They’re not healthy, but they’re incredibly addicting. For better or worse, junk food is an unavoidable part of our life. We all know people who have eaten by themselves an entire can of Pringles or bag of Oreos at least once. But not all junk food is equal.
Here are the 10 most signature junk food items on the market.
First created in 1941 by Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie, M&Ms now come in a variety of flavors, such as peanut, pretzel, and almond. It doesn’t matter that they melt in your hand as much as they melt in your mouth. They are simply delicious!
Krispy Kreme taught us how doughnuts are meant to taste. For more than seven decades, the company has been creating millions of these golden, glaze-coated rings of deep-fried sexiness for customers worldwide. Even though Dunkin’ Donuts is more well-known, Krispy Kreme takes the nod since they are mainly all about the glaze.
You could get a bag of Lays, Doritos, or Pringles, but nothing beats Cheetos when you’re in the mood for a puffy, cheesy cornmeal snack. From the same brand responsible for Fritos, Cheetos have been turning our fingers orange since 1948. Their melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness may con our brains into believing they’re calorie-free – but isn’t that the charm of junk food?
From the creators of Meat Lovers, Stuffed Crust, and countless other pie-shaped inventions comes the original pizza with cheese and pepperoni. Pizza parlors were not prevalent when Pizza Hut opened its first location in 1958 – but look at them now. We can thank the Hut for making pizza become a fast food staple.
KFC Fried Chicken
To truly experience the Southern United States, you have to try fried chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, which Colonel Sanders started in 1930 to compete with burger joints, has grown to be one of the world’s most successful fast-food franchises. Its longevity is due mainly to the secret combination of herbs and spices that makes their buckets of chicken so addicting.
Pop-Tarts arrived at a period when most people’s breakfasts consisted of toast, cereal, or eggs. So these insanely delicious little frosted pastries packed with fruit that could simply be thrown in the toaster had a considerable impact. Though not noted for its nutritional benefits, the original unfrosted version first appeared in 1964 and quickly became a cult classic that has since given rise to every flavor variant imaginable.
Almost any cookie could be on this list, but Oreos aren’t just any cookie. They’re the perfect mix of soft cream and hard crunch. They’re almost a century old and are milk’s best pal. Don’t even bother with the fake ones, as off-brand sandwich cookies are just not edible.
They’re golden sponge cakes with a creamy filling that fits in your palm. Twinkies were invented in 1930 and were initially filled with banana cream. That was substituted when bananas were rationed during WWII. Since then, the urban legends have grown: are Twinkies the gastronomic equivalent of cockroaches? Do they withstand nuclear explosions? Do they have an expiration date? We’re not sure, but we can tell you they’re delicious.
Yes, we consider soda to be food, and whose brand is more identifiable than Coca-Cola? Coca-Cola was initially advertised as a medication in 1886, owing to trace levels of cocaine. While they have eliminated the white stuff from their formula, the recipe remains one of the free world’s most tightly kept secrets.
McDonald’s Big Mac
The Big Mac, first introduced in 1967, is more than simply a burger: it’s a symbol of business, globalization, and Americana. But it’s also a delicious combination of two beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. Toss in a side of fries, and we’re lovin’ it.