Ah, the circle of life. So beautiful. So sad. So deep-fried.
The fast food industry features an ever-revolving door of offerings designed to appeal to fickle tastebuds and capitalize on trends. But between limited-time offers that didn’t quite make the cut—and long-time dishes whose time had come—we lost quite a few offerings this year.
Some, we’ll miss. Others… not so much.
1. McDonald’s Angus Third-Pounder Burgers
It was just your time, Angus Third-Pounders. Well, that and the fact that your “premium” price tag of $4.49 couldn’t compete with McDonald’s cheaper offerings. We hardly knew ye, Third-Pounders.
2. KFC’s Double Down
If ever there was a sandwich that needed to be wiped from the face of the earth, it’s the Double Down. OK, that’s a little harsh. But when the limited-time offer—a bunless creation comprising bacon, two types of melted cheese, and a “secret” sauce sandwiched between two fried chicken patties—dropped off the radar and a KFC spokesman got evasive about whether it's still on menus in the United States stores, we can’t say we shed a tear.
3. McDonald’s Mighty Wings
Call us crazy, but McDonald’s Mighty Wings were actually pretty good. They were crispy, spicy, and not nearly as gross as we’d feared. But—sadsies—most Americans didn’t agree, and the wings failed to take off. McDonald’s stopped offering them in November, except at a few locations. Rest in peace, you nuggets of deliciousness.
4. McDonald’s Chicken Selects
Another fried chicken dish from McDonald’s hit the dust this year. Chicken Selects, a “premium” alternative to Chicken McNuggets, were reportedly axed to make room for spring and summer products. A shame, since they weren’t half bad.
5. Burger King’s Sweet Potato Fries
Burger King’s Sweet Potato Fries were a limited-time offer this summer billed as a "perfect BBQ sidekick." That tagline may have been its undoing, because once grilling season ended, the fries were nowhere to be found. In November, though, Burger King rolled out Seasoned Sweet Potato Curly Fries, also for a limited time. Maybe they’re just trying to find the right sweet potato fry recipe? Or toy with our hearts?
6. Pizza Hut’s Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza
Ugh, Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza. You sucked. No, really. You were absolutely gross. We were not sad when you mysteriously disappeared from Pizza Hut’s online menu and stores stopped selling you. At all. May you never return. (A bunch of people on the internet feel differently, as their saddened Facebook posts attest.)
7. Heinz Ketchup at McDonald’s
Let us be straight with you: McDonald’s makes the best fries in the fast food game. Heinz makes the best ketchup. They’re practically made for each other. McDonald’s clearly felt differently when it announced plans to pull the condiment from its roughly 34,000 restaurants around the globe. Shock! Outrage! And it’s all because of Heinz’s recent hiring of former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees. Talk about a grudge.
Rest in peace, you fast food dishes of yesteryear. You are gone, but you shan’t be forgotten.