6 of the craziest fast food merch that brands have dished out
Calling Colonel Sanders!
Kentucky Fried Chicken is celebrating its 30 years operating in China by launching a $161 smartphone with phone maker Huawei on Thursday. The bright red limited-edition KFC Huawei 7 Plus features both Colonel Sanders and the Huawei logo printed on the back, and will be available on China’s Tmall e-commerce site.
The phone actually looks finger-licking good, boasting a fingerprint scanner, a 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, and is able to support a 128GB Micro SD card. It also comes installed with the KFC app, of course, plus the K-Music app, which will let you pick the songs you want to hear at one of the fried chicken chain’s 4,000 stores in China.
This isn’t KFC’s first time playing with its food. Who could forget the 2013 Go Cups (just $2.49) designed to fit into your car’s cup holders, so that drivers could nosh on Extra Crispy Tenders behind the wheel.
Or what about the Colonel Twosie, a white set of pajama onesies big enough to fit two people, which was modeled after Colonel Sanders’ iconic white suit? It popped up on KFC Canada’s Instagram feed in 2015 for couples who want to snuggle together while feasting on fried chicken.
But KFC isn’t the only chain serving up the odd new product as a publicity stunt – especially considering that fast food restaurants serve 50 million Americans daily, and the average U.S. household is dropping $3,000 a year on dining out, including picking up takeout. Here’s six of the funkiest fast-food inspired fashion and jewelry lines, utensils and other wacky merch that brands have dished out.
Pizza Feet: Feast your eyes on Adidas’ limited edition Ultraboost X collection with Refinery29, where 50 pairs of sneakers were painted by 11 women artists to represent the 50 United States by featuring that state’s food staple, flag, gem or other distinguishing feature. So there’s pumped-up pepperoni pizza kicks for New Jersey, a Georgia peach sneak, a pair of yellow Wisconsin cheddar sneakers, and more. They were auctioned off through July 11, with all proceeds benefiting the Women Win charity.
Taco Bell Rings: If you can’t keep your hands off of the taco chain’s crunchwraps and quesalupas, you’ll eat up the $25 Taco Bell ring sets that say “Taco” and “Bell,” or “Live” and “Mas” in shades of black, gold, silver – and a coppery rose gold, of course. Taco Bell is also hawking $7 taco-shaped earbud holders, $38 taco-printed board shorts, and even $8 hot sauce pins.
McMerch: McDonald’s collaborated with the Japanese clothing brand Beams last month for a limited-edition line of Bic Mac t-shirts, hats, totes, iPhone cases and pouches for $35 a pop on the Japanese e-commerce site Rakuten. Proceeds (excluding tax) were being donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for sick children.
The Chork: Panda Express caused a stir last year by introducing the chopstick-fork, a three-way utensil that works as a fork, a set of chopsticks, or even trainer-chopsticks if you’re all thumbs when it comes to plucking a clump of rice or broccoli stalk with the sticks. You can snag a 12-pack for $7.99 online, or show your Chork pride with a $20 t-shirt.
The Frork: The Golden Arches also took a stab at novelty products with this gimmicky “French fry fork” in May. The silicone utensil featured a hole where the prongs should be, which you stuffed with three or four fries, which could then scoop up any dropped toppings from your burger. It was handed out for one day only as a free gift when customers bought one of the burger chain’s Signature Classic Sandwiches for $4.99 to $5.19.
Whopper Toothpaste: Burger King rolled out a joke ad for this flavored toothpaste just before April Fool’s Day, designed for those hungering to “keep the Whopper taste in my mouth.” Burger King has had fun with a long line of stunt products, however, including a Hands Free Whopper Holder, similar to a harmonica holder that you would wear around your neck to chomp on burgers without using your hands. There was also the Whopper Air Freshener (which was really released in Brazil) and Whopper Wine (that was actually poured in Spain.)
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