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7 Worse Fast Food Chains Of 2016
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Fast-food franchises are notorious for coming up with some crazy concoctions. Sometimes they’re a hit and other times they’re a total flop. We’ll give them one thing though: They sure are brave to test some funky foods in the market.
But with these launches, fast-food chains -- many of which make the Franchise 500 list -- had to pull the plug on some items. Wrong market, backlash or bad timing are just a few reasons to axe a food item. And as 2017 approaches, we can even be thanking them for removing some of these not-so-healthy foods, as we won’t be tempted to indulge in them while trying to commit to our New Year’s resolutions.
So for those looking to boost their health in the New Year, you won’t have to worry about any of these fast-food items getting in your way.
1. McDonald’s

The fast-food giant founded in 1940 has had its fair share of menu item flops. From its early days offering pizza, spaghetti and chicken fajitas, it’s taken the fast-food leader a while to get it right.

Its 1996 attempt to offer a “higher-quality” cheeseburger, the “Arch Deluxe,” flopped pretty quickly as people were unwilling to pay extra for the “gourmet” ingredients like peppered bacon and cherry tomatoes. It turns out, people’s feelings haven’t changed. In 2013, McDonald's attempted to introduce another fancy burger item, the Sirloin Third-Pound burger, to the menu. It was deemed unsuccessful and was removed pretty quickly. (But that didn’t stop the company from a second attempt of the burger, rolling out the Sirloin Third-Pound again in 2015.)
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The same year, the company tried to revamp its chicken game, too. It attempted to go beyond its classic McNuggets with Mighty Wings. The bone-in wings ended up being too spicy, expensive and unappetizing. McDonald’s pulled the plug pretty quickly. During this time, the company also broke the hearts of many of its fans when it took down Chicken Selects, a fancier alternative to McNuggets. Originally launched in 2006, they had a good nine-year run.
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2. Taco Bell

To celebrate Halloween in 2009, Taco Bell launched its Black Jack Taco, which featured the classic Taco Bell beef, baja sauce, lettuce and cheese in a black shell. Unfortunately, the odd-colored taco didn’t pick up traction amongst consumers, and the company eventually pulled it from its menu.
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Also around the same time -- between 2008 and 2009 -- the Tex-Mex fast-food chain launched its fully loaded nachos -- and it too failed. The Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme managed to survive from 2006 to 2010 but eventually got nixed, too.

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