Fast food is a flavor of its own, according to the Internet

Originally, I was going to write a story based on a Reddit thread about how the size of a Big Mac has changed in the last fifty years. It’s quite an interesting comparison, and probably should have been done by a separate post.

Unfortunately, that Reddit thread has since been deleted. What stood out to me while going through the comments, however, was not the discussion of burger size, but why people order it in the first place.

This particular comment thread was fascinating.

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At first, that seems like an insult. But if you really dig into the thread, the various commenters make some pretty fascinating points about all of fast food.

The comment doesn’t actually say that burgers are gross. He’s not trying to insult the fast food franchise. But you’re pointing out that McDonald’s has a flavor that’s unique to your standard home-grilled burger.

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Same for other fast food restaurants too.

“Everything in the subway tastes like subway,” wrote one person.

Another person chimed in and said, “Exactly. I say the same thing about Taco Bell. If I want tacos, I go somewhere and buy tacos. I go to Taco Bell specifically for whatever they do there.”

And when you think about it, they’re not wrong.

Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell

Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell

No one ever says, “I want a hamburger. Let’s go to McDonald’s.” They say “I want McDonald’s.” Specifically, they crave the scientific stuff that McDonald’s does with their food (some complex scientific stuff involving amino acids and additives).

No one says “I want a taco, so let’s go to Taco Bell.” They don’t say “I want a Yankee poboy, so let’s go to Subway.”

They say “I want a Mexican pizza” or “I want an Italian BMT”. They crave specific menu items that you can’t get anywhere else.

It’s a fascinating look into the world of fast food. KFC has their eleven herbs and spices, while Popeye’s has that Louisiana cuisine. Completely different flavor profiles, and discover that those specific profiles are what create customer loyalty. That ends up being what makes people so ideological when it comes to their fast food options.

So what does fast food taste like to you?

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