50 Interesting Facts about Fast Food Chains

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1French fries

Mcdonald’s stopped using beef tallow in their French fries after a wealthy heart attack survivor spent $3 million dollars on full-page newspaper ads calling out the chain for their unhealthy menu.


2. A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull and the Starbucks cinnamon chip scone has more calories than a McDonald's quarter pounder with 480 calories.


3. In order to keep its Original Recipe a secret, KFC has one company mix the first half of the 11 spices then ship it to McCormick, who adds the second half to the mix before sending it back to KFC.


4. Burger King launched a $40 million ad campaign in November 1985 called "Where's Herb?" The idea was to find a character named Herb who’d never been to Burger King. Other chains pointed out that if Herb wasn’t at Burger King, it meant he probably liked other chains’ burgers more. Burger King’s profits fell by 40% in 1986.


5. In 2018, the Domino’s in Russia offered up to 100 free pizzas every year for 100 years if a customer got the Domino’s logo tattooed visibly on their body. Initially intended to last a month the promotion proved to be so popular Domino’s ended it after a week with 350 accepted winners.


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6Dunkin’ Donuts

In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the Dunkin’ Donuts radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and its sales near the bus stops increased by 29%.


7. Wendy's chocolate Frosty is actually half chocolate and half vanilla because owner Dave Thomas thought-full chocolate would be too overpowering a flavor paired with their burger and fries meal.


8. A McDonald's Caesar Salad has more calories, fat, and salt than a Double Big Mac burger.


9. A Starbucks hot “venti” latte and “grande” latte each have exactly two shots of espresso. The extra dollar you are paying for the larger size is essentially buying you 4 ounces of frothed milk.


10. Taco Bell failed to pay two Michigan men who created the Taco Bell Chihuahua mascot and were court-ordered to pay back $42 million in 2009.


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11Papa John's

In 2012, Papa John’s was sued for more than $250 million for spam texting people in the middle of the night.


12. McDonald’s paid Justin Timberlake an estimated $6 million to sing ba-da-ba-ba-bah as part of their “I’m Loving It” campaign.


13. Dominos Pizza ended the "30 Minutes or it's Free" guarantee, in the 1980s, after a delivery driver killed a woman trying to meet the time constraint.


14. Dairy Queen doesn't serve ice cream. To be categorized as ice cream, the minimum butterfat content must be 10% and their product only has only 5% butterfat. Therefore, it is called "soft-serve."


15. The name “Häagen-Dazs” was completely made up by its Polish Jewish founders to sound Danish. The umlaut (¨) does not even exist in Danish and neither does the “zs” letter combination.


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16Whataburger

Whataburger in Texas and What-A-Burger in Virginia opened about the same time in 1950 but didn't know of each other's existence until 1970. They both sued the other, but the court ruled that customers were not likely to be confused about whether the burgers served came from Texas or Virginia.


17. In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem they faced was that they had no locks on their doors, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so that they would be able to close for the day.


18. McDonald's did away with their spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them as cocaine spoons.


19. Taco Bell tried twice to enter the Mexican market and failed spectacularly both times as locals decried the food as inauthentic and a joke.


20. In 2013, Subway was sued for selling 11-inch Footlongs. In the settlement, they agreed to pay $525,000 in attorney fees and required their restaurants to now measure bread, so that Footlong and 6-inch sandwiches will indeed be at least 12 inches and 6 inches, respectively.


21Carl's Jr.

In 2017, a Carl's Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, which was untouched by the surrounding wildfires, suddenly caught fire when staff made 165 hamburgers for the first responders.


22. McDonald's once came up with bubblegum flavored broccoli, in an attempt to get kids to eat healthier. It was never introduced as children found the flavor confusing.


23. In 1984, Burger King ran an ad campaign with a character called “Mister Rodney” touting its superior cooking over McDonald’s. This character closely resembled Mister Rogers and the campaign stopped after Mister Rogers himself called Burger King’s vice president, who had the commercial taken off the air.


24. Taco Bell provides tortillas for NASA to use in lieu of bread, which can cause problems aboard International Space Station as bread crumbs can get caught in instruments. These Taco Bell tortillas are ideal due to their long shelf life.


25. Pizza Hut delivered to the International Space Station. In 2001, they paid Russia $1 million to transport the pizza into space.

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