Takeaway Truth: The 2015 Hall Of Shame

Takeaway Truth: The 2015 Hall Of Shame

Takeaway Truth is a regular Lifehacker feature where we compare fast food advertising images to cold, hard reality. While a little ‘artistic licence’ is to be expected, sometimes the differences are ridiculous. Today, we take a look back at some of the worst offenders of 2015. Feast your eyes if you dare! We’re also running a poll to crown the worst Takeaway Truth product of the year. Cast your vote!

Takeaway Truth is now in its third year — in that time, we’ve seen some shocking instances of false advertising, ranging from farcically undersized burgers to literal dog’s breakfasts. On the whole, 2015 was a pretty good year with most fast food products delivering on taste and ingredients. But as always, there were still a handful of pustulant eye-sores that let the team down. In no particular order, here are this year’s takeaway items that conspicuously failed to deliver.

McDonald’s Southwest BLT Burger

Mad Mex Spicy Habanero Steak Quesadilla

Cagaste y saltaste en la caca!!Alien

McDonald’s Bacon And Cheese Sauce Loaded Fries

Carl’s Jr. Jalapeno Thickburger

McDonald’s Mighty McMuffin

Subway Mexican Chicken Flatbread

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Deluxe

Hungry Jack’s Bacon Chicken Crunch Burger

Mad Mex Baja Prawn Tacos

Subway Mexican Chicken Flatbread

“Herpes in bread form.”

Before we kick off a new year of takeaway torture, we thought we’d crown last year’s “winner” via a Reader’s Choice poll. Vote for the product that you think was the worst offender below!

[polldaddy poll=9232088]


  • I said the exact same thing about the maccas cheese and bacon chips…barely any cheese…cream cheese at that…and I was about 110% sure that it’s just finely chopped jerky rather than bacon.

  • Are you kidding me? The Maccas Southwest BLT was the best thing to happen to their menu for nearly all year until the recent BBQ Angus. You must’ve just had a shitty server who had long since ceased giving any fucks.

    That bacon and cheese, though… I’ve seen it a few places and it seems to be consistently horrible. That cheese, man. So icky and plastic. That ‘bacon’. It’s not even bacon. It’s like… reconstituted bacon powder. I’m very skeptical it was ever actually involved with a pig in any way, shape, or form.

  • Please leave the loaded fries alone. I love these bacon and cheese loaded fries. LEAVE THEM ALONE *sob sob*
    On the other hand, some of those look like some of my ex gf’s.

  • My wife hated the cheese and bacon loaded fries, as has everybody else iv met, but the salsa and guac ones,, yeah, i love em! I even spring for the share box sometimes, just for me 🙂

  • You somehow missed KFC.You left it out because they are all so “worst” it is hard to pick just 1.My vote is their “taco”of a few months back.Worst value for money and worst pieces of tasteless garbage EVER. We never go to KFC anymore.Sick of being ripped off.They should be sued for false advertising.

  • Who wants to eat B-grade food put together by juniors who cough and sneeze in the preparation area, and, many don’t want to be there, plus, no real training in food presentation and customer service.
    As many juniors admit, “It’s like, er yeah, er, just here to pass the time like, until I/we ya know, get a better job but.”, speaking, using imperfect, illiterate English.

    • I can’t see the poll results either. At one stage I ended up on a different website with the same poll but got the message that the poll results were private. Has anyone seen the results?

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