From the McRib to the Choco Taco, here are 6 foods we lost in 2022


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2022 marked a return to basics for many of America’s largest food companies. That left some fan favorites in the dustbin of history.

McDonald’s punched us in the gut when they announced the end of the McRib, the Choco Taco is being sent to the confectionery graveyard and sandwiches we didn’t know existed were already thrown away (no offense, Ch’King, but it seems like it was you and not us.)

Restaurants and food manufacturers are constantly evaluating what sells and what doesn’t, so it’s no surprise that these items disappear. But that doesn’t make their losses any easier for the fans.

Here’s what culinary creations left us with in 2022.

Ch'King was not long in the world.

Burger King’s take on a fried chicken sandwich, called the Ch’King, barely lasted a year. The chain’s hand-breaded crispy chicken sandwich launched in May 2021 and was quietly eliminated from menus nationwide just 15 months later. The reason: It was too difficult to put together for employees, a big problem in a business where speed is key.

Ch’King “was a great product that was difficult or challenging for teams to execute on,” Tom Curtis, president of Burger King North America, told CNN in September. The chain replaced it with a Royal Crispy Chicken sandwich, which offers “great taste and texture,” he said.

Chili's replaced their Original Chicken Crispers with something crispier, as pictured here.

Fans were outraged online after Chili’s eliminated the original recipe for the chicken patties from its menus this fall. The unique, tempura-battered tenders had been a staple on the chain’s menu since the 1980s.

But don’t worry: Chili’s still offers Crispy Chicken Crispers that are similar to the original but offer a crunchier, juicier bite. Chili’s explained in a statement to CNN that “the menu change is part of our simplification and growth initiatives to reduce complexity” for its employees.

RIP Choco Taco.

The beloved ice cream in a taco-shaped cone was discontinued in July after nearly four decades on sale.

Klondike explained that the company has “experienced an unprecedented increase in demand in our portfolio” and that it had to make “very tough decisions to ensure the availability of our entire portfolio across the country.”

However, all hope is not lost for its return. “We’ve heard our fans and we hope to bring this favorite treat back to ice cream trucks for years to come,” Klondike said a few weeks after the stunning announcement.

RIP honest tea.

After about 25 years on the shelves, Honest Tea’s parent company Coca-Cola announced it was eliminating the iced tea from its product line.

Coca-Cola ( KO ) took a 40% stake in Honest in 2008, and Coke bought the brand outright in 2011. The company also sells Gold Peak and Peace Tea, and intends to focus on those brands when it says goodbye to Honest.

The move “will free up investment resources and supply chain capacity to better meet consumer needs,” a company executive said in a May statement.

Weeks after Coke’s announcement, the founders of Honest Tea launched another bottled iced drink called Eat the Change.

RIP McRib.

Hope you enjoyed the McRib while it lasted. McDonald’s teased in a statement upon its return in October that “this may be your last chance to taste it” because the chain confirmed it won’t be sold nationally for some time after this promotion.

McDonald’s (MCD) first added the McRib to menus around Kansas City in 1981, and tthe chain pulled it from the menu four years later. But it has become a cult favorite among McDonald’s ( MCD ) loyalists in recent years. It was previously sold regionally before expanding to all of its US restaurants in 2020.

Wendy's vanilla Frosty will eventually return.

Let’s be clear: Vanilla Frosty isn’t gone forever. But that disappeared this year, so Wendy’s could change the flavors of the beloved frozen treat.

It currently sells a peppermint Frosty instead, which replaced the strawberry flavor it sold during the summer. Wendy’s didn’t have an exact date when vanilla would return, but it teased that more Frosty flavors could be added to the menu in 2023.

—CNN’s Danielle Wiener-Bronner contributed to this report.

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