Terror is the latest trend in food marketing. These five foods go so far as to threaten bodily harm and global annihilation.
Wendy’s Baconator brings to mind the 1984 classic Terminator, in which a human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill.
Unlike the Terminator, the Baconator instills fear with its six strips of bacon, two quarter-pound beef patties, two slices of American cheese, mayo and ketchup.
Jolly Time’s Blast O Butter reminds amateurs to “Step Back”. There’s not just a drizzle of butter or a trickle, “this popcorn delivers a BLAST of the most intense, most savory movie theatre butter flavor ever to smack your taste buds.”
Jolly Time warns that you’ll need to brace yourself before eating it. Who would purchase a product that could inflict this sort of butter destruction?
In the 1990s Slurpee introduced television spots capitalizing on the somewhat painful joy of drinking a Slurpee.
“BrainFreeze Boy” spots captivated young audiences across the country, and they began to associate the term with the “so good, it hurts” attitude that accompanies drinking a Slurpee.
A warning label indicates that the drink may induce “Brain Freeze”.
Hooters scantily-clad waitresses offer enough excitement for most men. Their “Nearly World Famous” wings take extreme eating to a new level with the threat of hospitalization. Try the “9-11 Hot: Call the Paramedics” variety.
If hospitalization isn’t your thing, how about “3 Mile Island” – because nothing is as appetizing as a horrific nuclear accident…except perhaps for atomic warfare.
We have the Taiwanese and “Funtastic Limited” to thank for Warheads, a brand of sour candy first brought to the U.S. in 1993.
Warheads derive their sour flavor from malic acid that is applied as a coating to the outside of the candy.
Warheads are marketed as an extreme candy. The sour taste is akin to a warhead going off in one’s mouth, and the brand’s mascot, Wally Warhead, is depicted as a boy with puckered lips and a small mushroom cloud emanating from the top of his head.