10 Weirdest Menu Items from American Fast Food Chains in Other Countries

Americans tend to view themselves as the largest junk-food consumer in the world, for good or ill. It’s hard to argue with that idea. However, a quick glance down any American main street will show that most people around the world are just as committed to their mass-produced artery-cloggers. It’s a fact that all the major chains know.

Fast food chains have created a variety of menu items to cater to this diverse market. Let’s explore ten of the weirdest menu items from American fast-food chains in other countries.

10The Nutella Burger

If you’re like most human beings, your immediate reaction to hearing the phrase ‘Nutella burger’ is to gag or maybe questions its existence. The thought of sweet chocolate hazelnut goo spread atop a savory beef patty is not most people’s favorite. Don’t worry, though, because McDonald’s Nutella burger is actually just Nutella spread between two buns, and it’s delicious.

The treat is called a “Sweety con Nutella,” or loving called, Sweety, and is available at McCafe’s in Italy, the birthplace of Nutella. Though not exactly a health nut’s dream, the snack has proven to be quite popular, just like Nutella itself. Since its launch in 2016, Sweety’s has been a steady fan-favorite. Unlike so many McDonald’s creations through the years, it is likely to stay on the menu for a long time.

9 Italian Cheese Bricks

Speaking of McDonald’s in Italy, their sides are just as foreign as their desserts. For many Americans, McDonald’s fries are their best feature. McDonald’s fries are perfectly crisp and salty. Yummy. Yet, for many Italians, those perfect McDonald’s fries can’t compete with a brick of Parmesan cheese.

Known as the “Snack al Parmigiano,” the side is a standard substitute for fries in Italy if the customer opts for it. The cheese is made with pure Parmigiano Reggiano and blends both healthiness and tastiness. Best of all? McDonald’s Italiano has affectionately dubbed it “The Pocket Cheese.”

8 The Chizza

The first of many trips to Asia’s cosmopolitan food Mecca is to Singapore (and Saudi Arabia). There, Kentucky Fried Chicken has a menu item known only as the “Chizza.” As you can probably guess, the Chizza is a chicken pizza.

Completely inverting the pizza-topping paradigm in the states, the Chizza uses a wide, flat piece of fried chicken as its ‘crust’ and adds toppings from there, like mozzarella and marinara. While this could easily be viewed as just an odd cousin to chicken parmesan, the most common toppings on the Chizza are pineapple chunks and ham, making it more akin to a Hawaiian-Singaporean-Italian Frankenstein. It’s a delicious one.

7 The Inception Of Pizzas

Staying in Singapore, the country continues its well-known reputation for extravagance at their Pizza Huts, wherein customers can order the “Double Sensation Pizza.” As its name suggests, the Double Sensation is a pizza inside a pizza. How this was not an American invention is anyone’s guess.

The Double Sensation Pizza is a stuffed pizza with multiple types cheese that is found at its outer edges. The pie is topped with a traditional supreme pizza topping, but it becomes its true name halfway through. Each slice is divided in half by another crust. This time, the crust is stuffed with cheese or sausage. The pie is then continued inwardly with more supreme toppings to reach the center. Here, a red, stemmed cherry is added. The Double Sensation Pizza is now ready to be enjoyed as a delicious pizza sundae.

6 Pork and seaweed donuts

A quick flight north takes us to China, where Dunkin’ Donuts has a particularly strange donut offering. The dried pork and seaweed donuts are exactly as described; they’re topped with crumbles of dried seaweed and pork floss, probably the last two ingredients an American would expect on their donut.

The donut base is also different from what Americans might expect. Dried pork and seaweed donuts make yeast donuts with less sugar. The whole snack is now a savory dish and not a dessert. This all-savory doughnut, which is basically a circular bao made of Nutella, makes sense when we consider how we treated the combination of beef and Nutella.

5 Pumpkin Spice Fries

Next, we land in Japan, where in 2016, McDonald’s concocted the “Halloween Choco Potato,” a tray of fries drizzled with chocolate and pumpkin sauces. The Halloween Choco Potato fries, which were released in October, were meant to celebrate the spooky season both in taste as well as appearance. Surprisingly, most reviews have been positive.

The salty-sweet combination was so popular that it was reintroduced for several Halloweens. It’s no surprise that chocolate fries without the pumpkin sauce are a regular at McDonald’s Japan all year-round. The secret to these delicious chocolate fries is that the salt is reduced just enough to compliment the sugar, rather than combat it. These are definitely a treat I might have to try!

4 All-Black Burgers

Japanese fast food is also famous, or perhaps infamous, for the black-bun burgers available at their Burger Kings, named “Kuro Burgers.” Kuro literally means “black” in Japanese, and though not an imaginative title, it is an accurate one.

The buns are charred to black and then blackened further with squid Ink. The cheese slices are also made from bamboo charcoal and come out jet-black. If that wasn’t enough, the sauce and beef patty are also blackened, leaving only the optional lettuce, tomato, and onion, the only ingredients not entirely Kuro. The trend caught on in the area, and soon McDonald’s Hong Kong introduced their own ink-black burgers and ‘competing’ all-white burgers.

3 The Kit-Kat Quesadilla

Taco Bell has many different ways to make its quesadillas. Taco Bell South Korea has kimchi quesadillas. Taco Bell Philippines has Cheetos quesadillas. Taco Bell Finland seems to use BBQ pork in everything, even their quesadilla. All of these sound delicious. But possibly the single weirdest is Taco Bell’s “Kit Kat Chocodilla,” which made its debut in the UK.

The decadent, delicious abomination is made by melting whole Kit Kat bars and chocolate chips between Taco Bell’s traditional flour tortillas. It’s hard to argue with the simple combination of chocolate and carbs, especially with some remnant of that signature Kit Kat crunch remaining. The gooey treat is irresistible after one bite. Taco Bell has recently brought the Kit Kat Chocodilla into the United States, with a limited distribution in the Midwest. They have even branched out into new flavors like the equally-amazing “Twix Chocodilla.”

2 The Tabasco Sundae

We leave behind an item that we know is delicious and arrive at an item that we hope no one will ever have to experience in any form. Stateside, McDonald’s sundaes come in three traditional flavors: chocolate, caramel, and strawberry; you can’t go wrong! However, McDonald’s Hong Kong decided in 2017 to try out a brand new variety: the “Tabasco Fudge Sundae.”

Tabasco Fudge Sundae dessert launched as part of a larger collaboration. It was intended to be used as a companion to a Tabasco-laden Burger and similarly-spiced fries. The Tabasco Fudge Sundae ended up stealing the show among the spicy lineup, though, and it’s no wonder why. The Tabasco sauce does not come as a topping to the shake, as you might expect. It is instead added to the vanilla ice cream. This makes the whole affair unbearably spicy.

1 The Windows 7 Whopper

That’s right. Topping off our list is the “Windows 7 Whopper” from Burger King Japan. Microsoft collaborated with Burger Kings Japan to offer special Whoppers with seven patties when it launched its operating system in 2009. Although the promotion lasted only one week in October 2009, its legacy has lasted ever since.

It is obvious that the Windows 7 Whopper burger has structural flaws. The two slightly average-sized buns did not contain seven patties. They could have had any cheese, veggies, or condiments that the customer wanted. There are quite a few funny reviews of the sandwich, and most share a few key themes.

It was almost impossible for the Windows 7 Whopper burger to stay together. It was also nearly impossible to eat evenly. The combined juices from seven patties infected the buns, making them a soggy mess. Worst of all, the burger comes without cheese and only enough vegetables for the top patty. As a Gizmodo reviewer so eloquently put it: “How does it taste? What do you think it tastes like, and how did it taste? It’s seven pieces of Burger King meat…This is meat followed by meat, washed down by meat.”

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