04/16/2012 02:34 pm ET | Updated Jun 16, 2012

5 Crazy Food Gimmicks That Just Might Work

Do you ever think that maybe when you go out to eat and drink that it's no longer about simply enjoying delicious sustenance? In the world of the Darth Vader burger and the fever pitch that hits when the McRib is back on the menu, one wonders if we even enjoy food anymore, or merely talking about it.

I'm just as guilty as being taken in by a story about the KFC Double Down, in a "ohmygodIcan'tlookaway" kind of way. Not in a "I'mgonnaeatthat" way. So I can't help but wonder who is eating this stuff. Anyone? Do these gimmicks increase sales, or just get people chattering away on the Internets?

Would you eat/drink these five items based on these crazy gimmicks?

I don't know about you, but a billboard made out of hot sauce packets seems more Taco Bell than Burger King. But ever since that creepy guy in the giant King costume came on board to the BK, who knows what those people do.

It's a Dorito, and a taco shell. Way to go Taco Bell, you've just created a week's worth of sodium intake (and god knows what else) in one dish.

Now this one is kind of cute. And even though I don't drink soda, I'd make an exception if I was able to go up to a vending machine, give it a cuddle, and get a free Coca-Cola. But it wouldn't make me buy it when I was at the store.

I enjoy an ice cold brew as much as the next gal, and I do think Japanese beer, Kirin is exceptional. But coming out of a soft serve into my glass is not exactly the texture I prefer in a beer. Doesn't matter, enough people do that they will be expanding this wack idea.

We already covered this atrocity here at The Stir, however, if this doesn't go on a list of craziest food gimmicks of the week, I honestly don't know what does. Hot dogs. In your pizza crust. Have you no shame, Pizza Hut?

Oh, who am I kidding? I'd totally try a hot dog stuffed crust. Would you?

Written by April Peveteaux on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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