News – “9 of the most delicious fast-food mashups ever created”

thisisinsider.comWe all get in food ruts sometimes. It’s easy to get stuck thinking one food just goes with another, and that’s all there is to it. But then a fast food mashup will come along and change that way of thinking.

A mashup is essentially combining two foods that don’t normally go together, or at least not in the way you’d think, and making a new, weird, and usually delicious food. This is especially common with fast food restaurants who depend on creative menu items to beat their competition.

Sometimes these mashups come from the restaurant itself, like Taco Bell’s Waffle Tacoor Burger King’s rejected McWhopper. And other times it comes from the ingenuity ofinternet users.

There are countless combinations to be had. Here are 9 of the most delicious fast food mashups ever created that we wish we had thought of first.

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Burger King’s Whopperito

Burger King's Whopperito
The Whopperito in all its cheesy glory.
 Burger King/Facebook

The Whopperito was, you guessed it, a Whopper in burrito form. Burger King used typical Whopper toppings like lettuce, onion, and pickles, but added queso to give it more of a burrito taste. The Whopperito may have been short-lived, but some fans are still holding out hope for its return.

Carl’s Jr.’s Pepperoni Pizza Fries

Carl’s Jr.'s Pepperoni Pizza Fries
Loaded fries with a twist.
 FoodBeast/Instagram

With all the possibilities for loaded fries, someone was bound to come up with pizza fries. And thankfully, Carl’s Jr was that someone. Topped with pepperoni, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese, they joined a long list of bizarrely delicious menu items from Carl’s Jr.

 

Denny’s Mozzarella Stick Grilled Cheese

Denny's Mozzarella Stick Grilled Cheese
The more cheese, the better.
 Denny’s

The only thing that can make cheese better is adding more cheese to it. It was in that spirit that Denny’s created the Fried Cheese Melt, which is a grilled cheese with fried mozzarella sticks in it. The item was discontinued, but whip up a grilled cheese and mozzarella sticks, and it should be pretty easy to create your own.

KFC’s Double Down

KFC's Double Down
Calling all fried chicken lovers.
 Mike Mozart/Flickr Creative Commons

In 2010, you couldn’t miss the buzz about the KFC Double Down. It was an absurd sandwich that used two pieces of fried chicken as a bun, with bacon, cheese, and sauce sandwiched between them. Calling it unhealthy is an understatement, but it was incredible. They even released a hot dog-version of the infamous sandwich.

 

Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Stuffed Crust

Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Stuffed Crust
You’ll never have to choose between hot dogs and pizza ever again.
Mallory Schlossberg/Business Insider

Do you ever find yourself struggling to decide between a hot dog and a pizza? Well, in 2015, Pizza Hut tried to solve that problem for you. The Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza was a regular pizza for the most part, with a hot dog stuffed into a pretzel bun as the crust. It even came with mustard to dip your crust in.

Hardee’s Most American Thickburger

Hardee's Most American Thickburger
It doesn’t get more American than hot dogs and potato chips on a burger.
 Hardee’s/Facebook

The “Most American Thickburger” combines some of the most American foods there are — a cheeseburger, a hot dog, and potato chips. Add a side of apple pie, and you’d have the most American meal in the world. Although it may not be a good choice from a health perspective, it was certainly a delicious mashup.


I’m not particularly proud to say this but I have tried like 90% of the items on this list …the Thickburger helped me and Big Al get through our freshman year of  college, we might have to bring some of those stories up on the podcast one episode.

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