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15 International Menu Items from American Fast Food Restaurants

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As a way to accommodate cultural and regional tastes, many American fast food restaurants have to change some of their menu items (or come up with new ones) when they expand to other countries. Here are 15 examples.

McDonald's

1. Beer

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In McDonald's restaurants in some European countries—including Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland—you can buy beer in 8-oz and 12-oz sizes. Heineken provides McDonald’s with beer, but local breweries (such as Kronenbourg Brewery in France) also supply the fast food chain.

2. The McArabia

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The McArabia is a pita sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and garlic mayonnaise served in many Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and parts of Pakistan. The McArabia comes in two varieties: grilled chicken or grilled kofta (ground beef or lamb), wrapped in pita bread.

3. Spicy Paneer Wrap

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Since a majority of Indians are vegetarian, McDonald’s India caters to their tastes with meatless options like the BigSpicy Paneer Wrap, which is made up of paneer patties (a type of Indian cheese) wrapped in a grilled tortilla and served with mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and various herbs and spices.  

4. Chicken McDo and Spaghetti

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Offered at McDonald’s Philippines, the Chicken McDo is a single piece of fried chicken—usually a leg—served with spaghetti topped with meat sauce.

5. McLobster

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The McLobster is served at a number of McDonald’s locations throughout Canada. The sandwich consists of Atlantic Lobster meat, diced celery, shredded lettuce, and salad dressing, served on a hotdog-style bun. It’s offered as a summer seasonal menu item.

See Also: 10 Secret Menu Items from Fast Food Restaurants

6. The Mega Mac

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The Mega Mac is really a double Big Mac. Instead of two all-beef patties, you get four. You still get the special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions served on a sesame seed bun—it’s just bigger. The Mega Mac is not officially available in the United States, but you can order the sandwich in many countries around the world, including Australia, China, Japan, Turkey, and Singapore.

Pizza Hut

7. Crown Crust Pizza with Cheeseburgers

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The Crown Crust Pizza is a pizza with mini-cheeseburgers baked into the crust. It resembles a crown (hence the name) and is topped with beef, lettuce, tomato slices, and drizzled with special Pizza Hut sauce. If cheeseburgers aren’t your thing, you can order the pie with a chicken fillet crown instead. The menu item is available at various Pizza Hut restaurants in the Middle East.

8. Stuffed Pan Pizza

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Introduced in April 2014, Pizza Hut Philippines offers a Stuffed Pan Pizza with BBQ chicken and cream cheese baked inside of its crust—which takes up a third of the pizza’s size. The crust is almost like an empanada, but inside of a pizza.

9. Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza

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While you can only get cheese in stuffed crust pizza in America, you can now have hot dogs baked into a stuffed crust in the United Kingdom. Pizza Hut UK started to sell Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza in 2012 and now imported the menu item to Canada. It comes with your choice of Heinz Ketchup or Heinz Honey Mustard Dip.

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Burger King 

10. Chicken Nugget Burger

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Instead of a burger patty, the Chicken Nugget Burger is made of Burger King’s chicken nuggets served between a hamburger bun with lettuce, mayonnaise, and spicy sauce. The menu item is only available at Burger King UK, but a variation of the sandwich with barbeque sauce is offered in Germany.

11. Pumpkin Burger

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Burger King Japan offers a Pumpkin Burger, which contains two slices of kabocha (a type of squash), bacon, lettuce, an all-beef patty, and a creamy nut sauce made from peanuts, cashews, sesame seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts. They also offer a "pumpkin bomb," which is just 10 slices of pumpkin.  

12. X-tra Long Burger

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In some European markets like Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, you can order a X-tra Long Burger from Burger King. The big sandwich consists of three all-beef patties laid out horizontally on a long sesame seed bun. The Chili Cheese X-tra Long Burger is served with chili-cheese sauce and jalapeños and is offered in all three countries, while the Rodeo BBQ version with barbecue sauce, cheese, and onion rings is only available in the Netherlands.

Taco Bell

13. Egg-citing Cheesy Burrito

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This burrito is made up of scrambled egg crumble, chopped onions, and gooey cheesy potatoes served inside of a large grilled tortilla. The burrito is offered at various Taco Bell India locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts

14. Dry Pork and Seaweed Donuts

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Topped with dehydrated pork and seaweed pieces, this donut is a mixture of salty and sweet tastes from Dunkin' Donuts China.

See Also: The Original Locations of 15 Famous Food Chains

15. Wasabi Cheese Donuts

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Dunkin' Donuts Singapore offers a Wasabi Cheese Donut, which is green and is described as having a spicy cheese flavor.

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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas ... But when is the first day of Christmas?

You'd think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that's how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6th, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26th.)

As for the ubiquitous song, it is said to be French in origin and was first printed in England in 1780. Rumors spread that it was a coded guide for Catholics who had to study their faith in secret in 16th-century England when Catholicism was against the law. According to the Christian Resource Institute, the legend is that "The 'true love' mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The 'me' who receives the presents refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the 'days' represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn."

In debunking that story, Snopes excerpted a 1998 email that lists what each object in the song supposedly symbolizes:

2 Turtle Doves = the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

There is pretty much no historical evidence pointing to the song's secret history, although the arguments for the legend are compelling. In all likelihood, the song's "code" was invented retroactively.

Hidden meaning or not, one thing is definitely certain: You have "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stuck in your head right now.

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