It’s common knowledge that fast food chains know how to make their food look good in commercials. To be honest, the word good here is an understatement, I would say the food looks darned irresistible. Real life, however, is a different story.
In honor of all the times you’ve salivated over a Big Mac you saw on a billboard only to be disappointed by the Big Mac you actually received at McDonald’s, here are a few fast-food-ad foods compared to their real-life counterparts.
1. Arby’s Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich
The way the mound of roast beef on this Arby’s Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich is folded in the advert poster is mightly impressive, to say the least. The reality when you order one, however, is very different. No folding there, and no oozing cheese either.
2. All Subway sandwiches ever
I actually don’t think anyone has ever been able to see or even make a sub sandwich as beautiful as those depicted in Subway ads. The second, butt-squished-looking sandwich below is far more familiar. Subway is overrated anyway; making them yourself is way better.
3. Burger King’s Whopperrito
The first photo of Burger King’s Whopperrito makes it seem like a good idea. The photo below it makes it look like you’ve already had the Whopperrito pass through you.
4. Pizza Hut (eg pepperoni pizza)
In the advert poster, it’s hard to say what looks better: the crisp pepperoni or the gooey cheese. In the picture below, it’s hard to say which of those things look worse: the limp pepperoni or the greasy cheese.
5. Big Macs
Big Macs are heralded as this perfectly-proportioned burger, with both sauce and cheese spilling out artfully from the burger. The only thing that usually spills out of a Big Mac is your happiness.
Kentucky Fried Chicken chicken in adverts looks so crispy it’s just begging to be enjoyed, especially as pieces are usually threatening to spill over the top. The KFC chicken you get in a bucket decidedly looks less crispy. Still pretty good, I have to admit.
This Baconator from a Wendy’s ad looks meat-tastic, with a hearty double patty and extra crispy bacon. The Baconator you order, however, always just looks kind of sad and weak-sauce. I don’t even want to eat it: I just want to give it a hug.
8. Chick-fil-A sandwich
The piece of fried chicken on Chick-fil-A sandwich adds is always so huge. When you get one, however, the chicken patty is nowhere near as large. Can I sue for false advertizing?
The difference is heartbreaking, isn’t it? At least the taste can’t be edited. You can still be guaranteed that salty-crispy twang you crave so much. Just try not to eat several Big Macs in one sitting. Or do. I’m not your nutritionist.