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Oct 29, 2010 10:50 AM

Least appetizing food ads?

The new, ultra-annoying commercial for Burger King's breakfast bowls may have succeeded in getting my attention (flute solo!). However it failed miserably in making the dish look attractive. Did they just sweep every food scrap off the floor and put it in a bowl? Sure looks that way.

The Ci Ci Pizza ads aren't much better.

What commercial triggers your gag reflex?

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  1. Olive Garden, doesn't even look good on TV. Everything looks pale and undercooked.

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    1. re: arashall


      The sauces look gloppy...completely illmaking

      1. re: arashall

        When I saw the title to the thread, this was my first thought also. Everything is, as you say, white or pale. No appeal at all.

        1. re: Cachetes

          My first thought, too. The more they show me their food, the harder it is not to retch.

            1. re: StewieBoy

              I've never been tempted to get close enough to know that. ;-) The closeups of the food are the most retchworthy.

          1. Carl's Jr, by far. Absolutely disgusting. Obviously low class slobs are their targeted group.

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            1. re: mucho gordo

              +1 for Carl's Jr. I HAVE to change the channel when one comes on.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                +2. the slurping and smacking noises, the inevitable glob of mayo or sauce that squirts out and makes a mess...ugh! NASTY.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  +3. The visuals are absolutely nauseating. And if that doesn't get me, the grating voice of the announcer will...

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    100% agree. Commercials for barbarians. We refuse to eat there, even if it's the only place around for miles.

                    1. re: mucho gordo

                      Paris Hilton was one of their spokespersons.

                      I think that's all I have to say!

                    2. Any ad with children whose table manners suggest they were raised by wolves. Grasping a spoon like an axe and talking with a full mouth are complete turn-offs for me. So much so that the only one I vaguely remember is the "Mikey likes it" commercial for ???????????

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                      1. re: Sherri

                        Life cereal. Hey Mikey, he likes it!

                        1. re: Sherri

                          I agree about talking with a mouthful but please don't judge me by the inelegant way I grasp the tableware. Certain physical limitations prevent me from hold on to flat handled implements.

                          1. re: Sherri

                            And anything where it's supposed to be cute for a child to have messy food smeared all over them. Yuck! What's the appeal?

                          2. Only in Canada, I think....but McCain's (They also own Ore-Ida) makes a putrid product called "Pizza Pops", (which is actually a rip-off of an yummy old Manitoba -made product, but that's a different story.)

                            Anyhow. These are pastry pockets containing a tomato sauce/grease laden filling. For years, the ad campaign featured teenagers putting these things on a flat surface, and smacking them, thus sending jets of boiling filling into the faces of hapless buddies. Oh, so funny, yes? Because no teen would ever get a wee bit wasted and think that that was just a fun thing to do, right? Oddly, they didn't include the screams or the ER visits in the ads, but you know, they have budgets!

                            Eventually they killed those ads.....then they had one where a teenage girl was so enraptured by the vision of her pizza pop baking, that she had her nose practically glued to the oven door. When she stood up, her face appeared to be adorned with at least second degree burns. Another winner!

                            So teenagers with facial scarring seemed to be a've gotta wonder who wrote those ads. And why they were ever approved.

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                            1. re: SherBel

                              a classic
                              loved those ads!!! but I never tried a pizza pop

                              1. re: chickenbruiser

                                When I saw the title of the discussion thread (today...I am just a bit behind on my CH check-ins!) I immediately thought "Pizza Pops" glad you got there before me, SherBel as your rant pretty much says it all!

                            2. Most food ads on TV show the food so close up as to be seeing it on the molecular level! This looks disgusting (to me at least). Do you ever hold your food up next to your eye to examine it? My next "favorite" is the Red Lobster ad where the individual items look enormous until you see a fork tine nearby and you realize that those giant rock lobsters are miniscule.

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                              1. re: mnosyne

                                What you see on your plate bears little resemblance to what you see in the commercial. Been there.