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06/23/2014 03:27 pm ET | Updated Aug 23, 2014

The Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All Time

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A couple of times a year, a new fast food product comes along that leaves us alternately scratching our heads and blown away by the inventors' ingenuity. Pizza with a crust that's stuffed with cheese?

Amazing! A taco shell that's actually a giant Dorito? Genius! But believe it or not, even America's most far-out fast food creations pale in comparison to what's being offered by these same chains internationally. We've rounded up 15 of the wildest, most over-the-top fast-food menu items that we've encountered, and while several are from the U.S., the vast majority are international items.

Chains like Pizza Hut, Burger King, and KFC actually give their international divisions a lot of leeway to come up with new menu items (usually limited-time-only releases) that they think will appeal to the locals while still representing "American" cuisine. And when the popular belief around the world is that American food is grossly outrageous (I wonder why?), that tends to lead to some truly wild offerings.

Take Pizza Hut Singapore, for example, widely regarded as the most outside-the-box international fast food division. Last year, they released what they called the Double Sensation Pizza, which is so complex it takes a while to describe: The pizza is separated into two rings, an inner ring and an outer ring. The outer ring's crust has melted mozzarella, Cheddar, and Parmesan oozing out of it, and between that and ring number two is a pizza topped with cheese, salsa, bell peppers, mushrooms, and turkey ham. The inner ring is stuffed with chicken sausage, which itself is stuffed with cheese. Inside that ring is a pepper Alfredo sauce, smoked chicken, and slices of zucchini. Oh, and there's a cherry on top.

Believe it or not, it gets even crazier than that.

We're not exactly sure why these chains feel so compelled to release such outrageously insane offerings, but hey, good for them. They're living dangerously, pushing the boundaries, and in some cases leading folks to believe that this is how Americans actually eat. Some of these menu items sound legitimately tasty -- Pizza Hut Puerto Rico's Crazy Cheesy Bacon Crust Pizza, for example -- but we think we'll stick with the Big Mac.

Read on for 15 fast food items that are so over the top it's hard to believe that these were actually unleashed on the public.

  • 1 Burger King Vietnam: Kimchi Pork and Szechuan Beef Burgers
    This here’s an interesting one, released in honor of the Chinese New Year last year (not sure why these were sold in Vietnam instead of China). They released two burgers: the Spicy Kimchi Double Pork, which tops two pork patties with American cheese and kimchi, and the Spicy Szechuan Double Beef, two beef patties topped with American cheese, onions, tomatoes, and a spicy Szechuan-inspired sauce. Photo Credit: Burger King VietnamClick Here to see More of the Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All Time
  • 2 Dunkin’ Donuts Pancake Sausage Bites
    Pancakes and sausage are a breakfast staple, but combining them into one oblong nugget meant to be dunked in syrup? Well, it does hit all the major food groups: salt, sugar, meat, and grease. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Rusty Gillespie
  • 3 KFC Double Down
    One of the most legendary (and grossest) fast-food experiments in history, this baby sandwiched cheese and bacon in between two patties of fried chicken. How this actually made it to market is anyone’s guess, but we’re assuming KFC’s R&D headquarters is located inside a frat house. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Lucas RicharzClick Here to see More of the Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All Time
  • 4 Burger King Pumpkin Burger
    This offering, which was released in 2012, filled a bun with a burger patty, bacon, lettuce, slices of Japanese pumpkin (also known as kabocha squash), and a nut sauce made with peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and sesame seeds. We can’t even imagine what this one must have tasted like. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Meredith P.
  • 5 McDonald’s Japan Gracoro Burger
    A seasonal item with a cult following since its release in 1993, the Gracoro Burger is a real oddball. Instead of a burger patty, there’s a patty of macaroni, shrimp, and white sauce, with a breadcrumb crust. It’s topped with cheese, lettuce, and a mysterious brown sauce. Click Here to see More of the Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All TimePhoto Credit: © Flickr / Victor Lee

-Dan Myers, The Daily Meal

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