The Most Horrible Failed Products of All Time
You thought Lady Doritos were a bad idea? These others actually got made.Twitter/ Mockeree
The internet howled in early 2018 when PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi suggested the maker of Doritos was exploring whether to make chips for women that wouldn't crunch as loudly or stain the fingers as much.
Her company says it was all a misunderstanding and that Lady Doritos will never get produced (above is a fake mock-up from Mockeree). But many misguided products have made it into the marketplace -- where they've crashed and burned.
Research firm CB Insights has reviewed a ton of flop products and says these stinkers are among the absolute worst of all time. They're presented in the order of our favorites.
16. Crystal Pepsi
PepsiCo, 1992. AKA 'The clear drink without clarity'
In the early 1990s, the makers of Pepsi tried to get in on the "clear craze," which brought us a variety of clear beverages and household products that were meant to seem more clean and pure.
Alas, while Crystal Pepsi looked clear, its mission was not. Consumers expecting it to taste like a seltzer or a citrusy drink were instead surprised to find it was flavored like a cola.
Rival Coca-Cola countered by introducing Tab Clear, which was sugar-free and added to the confusion. Crystal Pepsi was off the market within months, though it has had brief revivals in the 2010s.
Burger King, 2013. AKA ‘Saddest fries’
Desperate to please health-conscious Americans, Burger King rolled out Satisfries — containing 30% less fat than McDonald’s fries — in 2013.
Sadly, the crinkly taters deserves a spot among the greatest fast-food flops. Customers said they were dry and that the outer coating was tough and chewy.
A small order of the fancy taters also cost more than BK’s regular fries and contained more calories than a small order of McDonald’s fries, because Micky D's weighed less.
By 2014, Burger King discontinued Satisfries at most locations.