Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Deceptive Fast Food Advertisements vs Reality
So Bad So Good ^ | July 23, 2013 | Alex Wain

Posted on 10/20/2013 3:07:13 PM PDT by SamAdams76

My favorite one (not mentioned in this article) is the Dunkin Donuts "Big and Toasted". Here is the picture featured on the menu compared to reality...

But it's really more like this...



TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: fastfood; fastfoodbashing

1 posted on 10/20/2013 3:07:13 PM PDT by SamAdams76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

In China and Hong Kong the Restaurants all have fine print at the bottom of the menu that says “Pictures for reference only”


2 posted on 10/20/2013 3:11:06 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

But do they taste good.


3 posted on 10/20/2013 3:13:13 PM PDT by tiki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

I saw a documentary that showed how they do it, and they don’t even use food, they’re plastic models.
that aside, every single fast food place I’ve been too, the quality is so poor, i’m still trying to figure how they can stay in business. I’ve actually given up on all of them.
once in a while they entice you. I tried the wendys pretzel burger, it sucked.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 3:16:31 PM PDT by willywill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: tiki

Yes, generally speaking, they do.


5 posted on 10/20/2013 3:18:16 PM PDT by SamAdams76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

Thanks

I remember seeing a print Magazine article about food photography for advertising some decades back.

they do some really strange stuff to the food to give the desired appearance.

tooth picks used as pins are used to level imperfect hanburger buns..and Elmers Glue was used in one photo to take the place of Sauce...

the goal is the IDEAL...what people THINK the food should look like

the “cheesey” window menu photography most often seen at Chinese Restaurants takes the Opposite approach,....and much of that stuff looks nearly inedible.

sadly trying to find any Photos of WIndow Menus.....returns millions of screenshots of WINDOWS computer desktop...or Id post a couple of those images for comparison sake.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 3:19:06 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

A friend of mine was a food magazine photographer. He always had a spray bottle of oil to make the food look shiny and better.


7 posted on 10/20/2013 3:22:47 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: willywill

I remember the first McDonald’s I ever saw. It was around 1960 in Ft. Walton Bch. The hamburgers were 15 cents. There was no indoor seating and very little outdoors.

I can recall being surprised that they were good, especially the fries.

From around 1985 until very recently I can’t recall eating at a fast food restaurant all all. Then maybe two years ago, I had to eat out and decided to try McDonalds.

I could not believe how bad it was. Just about inedible. Don’t tell me they haven’t changed.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 3:23:55 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

ah yes the OIL.

the article I remember was either in PRINT Magazine of Communications Arts

my vocation is graphic arts although Ive made a few reasonable “fine arts” photographs.

I wish I could remember what the tin foil in the article mentioned above was used for...


9 posted on 10/20/2013 3:26:15 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

If a burger flipper in CA gets $10/hr (or soon will get), how much does the guy who sits on the burgers before they’re given to the customer get? There’s no way that wrapped up mush happens naturally so someone has to have the sit and smash job.


10 posted on 10/20/2013 3:28:27 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

When I worked at McDonald’s (1974 the paper hat and blue barber shirt era). We called a tray of Big Macs that looked especially good “Movie Macs”.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 3:29:04 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

I wish I could remember what the tin foil in the article mentioned above was used for...

++++++++++++++++

To put on your head and deflect the rays.


12 posted on 10/20/2013 3:29:26 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76
I remember one time I saw an ad for a burger that looked like this.

But instead it looked like this.


13 posted on 10/20/2013 3:31:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

When I worked at McDonald’s (1974 the paper hat and blue barber shirt era). We called a tray of Big Macs that looked especially good “Movie Macs”.

_______________

In 1972 when I wore the MickieD’s sailor suit and looked particularly cute we had Big Macs for breakfast lunch and supper.


14 posted on 10/20/2013 3:31:38 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76
I think I'll go Chinese tonight.
15 posted on 10/20/2013 3:32:01 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

those studio Lights can get rather warm yes...

it may have been used to “level” one layer of food in a sandwich,,to “near perfection”


16 posted on 10/20/2013 3:33:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

That website is a pos that will attack some browsers and lock them up.

Keep off.


17 posted on 10/20/2013 3:33:30 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

Never cared much for the Mac myself. The fries were the only station I could work all day and still want to eat them. Of course they were still cooked in lard then.

Tricks we played on folks we didn’t like... cook some apple pies in the filet-o-fish tank, “forget” to break the yolks on the egg mcmuffins so they’d squirt when bitten into.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 3:35:24 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator
mmm, crabby patties!

As long as it's not squidward making 'em (the bottom picture)

CC

19 posted on 10/20/2013 3:41:12 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Fai Mao
In China and Hong Kong the Restaurants all have fine print at the bottom of the menu that says “Pictures for reference only”

i understand creating advertisement food is a big industry in asia. one of my preselect scenes on my camera is for food

20 posted on 10/20/2013 3:46:38 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: yarddog

Google or Yahoo! their chicken nugget ingredients and the “pink slime” they put in their burgers. You’ll never eat there again.


21 posted on 10/20/2013 3:50:52 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

White latex paint is used to simulate milk in some photos.


22 posted on 10/20/2013 4:02:38 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

That’s not a burger it’s a krabby patty..


23 posted on 10/20/2013 4:03:08 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

Tricks we played on folks we didn’t like... cook some apple pies in the filet-o-fish tank, “forget” to break the yolks on the egg mcmuffins so they’d squirt when bitten into.

))))))))))))))))))))))))

Those were the fun old days!


24 posted on 10/20/2013 4:08:05 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

I would also always pull the shakes off the mixer too fast and end up with white, brown and pink stripes on my shirt.


25 posted on 10/20/2013 4:09:34 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

Holy moly. That bottom photo is disgusting.

Whatever it is, it is NOT edible.


26 posted on 10/20/2013 4:14:49 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76
Clicked on the link, here are a few more.


27 posted on 10/20/2013 4:17:08 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76; a fool in paradise
Here's a Dagwood comparison (advertisement on the left.)


28 posted on 10/20/2013 4:27:37 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!; GeronL
HUACA (Ohama's UnAffordable Care Act) As Advertised:

vs. Reality:


29 posted on 10/20/2013 4:30:32 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Bon of Babble

The whoppers I have bought at the burger king near me, indeed looks alot like the better one on the left. Not nearly as perfect looking, but damn close. I’ve NEVER seen a whopper that resembles anything like the one on the right.


30 posted on 10/20/2013 4:30:54 PM PDT by lowbridge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: CrazyIvan

Yes... Thanks for the jog to the memory!!

I wish I could find that article...Id scan it and post the images here.


31 posted on 10/20/2013 4:40:56 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkwQ6EjLdMQ

The Whammy Burger


32 posted on 10/20/2013 4:43:51 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CrazyIvan

these were a few more of the tricks that were illustrated in the articel I cant find.

Food that begins to dry out can be revitalized with hairspray—any brand will do.

Steaks that have that perfectly seared look have had strategically placed grill marks enhanced with brown shoe polish.

To prevent the lettuce and tomato from wilting under the moisture of a raw burger (except for the blow torched edges), cardboard is placed between burger and lettuce, where the cardboard prevents the meat from smashing and wilting the lettuce. And if your burger doesn’t have enough sesame seeds—or perhaps you would like the seeds more artfully arranged, you can always glue some in the desired places.

White glue is also used in place of milk when photographing a bowl of cereal. It’s also handy in repairing anything crumbly.

http://www.divinecaroline.com/life-etc/home-food/motor-oil-and-cotton-balls-food-photography’s-tricks


33 posted on 10/20/2013 4:45:54 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: BulletBobCo
Yep, Falling Down was the first thing in my head.

"You mean I'm the bad guy?"


34 posted on 10/20/2013 4:54:55 PM PDT by Textide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

I remember an expose from years ago, and not just for food:
1) marbles placed in a bowl of Campbell’s soup, pushing up the beef and veggies to make it look like it was “chock full of ...”
2) hot wine used instead of coffee - no subterfuge here though as real coffee looked gray in the old black and white TVs
3) competitors ketchup heated up so that when a “thickness” comparison (pour both down a plate side by side), the competitor’s ran quicker than the cold stuff.
4) Gillette foam softened so well that “you could even shave a piece of sandpaper with it”. Turns out they smeared a pane of glass with Vaseline, sprinkled sand on it to make it look like a sheet of sandpaper, then “shaved” the plate.
5) the real gem was Libbey Owens Ford glass. They showed a distorted side window view out of a car that used a competitor’s glass, the showed the same view, crystal clear, using their own. All they did was roll down the window.

I lost my innocence after reading that article. :-)


35 posted on 10/20/2013 4:56:09 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

I would also always pull the shakes off the mixer too fast and end up with white, brown and pink stripes on my shirt.

__________________

I used to have to hitchhike home. Until my boss discovered that the mickieD uniform was hiking 35 miles home. I offered to change, but he found me permanent rides.

Young and thoughless


36 posted on 10/20/2013 4:56:26 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Textide
Yep, Falling Down was the first thing in my head.

Love that movie as I equated with him on many levels. Everything from the smiling stonewall ("breakfast menu is over at 11:30" when the time was 11:32); 7-11 type store run by a foreigner who could barely speak English and financially raped you, etc.)

37 posted on 10/20/2013 5:03:12 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

How about Subway? Gezz, the places reek and the sandwiches are nothing like what the ads show. They take a “V” cut out of the top so it LOOKS like there is some serious meat in them; if you are kind of blind. However the ads show them cut in half (like a normal sub) and loaded up with meat. Always thought that chain needed a false advertising lawsuit.

As far as the smell; I had to make a delivery to one recently. It was in a strip mall. No info on most of the back doors but their door was open and when I got close enough I knew I was in the right place.


38 posted on 10/20/2013 5:05:50 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yarddog

Was there a McDonalds in FWB in 1960? Did they close and reopen later? I came down in 1970 and if I remember correctly, all we could find was a Burger King. We were from Tucson and had never heard of a Whopper.


39 posted on 10/20/2013 5:07:11 PM PDT by saminfl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

Do they really look like that? I mean, that one looks like it came out of yesterday’s dumpster. *yuck*!


40 posted on 10/20/2013 5:16:30 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saminfl

I could be off a year or so but I am certain it was long before 1970.


41 posted on 10/20/2013 5:19:46 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: lowbridge

“The whoppers I have bought at the burger king near me, indeed looks alot like the better one on the left. Not nearly as perfect looking, but damn close. I’ve NEVER seen a whopper that resembles anything like the one on the right.”

Same here. Usually the best burger for the money. We have Freddy’s, Five Guys, Smash, Carl’s, Red Robin, but I still prefer the good ol’ Whopper.


42 posted on 10/20/2013 5:20:13 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise

From my experience the best at actually delivering upon the pics are Whataburger, Chik-Fil-A, McDonald’s, and, Burger King. The worst? Carl’s Jr, Hardees, Jack in the Box, and, Wendy’s.

They all make things I like and don’t like and that’s perfectly fine. It’s all good.

The single worst fast food sandwich I ever saw was the Wendy’s “Baconator” from several years ago. It and the picture beared no resemblance to one another. It was a gooey mess swimming in grease and mounds of cheese. The bun was soaked through. There was not anywhere near the amount of bacon on the burger as was advertised in the pics. Pretty bad.


43 posted on 10/20/2013 5:23:48 PM PDT by FAA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

How McD of Canada does it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSd0keSj2W8


44 posted on 10/20/2013 5:29:06 PM PDT by cynwoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

In the early 70’s, young and thoughtless was less likely to end you in a world of hurt.


45 posted on 10/20/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: cynwoody

When we went to Canada we went to Harvey’s, it blew McDonald’s away.


46 posted on 10/20/2013 5:32:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

In the early 70’s, young and thoughtless was less likely to end you in a world of hurt.

_________________

sO true.

Once in a major city at about 2 am I turned a corner and walked into a gang brawl. I was surprised at them, and they were shocked to see me. I looked at them, put my hands out and then just walked through backpack and all. They were just stopped, chains dangling and I moved quickly. Young and thoughtless.


47 posted on 10/20/2013 6:33:43 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey
I took a weekend photography course put on by Nikon about 30 years ago. The guys who put it on ratted out a lot of tricks. Spraying mineral oil to simulate dew, using pre exposed film to add moons to the sky, and a Pulitzer winning photo of a poor child's teddy bear in the gutter after a tornado (they said the photographer had carried the toy around for years using it for a prop).
48 posted on 10/20/2013 7:05:43 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup

I am so glad I’m not a kid today.

Best to you, as always.


49 posted on 10/20/2013 7:23:59 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson