Weird food inventions have always been around, but these are the worst and most embarrassing ones we can think of.
Food inventions and mashups are a mixed bag. While most of these good intentioned creations—the cronut, the ramen burger—satisfy a few curiosities, they end up forgotten by the end of the year. Not the ones though we’re about to talk about though; these ones will be remembered forever.
Check out five of the worst food inventions of all time:
Heinz EZ Squirt Colored Ketchup
In the year 2000, Heinz had the bright idea to alter America’s favorite condiment in order to do some advertising for the Shrek movie. Green ketchup was met with such acclaim that Heinz developed even more colors. Blue, teal, peach, purple, pink and orange were available for a couple of years, selling more than 26 million bottles. In 2006, the fad had passed and the product was canceled. Our memories were not—who could forget dipping a fry into a puddle of green-colored ketchup sauce?
Pepsi’s deranged project was meant to compete with coffee and morning drinks. Containing more caffeine than the average Pepsi but much less than coffee, Pepsi A.M. made it to shelves in 1989. It was a huge flop, and it was gone from the market almost as soon as it got there.
Pumpkin Spice Flavored SPAM
Initially originated as a Facebook joke a couple of years ago, Spam finally decided to pull through and offer something that no one in their right mind wants: Pumpkin spice-flavored Spam. The product will be available starting September 23, so you can eat your pumpkin spice flavored Spam in the fall, and it will be sold on Walmart and through their website.
Fizzix Carbonated Yogurt
Developed by Yoplait, Fizzix was targeted to teens and had the GoGurt name attached to it because that apparently made it cooler for a younger demographic. I think Yoplait thought bubbles were edgy and somehow fitting for a yogurt that teens would want to eat. It’s not available anymore, so clearly it wasn’t successful business venture.
Cheetos Lip Balm
Although we can’t really be surprised since there was a Cheetos restaurant that opened a couple of years ago, it’s still surprising to learn that Cheetos also wanted in on the lip balm market. Who would want their lips to have a cheesy flavor for an undetermined amount of time?