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.
From the “Damning by Faint Praise” Department, here’s Dan Bartlett, on the way out the door as White House counselor, reflecting in an interview with Anderson Cooper on the legacy of George W. Bush:
“The good thing about this president — and I think this is the reason why he was reelected — is that, when he’s finished here, and at the same time I’m finished here in a couple of weeks, I can look in the mirror and say, ‘I think we did what was best. I think we looked at all the issues. We tried our best to do the right thing for the country.’
“And I think the president will have the same mind-set when he returns to Texas at the end of his presidency. And at the end of the day, that’s all you can expect. You may not always agree with him. But I think he’s demonstrated that he’s doing something — the things that he is doing, however bold or aggressive or wrongheaded that some people think they are, he’s doing what he thinks is best for this country.”
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.