Fast food is popular for many reasons. First off, it’s fast. Secondly, it tastes good. And thirdly, it tastes good! Aside from the fact that it’s usually processed and likely loaded with unhealthy ingredients, we barely see a downside to indulging in burgers, fries, onion rings, and fried chicken every now and then.
But if you think you know everything there is to know about fast food items, then we’re about to prove you wrong with this list of the strangest fast food in the world. From bold splashes of color all the way to unconventional flavors, these fast food and junk food items are only for adventurous folks. So if you’re a fast-food fan with a permanent case of wanderlust, you should definitely try these out on your next vacation! Seriously, you haven’t truly lived (or cried) until you tried Wendy’s Ghost Pepper Fries!
#1 Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries from McDonald’s | Singapore
When you visit the highly globalized and technologically advanced Singapore, the first thing you should do is check out the Supertree Grove, the Merlion, and the salted egg yolk loaded fries at McDonald’s. Yup, you read that correctly. It may sound strange at first, but if you think about it, it’s actually quite brilliant! If you want to snack on some uniquely flavored fries, the egg yolk train awaits!
#2 Sea Salt and Lemon Kitkat | Japan
Kitkat is supposed to taste like light wafer snacks coated in rich milk chocolate. It has that iconic melt-in-your-mouth flavor and texture that we have all come to love over the years. However, Japan had other plans for this household brand. Moreover white chocolate or its matcha variant, you can find a sea salt and lemon Kitkat in the Land of the Rising Sun! During your next trip to Japan, give us a holler if it tastes good, so we can import them in bulk!
#3 Starbucks Sakura Frappe | Japan
Japan is so pretty in both an urban and nature-sense, especially when the sakura (A.K.A. cherry blossoms) are in full bloom. Representing renewal and optimism, the subtle pops of pink for these blossoms symbolize the conclusion of winter and the coming of spring. Japan has even incorporated the beautiful meaning of sakura into their Starbucks drinks in the form of refreshing frappes. These frappes may be unusual, but they definitely look dreamy and we can guess that they taste like a unicorn’s laughter.
#4 McDonald’s Nutella Burger | Italy
Okay, pause. Stop whatever it is you are doing right now, and listen. The perfect burger does exist and it is located in the Vespa and wine capital of the world, Italy! Just when we thought that they could never top pizza, they brought us this genius treat! Italian food is simply unparalleled. Grazie, McDonald’s Italy, grazie!
#5 Spicy fish egg flavored Pringles | Singapore and Japan
Spicy food is good. Fish is good. Egg is good. Pringles are good. But are spicy fish egg Pringles good? You may be grimacing now, but keep in mind that you should never judge a dish by its fish content. When you go to Japan or Singapore, you should buy a can of these Pringles and let us know what the verdict is. You might end up getting hooked on it, right? Who knows?
#6 Dunkin’ Donuts Seaweed Sesame Pork Floss Donut | China
Donuts are meant to be sweet and comforting, but when in China, you need to open up your taste buds to Dunkin’ Donuts’ seaweed sesame pork floss donuts. It’s the brand’s fresh new take on savory donuts, and while the name may sound intimidating, this might just be the next big thing.
#7 Sweet Taro Pie | Asia
Taro is a delicious vegetable that serves as an excellent source of fiber, and McDonald’s must’ve known this when they launched the sweet taro pie in a selection of Asian countries. Taro may not be a popular pie filling in Europe of America, but in Asia, it can give apple pie a run for its money. We feel for the McDonald’s branches that don’t have this on their menu yet.
#8 Pizza Hut’s Cheeseburger Crust Pizza | Australia
This pizza has drawn mixed reactions from the public when it was launched by Pizza Hut in Australia. Yes, it may be loaded with calories that would take a few intense gym workouts to burn off, but just look at it, though! It’s pizza with cheeseburgers embedded in the crust! It’s practically a hybrid dish that answers your question when you can’t decide between eating pizza or cheeseburgers. Why not have the best of both worlds, right? Plus, we see some green bell peppers on it, and that’s a vegetable, right? See, it isn’t as unhealthy as some people paint it to be…
#9 KFC’s Chizza | Philippines
Just like Pizza Hut did with their cheeseburger crust invention, KFC also tested the hybrid waters with a combination of chicken and pizza, and called it “Chizza”. If you ever wanted to eat pizza without any crust, Chizza is the one for you. The Philippines is known for its vast biodiversity, gorgeous beaches, upbeat Manila city life, and delicious food. The number of unique dishes in the Philippines has now been joined by KFC’s weird yet unexpectedly appetizing combo of chicken and pizza toppings.
This is the future, and in the future, chicken is an acceptable form of crust.
#10 Burger King’s Donut Burger | Israel
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Israel is a stunning nation filled with a plethora of religious and historical sites, ecotourism, beach resorts, and adventure tourism. This country also has the most number of museums per capita on the planet.
You know what else Israel has? The Sufgani King, also known as Burger King’s donut burger. Instead of having a traditional set of burger buns, this culinary innovation is built with a pair of donuts. But wait, there’s more! These donuts are filled with ketchup, and you haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried one!
#11 McDonald’s Snack Al Parmigiano | Italy
Italy is the pizza, pasta, Vespa, and wine capital of the universe. There’s nothing like a plate of authentic Italian spaghetti to release those endorphins! While Italy is known for its rich food culture, fast food (like in any other country) is still indispensable. In true Italian style, McDonald’s offers patrons the choice to have a block of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on the side of their burgers instead of French fries. It’s tough to give up the greasy goodness of fries, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
#12 McDonald’s McKroket | The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a charming nation brimming with rich culture, busy cityscapes, and historical sites. This beautiful country is packed with windmills, cheese markets, colorful fields of tulips, canals of Amsterdam, masterpieces of Van Gogh, innovative water-management systems, and unprecedented flavors of food. While it may be a challenge to pick out the best Dutch cuisine, we can honestly say that the McKroket by McDonald’s sits high up in the ranks. Made with breaded beef and soft gooey cheesy mustard filling, the McKroket will make you cry happy tears.
#13 McDonald’s McCurry Pan | India
India is famous for its diverse culture, colorful festivals, profound spirituality, Bollywood, and its rich culinary scene. The flavors of India are spicy, luxurious, and 100% delicious. A large number of the Indian population loves vegetarian dishes, so in order to cater to this preference, McDonald’s released the McCurry Pan. This unique cuisine is a rectangular pie shell stuffed with curry sauce and healthy veggies. Seriously, you could put curry on anything, and we’d eat it, so McCurry for the win!
#14 Pizza Hut’s Flying Fish Roe, Salmon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Pizza | Hong Kong
If you want to visit a place that’s a hotspot for luxury shopping and ancient Chinese culture studies, Hong Kong is the place to be. Also, if you want to tickle your taste buds with unconventional toppings and fillings, you should take a big bite out of this flying fish roe, salmon, and cream cheese stuffed pizza. Just when we thought that anchovies were the only acceptable fish toppings, Pizza Hut swoops in to prove us wrong.
#15 McDonald’s Macarons | Spain
Spain is famous for its world-renowned architecture and flavorful food. Since they can’t compromise their rep for serving up great food, McDonald’s has stepped up to the plate to upgrade their menu there too. They did this with the addition of macarons. These airy meringue and ganache-based confections are perfect for those who love an exquisite taste of sweetness. We’ll take eight boxes, thank you!
#16 KFC’s Double Down | Philippines
Exactly how much meat is too much meat? Well, you’ll have your answer once you indulge in this “Double Down”. This intimidatingly attractive sandwich has eliminated the need for burger buns by replacing them with two pieces of breaded chicken. Packed with bacon, cheese, and sauce, the Double Down is either food for the gods or heart attack food. It’s up to you to decide.
#17 Pizza Hut’s Marmite-Stuffed Crust | New Zealand
The picturesque landscape of New Zealand is beautiful enough to make anyone want to pack their bags and just live in this whole new world of serenity. It’s also the place to be if you want to eat pizza with marmite stuffed into its crust. We know, you’re probably wondering what marmite even is. Well, Google tells us that it’s the substance that is scraped off the beer barrels after the beer gets brewed. It may not be the healthiest option, but it is super thick and salty. If you’re brave enough to give this pizza a go, just remember it isn’t for the faint of heart (or for people with high cholesterol levels).
#18 McDonald’s Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Fries | Japan
McDonald’s Japan didn’t come to play, as they just went full-blast with these chocolate pumpkin spice fries. The combination of lush chocolate and vibrant pumpkin spice was a special menu option for the Halloween season, and we somehow wish they would keep it on their menu all-year-round.
#19 McDonald’s Spinach and Parmesan Nuggets | Italy
Now, before you start screaming and running in the opposite direction, sit yourself down and give these spinach and parmesan treats a chance. Aside from being massively nutritious, spinach actually tastes great when cooked right. Plus, you can rarely go wrong with parmesan. Hey, this might even be your new technique to trick your kiddos into eating leafy greens.
#20 Domino’s Indi Tandoori Paneer Pizza | India
Domino’s has a knack for adjusting to the local flavors of every country they branch out to. They were definitely on to something when they invented this roti and paneer-based pizza pie. It may sound weird at first, but its rich smoky flavor is enough to make anyone move to India just to eat this pizza every day.
#21 McDonald’s Purple Sweet Potato Soft Serve | Hong Kong
We know what you’re thinking; sweet potato belongs in savory stews and casserole dishes, right? But hear us out, it’s soft serve, and with soft serve flavors, there are no limits! But in case this isn’t your cup of tea, at least you got the photo for Instagram! On the other hand, we know a certain fandom that might have this purple soft serve sold out in 7.13 seconds. Right, ARMY?
#22 Burger King’s Kuro Pearl Burger | Japan
Don’t rub your eyes. No, you’re not going color blind. These burgers are indeed black. And no, they were not burnt to a crisp. Rather, these edible innovations are a combination of charcoal and squid ink. We dare you to try it.
#23 Hot Wing and Wasabi Flavored Oreo Cookies | China
When in China, you simply must taste all their eclectic food. This includes the hot wing and wasabi flavored Oreos. They’ll really wake you up! However, if you aren’t a big fan of spicy snacks, then you might react differently. Like, no thank you, we would rather not eat fire.
#24 Burger King’s Pizza-Sized Burger | Japan
A pizza-sized burger is a dream come true for us foodies. It’s a gigantic 22-inch burger packed with 2,500 calories, yet we are not fazed. Our appetites are ready. Bring it on, Japan, bring it on.
#25 McDonald’s Rice Burger Bun | Japan
Asia is a haven for culinary masterpieces. Most viands and desserts in Asian countries are highly influenced by rice (hello, mochi). Now, this rice burger bun joins the ranks of hearty rice cuisines, and while it may be unconventional, this is actually quite genius.
#26 McDonald’s McSpaghetti | Italy and Philippines
If you feel like spaghetti doesn’t belong on a fast food chain’s menu, Italy and the Philippines would gladly disagree with you. McDonald’s sweet yet savory pasta offering is definitely worth a try, because why not?
#27 McDonald’s Lobster Rolls | USA
Lobster has gone from fine dining to fast food in a bun at McDonald’s. This novelty was available in the Northeast areas of the US, and received mixed reactions from the customers. Overall, however, it was quite a hit, because, well… lobster. Good job, McDonald’s USA! You better release this on your global menu too!
#28 Taco Bell’s Cap’n Crunch Delights | USA
When Taco Bell launched these confectionary deep-fried breakfast items coated in Crunch Berries cereal and filled with sweet milk icing, the crowd went wild. Some because they finally found the ultimate sweet tooth satisfaction and others because they were convinced that the fast food chain was out to kill them.
#29 Wendy’s Ghost Pepper Fries | USA
Spicy food fans most likely already know that ghost peppers are some of the hottest peppers on this planet. The name itself should terrify you. Seriously, even touching a ghost pepper could be hazardous, so it came as quite a surprise when Wendy’s released their ghost pepper fries in the US. But loaded with cheese, diced jalapenos, and ghost pepper sauce, this savory snack is only for those who want to get an esophagus transplant.
#30 Burger King’s Angriest Whopper | USA
Yes, you are correct. That is indeed the Angriest Whopper and it is angry at you for not having tried it yet! If you think that it gets it captivating red hue from food coloring, guess again! That mad gorgeous color comes from baking buns in a delicious hot sauce mix. Filled with a plethora of jalapenos and spicy sauces, Burger King’s Angriest Whopper was made for the select few who aren’t bothered by the heat. All hail the Angriest Whopper! What are you waiting for? Order one already!
#31 Pizza Hut’s Kit Kat Pops | Middle East
Deep fried Oreo isn’t something new, but deep fried KitKat definitely is. KitKat Pops were popularized by Pizza Hut branches in the Middle East and have since spread all over the world. Who knew that wrapping Kit Kat in sweet pizza dough and deep frying it to a crisp would taste good? Fair warning though: eat them while they’re fresh, because if you wait an hour or two, you’ll be chewing on chocolate-flavored bricks. Really good chocolate flavored bricks, though, but still.
#32 Taco Bell’s Kit Kat Chocodilla | Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is known as “The Pearl Of The Indian Ocean” for pretty obvious reasons. Its beauty is ethereal and to reflect that, its main exports are precious gemstones. Fitting, isn’t it? They’re also famous for their Taco Bell Kit Kat Chocodilla, which is a tortilla loaded with chocolate sauce and Kit Kat bits. Is it a quesadilla? Is it a dessert? We guess it’s a combo of the two.
#33 Burger King’s Poutine | Canada
Canada is famous for its stunning scenery. It’s simply picturesque in every sense of the word. Aside from immersing yourself in its graceful landscape, you may also want to treat yourself to a serving (or two) of Burger King’s poutine! We’re going to need a moment to cry, because poutine looks so good and yet it’s so fattening! Fries, gravy, cheese curds, and bacon! It’s the perfect hangover dish, and Burger King totally gets it.
#34 McDonald’s Churros | South Korea
South Korea is a beautiful country famous for its kimchi, unparalleled skincare, tech giants Samsung and Hyundai, and of course, it’s world-renowned K-Pop and K-Drama culture. Also, if there’s one nation that knew best how to keep COVID-19 at bay, it’s South Korea. Now, aside from being a strong and smart country, it’s also the place where you can get your hands on McDonald’s very own churros. We officially request McDonald’s to add this tasty dessert to their global menu ASAP!
#35 McDonald’s Shaka Shaka Chicken | Japan
If you’re going to order chicken from McDonald’s in Japan, you better order it Shaka Shaka style! Shaka Shaka chicken is breaded chicken that comes with a packet of seasoning (either lemon, cheese, or pepper flavors). Pour it over the chicken and shake away! Excuse us, while we say “Shaka Shaka” all day.
#36 McDonald’s Matcha Oreo McFlurry | Japan
If you wanna taste the soft ethereal flavor of the clouds, you should try this Matcha Oreo McFlurry. Originating in Japan, you’ll be giving your taste buds a burst of healthy matcha (powdered green tea) and sublime chocolate. If you love green tea, this will definitely be your new favorite dessert. If you hate green tea, then you’ll definitely hate this too.
#37 Lay’s Eel-Flavored Potato Chips | Japan
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Seafood is a staple in Asia’s food industry, and we thank them for it. Seriously, where would we even be without sushi and tempura? On the other hand, there may be times when seafood isn’t such a great choice, like in this instance. We have one big question for Lay’s eel-flavored potato chips. WHY?
#38 McDonald’s Seaweed McNuggets | Taiwan
Taiwan is renowned for its vast diversity of cuisines and its gorgeous combination of modernistic and classic flair. Practically any type of food that was made in Taiwan tastes good, and that includes the seaweed nuggets by McDonald’s. No, don’t hide from these leafy greens, because aside from being a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, seaweed can help you lose weight and prevent heart diseases. Also, it tastes just like the ocean! In case you haven’t actually tasted the ocean yet, you will now.
#39 McDonald’s Tabasco Infused Spicy Hot Sundae | Hong Kong
In 2017, McDonald’s Hong Kong collaborated with Tabasco to bring spice to the lives of burges, fries, and even sundaes! Although it may sound like an April’s Fool’s prank, some people actually paid to eat spicy ice cream, and we just don’t know how we feel about that. Oh, well, a little adventure never hurt anyone!
#40 Starbucks’ Sweet Potato Frappuccino | Japan
Sweet potato has transcended casseroles and savory meals by making their Starbucks debut in the form of a frappe. Formulated with honey, sweet potato sauce, and sweet potato candy, you’ll totally feel the rich sweetness in this drink! Then again, there’s nothing really out of the ordinary with this one, because Starbucks could sell a ghost pepper cotton candy frappuccino, and people would drink it.