Japan's Black Burger King Hamburger Is Even More Disgusting in Real Life

Japan's Black Burger King Hamburger Is Even More Disgusting in Real Life
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The news: You know how fast food never quite match how it looks in TV commercials? Well, Burger King's new all-black Japanese hamburgers didn't quite look appetizing from the start — and in action, they look even worse.

ICYMI: Earlier this month, Burger King previewed two new hamburgers for its Japanese locations. While the color might be off-putting, it's actually made with pretty cool ingredients: bamboo charcoal in the buns and cheese, black pepper patties and a sauce made out of onion, soy and squid ink. While the Kuro Pearl version is jet-black, the Kuro Diamond version has some regular-colored toppings as well:

Source: Burger King

But as eye-catching as the ads might have been, the real-life result is decidedly unappealing:

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the burger is that despite its visual impact, the taste simply isn't memorable. According to a mixed review by the Associated Press, the burger isn't terrible — it's just not that great, either.

"If you can get past the shocking color, it's not bad," the wire service reported. "But if you're expecting a totally different taste just because of the color, it might fall below expectations."

That's not exactly ringing endorsement, but if you're in Japan and feeling adventurous, you can get a Kuro Pearl for 480 yen ($4.39) and a Kuro Diamond for 690 yen ($6.31).

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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