Fast food menus. They sure can make food look enticing. You’ve probably seen something like this:
Looking at those burgers, anyone would want to scarf down some of that fast food. We all know that when you order something at a fast food restaurant, it never looks like the picture. So I thought I’d do a little experiment and see just how much of a difference “reality” makes.
We recently watched a YouTube video about Fast Foods ads vs reality, and it reminded me of something. Awhile back, I did a post called “Appearance vs. Reality” about a picture of our family. You see, the photo was taken in my friend’s amazing kitchen. I got numerous comments from people about how if they had kitchens like mine, they would be cooking all the time, too. I just had to set the record straight and show what my real kitchen looks like. You can check out that post HERE.
But, back to today. Today, I want to share with you the reality of fast food. I’m not talking about the preservatives, toxicity or all the other junk that’s in it. That’s for another post. I’m just talking about the “appearance” vs. the “reality” of foods that you can order from your car window.
Below, you’ll see examples of “staged” photos from different popular fast food companies side-by-side with photos I took of the actual food I ordered.
I also ordered a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Hmmmm…where’s all that sauce and veggies??
I had high hopes for the Hella-Peno Burger. I think this one takes the prize for “least like the original photograph.”
Burger King was probably my favorite fast food restaurant growing up. We didn’t get it often, but when we did, I loved the charbroiled taste of the patties. I gotta say, the Honey BBQ Chicken Strips didn’t actually look all that far off from the original:
The Whopper, on the other hand, failed to impress:
You’ve probably seen commercials for the Carl’s Jr Six-Dollar Burger. Well, what do you think? Worth 6 bucks?
And lastly, the Ranch Bacon Fries. The picture makes the fries look golden brown and fresh. Mine, on the other hand looked like a soggy, undercooked mess:
Next time you’re ordering off the fast food menu (which I hope doesn’t happen too often!), remember this post. =)