Burger King recently announced their “Angriest Whopper” – A new version of their famous Whopper Burger but with a bun that’s had Hot Sauce baked into it from the start. What could go wrong?
I mean, look, it’s got a proper advert and everything!
So, as luck would have it, it’s the start of Garden Centre season. Or, summer as some might know it. Like a lot of other people we’ve started to frequent places like B&Q looking for bargain garden things. We don’t just go to B&Q, we go to the local independent Garden Centres more often than not, but this Sunday it was B&Q, we’d seen some Bumble Bee / Lady Bird houses that we quite liked there on a previous trip.
More luck, for me at least, is that the largest B&Q in my area is right next door to a Burger King, the introduction of the Angriest Whopper was a perfect excuse to call in.
It’s safe to say I was looking forward to the Angry Whopper. I knew that it wouldn’t be anything I couldn’t handle, I don’t think anyone reading this blog takes the mainstream claims of ‘hot’ with any kind of sincerity, it’s just not ever going to be at the same level a Chilli Head calls hot.
We get in, we place our orders. We wait. And, wait.
Our food eventually comes and I scout the restaurant for my wife who’d given over waiting a good few minutes ago to find a seat.
Quickly found I settle into my seat, keen to see just how Angry this burger will be.
First things first..
A reminder of what you’re promised on the advert.
This is what I got.
We’ll. Ok. It’s a long standing joke that food from these places never looks like it does on the advert. It looks as though someone had a good go at it though. Right? Right? Ok. Maybe not.
I lifted the lid on this thing and saw a smattering of lettuce, some onion rings, some kind of sauce and say, half a Jalapeño. Woah. This bitch was gonna bite, clearly we’re dealing with a crazy man whoever put this thing on the menu! (We’re not)
So, I take a bite. I chew and I chew, waiting for the spice to hit. Nothing. Except a slightly musty flavour. I take another bite, unsurprisingly it’s the same. No heat, at all. Not even from the Jalapeño. Not sure if the sauce was supposed to be hot, but it wasn’t, just tasted like a standard tomato ketchup thing to me.
By the time I’d eaten 3/4 of the Burger, I’d had enough. Whatever they’d done to the bun clearly wasn’t working and it was leaving a horrible after taste in my mouth. With no heat, no matter how much I ate, the musty taste off the bread was too much for me to take.
I ended up taking the meat off the bun and just eating that.
Let me tell you folks, disappointment levels where high, it just wasn’t nice to eat, at all.
Unfortunately, to me, it’s just another example of the food companies trying to ride a wave. Hot food is becoming more main stream, and that’s a good thing. It’s delicious and it’s good for you. But, stunts like this literally leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, and it’s a shame.
Someone who doesn’t know any better has probably had their experience of hot food tarnished by this thing. It wasn’t hot and it wasn’t even nice to eat. You can’t take that back.
I’m normally a fan of Burger King. If I have to grab a fast food burger then it’s my preferred choice, I wouldn’t like to try and live off them, but their Cheese and Bacon Burger XXL is a more than passable burger and far more enjoyable than anything offered by the likes of McDonald’s or KFC. But this thing, I don’t want it in my life.
I’d go so far as to say the only thing Angry about this Burger was me, after wasting my money on it when I could have had my usual
My advice would be to stay away from this thing. I know some of you are probably reading this and calling that last sentence a no brainer, I’ll agree. It mostly is.
But if this article stops one person from eating the ‘Angriest Whopper’ then my work here is done.
Sorry Burger King, I still love you, but we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one…