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 George W. Bush first ran for president, he faulted Al Gore for being part of “the administration … in charge” as gas prices went “steadily upward,” and he called on Bill Clinton to “jawbone OPEC members to lower prices.”
The price of crude oil rose above $100 per barrel today for the first time in history. The reaction from the White House? “Well, we always watch energy prices,” press secretary Dana Perino said. “And we know that higher energy prices have a perverse impact on families’ budgets, especially small businesses, as well.”
Citing the energy bill Bush signed late last year, Perino said that the president is working to reduce U.S. gasoline consumption while pushing Congress to “work toward expanding domestic production here in the United States in environmentally sensitive ways.”
“While we try to transition our economy to one that can run on renewable and alternative fuels, that’s going to take a long time,” Perino said. “And so, what we can look toward is ways that we can increase supply here in the United States. And, of course, we work with our partners all across the road in regards to finding ways that we can work together. And that includes with Mexico and Canada.”
Perino said she expects the White House to push again for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But if the president is planning any “jawboning,” if he’s looking to own up to the sharp rise in gas prices under his own administration, Perino didn’t say.
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.