International Fast-Food Chain Holiday Foods (Slideshow)
In Singapore, Pizza Hut is offering the ultimate "Christmas pizza." This Double Decker pizza features a stuffed-crust pizza topped with chicken and pepperoni, with a smaller thin-crust pizza (that looks more like a tortilla) on top. The thin-crust pizza is topped with ham "hot dogs" wrapped with turkey and Edam cheese, as well as tomatoes, zucchini slices, and a drizzle of tangy mango mayo. The pizza can be bought separately or as part of a Christmas Delight or Christmas Fiesta meal. The former comes with two soups and two drinks, and the latter with criss-cut fries, choice of two sides (including items such as roasted chicken legs, truffle mushroom baked pasta, and garlic herb-crusted fish), four soups, and drinks.
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Don’t be fooled by the name — this McDonald's version of a classic British Christmas dessert, mince pie, or mincemeat pie, actually contains no meat. The classic mince pie originally included meat, but today most versions are meat-free. The McDonald's Festive Pie comes in the shape of the staple apple pie, but is filled partly filled with mincemeat, made with dried sultanas, apples, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange. The other half of the pie is filled with a vanilla-flavored custard cream.
Similar to the classic McDonald's apple pie in shape, this fried buttery pastry is glazed with sugar and topped with rainbow sprinkles and filled with vanilla custard. Though it is named "Holiday Pie" and sold during the Christmas season, the look and flavors definitely seem closer to a birthday party theme.
In Japan, Christmas and KFC belong together. Here, eating fried chicken on Christmas has become something of a national tradition, and some restaurants, like one in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district expect to fry 7,000 pieces of chicken on Christmas Eve. The special Christmas menu is available for pre-order starting early December, and it is common for customers to wait in line for hours when trying to pick up an order. So what is the special KFC Christmas meal? Basically just the classic KFC bucket, designed with a Christmas theme and called the "Party Barrel Original." The meal includes the bucket of fried chicken, a side salad, and a chocolate mousse cake. For those looking for a classier choice, KFC Japan offers the Premium Series, including whole roast chicken (or parts of it), and even "Chanmery" — a champagne-like non-alcoholic bubbly.
In the U.K, the holiday season is celebrated in "Winter Whopperland," at least if you visit Burger King. The holiday menu includes three different Whoppers, served with the addition of criss-cut fries. The Winter Whopper is a standard Whopper with the addition curry sauce, the Smokey Mountain Whopper includes the addition of bacon and barbecue sauce, and the Tendercrisp Magic comes with a Tendercrisp chicken fillet, lettuce, mayo, cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions.
In several European countries, Burger King is celebrating the holiday season with cheese, and lots of it. The "Cheesemas" menu includes sandwiches with additional cheese, and breaded and fried Emmental (Swiss) cheese bites served with cranberry sauce. In Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary, you can get a "Santa" sandwich of breaded chicken breast, steakhouse sauce, slices of Edam and Maasdam cheese, tomatoes, and fried onions, lettuce, and mayo on a sesame bun. Or opt for the "Claus," which practically is the same burger minus the tomatoes, with the chicken is swapped for a beef patty, and the sesame bun replaced with a cornmeal-dusted bun. In Italy and Spain these same burgers are offered, but for some reason with swapped names (Santa is Claus, and Claus is Santa). For dessert, the holiday season is celebrated with a Belgian waffle with caramel or chocolate sauce and soft-serve.
Though Japan loves its chicken for Christmas (see our slide about the Japanese KFC Christmas tradition), Burger King is trying to ramp up competition by offering giant turkey legs for Christmas. The "King's Turkey" legs are each more than 8 inches, and are smoked with a blend of oak and beech chips. In an attempt to compete with KFC’s chicken craze, the turkey legs are similarly sold as a meal package, "King's Turkey Party Sets," which come in two varieties with the choice of a side of either chicken tenders and two sauces (honey mustard and BBQ), or chicken Caesar salad. And the meal doesn’t end here: each version also includes hash browns, onion rings, and french fries. Reservations for these massive drumstick-meals could be placed as early as Nov. 18.