The Real Reason These Famous Fast Food Items Were Suddenly Discontinued
Believe it or not, there was a time when Americans were much less concerned about healthier food options and just wanted an old-fashioned greasy cheeseburger when they ate fast food. These days, burgers are less popular, and fast food chains like to add new items to their menus on a regular basis to attract new customers and keep the regulars coming back for more.
That means items get discontinued regularly to make way for the new, and it can be heartbreaking when your favorites start to disappear. Let's take a look at some popular discontinued items that loyal diners want back.
Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Biscuit
What's better than brunch on a lazy morning after sleeping in? Absolutely nothing. So, why not combine the savory meal with the convenience of fast food? When Chick-fil-A released its Spicy Chicken Biscuit, fans were in love with the idea.
McDonald's Fried Apple Pie
You may know all about McDonald's apple pies, but did you know the pies used to be fried? Yep, it was a delicious, flaky, perfectly fried treat. Sadly, in an attempt to make the menu more health-conscious, it was removed from the rotation in the 1990s and replaced by a much less delicious baked apple pie.
McDonald's 50 Piece Chicken McNuggets
50 nuggets for $10? Challenge accepted. Where did this amazingly cheap deal go? It's like we blinked, and it was gone faster than we could finish the order. So, here's the deal. At the same time this was going on, McDonald's was competing with Burger King to see who could sell the cheapest nuggets.
Burger King Cheesy Tots
Remember the iconic scene in Napoleon Dynamite when the school's bully tried to force Napoleon into giving him some of his tots? Napoleon (rightfully) refused, only to have his tots ruined by the bottom of the bully's sneakers.
KFC Hot and Spicy Popcorn Chicken
The good news is a related version of this chicken still exists. The popularity of the item prompted KFC to bring back a toned down version in the form of popcorn nuggets, but the hot and spicy version seems to be gone for good.
McDonald's Arch Deluxe
Feeling fancy, but you don't get paid until Friday? For a brief period in the '90s, McDonald's had the answer to your problem. They unveiled a "sophisticated Big Mac," consisting of two quarter-pound beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, peppered bacon, tomatoes and onions.
Taco Bell Waffle Taco
The waffle taco started as one of the few items on Taco Bell's breakfast menu, and it looked and tasted exactly like it sounded. Whatever you would typically eat for breakfast — bacon, sausage, eggs and cheese — was wrapped in a waffle that folded to make the "shell," and it was all topped with delicious maple syrup.
McDonald's makes an appearance quite often on this list, mainly because their discontinued items were delicious and are sorely missed. The McHotDog had a brief stint in Midwest restaurants in 1995. Rumor has it the founder of McDonald's never would have approved, outright stating in the past that he never wanted that item on the menu.
Taco Bell Cheesarito
There really wasn’t much to the Taco Bell Cheesarito. It was a tortilla stuffed with almost inappropriate amounts of gooey cheese, scallions and Taco Bell's elusive "taco sauce." The cheese was the star on this one — no meat to complicate things.
Burger King Chicken Tenders
This one has an interesting mystery attached to it. Burger King claims it never actually had Chicken Tenders on the menu. Does that mean the thousands of fans expressing their love for them on Facebook were wrong? On a popular page titled "Bring Back Burger King's Chicken Tenders," fans expressed their dismay, and they were heard.
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets
When the news broke that Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets would no longer be on the menu, it disappointed a lot of fans, prompting Wendy's to write an apology letter to loyal customers. "You wrote, called and tweeted us to voice your frustration," executives wrote. "We do understand you're hurting right now, and no logic or reasoning will satisfy your desire to, once again, taste those little nuggets of spice and fire."
Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Nacho
After only one year on the menu, this cheesy, crunchy, triangular burrito was removed, shocking Grilled Stuft Nacho lovers everywhere. It’s similar to the Crunchwrap Supreme, which consists of ground beef, creamy nacho cheese sauce, spicy nacho sauce, red tortilla strips and sour cream, all wrapped up in a large flour tortilla and grilled.
Jack in the Box Cheesy Macaroni Bites
When these bites were introduced in 2008, the marketing tactic focused on your ability to eat them safely in your car versus regular mac and cheese that requires a bowl and a spoon. After all, doesn't everyone want a driver-friendly way to eat macaroni?
Burger King Crown Shaped Nuggets
Did the Crown Shaped Nuggets taste any different than regular nuggets? No, but they were adorably cute, and it was easy to believe the cool shape somehow made them taste a lot better.
McDonald's Angus Burger
Take another shot at making your McDonald’s burger fancier? Enter the Angus burger. Once again, McDonald's attempted to make a menu item that appealed to customers with more refined palates. The burger consisted of 100% Angus beef, smoky Angus sauce, hickory-smoked bacon bits, lettuce, tomato, cheese and grilled onions.
McDonald's McSalad Shakers
McDonald's has tried many times to give their menu a healthy facelift. The McSalad Shakers made a brief appearance in 2000 before McDonald's unveiled their line of Premium Salads. The shakers came in garden, chef and grilled chicken Caesar and were basically salads in a cup.
Taco Bell XXL Chalupa
The XXL Chalupa consisted of ground beef, freshly shredded lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, crispy red tortilla strips, taco sauce and cheddar cheese — lots and lots of cheddar cheese. The best part? It came with a low price tag of $2.99.
Pizza Hut Taco Pizza
Let's start off by saying there's actually a Facebook page titled "Hey Pizza Hut, Bring Back the Taco Pizza." If this PSA isn't enough to convince you of its amazing appeal, this pizza combined two very popular food indulgences.
Although this short-lived McDonald’s menu item may sound bizarre, the discontinuation of the McPizza had little to do with the actual taste. Available in flavors ranging from plain cheese to pepperoni and sausage, this family-sized (later turned personal-sized) pizza took 11 minutes to cook — about 10 minutes longer than most fast food diners expect to wait for their food.
Pizza Hut Triple Decker Pizza
The goal for this pizza was to stuff as much cheese into every corner of the pizza as possible. Of course, the name was slightly deceiving — it didn’t include three crust layers. The pizza had a thin bottom crust, a layer of cheese and another layer of thin crust topped with sauce and cheese and toppings, just like any other pizza.
Taco Bell Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos and Cool Ranch Tacos
It was a super sucker punch to the stomach when these tacos disappeared. Fans of the chip-taco hybrid were outraged when these items recently disappeared from the Taco Bell menu — along with 28 other beloved items. The idea was actually pretty genius. How do you beat a classic taco from Taco Bell wrapped in your favorite chip indulgence, Doritos?
Burger King Cini Minis
Branded by Burger King as "delicious bite-size cinnamon rolls from the heart of the bun," these delightful cinnamon rolls were the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. They debuted in 1998, and fans have never forgotten about the delectable flavors of creamy icing and sweet cinnamon filling.
Taco Bell Kit-Kat Chocoladilla
Most people don't realize that Taco Bell has carried desserts besides the Cinnamon Twists. For a short time in 2017, they rolled out the Kit-Kat Chocoladilla. This delicious dessert item consisted of melted Kit-Kats in a flour tortilla and was part of the dollar menu.
McDonald's Triple Double Burger
The Triple Double Burger — often referred to as the "superhero burger" — was released in 1995 as part of a promotion for the movie Batman Forever, despite having no mention of "Batman," "Forever" or anything Gotham related to its name. It consisted of three large beef patties (the triple part) and two slices of cheese (the double part).
Sonic's French Toaster
Sweet or savory? That's a common question you ask yourself at brunch. Well, Sonic set out to solve this massive dilemma by answering the question with another question: Why not have both? Sonic wedged two eggs and two slices of bacon between two generously sized slices of French toast, and the crowd went wild.
McDonald's Chicken Nugget Szechuan Sauce
You can talk all you want about the quality of the nuggets — the sauce makes or breaks the nugget experience. Apparently, McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce was the sauce to beat, because people went crazy for it. The elusive sauce was part of a promotion for the movie Mulan and always had an expected short-term life.
Arby's Sourdough Melts
Arby's Sourdough Melts were first introduced in the early 2000s but were discontinued in the mid-2000s after a few great years. The delicious sandwiches included tender oven-roasted beef or ham topped with a tangy cheese sauce or a slice of Swiss on two pieces of sourdough bread. And you could get two for $3! You had to love that deal.
KFC Double Down
The KFC Double Down was probably capable of giving you a heart attack just thinking about it. At first glance, it sounded like your average run of the mill sandwich: bacon, cheese, sauce. Here's the catch — instead of bread, the ingredients were placed between two pieces of fried chicken.
McDonald's Onion Nuggets
Yet another item only offered in the '70s, onion nuggets were breaded and fried onion bits that were sold on the value menu. This unique item was something that most people hadn't seen before. Onion rings were a traditional fried staple, but this twist on the age-old fried food added a fun side to your burger.
Popeyes Big Easy Chicken Bowl
The Big Easy Chicken Bowl made its debut in 2005 and consisted of pretty much anything that Popeye's could find in their kitchen, including white meat chicken, spicy Cajun gravy, red beans, rice and shredded cheese. This New Orleans-inspired dish was the ultimate comfort food, and it proved, yet again, that Popeye's can do a lot with a little.