The Most Over-Hyped Fast Food Items Of 2019


Some of these over-hyped fast food items of
2019 were genuinely delicious, but also, you know, sparked nothing short of riots. Others were just obviously a marketing ploy,
hoping to cash in on the novelty factor. Which of these overly-hyped fast food items
from 2019 did you fall for? When it was first announced, there was a lot
of hype and excitement from the plant eating community about Burger King’s Impossible Whopper. But the big question was… would it be any
good? They had the interest of the masses already,
and as one of the first fast food chains to offer a meat-free option, Burger King definitely
had the market. Impossible Burgers are known for being very
meat-like in texture and taste. But Impossible Burgers are also major salt
bombs, containing even more sodium content than the original Whopper at a stunning 1080
milligrams. It also has more carbs and sugar than the
original Whopper. Being plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean
something is good for you, but it was disappointing news to some. “That’s an impossible whopper? I’m a damn fool.” One of the biggest let-downs of the Impossible
Whopper, though, was Burger King’s initial failure to disclose that the plant-based burgers
were still being cooked on the same griddle as real meat. After all, they were marketing the burger
as 100 percent plants, zero percent beef, and there would definitely be some cross contamination
when they share a grill. This means the Impossible Whopper technically
isn’t vegetarian, let alone vegan, so all that hype was for nothing. Sorry, plant eaters. This one may not be for you, after all. “It doesn’t matter anymore. I’ve moved on.” Trying to re-create a dish in a different
form is an interesting task, and can be successful if done right and in an innovative manner. Jack in the Box began to stir up excitement
and curiosity when it was reported they were testing burger dippers in Sacramento, California
in February 2019. That is, a burger, but in a sort of french
fry-ish form that you could dip into ketchup or a sauce of your choice. It’s an interesting idea, it just ended up
not being executed as well as it could have been. First off, Jack in the Box was a bit late
to this turning regular food into french fries game. Dunkin’ Donuts has already launched their
donut fries, and McDonald’s came out with Donut Sticks soon after. Not to mention the fact that Burger King has
been selling chicken fries for years. “French fries and I are pregnant. And we’re having chicken fries!” The test store and its customers must have
been pretty meh about them because the dippers went no further than Sacramento. So much for all of that excitement, right? When it was reported that Little Caesars was
testing out a Frito Pie Pizza in Tennessee in June 2019, the hype was huge. Obviously this was a play on a much loved
junk food staple, Frito pie – and if there’s one thing America loves, it’s junk food. You can make it in different ways, but essentially,
Frito pie is a bag of Fritos with chili on top. “It feels like you’re holding orange crap
in a bag.” Sometimes you get a little fancy and add cheese
or green onion. It’s delicious and simple, and is a favorite
among many tailgaters and college students. Turning a beloved food invention into a pizza
isn’t a terrible idea, but maybe this just wasn’t the right one to try. It did cause a stir, if only for everyone
going, “Say what?” But the hype just didn’t live up to the actual
pizza, and customers called Little Caesars out on their gimmick. Also, the Fritos didn’t even come on the pizza. They were still in the bag and the customer
had to put them on top. No, this isn’t a particularly difficult task,
but it does kind of beg the question of what the whole point is. If it’s a Frito Pie Pizza, shouldn’t it come
with Fritos already on the pizza? Little Caesars said this was to maintain the
integrity and crispiness of the Fritos, and we get that, but it’s kind of a cop-out. Truffles are not typically something you associate
with fast food. This subterranean fungus is one of the most
expensive ingredients in the world. Black truffles, on average, cost $95 an ounce. White truffles can cost as much as $168 an
ounce. No one is going to spend that much on a burger
from Carl’s Jr., are they? With the nationwide roll-out of the truffle
items in March 2019, Owen Klein, the Vice President of the company which owns Carl’s
Jr, explained: “Truffle is traditionally viewed as a rare
indulgence, and we’re bringing it to the everyday dining experience by infusing the distinct
truffle flavor into an entirely new offering for our burger-loving customers” Infused means it’s probably truffle oil they’re
using. And while still not cheap, it is far more
cost effective than using actual truffles. The whole schtick of the truffle burger and
fries is that allure of luxury. It’s a good hype machine, that’s for sure. Fancy fast food? Sure, why not. “Varda truffle?” The reviews were relatively positive, though
not mind-blowing – and certainly not worth all the hype. People said that the truffle flavor took over
the cheese, and the whole thing was a little too greasy. Sonic Drive-In, in terms of fast food restaurants,
already has built-in hype. They come to you on roller skates! That’s just fun, and truthfully, should be
hyped up. However, when it comes to Sonic’s famous slushes,
they’re always trying to get more people to drive on up and make an order. Even if that order gives you wings. Yup, that’s right, Sonic paired up with Red
Bull to give the masses not only a sugar rush, but an energy boost as well in the spring
and summer of 2019. “I had a couple Red Bulls. You ever had a Red Bull? I’d never had a Red Bull before but I had
a Red Bull last night and I really like Red Bull.” Sometimes overly hyped means that an item
was really good and needed to be around longer. The Sonic Red Bull slush and its Red Bull
Cherry Limeade version were only available from the end of April to June. That’s it! People loved this slush. It was refreshing, energizing, and actually
a really good collaboration. Yet Sonic pulled it instead of extending it. This was just a case of not really listening
to the customer base, and hyping something up so much that everyone wanted it, only to
take it away. Let people give you money, Sonic! “They won’t take my money.” There’s nothing wrong with brands trying to
be creative and push the envelope. But one of Burger King’s menu additions in
2019 just couldn’t live up to the hype. What are we talking about? “Tacos, Ashley. Tacos.” The main problem was, Burger King’s tacos
barely deserve to be called tacos. They’re sludgy, gooey, ground meat messes
in a soggy tortilla shell that just make you sad. No one should be sad eating a taco. These were downright depressing. Burger King had a taco variant on its menu
in 2010, so maybe they were just hoping people had forgotten that when they launched their
campaign for their $1 crispy tacos in July 2019. Alas, that’s not the case. They hyped up the taco a lot, saying their
West Coast customers loved them and so they should go national. They used imagery that made it look almost
passable, but in the end it was universally panned by critics – and cursed in bathrooms
everywhere. Taco Bell was also a victim of the hype machine
that was the 2019 fast food industry. If you’re not familiar with it, the Carolina
Reaper is the spiciest pepper in the world. Think of the spiciest pepper you’ve ever eaten,
and then triple it… at least. Maybe quadruple. “It’s not so bad.” The
fact is, it’s spicy – about 200 times hotter than a jalapeno, just for comparison. So of course, were it to be added to a dish,
it was going to get noticed. Enter Taco Bell’s Steak Reaper Ranch Fries. The hype over these was that Taco Bell wanted
to attract spice heads and those who wondered just how hot these fries were going to be. Just how much pain did you want to be in while
eating french fries, essentially? “It burns. It burns us.” The reaper pepper was added to the ranch sauce
that goes on top of a mix of french fries and steak. The sauce was far hotter than their Fire sauce,
though maybe not quite at Diablo sauce level because of the ranch. Basically, it wasn’t going to send anyone
into a coughing fit. So much for the Carolina Reaper. The general consensus was that the burrito
was better and more substantial. Also, they simply can’t compare to Taco Bell’s
Nacho Fries. Those were the real winner of 2019. Another month, another Starbucks limited edition
frappuccino trying to make it big. Starbucks keeps playing the game, and they
tried once again in 2019 to come out with an insanely colorful and weird tasting drink
in hopes of making it onto everyone’s Instagram pages. The Tie-Dye Frappuccino from Starbucks was
supposed to be their “it” drink of the summer. They outright admit they were just trying
to make something that looked like summer, that was pretty and colorful. Did anyone notice that they built up all that
hype and didn’t really talk at all about the actual taste of the drink? Who cares about how a drink tastes when it
looks so great with the one filter, right? We will admit the the use of powders – turmeric,
beet, and spirulina — to give each frappuccino a unique tie dye look is really kind of genius,
but when the drink is basically just a regular creme frappuccino with mysterious “tropical
fruit flavor,” we have to raise our eyebrows a bit. Not to mention the Tie-Dye Frappuccino, much
like all of their other over-hyped limited time drinks, was only available for a few
days. The pictures were indeed pretty, but most
of them didn’t even look like the ones the official marketing pictures, and that was
really the whole point, right? Overly hyped for sure. This monstrosity is one of those menu items
that was made purely to either disgust people or to get them to try it out of morbid curiosity. Look, KFC chicken is not bad, and Cheetos
are not bad. Together, it’s a neon orange horror show. Look, nothing should be that vibrant color
of orange. Especially not something you’re going to put
into your body. “There’s nothing wrong with a little fast food
once or twice a meal.” All that said, this was an insanely clever
idea on KFC and Cheetos’ part. Of course people were going to run out to
try this. How could they not? The hype was real. The KFC Cheetos Sandwich was introduced as
part of a pop-up in Manhattan that offered other KFC and Cheetos creations like hot wings
done Cheetos style, Cheetos topped fries, and Cheetos macaroni and cheese. Though it’s really the sandwich that captured
people’s attention. The sandwich itself tasted the way slowly
drowning in a pile of Cheetos dust tastes, but with chicken. The overall consensus was that it just missed
the mark, not living up to the hype and insane marketing. Now, don’t get us wrong. We love the chicken sandwich from Popeye’s. It’s a crispy, juicy work of art. “Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining.” However, the insane furor over this sandwich
created more of a fuss than the thing itself. It’s release, and subsequent viral tornado
was one of the most insane examples of capitalism gone haywire we’ve ever seen. What really topped it, however, was its return
later in the year. Look, the sandwich is delicious, but that’s
no reason to actually throw punches. Or ruin your car. Or murder someone. No sandwich is worth actually dying over. The tragedy really marked how overly hyped
the Popeye’s creation had become, and the danger of consumerism getting out of hand. At the end of the day, it’s just a chicken
sandwich. A customer even had the audacity to sue Popeye’s
over not being able to get a chicken sandwich. And let’s not even get started on the adverse
effects on the poor Popeye’s employees who had to deal with this all along the way. Long shifts, feet going numb, brawls of their
own, and dealing with constant threats from customers… maybe the chicken sandwich shouldn’t
have come back at all? Besides, a lot of customers complained that
it’s second coming wasn’t as food at the first, with patties being smaller, or simply just
not as good. Sometimes there’s hype, and sometimes there’s
truly being overly hyped to the point of danger. Popeye’s chicken sandwich definitely falls
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100 thoughts on “The Most Over-Hyped Fast Food Items Of 2019

  1. I quit eating fastfood 3 months ago and it was the best decision of my life. Lost body fat, I have more energy and feel 10 years younger. I eat clean and healthy. I have had one "cheat meal" which was Chick Fil A. Other than that, I don't miss eating this poison.

  2. Ah, missing the entire point of Impossible foods – it's not about being "healhier" necessarily, it's about the massive decrease in environmental impact while still tasting amazing. Oh, and while being lower in fat and higher in protein, some of us don't eat them on a Whapper where the sodium is also coming from the bun, etc. I'll pick it every single time as it's better for the planet and no animals are killed and treated cruelly by factor farming. Ugh.

  3. My two overhyped fast food favorites are the popeyes chicken sandwich and burger King tacos. They remind me of Jack In the box tacos, but at least they taste good just like that. Also, the KFC cheetos sandwich is gross.

  4. What ? The whopper deserves the hype cause it tastes just like actual meat.
    Why the fuck do you hate vegans so much.
    "Plant eaters"
    Huh?
    And it's about what ifs made of…
    It dosen't get meat on by being made on the same grill….
    The fuck

  5. Amen to the BK taco. Inedible. Tried it once, thought it was maybe a mistake, tried another a couple of weeks later…. just as awful.

  6. Chicken Fries were bland and stiff. Boring. The classic mozzarella sticks anywhere are better. Burger King should not think outside the shell.

  7. When a place that dominantly sells beef is strongly pushing a "vegan" burger clearly this food trend is a marketing ploy. Think of all the vegan niche products you buy. Kinda like it's own market with little competition huh. Suckers 🤑🤑🤑

  8. BK Taco is abysmal and nasty, don't waste your time; Popeyes Chicken sandwich isn't bad but it's a bit heavily breaded and you must get the spicy one, it's not as tasty as Chick Fil-a though, and yes people have literally met their demise over them.

  9. What the fuck? Diablo sauce is the most mild taco sauce I've ever had… it literally tastes like tomato paste and water..

    Taco bells fire and hot sauces are so much hotter its absurd to call diablo sauce hot at all. I dont know who did the scovil testing on that one.

  10. Nothing will ever beat the overhype of the McDonald's Szechuan Sauce craze from a couple of years ago. It was literally their sweet and sour, aka gross.

  11. Burger King tacos are great, addictive actually and everyone I know likes them also. The Popeyes chicken sandwich definitely overhyped. One of my good friends overhyped the Popeyes sandwich for literally one month straight every day posted it on Instagram. I unfollowed him actually unfriended him in real life because the over hype

  12. I LOVED the KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich! Now whenever I get a KFC chicken sandwich, I have to put my own Cheetos on it. A Georgia Gold KFC chicken sandwich with crunchy Cheetos on it is straight 🔥🔥🔥

  13. Please don't waste your time, buying a Taco from Burger King. Meat in taco was cold, a small amount, artificial looking & nasty. Jack in the Box is a little better. I'm saying, make your Tacos at home. God bless, my stomach.
    Burger King is over-hyped & cost $1.00, 1 whole dollar. Jack N The Box will give you 2 Tacos. I enjoy them with family, when money is low.

  14. The taco bell ranch was super popular. The frys with the ranch was not. They brought it back with the new double stack taco. So the sauce was not bad just added it to the wrong thing.

  15. BK's taco was really good, It was like a Jack in the Box rtaco without the ability to poke a hole in the room of your mouth.

  16. That Burger King taco was a greasy, soggy, chewy mess. Theses fast food restaurants will learn to stay out of the board room and in the kitchen.

  17. I didn't want to like it, but that Burger King taco is delicious in all it's greasy goodness! I would have never tried it if my manager didn't bring a huge bag of them to an office meeting. Everyone else turned up their nose and wouldn't touch them, but I was starving and I knew it would be a long meeting.

  18. Full disclosure: I only tried it once, and I tried it in a restaurant in the kind of one horse time that tends to mess everything up…but that Popeye's chicken sandwich is TASTELESS. The sauce is super spicy to the point of choking you, and the butter on the bread tastes like liquid salt. Aside from that, the chicken has zero taste. Give me that Chic Fil buttermilk goodness any day.

  19. Non of them are The most hype , all of the fast food I have eaten was in 2012, it's 2020 and I have been feeling better , after fast food makes me vomit and stomach sick

  20. Popeye's "Spicy" Chicken Sandwich was disappointing. It was just their regular chicken sandwich, which was okay, with a sauce that wasn't even that spicy.

  21. Thank you. Thank you. For talking about the nutritional value of processed plant-based Meats. Ladies and gentlemen. For whatever reason you decide to be a vegan or vegetarian. Please do not think that you are doing your health any better by engaging in practices that is going to result in heart disease and high cholesterol. Read the nutritional information on the back of plant-based meat items. And I don't agree with call in the meat. It's not me. It's a plant. Plants are fine on their own. I finding it so insulting that vegans and vegetarians will take cauliflower and try to turn into Buffalo Wings. Don't call it buffalo wings. Call it cauliflower with some buffalo wing sauce on it. Fruits and vegetables are beautiful and healthy and nutritionist. They are fine without you adding a ton of sauces that is loaded with carbs sugar and fat and salt. Because you In actuality is faking the funk and you want to eat some meat but you're scared and what the people in your Social Circle going to say. Because some of you vegans and vegetarians are so f**** elitist that you don't allow the people around you to truly be themselves. So let me explain something to you how human evolution works. If you were living the apocalypse you die. Because it eventually you would have to eat meat. Because you would not stay in a place long enough to grow fruits and vegetables. That's called homesteading. This is why you don't see vegans and vegetarians an apocalyptic shows and movies. Because they all died. So. You want to eat vegetables and produce eat it. If you want to eat meat but do it humanely. Then do it. But don't push this process plant-based High calorie foods down our throat because you can't stand a chicken having its head cut off. And by the way Visceral fat is internal fat. This is how you become a type 2 diabetic. So you might be laying on the outside but you're fat on the inside. And you keep eating that process plant-based food and watch what happens.

  22. Burger King tacos are a poor copy of Jack in the Box tacos. The 1st go around, they were 2-for-a-buck. Some plant-based burgers contain an ingredient which has adverse effects on rats and has dieticians/nutritionists telling people to be aware b/c the food industry didn't test as thoroughly as they used to. Loosening of regulations is good for millionaires but not necessarily the consumer. If you're concerned, stick with the vegetarian, which has stricter legal requirements for what can and cannot go in food.

  23. fun fact: Burger King Tacos actually debuted in early 2000s (way before 2010 as stated in video), I remember them because as a teen and it being my first job, i found it strange a burger place would sell tacos. they weren't good then either. frozen premade tacos deep fried and stored in heater station in the kitchen. no thanks.

  24. Burger King cooking the vegan burger on the same grill as meat 😂😂. They clearly didn’t think that out before launching.

  25. The bk taco isn’t as good as jacks but I still buy them , speaking of bk when will the hotdog be back 🤷‍♂️

  26. Popeye's chicken sandwich. When I finally tried it, just ok. Couldn't understand why people were getting violent I won't buy it again.

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