24 Surprising, Bizarre and Delicious Fast Food Items From Across the Globe
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.
Pink Medley Tea Latte, Starbucks, Japan
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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Vegan Burger, 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.
Burger Kings in Israel Offer Adult Happy Meals With Sex Toys
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.
“Japanese Style” French Fries, 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.
Customized Breakfast, McDonald’s, India
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).
Potato Rosti Burger, McDonald's, Canada
Nutella "burger," McDonald's, Italy
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.
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.
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.
Lobster Surf & Turf Burger, Wendy’s, Japan
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.
Gracoro Burger, 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.
Chicken Tikka Masala, Taco Bell, India
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.
Deep Fried Salmon, KFC, Japan
Pork and Seaweed Donut, Dunkin’ Donuts, China
Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza, 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.
Double Down Dog, KFC, Philippines
Cheeseburger Pizza Crust, Pizza Hut, U.K.
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.
Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, 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.
Green Peas Patty Sub, 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.
Guacamole and Salsa Loaded Fries, McDonald’s, Australia
Choco Marsh, Taco Bell, Spain
Hanukkah doughnut Whopper, Burger King, Israel
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.
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