There's your standard junk food, and then there's blasting the calorie count through the roof in the most artistic and extreme manner possible. Today, we pay tribute to those wild and endlessly decadent dishes that don't just hit the spot- they totally pummel it to a tasty pulp. Also, let's be honest here; when it comes to getting your comfort food fix, sometimes it's better to go big rather than be deprived.
So if you're one of those people who answers the question "would you like that deep fried?" with an enthusiastic "heck yeah!" this is the quiz for you. We dig deep into the furthest and most delicious reaches of the culinary world and present you with some of the most insane junk foods that you'll find anywhere. They are truly the stuff of junk food legends.
Fair warning; you don't want to start this quiz on an empty stomach, but if you are a serious connoisseur of all that is fatty, fried, salty, sweet and covered in caramelized bacon, we invite you to step up to the oversized plate and prove that you know the difference between a Windows 7 Whopper and a Baconator. Who can identify all of these over-the-top creations?
What pizza lover's fave has something special tucked inside?
Stuffed crust pizza has been pretty big for a few years now, and really what's not to love? Cheese or toppings are folded right into the crust for a special bite at the end of the pie. So much yum!
Which snack never expires and taste even better when deep fried?
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These yellow cakes with vanilla frosting famously never go bad and are even better when dipped in hot oil. The crunchy deep-fried exterior is the perfect match for creamy yellow cake and sugary frosting. They are a carnival favorite.
Let's cross the pond. What meaty Japanese favorite celebrated a computer-related release?
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The Windows 7 Whopper featured seven beef patties and was a cult favorite in Japan. It never made it to the United States, but there are plenty of people who wish that it had.
What frosty Korean treat is next-level dessert?
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Korean shaved ice is a specialty in Southeast Asia and is comprised of a pile of shaved ice with syrup, sweetened condensed milk and other toppings. It is refreshing and delicious during the stifling hot months of summer.
Calling all meat lovers! What sandwich brings the bacon ... cheese and fried chicken?
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The KFC Double Down sandwich was a meat lovers dream come true. Bacon and cheese were nestled between two perfectly fried chicken patties. There's a rumor that it might be making a comeback.
Which convenience store fave got a Japanese-style matcha makeover?
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Japan is notable for its inventive Kit Kat flavors, and Green Tea Kit Kats are one of the most popular offerings. You can get them on this side of the pond, but you'll pay a pretty penny for them!
This donut is far from conventional. What salty and crispy topping makes it special?
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Bacon was all the rage a few years ago, and the trend is still going strong. Smart restaurateurs know that this salty and crunchy favorite pairs beautifully with chocolate, caramel, and of course, donuts!
What Canadian fave is the ultimate comfort food?
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Poutine is a dreamy combination of crispy fries, gravy and cheese curds. The heat from the fries bakes it into one gooey, salty and delicious plate of goodness. It's a Canadian favorite!
Let's hop back across the pond. What traditional beverage combines tea and sweetened condensed milk?
Thai Iced Tea belongs on this list of ultimate junk foods because it takes healthy tea and brings it to the next level by adding tons of sugar and sweetened condensed milk. It is more of a dessert than a beverage.
Which burger swaps out buns for rice patties?
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The McRice burger is big in Southeast Asia, where rice is a staple. The inside of the burger is sandwiched between two solid rice patties for a refreshing and fun twist on the original burger.
Can you name this Sin City special that combines hazelnut spread, donuts, and a creamy drink?
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Las Vegas is known for going big, and the Nutella donut milkshake is no exception. This tasty creation is sure to satisfy just about any intense sweet tooth, no matter how extreme.
What McDonalds specialty dives deep for its main ingredient?
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The McLobster is currently only available in Canada, but it enjoys cult popularity all over the world. While it's probably the least expensive lobster roll you'll ever buy, the taste is not compromised at all.
Which dessert uses a familiar childhood ingredient to make the dish sing?
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There has been a delicious explosion in cereal being used in desserts lately. Whether it's a nostalgic call back to our childhoods, or just a fun re-purposing of an ingredient, we are all for it.
Why settle for regular fries when you can have these upgraded faves? What are they?
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Burger King's chicken fries take the best parts of french fries and chicken nuggets and combine them together for a crunchy, salty treat. They're awesome, unique and totally hit the spot.
What ballpark favorite gets a delicious makeover by being deep-fried?
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Hot dogs are already one of the most coveted comfort foods out there, but deep frying them makes them even more incredible. These dogs are wrapped in bacon and dipped in the fryer for maximum junk food satisfaction.
Salty and sweet is a match made in heaven. What is this meaty dessert?
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Chocolate covered bacon gives you the best of all worlds with a shot of sweet and salty that totally hits the spot. Sprinkled with a touch of salt, this favorite has an other-worldly taste.
Which black-bunned burger was a cult hit in Japan?
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The KURO burger was a goth daydream, debuting in Japan with a black burger and black cheese. This edgy burger tasted the same as its regular counterpart but was famous for its charcoal colored bun.
Dennys has never shied away from controversial food combos. What sundae took things next-level?
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Denny's maple bacon sundae was a hit during the bacon craze of the early 2000s. The combination of creamy vanilla ice cream, maple sauce and crunchy bacon hit the spot for thousands of patrons.
This swirled favorite is the ultimate comfort food. What is it?
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Cinnamon buns come in all shapes and sizes, but there's something particularly incredible about a massive one drizzled with vanilla icing. Auntie Anne's is the undisputed queen of these buns, and their fragrance can be found in malls all over the US.
What southern favorite proves that savory and sweet really do belong together?
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Chicken and waffles might seem like an unorthodox combination, but it's actually a tried-and-true favorite that has been delighting palates for decades. You can find this sandwich on most pub food menus.
Who can name this Taco Bell cravable junk food creation?
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Taco Bell landed on the winning combination of tacos with a shell made entirely of Doritos a few years back, and they are still going strong. These tacos will satisfy any salty and cheesy craving.
What spicy favorite gets an upgrade from bacon and cheddar cheese?
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Jalapeno poppers are deep-fried cheesy hits of flavor that are even better when they are wrapped in bacon. They are cheesy, salty and spicy and make perfect snacks at any party or BBQ!
Talk about double trouble. Can you name this doubly fried snack?
Deep-fried potato chips might seem like overkill, but they're actually a crispier version of original potato chips. They have a lot more salty flavor and are thicker than original chips.
What Taco Bell treat combines meaty and salty flavors?
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Taco Bell's answer to any junk-food junkie's prayers came in the form of the Beefy Fritos Burrito. The burrito was full of meaty goodness with the satisfying crunch of Fritos taking everything to the next level.
Who can name the deep-sea ingredient that makes this pizza spectacular?
Someone once discovered that salmon, capers and cream cheese made pizza even more delicious. This combination is not totally popular yet, but it is certainly catching on. Taste it and you'll understand why!
It's clear that deep-frying makes magic happen. What is this Wisconsin pub favorite?
Deep-fried cheese curds are like better mozzarella sticks. They are a staple pub food in Wisconsin, which is known for its love of everything cheese-related. With creamy insides and a crunchy crust, they are totally addictive.
What carnival fave is equally good served alone or drizzled with chocolate?
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Fried dough is both lighter-than-air and crispy with deep-fried goodness. It is served piping hot and generally accompanied with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar and chocolate syrup.
Salty and sweet strike again! What is the name of this sugary and meaty creation?
The donut burger started off as something of an urban legend, but these days you can find it on pub menus all over the country. It's even served in ballparks, festivals, and other venues.
Which liquid-centered cake gives you the best chocolate fix ever?
The molten chocolate cake might have started as a happy accident in the 1980s and has since become a staple on fine dining menus. When you cut into the cake, you'll find that the inside is full of decadent chocolate sauce. So tasty!
What former cucumber got a tasty upgrade?
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Fried pickles are a cult classic because they combine sour pickles with crispy deep-fried breading for a unique flavor. You can find them at pubs and restaurants worldwide.
Wendy's is one of the top fast food restaurants. What is the name of their signature dessert?
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People love to enjoy Wendy's Chocolate Frosty on its own or use it as a base for dipping their french fries. However you slice it, this dessert favorite is not going anywhere soon.
Wendy's had a savory offering that garnered a cult following. What was it?
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Wendy's Baconator was not playing around. This mega-burger had two patties, two slices of cheese and six crispy pieces of bacon on it. If you wanted a serious hit of meaty goodness, this burger was it.
Let's skip across the pond. Which Belgian fave is gaining traction all over the world?
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Belgian waffles are a decadent dessert that can be crowned with anything from chocolate to strawberries and cream. They are popular street food in Belgium but are becoming sought after all over the world.
Who knows the name of these cheesy comfort food treats?
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It's tough to upgrade macaroni and cheese, but Mac 'n' Cheese balls manage to take it to the next level. Creamy macaroni and cheese is deep-fried for bite-sized perfection.
What do we call fries loaded up with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and dressing?
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Reuben sandwiches are a staple in just about any deli, and french fries are now getting the Reuben treatment. They're loaded up with meat and cheese and drizzled with Thousand Island dressing for a fantastic salty treat.
This hazelnut spread is everywhere. Do you know the name of these decadent donuts?
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Nutella is one of those condiments that just is not going anywhere. Since we're fond of filling donuts with all sorts of deliciousness, it's no surprise that they get an extra decadent jolt with creamy Nutella.
What carnival favorite deep-fries our favorite sandwich cookie?
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Oreos are the latest treat to get the deep-fried treatment. The cream melts just a little bit and makes for a delicious and incredible bite of dessert that is also completely portable.
Vive la France! Who knows what dessert combines two French favorites into one amazing treat?
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Macarons are gaining in popularity these days, and they are being filled with more inventive ingredients than ever before. Chocolate mousse macarons combine two French favorites into one amazing dessert.
Can you name the granddaddy of all desserts?
The croquembouche comprises of many small balls of puff pastry filled with vanilla cream. The whole thing is stuck together with spun caramel for an impressive presentation that is popular at holidays.
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