The 9 craziest ‘limited time’ fast food creations

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By: Jared Cotter | Frenchie Aguilh | Todd Covelli Posted: 9:57 PM, May 30, 2017

As much as we Americans love our fast food, sometimes the regular burger and fries can seem a little ho-hum. Enter the stunt food: those crazy food mash-ups and creations available for a limited time that make you want to zoom to the drive-thru, just to say you tried them. But how long have we been enamored with giant meat-on-meat sandwiches, chip-flavored taco shells, and heaping piles of calories on buns? Jared Cotter's got the answer, along with some of your favorite "limited time" throwback concoctions. Would you be brave enough to try these?

1. McDonald's' McRib

This was one of the first stunt foods, introduced in 1981. After a chicken nugget shortage, McDonald's needed to give franchises sans nuggets something new to offer: McRib to the rescue! The barbecue flavored pork sandwich was eventually removed from the menu in 1985, unless you live in Germany. But don't worry – you can figure out how close the sandwich is to you with to the McRib locator – thank goodness.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings' Mountain Dew-Flavored Wings

After signing a deal for an exclusive partnership with PepsiCo, Buffalo Wild Wings jumped on the chance to appeal to the dreams of 18-year-old boys and make a new wing flavor with one of PepsiCo's weirdest yet most well-loved sodas: Mountain Dew. Enter the Zesty Citrus flavored wings. BWW believed that if they could make it delicious, the crowds would come – and they did, to both positive and more mixed results.

3. The KFC Double Down

In an effort to remind people that there's more to fast food than just burgers, KFC came out with its Double Down sandwich – bacon, two different cheeses, and secret sauce, all on two pieces of Original Recipe chicken fillets for buns; or, if you're watching your figure, two grilled chicken fillets. Much better for you…

4. Burger King's Mac-N-Cheetos

If you've been waiting since last summer for this treat to come back, then it's your lucky year. And If you didn't try them last year for fear of sodium overload, you've got the heads up you need to drink a pool's worth of water before diving into them this year. A dream for cheese fans, the snack is essentially fried mac and cheese bites coated in Cheeto dust; you know, in case you want to pay extra to lick Cheeto bag cheese off your fingers.

5. The Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco

We don't know how it took Taco Bell so long to bring this to us, but in 2012, the fast food chain put 2 and 2 together, one two being their tacos and the other two being the flavors of Doritos chips. If you think the idea sounded crazy, it was – crazy successful. T-Bell sold more than a billion units in the first year; talk about "Loco".

6. Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

Hate having to eat your Dunkin' Donuts breakfast sandwich then eat your donut treat? The donut company had your back covered in 2013 with their Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich – bacon and egg centered on two glazed donut buns. Not even any cheese? Come on, DD. Regardless, the sandwich did have one thing going for it – at 360 calories, it had the 10th lowest calorie count of the chain's standard breakfast sandwiches. Why bother with a healthy ham, egg, and cheese on an English Muffin when you can just sacrifice 40 more calories for donut buns?

7. Carl's Jr.'s Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich

Also debuting in 2013, the Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich was brought to the public by the geniuses at Carl's Jr. The recipe was simple – a scoop of vanilla ice cream placed between two halves of a frosted strawberry Pop-Tart. The treat didn't last very long, though: probably because college kids weren't about to start paying $2 for something they've been making it for free at home after a late night at the bars for years.

9. Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Stuffed Crust

If you could never decide between pizza or hot dogs for dinner, 2015 was a good year for you, the year that Pizza Hut brought you the Hot Dog Bites Pizza. The pizza featured a regular pizza nestled in a crust of pigs-in-a-blanket hot dogs that you could pull apart and dip in mustard. If hot dogs weren't your thing, you could fly to the Middle East to try Pizza Hut's cheeseburger stuffed crust…or you could just eat normal pizza and maybe take the time to evaluate some of your life choices.

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