"I’m on my way to Frankfurt, enjoying the ride on the ICE high-speed train. What you see above is a cheese-and-pickle sandwich, the likes of which can be yours for a measly 3.60 Euros. Now, I love me some cheese-and-pickle sandwich, but this one wasn’t all that mouth-watering: odd powder on the outside (flour? mold?!), dried-out cheese on the inside, rubbery bread in between, and butter that might serve perfectly well as window sealant. In case you’re wondering about the latter: yes, the butter looked just as yellow and disgusting in reality as it does in the above photo. (If you really care to see its full glory, a full-size image as available on Flickr)
It is hard to believe they had the guts to actually serve this. Despite all this, the waiter did earn himself a little tip because he reacted in the only acceptable way: by hastily agreeing that, no, he wouldn’t eat something like that, either, and taking it away without charging for it and without even the slightest hint at wanting to utter a single stupid remark.” -Reprinted with permission from Polytropia
"The Craz-E Burger at the Big E. It’s a hamburger patty, topped with cheese and bacon, and sandwiched between two slices of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, lightly grilled.
The taste is overwhelmingly bad. But how could it taste bad? It’s a doughnut, which is great, and a burger, which is also great, mixed together. Eaters have been mixing savory and sweet for centuries. What could go wrong?
In reality, nearly everything. I’m not sure how, but the taste is almost not sweet enough. If you’re going to successfully mix savory and sweet, like prosciutto and melon, the sweet needs to be just as powerful as the savory. I don’t know if it’s the grilling process or what, but the doughnut became nothing but a soggy, semi-sweet bun, losing some of the cake quality. It almost needed ketchup, to make it more sweet, or mustard, to make it less so.
Of course, the idea of actually adding ketchup or mustard to this thing makes it even more gross, so I didn’t.” -Brett & Keith
"I got to my university today starving. I had seen some "Garden Salsa" Sun Chips in the vending machines and decided to get a bag. The first bite tasted like a regular SunChip, albeit saltier. A few chips later, there was a very slight spice to it. After a few more, I felt like I was eating solidified tomato paste. When I finished the bag, there was a weird film left on my mouth that no amount of water could get rid of. The worst part is the vending machine gave me 2 bags for the price of 1, and I don’t know what to do with my left-over bag." -Brittany
I’ve had those, and I completely agree: they’re nasty! Use that second bag as woodchips in your yard. It’s the only real solution.
"I love all M&Ms, even the pretzel ones, but these Coconut M&Ms taste like POISON. I don’t understand why they are so bad. I love coconut. I love chocolate. But they are disgusting and oily with this fake and sickeningly sweet gross aftertaste. I was so disappointed." -Jen
"This atrocity is called “Take-Out Gummy Fried Noodle & Eyeball with Candy Sauce”, I bought it at Walgreens thinking it would be fruity and tasty (thinking back on it this was probably a really silly idea since it’s a “fried noodle” candy) … anyways it was absolutely disgusting, the noodles were rubbery & oily with GREASE, even without the neon-green colored sauce (which was intended to be green apple but smelled more like well expired prune juice). The eyeballs weren’t even good or even gummy, just squishy and tasted truly inedible. I didn’t eat this… just sort of prodded at it, took photos, then trashed it." -atavistickarma
"The new Taco Bell margarita slushie is the worst thing I’ve ever put into my mouth. I love margaritas, and it is really hard to screw up a virgin margarita, but they did!!! It doesn’t taste like a margarita at all. It tastes like watery Lysol with about 25 limes squirted in it. And the color is a peachy yellow. Um, okay? I wouldn’t drink this again if I was dying of dehydration. I want my $2 back!" -Annette
"My Thai buddy gave these to me and told me they were fantastic. Mmm, fruit flavored oreos, I thought. The cookie looked so pretty that I ate the whole thing in one bite. Blah! It tasted like I licked under a dirty old man’s armpit. I still have to get my friend back for this one." -Ryan
"Attention internet! Jelly Belly cotton candy pudding snacks are not fit for human consumption. I love their jelly beans and cotton candy is one of my favorite flavors, so I knew I had to try this. It stinks from the moment you peel the lid back. The sickeningly sweet artificial strawberry fumes overpower your senses. The color is pretty as you lift it into your mouth, but the chemical taste made me wonder of formaldehyde was one of the main ingredients. Let me spell it out: This tastes nothing like a cotton candy jelly belly, let alone cotton candy. Avoid like your life depended on it!" -Mikhala
"I was given the task to make a cake for my cousin’s baby shower and I took it pretty seriously. I figured instead of whipping up the same old thing, I would go out on a limb and try to do something more professional looking - that’s when I saw Iron Chef fondant. The product worked well but when it came time for tasting, I was so embarrassed. It was hard, chewy, rubbery, and tasted like corn syrup that had been set out to spoil. The flavor was so strong and unpleasant that it ruined the taste of the delicious cake underneath. I saw people attempting to eat around the fondant, and I knew why." -Alice
"I was so excited to try the strawberry banana yogurt smoothie at McDonalds. That’s my favorite smoothie flavor! But this thing is just nasty! It is bitter and tart and has huge pieces of strawberry puree in it. The whole thing actually tastes like APPLE JUICE, and lo and behold that is one of the main ingredients. I was incredibly disappointed, and would not recommend these to anyone." -Jill
"If you ever wanted to know what the scrapings of an old coffee mug and cigarette filled ashtray would taste like if you added milk and froze them, buy the half the fat coffee flavor of Dreyer’s ice cream." -Ed
"There is no way to put a positive spin on Neuro Fuel…… This stuff is HORRIBLE! NF has a screaming canary yellow color that looks really good but once the aroma hits your nose you are wondering why they would put yack piss in a can! If you are still tempted to taste this vile fluid you will get a very dry taste similar to a sugar free drink, medium aftertaste and a taste that I’m lost for words on…. PLEASE – do not waste your $$$$$ on this drink…. it is not worth $.02, I wouldn’t drink this if you gave it to me free! I took about 3 sips and had to pour the rest out, this vile sludge ranks up there in the top 5 worst energy drinks. I have no comment on the energy boost since I couldn’t drink enough to tell. They claim this is a “mood enhancing formula” and I have to agree, I was really pissed off after drinking this." -EDG
"Scrapple is the grossest food EVER. They take pig tendons, cartilage, feet, skin, ears, nose, gums, and all the other scraps that no one wants, and mix them with corn starch and fillers until it turns into one big congealed mess. It tasted so bad, I couldn’t even force myself to swallow it. No wonder CRAP is included in the name. That’s exactly what it is.” -XCOEDX
"My friend from Korea sent me a gift basket of international foods and these Tako Chips were included. They have got to be the most disgusting chips I have ever put in my mouth. They taste like fish that went rotten. Since I have never eaten octopus I can’t say if it was an accurate depiction or not. Funny thing was, they were actually shaped like goldfish, so I was expecting them to taste like cheddar cheese!" -Phil
"My friends and I went to Dairy Queen one night for dinner. My boyfriend and I are vegetarian so he got the veggie quesadillas. I had gotten them one time before and they were horrible, but my boyfriend insisted on getting them for him. The veggies in the veggie quesadilla were onions and tomatoes. Also, TOMATO IS A FRUIT, mind you. Anyway, the onions weren’t even cooked and they tasted disgusting. Thanks, DQ." -sparksflyupwardsinnocent
"Note how the package says they’re lightly seasoned. Just ignore the GIGANTIC HUNK OF HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION SEASONING GLUED TO THE TINY PRETZEL. No, I didn’t eat it. I don’t have a death wish!" -Dave
Dear Worst thing I Ever Ate, I present to you the worst buffet I ever ate. This was at my 19-year-old cousin’s wedding at a very crappy hotel back in February. The food was cold, didn’t taste that good, and as you can see in the picture, not that good looking either. I almost got my sister to drive over to the nearby Burger King to get something better to eat. -Sarah
"I’m a college student, so I’m normally not very picky about my food, but the Garden Split Pea instant soup from Health Valley is by far the worst instant soup I have ever eaten. I picked it up since my favorite instant soup company doesn’t make split pea anymore, and figured "what the hell, let’s give this a try". It smelled more like stale cream of wheat than pea soup, and no matter how much water I put in, the texture remained like wallpaper paste. The "carrots" were rubbery and bright yellow. Avoid this soup." -Beck
"So Burger King has some kind of wheat foccacia breakfast sandwich. Dear God, run screaming! The wheat… foccacia? Seems disrespectful to foccacia to call this hot mess by that name. It was sweet for some reason, and sort of soggy. The bacon was wet. The "egg" was spongy and somehow simultaneously dry and soggy at the same time. The ham was processed cheap lunchmeat - I mean, lower than Aldi-grade lunchmeat, just salt and nothing else, no ham flavor. And for some reason, on top of a TON of melted fake velveeta, they slap two tomato slices. I am allergic to raw tomato (so way-to-go for damn near killing your customers, BK! If I sue the king, can I get his crown? And that chain?) I don’t expect much from Burger King but come on! I made it through two bites before I gave up… and then promptly vomited." -Kitten
"Under normal circumstances, I love Trader Joe’s; inexpensive organic food is hard to come by in most cases. Plus, they have Two-Buck-Chuck (cheapest of all decent wines). But, in this case, Trader Joe’s has led me astray. This dip smells like hot garbage and tastes well, like the fateful end of a night of partying. My advice? Stick with what you know at Joe’s. Better to be boozy from the wine than woozy from the food." -Submitted by Crissy
"I wanted a side dish for my delicious dumplings so I thought this sundried tomato hummus and pita chips would be nice. WRONG. It was pure salt and garlic! The pita chips didn’t even look like pita and they were gross too. I keep burping garlic and I want to puke. I choked down half of it but now I wish I stopped after my first taste. UGH!" -Grace
"Co-worker cooked me dinner last night. I didn’t have the heart to tell her she put enough ranch dressing on our salads to choke a freakin’ horse. She also covered it in what tasted like 25 tablespoons of orange zest, and threw in these big inedible pieces of orange as well. Total overkill. Definitely the worst salad I ever ate." -Submitted by Aaron
"Stonyfield OIKOS - Organic Greek Yogurt - Caramel. It looked (and tasted) like someone urinated inside vanilla yogurt. Being an organic product with no preservatives perhaps something went rotten, either that, or this is just a disgusting tasting product. I never purchased another to find out. It was indeed the worst thing I ever ate" -Jennifer
"I HATE FOOD AT ON THE BORDER. This was so nasty!!! I ordered a combo plate and couldn’t take more than one bite of any of the crap they served me. It’s easily the worst Mexican food I’ve ever had, and believe me, I’ve had a lot of bad Mexican. I would have to be starving and moments from death before I ever ate at this place again." -Dave
"When I saw these Skittles Fizzl’d Fruits at the supermarket, I had to buy them. Skittles that fizz? AWESOME! And I’ve never tried a skittle I didn’t like. So, I bought the large bag. What a MISTAKE! I spent fourish dollars on a bag of foam. That’s right people. If you like the feeling of foaming at the mouth, or the feeling of excess saliva in your mouth…you know that feeling you get right before you throw up? That salivating feeling? Well if you like those feelings, then go out and get your own bag. However, if you would not like to feel rabid or nauseous, then you should stick to the original or the sour skittles, because these fizzle skittles don’t fizzle at all…they foam. YUCK! They are disgusting! My husband is surprised they made it through the test phase" -Amber Hanson on Amazon
"Buckley’s cough mixture is THE most disgusting tasting thing I have ever put into my mouth. It literally tastes like pine combs that a cat just took a piss on (not surprising, because it contains ammonia and pine oils). And wait until you start burping it up a few hours later. It is even more disgusting. Their slogan is "it tastes gross but it works." I don’t know if it worked. I was too busy trying to get the taste out of my mouth for the next 7 hours. This company would actually have to pay ME to take another dose." -Submitted by Kev
"Don’t order the nachos at Six Flags! They charged me almost $8 for a tiny plate of stale nasty chips with some old-ass tomatoes on them. I didnt even have to go on the roller coaster, I felt sick after taking a whiff of the shit they tried to pass off as guacamole." -Submitted by Dez
"I’m not a picky eater. So when my friends grab dinner I tell them to get me whatever. However, this take out from Ruby Tuesday changed that forever. Worst thing was after they dropped it off I couldn’t figure out what it was. I tasted salty cheese, dry chewy meat substance, and porky gravy. I looked at their menu online and I am stumped. To me, there is nothing worse than bad food that you don’t even know what it’s supposed to be." -Jim
From Walt: These Mr. Dragon’s Fire Chips from Doritos are digustinggggg. They are the same puke green color as the bag and are coated with a dried green powder. They’re supposed to be hot wasabi flavor but it really tasted like horse radish. They weren’t even hot or THAT spicy. If you see these in your travels, avoid them and don’t get lured in by the dragon on the bag like I did!
"The chicken alfredo pasta at Applebees - I mean Crapplebees - is so effing horrible! The sauce tastes like lighter fuel that has been watered down by cat urine. The bread was soggy and mushy and bloated, like it was floating in water. And why are there baby carrots thrown in there? Don’t order this!" -Submitted by Kat
"I ordered ‘bolognaise spaghetti’ and somehow ended up with what tasted like hunks of chicken covered in ketchup on my plate. My friends all rave about what great Italian food Olive Garden has. They are absolutely insane, do any of you know people like this too? If they ever drag me there again I am just sticking with salad. Every time I try pasta they either mess it up, or it tastes like garbage - or both!!" -Anonymous in the NE
"I decided to try a McDonalds snack wrap on my lunch break today. This is the shit that they gave me. Half of a burnt hamburger patty that looked previously nibbled, and a half a slice of nasty rubbery cheese, on a cold tortilla. It tasted worse than it looked. I’m bitter I spent $1.49 on this." -Mick
"The Ham and Cheese at Arctic Circle! At first I thought they messed up and gave me a sloppy joe hamburger or steak ‘n cheese or something. No, it was just my ham and cheese. Goopy, and with a wet bun." -May in UT
"I decided to try Pizza Hut’s Pizza Mia because they were bragging about it. How it uses only fresh, vine ripened tomatoes, all natural cheese, stone ground crust, and quality toppings. The pizzas come in one perfect, eat it all yourself, size (which is what I made the stupid decision of doing.) Yes Sir, that was me after consuming the entire plain cheese pizza Mia. Don’t judge me! I have a high tolerance for bad food, and I’m just a really hungry girl =)
Anyway, on to the verdict: It tasted microwaved. The crust was raw and gummed up in my mouth like balls of flour. The cheese was salty. The sauce was sweet like BBQ and was the consistency of paste. It was worse than “normal” pizza hut pizza, which is pretty hard to pull off. Mama Mia, just say no!” -A.v.
"Four Loco is a caffeinated alcohol beverage and it is the most disgusting thing EVER. Think nasty flavored pine sol. Tastes just like cough syrup and makes your tongue burn. Most horrid putrid nasty revolting crap I ever had the displeasure of drinking. It was also a really horrible groggy drunk feeling.” -Sue