Due to American’s always being in a rush, fast-food restaurants have us in the palm of their hands. Seldom do we have time to prepare a proper breakfast, so why not grab a Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddle? Every so often, McDonald’s, Burger King, and every other fast-food spot will release a limited-time menu item that’ll have you running back for more. Do you remember the superior SuperBar from Wendy’s? That’s only one of the options that people wish could come back. Go through and see which are the best and deserve to stay around forever.
Burger King Enormous Omelet Sandwich
Just as the name implies, Burger King offered a giant omelet sandwich to the masses. This sandwich put any homemade one you would make to shame starting in 2005. It was like Burger King really wanted us to have it our way.
Sometimes, a giant omelet sandwich is all anyone needs. It’s a tragedy that they only lasted for three years when Burger King stopped selling them in 2008. Since then, they’ve come up with plenty of ideas, but have they trumped this?
KFC Beyond Fried Chicken
On August 27, 2019, KFC did what no one else has tried. During the weeks of arguing over which fast-food chain had the best chicken sandwich, KFC shocked consumers with Beyond Fried Chicken.
Plant-based meat has become a craze, so KFC wished to test the theory at one location in Atlanta for a single day. It sold out. A representative said that they sold “as many plant-based boneless wings and nuggets as it would sell of the popcorn chicken in a week.” If they decide not to bring this everywhere, that would be a mistake.
Quiznos Roasted Chicken Salad
In 2018, Quiznos was sold to an investment firm out of San Diego. It’s safe to say they aren’t in good shape. Eight years before that, they gave us the roasted chicken salad.
They might’ve been known for their toasted subs, but the salad was a calling card. It had a honey mustard dressing, melted cheese, and a pita on the side. It was honestly hard to resist, and we understand why so many people wanted it back.
Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos
Burger King always finds a way to give the people what they want. Even if the product doesn’t last, at least they left customers happy for a short period until the next crazy invention comes out.
The king gave the people Mac n’ Cheetos once in 2016, then again in 2017 for a limited time. What could be better than putting those two things together? The only downfall was when they remained under the warming lamp for too long.
McDonald’s Arch Deluxe
In 1996, McDonald’s chose to come out with their “adult” burger, or at least that’s how they advertised it. It contained upscale flavors like a secret mayo mustard sauce, hickory smoked bacon, and Spanish onions.
Once again, people underappreciated this creation. They wasted $150 million on ad campaigns because sales weren’t high at all. As a result, the Arch Deluxe got the boot, but that doesn’t stop people from wanting it to return into the fold.
Taco Bell Bell Beefer
There are few things better than late-night Taco Bell after a long night out. In the mid-’70s, Taco Bell gave us the best of both worlds when they introduced the Bell Beefer, a taco hamburger.
The sad part was since Burger King, and McDonald’s had the burger game under lock and key, the Bell Beefer didn’t stand a chance. It would stay in rotation for about a decade before being discontinued. It was almost like a glorified sloppy joe when you think about it.
In 1989, McDonald’s diversified its portfolio once again. This time, they gave us the personal-sized pizza called the McPizza (what else would they name it?). Many ignored the glorious dish, and things started to go downhill.
It lasted for a while, up until 2000 before getting kicked off the menu due to lack of sales. It was a pizza that you could secure through a drive-thru, and everyone let that go to waste. Bring it back, please.
Burger King BK Bundles
In 1987, Burger King wanted to compete with White Castle and their bite-sized burgers. It was their way of letting people eat as many burgers as they wished to without getting judged.
Much like many of the other great dishes we’ve seen, this idea was way too short-lived. They came out in ’87 and were out the door the same year. Why wouldn’t people want to eat tiny burgers every day of their lives? Were White Castles’ options that much better?
KFC Double Down
What was supposed to be a limited-time run has now become a thing of question. “Does KFC has the Double Down again?” That’s something your friend might ask when you tell them you’re going to see the Colonel.
Introduced in 2010, the Double Down consisted of bacon, cheese, some Colonel’s Sauce, and two boneless filets in place of buns. It was so cool that PETA stepped in and said it was the “vilest food product created by man.” Now, the sandwich appears in spurts with no warning.
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
Starbucks figured out the key to social marketing in 2017 when they gave the people their Unicorn Frappuccino. It was a photogenic drink that had everyone posting it on their accounts, which led to others doing the same.
The Washington Post reported that it was “made with a sweet dusting of pink powder blended into a creme Frappuccino with mango syrup, and layered with a pleasantly sour blue powder topping.” Fans of the beverage probably won’t see this variation anymore, but they have re-released different flavors in the past.
Dunkin’ Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich
In the image, this creation looks sensational. A perfectly glazed donut on top and bottom with bacon and eggs in the middle sounds like something from a dream. Customers enjoyed this product in 2013, and it wasn’t even the worst item on the menu health-wise.
It packed 360 calories and 20 grams of fat. The chain’s Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant has 710 calories and 51 grams of fat. That’s odd if you think about and makes you wonder why they took away the magical donut sandwich.
McDonald’s Fish McBites
McDonald’s reputation with fish is in pretty good standing. Their Filet-O-Fish is one of their most popular items that isn’t a burger. In 2013, they gave their chicken McNuggets a run for their money with the Fish McBites.
The Huffington Post called the McBites, “one of the best items we’ve ever had from McDonald’s.” They came in three sizes and fit perfectly in your cup holder. The peppery breading and firm texture were what hooked customers. Sadly, Mcdonald’s pulled them from the menu shortly after the release.
Taco Bell Firecracker Burrito
Every blue moon, Taco Bell will give us something very adventurous. In 2017, they did that with the Firecracker Burrito. As spicy as it sounds, there was an added option that made it even more pungent.
By itself, you had ground beef, crunchy tortilla strips, nacho cheese, and sour cream. Customers had the choice of adding a packet of cayenne popping crystals. Doing this made the burrito pop in your mouth. That’s something a fast-food item had never accomplished.
Dairy Queen Pumpkin Blizzard
An item that vanished for some time but decided to show itself in the fall recently, Dairy Queen’s Pumpkin Blizzard is a seasonal treat. Much like Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, customers only had a taste of this product during the spooky season.
The ice cream chain likes to take away new inventions often, but thankfully, this one isn’t too permanent. The creamy combination of pumpkin pie pieces blended with the vanilla soft serve, with a whipped topping and a splash of nutmeg is what makes the holidays fun.
Burger Kind Western Whopper
What hasn’t Burger King tried? We know Carl’s Jr. has the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, so the Western Whopper was Burger King’s version of that. It came out in the early ’90s, but would only stick around until 1997.
Bacon tends to make everything better, so why not throw some on a whopper with some BBQ sauce? BK fans were sad when the item left the menu and begged to have it come back, but the King didn’t head the requests.
The McRib might be one of the most sought after limited-time dishes in fast-food history. It entered our lives in 1982 and ever since nothing has been the same. Sales failed at first, so they had to remove the sandwhich before making it a seasonal thing.
When things were going wrong at first, McDonald’s figured a brilliant marketing strategy. Each time they brought it back, they would sell it as a “farewell tour” or something of the sort. That way, people would go crazy for it every year when they brought it back.
Taco Bell Nacho Fries
“Taco Bell keeps toying with our hearts,” Karen Belz for soyummy.com wrote, “First, they introduce the Nacho Fries, then they take them away. Then they bring them back, but just for a limited time.” That’s an accurate description of this viral fast-food item.
Their latest return was in January 2019, and it was accompanied by an over the top commercial starring James Marsden. We’ll more than likely never get this as a permanent option, but we can dream.
Jack In The Box Frings
In 1979, Jack in the Box introduced a combination that people took for granted. The fast-food chain presented the world with an opportunity that eliminated so much indecisiveness. Frings were fries and onion rings put together.
What more could anyone ask for after that? For whatever reason, the product was discontinued rather swiftly, and people had to go back to making up their minds over what side to get. Now, Jack in the Box has those delicious curly fries, so that’s always an option.
Wendy’s has had some pretty ambitious ideas over the decades, but none were better than this one. In 1987, they introduced Wendy’s SuperBar, a next-level salad bar that everyone hated to see leave.
On top of serving you their classic burgers, customers had the option of going to the salad bar and getting Italian and Mexican foods. For a low price, you were able to eat as much as you could, and we can’t think of anything that sounds better than that. Sadly, Wendy’s shut it down in 1989.
Buffalo Wild Wings Mountain Dew Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings is a haven for sports and finger foods but specializes in wings (obviously). They have a range of flavors, ranging from not spicy and so hot you’ll need to consume a whole gallon of milk or else you might pass out.
In 2015, they rolled out the Mountain Dew flavor. It was a mix of lemongrass, ginger, soy sauce, and red peppers. Reviewers weren’t too kind to the wing, which is why it didn’t last that long. We consider this one of the best ideas, that, unfortunately, didn’t turn out well.