From Coca Cola to Mc Donalds to Microsoft, we all have our favorite companies whose products we rely on. Some of these companies are so big and successful; it almost seems like they can do no wrong. However, even the biggest companies make mistakes and launch products that customers just don’t like. These glorious product flops are usually so out there and crazy that we cannot imagine what companies were thinking. From gadgets that just don’t make sense to foods no one wants to try, here are some of the most misguided products big companies have ever tried to launch.
Wasabi Kit Kat
Everybody loves Kit Kat, and you can find them on shelves everywhere in the world. In some countries, Nestle has decided to explore the local flavors, and you might see some unique Kit Kat flavors on shelves.
From Hazelnut to coconut, these flavors are usually pretty ordinary, but not in Japan. Not only can you find Honeydew Melon flavor Kit Kat in Japan, but one of the most popular is the Wasabi flavored Kit Kat. Can you imagine the combination of chocolate and Wasabi? Let’s hope this flavor combo doesn’t catch on elsewhere!
Over the years, Coca Cola has become one of the biggest brands in the world. However, in 1985 the company was struggling to keep up with competitors like Pepsi. So the company execs decided to do something drastic and reformulate the decade’s old recipe under the name New Coke.
The company created a version that was much sweater but had less coke flavor. New Coke was a complete bust, and the company had to quickly go back to the old formula. Customers described New Coke as tasting like diluted Coke with extra sugar stirred in. The company relaunched New Coke with the original formula ahead of season 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix, maybe this time people might actually want to drink it.
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
In 2017 Starbucks jumped on the latest unicorn craze and launched a Unicorn Frappuccino that promised to taste as good as it looked. This new Frap was made with pink and blue sour powders, coffee syrup and mango flavor and went mixed correctly it looked like a pastel unicorn dream.
There was a lot of hype around this new drink, but when customers tried them, they were less than happy. Not only did they look like a hot mess, but the flavor was all over the place. With a mix of coffee, flavors sour, and mango, it’s no wonder people found it unappealing. It didnt take long until the coffee giant removed the Frap from its branches.
Bic has had a lot of success over the years selling pens, lighters, and disposable razors. However, the company received incredible backlash when they tried to launch their Miss Bic product line.
Not only are gendered pens beyond useless, but the way the pens were advertised was extremely sexist, and customers just were not having it. Adverts for the pens highlighted the pens woman-friendly design for delicate hands and also the girl-friendly colors. Needless to say, customers were not happy with the product, and Bic had to pull the pens from their shelves pronto!
Mc Donald’s Hula Burger
Back in the 1960s, Mc Donald’s execs were eager to find a meat-free sandwich that could be sold to catholic customers during lent. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc had made a series of innovations during his reign, but his meat-free sandwich idea was a real bust.
Kroc designed a burger called the Hula burger, which included a hamburger bun with a pineapple slice between two slices of cheese. Naturally, it was a huge disaster, and instead, execs managed to convince Kroc to go with Filet-O-Fish.The Hula burger sounds nasty!
Gerber may be famous for its baby food, but thanks to a product fail in 1974, the company is now also famous for its bad decision making.
The company decided to release a range of ‘baby foods’ designed for single adults. The Gerber singles range included mashed up meals like beef burgundy and sweet and sour pork in a larger glass jar, and it was basically baby food for adults. Ads targeted students and bachelors, and it was a huge flop. We are sure the person who thought this up didnt last long at the company after that.
Back in the ’80s, Atari Games was a giant in the video game industry, and they made record sales on games like Donkey Kong. However, the company made one of the worst mistakes in history in 1982.
Ahead of the release of the E.T movie, Atari bought the rights for the video game and aimed at creating a video game version of the movie. Atari rushed production ahead of Christmas and ordered millions of copies. However, the game was a huge disappointment because of its terrible graphics and storyline. While Atari managed to sell 1.5 million units, the company was forced to bury millions more in the New Mexican desert. Recently some of these cartridges were unearthed and sold for over $100,000!
Payday BBQ Flavored Candy Bar
Payday candy bars are well known for their peanut caramel flavor and delicious milk chocolate. However, the company released a limited version that had customers scratching their heads.
The company released a Texas BBQ flavored bar that included peanuts covered in BBQ spice. Naturally, this weird flavor combo of BBQ, peanut, and chocolate wasn’t a hit, and while it is still available in some places, Payday has since stopped production. Thank goodness for that!
Microsoft SPOT Watch
Ten years before the Apple Watch hit shelves, Microsoft tried its hand at making smartwatches. Microsoft released a wristwatch called the SPOT watch, and critics were quickly referring to the clumsy accessory as the geek watch.
The watch offered weather and stock tips and had internet connectivity. Unlike modern Apple watches, the SPOT watch had a traditional digital watch display, and users have to make use of a series of buttons to work it. With a $60 bucks monthly subscription for the watch to connect to the web, this watch was a huge dud, and no one except for a few even bought it.
While Apple and Samsung battle for the position of top smartphone sellers, Amazon tried to sneak into the smartphone market with its answer to the iPhone.
Unfortunately, their Amazon Fire phone wasn’t well-received with many not wanting to pay for the monthly Amazon service subscription. No wonder then that the phone was pulled from shelves after less than a year.
Twizzler Dessert Filled Twists
While Twizzler’s original flavors are beloved, the company also has tried its hand at some more adventurous flavors. The worst of these was definitely the orange cream pop and key lime pie filled Twizzlers.
While the flavor of the actual Twizzler wasn’t too bad, the dessert filling was a little bit to gross for most customers. With weird favorites lime lemon and orange, its no wonder that the product wasn’t a hit. While you can still find these flavors in some stores, these weird filled Twizzlers won’t be taking over any time soon.
Ben and Jerry’s Orange and Toothpaste Flavor
Have you ever taken a sip of orange juice immediately after brushing your teeth? Well, if you have you will know that it comes with quite a unique flavor.
While Ben and Jerry’s are always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors, at one point someone working for the company thought this unique flavor would be perfect for ice cream. The company tried to produce this flavor and as expected it wasn’t received well.
1989 was a strange year for Bic. Instead of producing their normal pens, disposable razors, and lighters, Bic decided to venture into the realm of exclusive french perfumes. Unsurprisingly it was a big flop.
Bic produced perfumes in a small package that made the perfume look like a lighter. This disguised perfume was marketed as compact french quality perfume. As you can imagine, not many people wanted to walk around smelling of Bic scents.
Box of Boogers
When it comes to naming a candy, some of the most important things to consider are the name and packaging. In the 90s, Flix candy decided to create a candy that sounded so gross all the young boys would want it. UNsurprisingly, in the end, no one was very interested in this gross candy.
Not only does the candy look like boogers, but its name and the tangy taste was also really off-putting to customers. While the product can still be purchased, it wasn’t the huge success executives expected. Who would possibly want to eat candy boogers?
In the late ’90s, Orbitz tried to release a soda that was inspired by lava lamps. The drink came in a range of flavors and featured clear soda that contained different colored gelatine balls. While it may have looked great, customers said the soda tasted like more like a cough mixture than anything refreshing.
Unlike being bursts of fruity flavor, the gelatine balls offered a strange texture and not much else. Luckily this isn’t something that became popular and while its difficult to find today, there are plenty of collectors out there who would pay good money for a bottle.
Lululemon Astro Pants
Lululemon is world-renowned for their exercise and yoga pants, and when they launched their Astro pants, they made sure to stock shelves. Expecting record sales, the company was pleased when the initial figures showed that the product was selling well.
However, it didnt take too long for customers to complain about the product. It seems that while the style of the pants was great, the fabric was a poor choice. When stretched, the fabric was incredibly seethrough, which lead to some embarrassing moments in Yoga classes around the globe.
Pepsi is constantly trying to create new products that will help the company compete in the soft drink market. From new flavors to gimmicks, Pepsi has tried everything.
One of the companies many flops is crystal Pepsi which was marketed to be an almost magically clear version of normal Pepsi. Customers quickly realized that the advertising had been deceptive. Instead of tasting just like normal Pepsi but with a clear appearance, crystal Pepsi tasted similar to Sprite and lacked a lot of the caramel flavors of ordinary Pepsi.
Kellog’s Breakfast Mates
Cereal giant Kellogg’s may have had humble beginnings but today it is that world’s most popular cereal brand. Over the decades the company has come up with plenty of great ideas, but sadly the Breakfast Mates wasn’t one of them.
The pack came with a serving of cereal with its own small carton of milk. Aimed at being convenient for kids, it actually ended up being a flop.
McDonald’s Arch Deluxe
McDonald’s has a reputation for being affordable and convenient food, but back in 1996, the company tried to broaden its image. The company spent over $100 million to launch the new Arch Deluxe burger that contained a luxury beef patty, delicious handmade sauces, and delicate cheese.
The hamburger was marketed as an upscale burger for more sophisticated palettes. While that may work today at more upscale restaurants, it wasn’t something the average McDonald’s customer was interested in. With a price of over $100 million, this is one of the priciest product flops ever.
Butter and Scallop Lays
LAys chips often try to switch things up and create unique flavors around the world. However, when the company tried to market a more upscale flavor it didnt work out very well.
Lays Scallop and Butter flavored crisps were not well received. While this flavor is still sold in some places in Asia, its not going to be the next global craze anytime soon.
From juice cleanses to fad diets, the juice craze saw a lot of attention worldwide. To help customers make their own juices at home, Juicero Press released its special home press.
Unlike conventional juicers, the Juicero Press used prepacked sachets that customers had to buy. The whole draw was that it was mess-free juicing, but when customers discovered that the sachets contained pre-juiced veg, it became clear that the Juicero Press was a fraud. The company had to buy hack juicers from its customers and went bankrupt.
Heinz Purple Ketchup
Easy squirt Ketchup is a godsend because it helps you squeeze out every last drop of sauce. However, when Heinz released its funky purple ketchup, it went a step too far.
For over 6 years, the company produced a range of purple, green, and teal ketchup until they finally realized that no one as interested. The strange colors looked disgusting on food, with the green being the worst. Would you eat teal ketchup?
Cheetos Flavored Lip Balm
Cheetos are a delicious cheesy treat anyone can love. However, the company made a risky decision when they marketed a range of Cheetos flavored and scented lip balm.
While initially, sales were good, people quickly realized that walking around with lips smalling and tasting like cheese wasn’t too appealing. Yes, they also had flaming hot flavored balm.
Flavoured Water for Pets
Humans get to choose from a selection of delicately flavored waters, so why should dogs and cats get the same choice. After all, how could animals not want something as crazy as flavored water?
Instead of filling your pet’s water bowl with ordinary water, Thirsty pet released a line of pet-friendly spring waters. The water comes in flavors like fish and beef and can set you back up to $10 a bottle. We can’t believe this is a thing.
Plant Flavored Pez
In the 50s and 60s, Pez decided to search for new flavors. Having built a collection of fruity flavors, the company believed that they needed to find flavors that would be more appealing to kids.
So the company decided to move from fruit flavors to plant flavors. They released licorice and chlorophyll flavors that did very poorly. Kids hated these flavors, and the chlorophyll tasted more like spinach and rosemary than candy. Later the company realized flower failure to appeal to teens, but this too was a big flop. Since then, Pez only comes in fruit flavors.
It seems Pepsi hasn’t had much luck at launching bold new flavors. While Pepsi Clear didnt do well, Pepsi’s next new thing also failed to create a buzz.
As a berry-flavored cola, Pepsi Blue was just too wild for most people. With its bright blue color and mix of berry and cola flavors, customers didnt go nuts for Pepsi Blue.
Mc Donald’s Onion Nuggets
Nothing says delicious more than a nugget of deep-fried onion. Well, at least that is what Mc Donald’s figured.
The company released a line of onion nuggets that were sold as a side and as a vegetarian alternative to chicken nuggets. They included junks of onion that were covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. The nuggets were quickly discontinued when executives realized that no one wanted a mouth full of onion.
Honeydew Melon Kit Kat
While some of the wildest Kit Kat flavors may do well in places like Japan, there are some that are so out-there that not even Japanese customers like them much.
Take for instance the melon flavored Kit Kat. The flavor combination of white chocolate, cream, wafer, and honeydew melon was just too much to handle.
Following the success of Windows XP, the software company released its much anticipated Windows Vista. The software was advertised as being full of new features and benefits, but when customers used it they quickly realized Vista was a complete flop.
Not only was Vista incredibly slow, it also had many bugs and problems. To date, Vista is one of the worse products ever released by Microsoft, and customers still make fun of it.
Pancakes and Sausage
Nothing says delicious snacks like a pancake and country sausage snack. MArketed towards kids, Jimmy Dean tried and failed to market this disastrous meal to kids.
This take on the traditional corn dog included country sausages covered in chocolate chip pancake batter that could then be baked or deep-fried. Needless to say, no one in their right mind thought this would make for a yummy meal, and the product was quickly recalled.
Colgate Frozen Foods
Toothpaste giant Colgate once shocked customers when they released their own new range of microwavable meals.
These frozen TV meals were marketed towards families as a quick meal alternative. Naturally, not many were happy to buy food from a toothpaste company and the range didnt sell very well.
Competing with Apple must be really difficult for companies like Microsoft, and it seems whenever they try, they fail miserably. Take, for instance, the failed Microsoft Zune.
Designed to compete with iPods, this bulky MP3 player was a complete bust. Not only did they have a weird name that was difficult to market, but they were also heavier and bigger than other MP3 players on the market. They weren’t on shelves long, and today they are a source of ridicule for Microsoft, with even The Simpsons making fun of them.
You may recognize the Delorean as the time machine from the BAck to the Future trilogy, but that’s pretty much all the fame the car received. Produced from 1981, the Delorean had unique gull-wing doors, stainless steel finish, and futuristic design.
Sadly the car was only produced for a few years, and due to quality, performance, and safety issues, it didnt do well on the market. Today collectors will pay big bucks for Delorean’s in good condition, but because the cars didnt run well for long, there aren’t many out there that are still running.