Top Ten Worst Food Fails Ever
When it comes to our favorite brands, it seems we're more likely to remember the epic successes (Doritos Locos Tacos, anyone?) than the equally epic failures. But failures, there are aplenty.
Dangerous, disgusting, or just plain absurd, these gastronomic gaffes may be fun to laugh at now, but it wouldn't be so amusing if we were all forced to drink New Coke, now would it?
From Four Loko to KFC's Double Down, here's our roundup of some of the food industry's most notorious creations.
|Tomatoes are red. Not purple.|
10. Heinz EZ Squirt
The sky is blue. The grass is green. And ketchup is red. These are indisputable facts of human existence, so when Heinz messed with its crimson ketchup, people were upset. Blue ketchup? Purple ketchup? "Mystery" colors? Designed for kids, these bizarre multicolored creations mystified the average consumer. A purple hot dog is just a little too weird for most folks. So the concept was abandoned, and red returned to its rightful place.
|We like our cola murky brown, thankyouverymuch.|
9. Crystal Pepsi
"If we wanted a beverage we could see through, we'd drink Sprite. Or, you know, that water stuff." That about sums up the state of mind of American soda drinkers, who overwhelmingly rejected Pepsi's clear, caffeine-free cola in 1992. It just felt unnatural, like beer without alcohol or a toddler in a swimsuit competition. (Oh wait, those things exist.) It was discontinued in 1993, and Yum! Brands CEO David Novak, who was credited with the concept, shared the following gem of wisdom about his misstep: "It would have been nice if I'd made sure the product tasted good."