10 Fast Food Items Gone Forever

We have all had a few fast food menu items we wish that would come back. Here are 10 fast food items that are gone forever. Some of these items have been discontinued for a long time, some have been discontinued very recently. See if your one of your old favorite menu items has made this list.
10 fast food items gone forever

McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie – Fried Edition

McDonald's Apple Pie Image by Mouthful of Sunshine
Why back in 1992 McDonald’s removed the delicious fried pie and substituted it for the far less superior baked pie. While the baked pie may be a slightly healthier choice than its former pie, but if you are eating dessert anyway, why not go for the one that tastes better. I personally was a fan of the cherry pie.

McDonald’s Arch Delux

McDonald's Arch Deluxe
They tried to upgrade the burger, and we weren’t interested. They spend 100 million dollars on trying to tempt us with this upgraded burger and it’s own secret sauce, but we were still reaching for the Big Mac’s and the Quarter Pounders. No fancy stuff for us.

McDonald’s Hot Mustard

McDonald's Hot Mustard
They pulled this sauce along with two others, and people have revolted, this addition may need to be yanked, I have heard reports that this sauce is making its come back out on the street, and if not, I have a copykat McDonald’s Hot Mustard for you.

McDonald’s McD.L.T.

McDonald's McD.L.T.

Long before we cared a great deal about the environment excess packaging was in abundance. Here a clever concept was born, keeping the hot food hot, and the cold food, well cold. Here no veggies were in endanger of becoming cooked before their time. Ah, those were the days when food was made to sit under the heat lamp. Modern advances in technology, or assembling the burgers after they are ordered help with this ordeal.

McDonald’s Salad Shakers

McDonald's Salad Shakers
It’s hard to find healthier options when dining out at McDonald’s. They used to offer fresh salad in a clear cup. So many folks drove away in bewilderment when this menu item was scrapped.

Taco Bell Bell Beefer

Taco Bell Bell Beefer
So it was around in the 1980s. It didn’t last long, but it is a tasty take on the burger. This sandwich is filled with seasoned taco meat and cheese. For a bonus you can add some fresh tomatoes and some shredded lettuce. Add a little Taco Bell sauce, and you are in business.

Taco Bell Frito Burrito

Taco Bell Frito Burrito
Oh yes they did. Fritos made it into a wonderful burrito at Taco Bell. Red Sauce, cheese, seasoned ground beef, Frito corn chips, and sour cream. Why in the world they took this one away we don’t know. You can even join the Facebook Fan Page to help bring this one back.

Wendy’s Salad Bar

wendys super bar
Wendy’s had it all, a Mexican bar, an Italian Bar, and a regular salad bar. And for just 2.99 after 4 p.m. you could have it all.

Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt

Denny's Fried Cheese Melt
Oh yes friends, they put fried cheese sticks inside of a grilled cheese sandwich. One can only hope only those who are lactose tolerant enjoy this sandwich. Oh and if you want a recipe for this one, check out this copycat Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt, just in case you want to make one for yourself.

Burger King Chicken Fries

– Note these are back.
Burger King Chicken Fries
Yes, chicken strips for adults. You could munch on these dainty chicken strips. These were introduced in 2005 and discontinued in 2012.

Burger King Satisfries

We will remove the Chicken Fries, and put the Satisfries in their place. It seems like these failed it satisfy even though they were 40% less in fat, and 30% lower in calories than the standard French Fries that have been served everywhere. These are in the process of being removed from the stores during the fall of 2014.

So here are 10 fast food items gone forever that I wished they would bring back, or maybe not. What menu items do you wished would come back, drop me a comment down below and let me know which item you would like to see again.

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Lana creed

    Popeye’s used to sell a chicken taco ! It was so awsome ! And they would fill it full and put lots of cheese ! Does anyone remember ?

  2. Lana creed

    Does anyone remember Sonics Frito chili pie in the 1970s ? They taste nothing like that now ! I would do anything for the chili recipe and to know what kind of cheese they used !

  3. Sharon

    Still looking for a CopyKat for Fried Chicken that I only so far can find in Aruba. Has anyone every had it back here in the states.

    • Stephanie

      Sharon, I am sorry, I don’t have any plans to go to Aruba to work out this recipe. I develop all of my recipes by tasting the food, and then recreating it at home.

  4. Amy

    Remember the Chicken Littles at KFC? Loved those. And the Valencia Orange Refresher from Starbucks. Oh, and the original chicken tenders from BK.

  5. Ira Wharry

    Fried Apple pie were the best at McDonald’s I have to find my fried pie and another fast food restaurants churches chicken

    • Julie Bock

      Rally’s or Checkers depending on what part of the country you live in has a fried apple pie that’s tastes almost exactly like McDonald’s used to. It is absolutely wonderful.

  6. Bill Hibbett

    As a Child,I ate at the original McDonalds, before Croc was ever in the picture. I think Burgers were $0.10 and a cheese burger was $0.15. Mc Donlads used to cut the fries fresh in the store at least through the late 60s. they had the best fries ever because they were fried in beef tallow.
    While trying to make them more healthy, they have made them inedible.
    also. When Taco bell first appeared, they had 5 items, taco, red burrito, green burrito tostada and refried beans, made inhouse. All items were $0.25..
    Ah, memories.

  7. Cat burchett

    I used to LOVE Taco Bells vegetable fajitas…..omg my mouth still salivates when I think of those!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Steven

    In the late 80s, Burger King had cherry pies. They discontinued them in the early 90s and that caused me to go ballistic. I think i wrecked Grandmas cadillac???????????? no no no just kidding. But it was a really bad feeling.

  9. Bill

    Hot mustard is definitely back! My McDonalds started serving it last year and friends have had luck at theirs as well!

  10. MHM

    This is an old discussion but I had to mention back when I was like 12ish Jack in the Box had a fried burrito and then introduced a pizza pocket that had black olives, cheese, pepperoni…..yummy! When I was 26 (I know the exact age because I had just had my daughter) Hardees came out with a steak, egg and cheese on sourdough that was also awesome….places always seem to get rid of stuff that I really like 🙁

  11. Amanda

    Taco Bell’s chili cheese burrito and boarder fries!!
    They do have the chili cheese burritos as specials once in a blue moon..

  12. Chuck

    I worked at a McDonald’s in 1975. The pies at that time were fried in their own fryer alongside the fryer for the Filet-O-Fish. The french fries were done in fryers near the front of the store. The pies went into the fryer as a solid, white, frozen brick that had a white paste on them (confectioner’s sugar?) and when the timer went off the crust was like broken, blistered and bubbled as nicely shown by your photo above. The one big “secret” is that all of their fried foods were cooked in beef shortening that came in about 1 cubic foot,blue plastic wrapped in a cardboard box. I don’t really care for much of their food now that they’re trying to be “healthy” by using what ever they call their grease now. Give me good taste and let me worry about how healthy it is.

    • Stephanie Manley

      These pies were such a favorite for me when I was going up. Sure, the molten hot center was a bit much at times, but you are right, the tasted amazing.

      So you worked at McDonald’s when most of their food was tasty.

  13. LYB

    I miss these too:
    • BK Broiler
    • BK Burger Buddies
    • KFC Apple Minis
    • KFC Snacker
    • McD’s (dark meat) McNuggets
    • Taco Bell Zesty Nachos

  14. Fox Doucette

    From what I’ve heard, Wendy’s discontinued the salad and hot bars because (surprise!) people’s little monkey kids were putting their diseased mitts all over the food, and it was a legal liability nightmare for the company. Other people’s children: Why Americans Can’t Have Nice Things.

  15. Ron Kohn

    I remember the Yumbo of the late 70s, a burger with cheese, ham, lettuce and you could get bacon on it. The commercial would say, “Have you had a Yumbo yet and thus we named it the “Yumbo Yet”

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