2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
When I started playing ice hockey more than a decade ago, many people who saw me lugging my gear around assumed it must have been Take Your Boyfriend’s Equipment to Work Day. Of course, women have been playing ice and street/roller hockey for years, starting much younger than I did. But only recently has women’s or girls’ hockey really been seen (outside sports programs) as a matter of course — and I’m always happy to see the press treat it that way, too. Nice little case in point on a day, so far, of heavy posts: a piece in the Santa Rosa/Sonoma, Calif., Press Democrat about a kids’ street hockey program at a Petaluma housing complex once blighted by gang violence. Today, the primary danger is the preteens’ slap shot. Word is that the program, founded and by John van Wyk, a former Canadian minor leaguer and resident, has kept the local kids on the street, in a good way. Me, I just appreciated the fact that while the piece mentioned that the group is especially popular with girls, it treated their presence as, appropriately, unremarkable. No questions about how they like playing with boys, no observations that “even the girls” like the “rough and tumble” sport. Also, no puns. (“Chicks with sticks,” etc.) Hat trick!
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.