version in 2009. It was known as the
Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, but it lasted a mere two years before
being it fell to the wayside.
to a 2000s commercial, the Frescata sandwich line was known as a
“picnic in every bite.” The sandwiches were in response to
Subway, but due to assembly and consistency issues, they didn’t
last too long.
also had a superbar buffer in the 1980s and 1990s, where people could
get all sorts of food that included Mexican food. However, this bar
idea died in 1998 with the salad bar following in 2006.
(McSalad Shakers, Arch Deluxe, McPizza, Chicken Selects, McDLT and
McSalad Shakers lasted just three years, but it appears that some
individuals would like to see it back.
1996, the company spent millions of dollars for advertising the Arch
Deluxe with the hopes that it would bring in $1 billion in sales.
However, it wasn’t as big of a hit as they had hoped and they
stopped making it in the late 90s. But, a revamped Archburger was
being tested in various locations using fresh beef in 2018.
McPizza, as many called it in the 80s, was a pizza that the company
had hoped would lure pizza lovers away from pizza chains. It was
first offered as a full-size pizza before being downsized to an
individual pizza. It offered various toppings including pepperoni and
sausage. Only one McDonald’s still offers the pizza – in Florida
– which did add pizza to its menu.
introduced its Chicken Selects to be a premium version to its chicken
nuggets, using completely white chicken breast meat. While it lasted
11 years, the company took it off the menu in 2013. After social
media took issue with McDonald’s over this, they came back in 2015
but lasted only the rest of the year.
McDLT was served in a two-part container that ensures warm food on
one side and cold foods on the other. It was a representation of
improving food quality in the fast food industry.
onion nuggets lasted a short time during the 1970s, ending shortly
after it began, but no reason as to why.
Double Down Sandwich
introduced what many have said was the unhealthiest fast food
sandwich ever. Made up of two deep-fried chicken breast fillets with
cheese, bacon and special sauce, the company was only going to
introduce it for six weeks. In just two months though, it sold nearly
10 million sandwiches.
Burger King Ribs
BK introduced pork ribs in summer 2010, selling nearly 10 million of them and running out a week before the offer was to end. For $8, customers could get lightly-glazed ribs using real meat (not frozen).
French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich
This was a two-in-one breakfast classic - eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese between two slices of French toast. Sonic discontinued this option but offers the Breakfast Toaster, eerily similar but without the French toast.