The Best Food Inventions Of The Year

It was a watershed year for innovative “food products” all around the world.

DIVISION I: General Excellence

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1. BBQ Bacon Wrapstar (KFC Canada)

I legitimately don’t comprehend what this food item is.

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2. Fish McBites (McDonald’s)

Would eat.

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3. Beefy Nacho Burrito (Taco Bell)

Wouldn’t not eat.

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4. Breakfast Waffle Sandwich (Jack In The Box)

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5. Shrimp Stars (KFC Singapore)

These are adorable!

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6. Chili Cheese Fritos Coney Dog (Sonic)

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7. A.M. Crunchwrap (Taco Bell)

The day hasn’t really started until you’ve had a tortilla full of eggs and hash browns.

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8. Pizzabon (Cinnabon)

This magical creation doesn’t seem to have made it outside one test location in an Atlanta mall. R.I.P. Pizzabon.

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9. Doritos Locos Taco (Taco Bell)

Full disclosure: I’ve eaten this. 10/10, would eat again.

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This seems to include anything you can put between two round discs of bread-like substance.

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10. Cheese-Top Burger (KFC Philippines)

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11. Fry Lover’s Burger (Checker’s/Rally’s)

Won’t lie, have DIYed this on some burgers in my time.

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12. “Kuro” Burger (Burger King Japan)

Black is the new normal-bun-colored.

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13. Angry Whopper (Burger King)

Angry = spicy. Technically a re-release in honor of the Whopper’s 55th anniversary, which is, like, not a real anniversary.

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14. Ice Cream Brrrger (Carl’s Jr.)

A test subject that never made it national, as far as we know. Like a regular ice cream cookie sandwich except with way more creepy icing!

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15. Lobster & Caviar Burger (Wendy’s Japan)

Anchoring the delightful new “Ocean Premium” line.

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16. Memphis BBQ Burger (Carl’s Jr.)

Excuse me, I think my burger needs more pulled pork on it. Oh, and maybe a few onion rings.

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17. “Gracoro” Burger (McDonald’s Japan)

Somehow they knew the world had been yearning for more shrimp and mac ‘n’ cheese patties.

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18. Fiery Ghost Burger (Red Robin)

Made with the ghost pepper, which is some really crazy hot pepper or something.

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19. Pumpkin Burger (Burger King Japan)

LOL remember when pumpkin was the new bacon?

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Have to hand it to Pizza Hut for their non-stop worldwide development of incoherent and yet totally mesmerizing pizza products. They win 2012 for weird shit, hands down.

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20. Cheeseburger Crust Pizza (Pizza Hut Middle East)

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21. P’Zolo (Pizza Hut)

Watch out, Subway.

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22. Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza (Pizza Hut UK)

The most upsetting part of this is the idea of paying for a “mustard drizzle.*

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23. Overstuffed Pizza (Pizza Hut)

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24. Garlic Bread Pizza (Pizza Hut)

Brilliant in its simplicity.

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25. Cheesy Bites Pizza (Pizza Hut)

From the official Gizmodo review: “The knots are not very ergonomic, and they feel bad in the hand. Luckily, you can eat the parts that do not feel good in the hand.”

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26. Kit Kat Pops (Pizza Hut Middle East)

At what point do we begin to suspect that Pizza Hut is just messing with us?

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27. Double Sensation Pizza (Pizza Hut Singapore)

STOP STOP JUST STOP also please bring to America

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These treats distinguished themselves in a rapidly-expanding category.

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28. Cookie Sandwich (Taco Bell)

My private theory as to why it’s triangular is so that it looks more like a tortilla chip?

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29. Cheesecake On A Stick (White Castle)

Because plates and forks have monopolized the cheesecake scene for way too long.

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30. Strawberry Churro (Del Taco)

This reviewer is unsure why it’s a different color than the regular churro. Spooky.

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31. Chocolate Nachos (El Pollo Loco)

NBD, just a nice light 1,100-calorie snack.

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32. Bacon Sundae (Burger King)

At least one woman in the world really, really enjoyed this.

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h/t to Foodbeast and HuffPost Food for consistently stellar research on fast food innovation. Did we miss anything important? Chime in!

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