20 most outrageous foods of 2021 – eat this not that
2021 has seen its ups and downs. The vaccines spread across the world, and then the Delta and Omicron variants took hold. The United States crushed him at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, winning 113 medals in total, then the whole world has been crushed by the global supply chain deadlock. And so on, from top to bottom.
And in the food world, things got pretty weird too. We saw potato chips inspired by a fictional video game bird, interesting Oreos, and cereal mashups that the world probably didn’t need. And, as usual, you can always count on fast food chains to imagine wild foods that got everyone talking. To commemorate these offbeat products, we have brought together the most outrageous culinary creations of 2021. Bon appétit and congratulations to 2022! Plus, check out the best and worst new sodas of 2021, ranked!
If you are not quite sure what does a MOA Burger taste like, no problem, no one else was either. That’s because it’s a burger made with Moa Bird Meat, and the Moa Bird is from the fictional universe of the Halo video game franchise. In this universe, in the form of Pringles crisps, the Moa burger has an apparently spicy taste and hints of ginger. Some people love these crisps, we’re not saying they’re bad, we’re just saying it’s crazy that a flavor of crisps was inspired by a bird invented from a video game.
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Why eat your cereal in a bowl with a spoon when your cereal could instead be an edible straw through which you will suck the milk? That seems to be the question Kellogg’s was asking when they released Froot Loops Cereal Straws.
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Do you like Lady Gaga’s music? Do you like Oreo cookies? Do you see a reason why the two should meet? Obviously someone did, and a strange sponsorship deal was born. That said, one customer spoke volumes when she wrote an Amazon review in which she read in part, “I love Oreos and I love Lady Gaga. How could I not buy them?”
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups work like an elegantly simple candy as they combine chocolate and peanut butter and that’s it. But obviously this decades-old recipe for success wasn’t good enough for 2021, so Reese released this peanut butter that only takes classic cups. Is there too much peanut butter? Be the judge.
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“The iconic indulgence you remember loving as a kid is now a crisp, chocolatey breakfast cereal the whole family can enjoy together. So reads the lead of the product copy of this surprising cereal that appeared in 2021. No doubt that the first ingredient is sugar.
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To some extent, the limited run of so-called “Mashups” cereal that Kellogg’s released in 2021 makes perfect sense. A lot of us mix cereal in the bowl, so why not mix it up in the box, like with the Frosted Flakes + Froot Loops Mashup. On the other hand, isn’t it better to leave the grain mixture to the consumer, Kellogg’s?
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The most scandalous thing about Jeni releasing an ice cream called “Everything Bagel” isn’t that they concocted a dessert made from “Cream Cheese Ice Cream with All the Bagel Gravel.” It’s the fact that the stuff got so popular it sold out.
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Yes, you read and see: Earlier this year, Kraft released a product called “Candy Macaroni & Cheese”. It was pink, it was flavored mac and cheese with pieces of candy, it was a promotion around Valentine’s Day, and according to Insider, that was not good.
Granted, state fairs are known for their weird foods, but things got a little crazy at this year’s Minnesota State Fair. Spufull Puff, a food that debuted there, consists of mashed sweet potatoes mixed with cream cheese stuffed into the batter then deep-fried and served with syrup.
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Eating that cheeseburger, added by Wendy’s this year, is a great way to save years in your life if you indulge yourself often enough. It contains 1120 calories, more than half of which come from fat.
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This new pizza from The newly renamed Papa Johns pizza chain (new look, no apostrophe and scandalous departure of the founder in the rearview mirror) is not the healthiest option on the menu. A slice – and honestly, who eats just one? – contains 15 grams of fat, six of which are saturated, and 740 milligrams of sodium, and that for just 280 calories, via Calorie King.
In case you missed it, in the spring of 2021 Pepsi released an even sweeter cola than its standard Pepsi Cola. It was Pepsi X Peeps, and yes, it was a soda with a flavor inspired by the classic Peeps marshmallow candy.
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At first glance, a bison meat fast food menu option seems odd and unexpected. But when you think about it, it’s a huge achievement. Bison were nearly extinct well over a hundred years ago, and now they’re back in such numbers that we can make a fast food sandwich from their meat. Bison is a very healthy protein, it’s leaner than beef, has more omega-3s, and is loaded with vitamin B12 and zinc, so it’s definitely worth a try.
In a weirdly circular fashion, this weird mashup makes sense. You’ve already put your Eggo waffles in the toaster, and you’ve already put Pop-Tarts in the toaster. So why not just mix the two and flavor your Pop-Tarts like Maple Glazed Eggo Waffles?
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For a few months in the first half of 2021, you could stop by a Sonic and get a cheeseburger topped with bacon jam. Not bits of bacon, no, but a real sticky spread made from mashed bacon, sugar and onions, via QSR magazine.
What’s scandalous about the new line of Coca-Cola with Coffee products isn’t that the company tried almost the exact same thing around 15 years ago, it’s that for one or more reasons this times it looks like the products are going to succeed, whereas the last time they flopped.
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Jack in the Box’s Roost Fries, released in 2021, is a platter of fries topped with a pile of chicken fillets, topped with melted cheese, then dipped in a cheese sauce and their signature Roost sauce. Estimates put this dish at well over 700 calories, so you’d better be sharing it with a group of hungry friends.
Released around Halloween 2021 – with a grim reaper on the packaging – the schtick behind this new take on Skittles was that a few of the Skittles candies found in each packet were so sour they would make you – that’s right – scream .
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Released to compete with menu items offered by rival Taco Bell, the Del Taco Crunchtada Tostada might be the most outrageous considering it only costs $ 1. Yet for that dollar you get around 330 calories, which makes this new menu item an incredible, if not healthy, offer.
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Probably better not to ring the bell while on vacation with this new vacation deal from IHOP. Winter Wonderland Pancakes are a stack of pancakes dipped in a weirdly blue syrup, topped with marshmallows, then dusted with sugar. So, in other words, they are pancakes topped with three kinds of sugar.
Will these wild foods stand the test of time? We will see.
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