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Big Brands: 4 Weird & Wonderful Menu Items from Around the World

Big Brands: 4 Weird & Wonderful Menu Items from Around the World

Earlier this month, Taco Bell was labeled America’s healthiest fast food chain due to its low-calorie Fresco menu, sodium reductions and the chain’s new plans to eliminate XL sodas and antibiotics from its chicken. Fortunately, as far as we’re aware Taco Bell will continue to create some of the strangest menu items we’ve ever seen such as the Doritos-wrapped taco.

America is renowned throughout the world for being experimental and perhaps even a little OTT when it comes to food, but we are by no means the only country with some questionable items on our menus. Here are some menu items from international Starbucks, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Ben & Jerry’s stores.

Starbucks – Japan | The Cherry Blossom Frappuccino 


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Starbucks began as a humble coffee shop in Seattle, Washington, in 1971. Now, there are over 25,000 Starbucks stores in more than 70 countries around the world, many of which have their very own exclusive drinks and recipes.

Each spring, cherry blossoms (also known as sakura) bloom all over Japan, and to celebrate them Starbucks has been offering Japanese citizens the Cherry Blossom Frappuccino for the last ten years. According to research conducted by Couponbox, Japanese Starbucks prices are very reasonable compared to other countries – a cappuccino will set you off $3.90 while it costs $6.06 in Switzerland! – so why not try the Sakura Blossom and Strawberry Latte as well.

McDonalds – The Philippines | McSpaghetti

 

Considering the fact that the first ever menu items for McDonalds were hot dogs and not hamburgers, it’s not all too surprising that the fast food chain is known for different delicacies depending on where in the world you are.

Whilst McSpaghetti may not have been a hit with the Italian market, in the Philippines McSpaghetti is served with a side of chicken – singularly known as the Chicken McDo - and continues to be quite popular. There are very few nutritional facts available about McSpaghetti, but from what we can tell it’s just pasta in a tomato sauce.

Pizza Hut – Brazil | Pan Sandwich

Back in 1973, the first Pizza Hut was opened on the humble streets of Islington, England. Since then they have introduced the world to the Pan Pizza, The Edge and pepperoni-stuffed crust, though their innovation doesn’t stop there.

Have you ever wished that you could combine your love of sandwiches and your love of pizza to create the ultimate meal? Well, in Brazil they already have. Pizza dough covered in Parmesan cheese is basked in a pizza oven, and then the customer can add his or her own filling from lettuce to BBQ chicken and beyond.

Ben & Jerry’s – United Kingdom | Minter Wonderland


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Following a $5 Penn State course in ice creaming-making, Ben & Jerry opened their first scoop shop in Vermont in 1978. Needless to say, the company has expanded somewhat since then.

The Minter Wonderland is a special chilly treat is made up of peppermint ice cream and chocolate chunks, a great combination for anyone who wants to feel refreshed. Not only is Minter Wonderland available in the UK exclusively, it is only available during the holiday season.

Some of these options sound better than others, so let us know if you’ve tried any of these incredible concoctions and whether they were any good!

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