The Big Problem Taco Bell Fans Had With Its Crispy Chicken Wings

On January 12, CNN reported that the limited time for Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Wing promotion would run out within a few hours. Flavored with queso seasoning and served with a spicy ranch dipping sauce, the wings were literally intended to spice things. In theory, a use-it-or-lose-it offer like this might improve people's views of Taco Bell's permanent menu. Marketing professor Alexander Chernev explained that "no matter how much you like something, consuming something different increases the enjoyment of what you consumed before." However, the wings apparently left an unpleasant taste in a number of customers' mouths.

Though there are different reasons that people weren't thrilled about this new menu addition, some people complained that the crispy chicken wings are overly salty and undercooked, according to Eat This, Not That!. This contradicts the first taste test that the company had done in Fullerton, California, last year, in which the product received mainly positive responses for its taste and texture.

However, a bigger concern many people seemed to have about the food item was what happened after eating them. One Instagram post stated that their "stomach sounded like 2 boots in a dryer,' after eating Taco Bell's newest product. And this isn't a unique experience. According to Know Your Meme, several people have suggested the wings will leave you with a less-than-desirable bathroom sensation after eating them, including one person who posted an image of a queasy-looking Scooby-Doo clutching his abdomen.

Twitter 'roasts' the crispy chicken

Some Twitter users seemed to think the wings had a questionable appearance. User @GxldSociety wrote in a tweet, "Taco Bell been feeding y'all yorkie ankles saying it's wings," and attached a picture of some very pink, possibly undercooked chicken wings that appeared to have had chunks bitten out of them. 

Some people joked that the wings might not have even come from chickens. User @kirawontmiss wrote in a Tweet, "i haven't seen a squirrel outside lately and now all of the sudden taco bell selling wings.. something ain't right." A day prior, Tay Mvla wrote a similar Facebook post, stating, "Ain't no squirrels outside now all of a sudden Taco Bell sell wings sum ain't right" (via Know Your Meme). Obviously, you can see what the joke is implying there. 

However, some people were less brutal when commenting on the chicken wings but still gave honest feedback. One reviewer on Brand Eating wrote, "When it comes down to it, Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Wings were competitive as far as fast food wings go, especially if you like some crunch to your breading, but they didn't stand out in terms of any Taco Bell-type flavors."