guess the fast foods from their close-ups

Will Kreznick

Prepare to feel hungry Do you think you’re a fast food expert or visit the drive-thru on a weekly basis? Can you tell famous burgers, pizzas and frozen treats apart from each other in a line-up of zoomed-in images and confusing close-ups? If the answer is yes, this […]


Do you think you’re a fast food expert or visit the drive-thru on a weekly basis? Can you tell famous burgers, pizzas and frozen treats apart from each other in a line-up of zoomed-in images and confusing close-ups? If the answer is yes, this is the quiz for you. It’s time to find out whether you’re a Big Mac master or KFC clueless.




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Every fast food chain sells a slightly different variation of this food: thin, thick, plain, spicy, crinkled. They’re easy to make but hard to get right. What are these crispy-looking strands and where are they from?




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Here’s a clue: that tempting drizzle of sauce is not mayonnaise and part of this dish comes from the sea. It was first launched to encourage more people to visit its restaurant on Fridays back in the 1960s and has been a controversial menu item over the years.




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Easy to guess if you’re a fan of Cali-Mex, these have been on an American chain’s menu since the 1960s when they cost just 19c. Even today, they’re still cheap as chips and one of the restaurant’s best-sellers.




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What’s golden, crispy and covered in 11 herbs and spices? You’ll find it at a restaurant whose name is just three letters and probably order with a side of gravy. It’s one of the most iconic fast food items in the world, not just America.




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Which menu item has such square corners? A bite-size morsel, you normally eat more than one and might even eat them “by the sack”. Just turned 100 years-old, the chain where you get these is credited with inventing the dish.




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Other restaurants sell this fast food, but this chain’s version is widely thought of as the best. Despite being a side dish, it’s the most-ordered item on the menu.




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A fast food favorite named after the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit system, this multi-layered lunchtime treat was launched in the 1970s. The chain that sells it is the largest in the world.




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Believe it or not, these date all the way back to the 1930s, when they were sold by the dozen to supermarkets. Food historians also say their secret recipe used to include mashed potato.




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A close-up is not this fast food item’s most flattering angle, but we promise you it’s one of the hottest, most-talked-about dishes of all time. Launched in the 1970s, at one point you could order it any time of the day, but not anymore. Now you can only enjoy it in the morning.




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Sweet, spicy and with a tiny kick of caffeine, this item seriously divides opinion. But whether you love it or hate it, the season in which it’s sold comes around every year, so you may as well get on board.




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Where the cheese is always messy, the buns squishy and the meat juicy, the restaurant that sells this item launched with a bang in the 1980s and changed fast food forever. More upmarket than its fellow vendors, here you can pick your toppings and munch on peanuts while you wait.




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What you can see here is the signature toasted pattern and folds of a relatively recent fast food item (compared to the others on this list). It may look plain on the outside, but it’s a multi-faceted creation with many different layers, textures and flavors.




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A chunky, frozen sweet treat named after a severe snowstorm. The red object to the right might give this one away if you’re able to identify which chain uses this color.




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A fast food that needs no introduction. It was one of the first in the country and everyone knows it’s the best of its kind. Made according to a secret recipe that dates back to the 1960s, it has a juicy center and is the perfect level of spicy. You can get it every day of the week but Sunday.




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This saucy, greasy fast food was created in 1960 by two brothers who borrowed money from their mum to start a business. The restaurant it’s sold at had a different name back then, but it was just as popular and expanded quickly.




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This is the flagship product of McDonalds’ long-term rival. A hefty menu item launched in Miami in the 1950s. Back in the day it cost just 37c.




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A little-known fact about this fast food is that it comes in four different shapes. You probably like to dip them in barbecue sauce, ketchup or honey. If you’re feeling hungry, you can order up to 40 of them in a box.




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Where you find ring donuts, you also find these. They come in a variety of flavors including glazed chocolate cake, blueberry and jelly. The sweet treats were launched by a global chain at the beginning of the 1970s.




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This drink arrived on a popular fast food chain’s menu in 1970. It’s not available year-round, only in the run up to a certain day.




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A fast food item that has stood the test of time, this has been on the menu since the 1960s and even has a sauce named after it. In 2018, for a limited time, it was made available in three sizes to mark its birthday.




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