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24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

The latest is a 'millennial pink' latte available at Starbucks locations in Japan.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe
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Entrepreneur Staff
9 min read

This article is updated continuously as new offerings are announced. 

If you're traveling abroad and need a taste of home, take note: From McDonald’s to KFC to Dunkin’ Donuts, fast food eateries from across the globe take a slightly different approach to their greasy and sugary cuisines.

Check out these 24 fast food items that will make your mouth water and/or your jaw drop.

Related: 7 Fast Food Restaurants That Feature Secret Menus

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Pink Medley Tea Latte, Starbucks, Japan

Pink Medley Tea Latte, Starbucks, Japan
Image credit: Starbucks Japan | Instagram

Through Valentine’s Day 2018, customers at Japanese Starbucks locations can try the new "Pink Medley Tea Latte,” according to Metro UK. The frothy beverage is millennial pink -- a trendy pastel pink with an orange tint.

The drink contains steamed milk and a blend of Teavana jasmine tea called Joyful Medley, which is flavored with orange, peach, apple and strawberry. It's the perfect complement to the rose gold iPhones that will likely be Instagramming it through Valentine's Day.

 

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A post shared by oshizu (@cp_2413) on Jan 19, 2018 at 3:19am PST

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Vegan Burger, Finland

Vegan Burger, Finland
Image credit: McDonald's Finland

Known for Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets, the last thing that comes to mind when you think of McDonald’s is anything vegan. However, the fast food chain is looking to change that.

At one of its restaurants in Tampere, Finland, McDonald’s is testing out a new “McVegan” burger. That’s right, the Big Mac inventor has created a vegan burger, made with a soy-based patty. The limited-time item is available between Oct. 4 and Nov. 21. The company doesn’t have plans to offer it outside of Finland. 

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Burger Kings in Israel Offer Adult Happy Meals With Sex Toys

Burger Kings in Israel Offer Adult Happy Meals With Sex Toys
Image credit: Burger King

Burger King is known as the ‘Home of the Whopper,’ but thanks to one Valentine’s Day promotion, that might change.

In locations throughout Israel, Burger King is offering “The Adults Meal” that features all of your Valentine’s Day essentials -- two Whoppers, two packs of French Fries, two beers and … an adult toy.

That’s right -- looks like ‘happy meals’ aren’t just for the kids anymore. And it turns out, this isn’t some marketing ploy either. "This is not a prank," a spokesperson for advertising agency Leo Burnett told Mashable.

So if you’re looking to drift away from your typical chocolate and roses -- and if you’re over the age of 18 -- you and your partner can indulge on this new adult menu item. Although, you better time it right -- it’s only available after 6 p.m. on February 14.    

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

“Japanese Style” French Fries, McDonalds, Japan

“Japanese Style” French Fries, McDonalds, Japan
Image credit: McDonalds Japan

Fast food companies around the world cater to the tastes of local cultures. In Japan, McDonald’s will be rolling out its new “Japanese Style French Fries Candied Sweet Potato Flavor” next week.

The new fries feature a special sweet black sesame sauce drizzled on top that apparently tastes like sweet potato. This type of “candied potato” flavor is popular in Japan and referred to as “university potatoes” because the dish got its rise among college students in the early 1900s.

If you’re in Japan and want to check out the new dish, you better hurry -- these fries will only be available for a limited time.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Customized Breakfast, McDonald’s, India

Customized Breakfast, McDonald’s, India
Image credit: Holger Leue | Getty Images

The fast food giant has released a new customized breakfast menu in locations throughout India that incorporates traditional Indian tastes.

The new menu, which will begin rolling out in January of 2017 will feature items and delicacies such as the “masala dosa burger” (a pancake stuffed with vegetable and potato filling), “anda bhurji” (scrambled eggs cooked in masala) and “molaga podi” (a spice powder with sesame seeds and lentils).

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Potato Rosti Burger, McDonald's, Canada

Potato Rosti Burger, McDonald's, Canada
Image credit: McDonald's Canada
In the Fall of 2016, our neighbor to the north announced a burger with a hash brown patty, bacon, cheddar cheese and a cheese sauce, served with waffle cut fries and an ice cream sundae with caramel turtles on top.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Nutella "burger," McDonald's, Italy

Nutella "burger," McDonald's, Italy
Image credit: McDonald's | Facebook

In Italy, McDonald's announced a new treat in Fall 2016 called the "Sweety con Nutella." It's two sweet rolls with a helping of the chocolate hazelnut spread, which actually originates from Italy.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Cheese Katsu Burger, McDonald’s, Japan

Cheese Katsu Burger, McDonald’s, Japan

This Cheese Katsu Burger from McDonald's was released for a limited time in Fall 2016. It featured traditional pork katsu -- a breaded and deep fried patty -- nested between two sesame buns.

But that’s not all -- what would this McDonald’s item be without an American twist? We're talking cheese, of course. The pork katsu cutlet is fried and oozing with cheese on the inside and also topped with cabbage and mayo.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Zinger Double Down, KFC, Korea

Zinger Double Down, KFC, Korea

Forget about your typical Double Down, KFC in Korea has taken things to another level. The Zinger Double Down is a burger topped with bacon and cheese that sits between two fried chicken fillets drenched in barbecue and white pepper sauce.

If that won’t make your heart stop -- we’re not sure what will.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Lobster Surf & Turf Burger, Wendy’s, Japan

Lobster Surf & Turf Burger, Wendy’s, Japan
Image credit: Kazuhiro Nogi | Getty Images

Wendy’s in Japan takes things up a notch by turning your fast food experience into fine dining.

For a limited time, Wendy’s Japan offered luxurious items such as a Lobster Surf & Turf Burger and the Premium Caviar & Lobster Sandwich.

In the past, the eatery's menu also offered a Foie Gras Burger smothered in goose liver and truffles sauce. The item was only available for a year and later removed from the menu in 2012.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Gracoro Burger, McDonald’s, Japan

Gracoro Burger, McDonald’s, Japan
Image credit: McDonald's Japan

Like Wendy’s, McDonald’s also likes to test funky products on the Japanese market. Take the Gracoro Burger, for instance. It features a patty filled with macaroni, shrimp and white sauce with a breadcrumb crust. The patty is topped with cheese and “demi-glace” sauce and sandwiched between buns.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Chicken Tikka Masala, Taco Bell, India

Chicken Tikka Masala, Taco Bell, India
Image credit: Taco Bell India
In India, many customers don’t go to Taco Bell for a Mexican-style Burrito. Instead, Taco Bell locations offer takes on the country's traditional items, such as a Chicken Tikka Masala Burrito or rice bowls adorned with a variety of spices.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Kimchi Quesadilla, Taco Bell, South Korea

Kimchi Quesadilla, Taco Bell, South Korea

Since its release in the summer of 2016, this mashup has been a surprising hit at Taco Bells in Korea, making up some 10 percent of the restaurant's sales in the country.

The Kimchi Quesadilla combines the traditional Korean dish with the Bell’s chicken and cheese Quesadilla.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Deep Fried Salmon, KFC, Japan

Deep Fried Salmon, KFC, Japan
Image credit: KFC Japan
Move over fried chicken -- at KFC, Deep Fried Salmon was a hot commodity. The name says it all: the dish is simple fried salmon with your favorite KFC dipping sauce.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Pork and Seaweed Donut, Dunkin’ Donuts, China

Pork and Seaweed Donut, Dunkin’ Donuts, China
Image credit: Dunkin' Donuts China
Forget about sprinkles and chocolate -- in China, Dunkin’ Donuts takes a saltier approach: the Pork and Seaweed Donut is exactly what it sounds like.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza, Pizza Hut, Hong Kong

Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza, Pizza Hut, Hong Kong
Image credit: Pizza Hut Hong Kong

In America, we think Pizza Hut’s cheese-filled crusts are bizarre -- but maybe this item will make us think twice.

In Hong Kong, Pizza Hut’s limited-edition Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza is out-of-this-world whacky. The 2014 limited-time item featured crust filled with salmon flavored cream cheese and flying fish roe (fish eggs).

The pie was available in two flavors: Crayfish Seafood Deluxe (crayfish, scallops, shrimp, clams, cherry tomatoes, peppers, red onions and thousand island sauce) and Sausage, Pepperoni & Pomelo.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Double Down Dog, KFC, Philippines

Double Down Dog, KFC, Philippines
Image credit: KFC Philippines
In January of 2015, KFC lovers hurried to try KFC’s craziest concoction. With only 50 served at participating stores in the Philippines, patrons clamored to get their hands on the Double Down Dog -- a hot dog wrapped in a fried chicken bun.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Cheeseburger Pizza Crust, Pizza Hut, U.K.

Cheeseburger Pizza Crust, Pizza Hut, U.K.
Image credit: Pizza Hut UK

Here’s a solution to all you indecisive eaters.

Can’t decide between a pizza or a cheeseburger? At Pizza Huts in the U.K, you can order your pizza with a Cheeseburger Pizza Crust. The 2,000-plus calorie dish initially debuted in pizza huts in the Middle East and has since expanded north to the U.K.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, Taco Bell, Canada

Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, Taco Bell, Canada
Image credit: Taco Bell Canada

Although it has yet to make its way to the American market, Canadian Taco Bells released a Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider for a limited time last March.

A junk foodie’s dream, the new item comes in three flavors: Beefy Cheddar, Spicy Chicken and Supreme -- all of which are infused with Cheetos, of course.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Green Peas Patty Sub, Subway, India

Green Peas Patty Sub, Subway, India
Image credit: Subway India

To replace meat for the country's large population of vegetarians, Indian Subways offer a variety of alternatives -- one of the most popular being the Green Peas Patty sub.

Aloo Patties (made with potatoes), Chatpana Chana Patties (made with chickpeas) and Hara Bhara Patties (made with potatoes and green vegetables) are also among the vegetarian offerings.

24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Guacamole and Salsa Loaded Fries, McDonald’s, Australia

Guacamole and Salsa Loaded Fries, McDonald’s, Australia
Image credit: McDonald's Australia
Now this one might get your mouth watering. McDonald’s famous fries got even better Down Under. With the option to add toppings to “Loaded Fries,” customers can enjoy fries topped with cheese and bacon or guacamole and salsa.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Choco Marsh, Taco Bell, Spain

Choco Marsh, Taco Bell, Spain
Image credit: Taco Bell Spain
If you have a sweet tooth, Taco Bell in Spain has the perfect thing: the Choco Marsh is a tortilla filled with chocolate and marshmallow.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Hanukkah doughnut Whopper, Burger King, Israel

Burger King kept it kosher and festive in 2016 with its seasonal Hanukkah burger, offered in locations throughout Israel. The Whopper is called the SufganiKing -- a spinoff of the Hebrew word “sufganiyah,” which is a festive jelly doughnut fried in oil and topped with powdered sugar. However, this item is more savory than sweet. It contains all of the ingredients of a traditional Whopper (except the cheese, of course, because meat and milk can’t mix per kosher guidelines) between two halves of fried dough.
24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe

Bagel Supreme, McDonald's, The Netherlands

McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands are getting a taste of New York with the new “Bagel Supreme” menu item. Available for a limited time, the Bagel Supreme features two beef patties, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and coleslaw, all between a bagel bun.

In its effort to market the new menu item in the Netherlands, the Bagel Supreme’s slogan is “straight out of New York,” with an image of the Statue of Liberty, a water taxi and the New York City skyline.

 

Rechtstreeks uit New York: onze #NewYorkBagelSupreme! Heb jij je tanden er al ingezet? #NewYork #doodle ? ?

A post shared by McDonald's Nederland (@mcdonaldsnl) on Mar 28, 2017 at 1:59am PDT

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  • 24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe
  • 1. Pink Medley Tea Latte, Starbucks, Japan
  • 2. Vegan Burger, Finland
  • 3. Burger Kings in Israel Offer Adult Happy Meals With Sex Toys
  • 4. “Japanese Style” French Fries, McDonalds, Japan
  • 5. Customized Breakfast, McDonald’s, India
  • 6. Potato Rosti Burger, McDonald's, Canada
  • 7. Nutella "burger," McDonald's, Italy
  • 8. Cheese Katsu Burger, McDonald’s, Japan
  • 9. Zinger Double Down, KFC, Korea
  • 10. Lobster Surf & Turf Burger, Wendy’s, Japan
  • 11. Gracoro Burger, McDonald’s, Japan
  • 12. Chicken Tikka Masala, Taco Bell, India
  • 13. Kimchi Quesadilla, Taco Bell, South Korea
  • 14. Deep Fried Salmon, KFC, Japan
  • 15. Pork and Seaweed Donut, Dunkin’ Donuts, China
  • 16. Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza, Pizza Hut, Hong Kong
  • 17. Double Down Dog, KFC, Philippines
  • 18. Cheeseburger Pizza Crust, Pizza Hut, U.K.
  • 19. Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, Taco Bell, Canada
  • 20. Green Peas Patty Sub, Subway, India
  • 21. Guacamole and Salsa Loaded Fries, McDonald’s, Australia
  • 22. Choco Marsh, Taco Bell, Spain
  • 23. Hanukkah doughnut Whopper, Burger King, Israel
  • 24. Bagel Supreme, McDonald's, The Netherlands
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