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Even the cheese is black on Burger King’s new Kuro Burgers

Burger King Japan's new Black Pearl burger even has black cheese.

Burger King Japan has outdone itself this fall by unleashing a new limited-time cheeseburger special that might be too creepy to eat, because from the bun to the cheese it’s entirely black.

According to Kotaku, Burger King Japan’s new “Kuro Burgers,” or “black burgers,” come in two varieties: Black Diamond and Black Pearl. The Kuro Diamond burger is a black-pepper hamburger patty on a bun made with bamboo charcoal to turn it pitch black. It comes with black cheese -- seriously, the cheese was dyed black with bamboo charcoal -- lettuce, tomato, onion, and a black sauce made with onion, garlic, and squid ink. The lettuce, tomato, and onion add enough color that the Black Diamond seems more friendly and wholesome than the Black Pearl, which has the patty with the black bun, black sauce, and black cheese, and looks like something out of a horror movie.

Both burgers are a limited-time offering for fall, and they go on sale on September 19. The Black Diamond sells for 690 yen, or $6.40. The Black Pearl is 480 yen, or $4.49.

Black cheese? Burger King Japan unveils burger dark as night

Burger King Japan takes a trip to the Dark Side by offering an unusual burger stacked with startlingly black cheese. But don't worry, it's all edible.

/>This is probably what Darth Vader eats for breakfast. Burger King Japan

Fast-food burgers so rarely look like their marketing pictures. They always appear plump, juicy and fresh, but the actual burger at the restaurant looks like it got run over by a Segway. There's one burger about to be served up by Burger King Japan that you might hope won't look at all like its advertising picture. It's a head-turning sandwich that seems better suited for Halloween than a quick lunch.

The Kuro Burger ("kuro" means black) sports a black bun and, more disturbingly, a slice of jet-black cheese. It's the sort of burger you'd expect the villain from "The Ring" to be snacking on. It doesn't stop there. A black sauce oozes around on top of the cheese, challenging your convictions of what a cheeseburger should look like.

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Most of us associate black food with unwelcome occurrences like rampant mold, but there's some food science behind the formulation of the burgers. The buns and cheese are made with bamboo charcoal to achieve the dark color. The sauce includes squid ink as an ingredient. The patty isn't black, but it does use black pepper to keep it in line with the theme.

The Kuro Burger will come in two forms. The Kuro Pearl is just your basic black cheeseburger. The Kuro Diamond edition adds some cheery condiments like lettuce, onion and tomato. It really spruces up the look and reduces the fear factor to have some identifiable vegetables involved. Burger King Japan is using the tagline "New Kuro. 2 good to be true" to promote the burger. Except it is true.

The gothy-looking burger will be available at Burger Kings in Japan starting September 19, so you still have time to book your flight, get over there and try out this delicacy.

This isn't the first time Burger King or other chains have used black as a burger theme. The European Quick restaurant chain debuted a with a black bun. It just didn't go so far as to include black cheese and sauce. Given the opportunity, would you eat this burger? I totally would, but I'd want to be stuffing it up inside a Darth Vader helmet while doing it.

/>Some tomato really ties this burger together. Burger King Japan

Hamburger — $1.00

At the low price of $1.00 per order, Burger King's basic hamburger is the most affordable option on this list.

The burger consisted of a light squeeze of mustard, ketchup, sliced pickles, and a single beef patty sandwiched between a warm sesame bun.

I definitely think I got what I paid for — the hamburger patty itself was so small and thin that I had to double-check to make sure it was actually there.

Since the patty was so small, I tasted the bun more than anything else, which should never be the case when eating a burger.

Fast-food chains adapt to local tastes

(CNN) -- After thousands of years of civilization, finally India has Crunchwraps.

In March, a Taco Bell opened in Bangalore, the first Indian outpost of the chain.

About 2,500 people a day have been lining up to try burritos and quesadillas, helped out by employees hired to explain what, exactly, burritos and quesadillas are, according to reports.

But Indian customers aren't just ordering the Tex-Mex treats known in the U.S. Yum Foods, Taco Bell's parent company, came up with a bunch of special menu items designed for local palates: crunchy potato tacos and extra-spicy burritos filled with paneer, the rubbery, fresh Indian cheese.

This move is what people in the trade call product localization: customizing what you're selling to the people you're selling it to. It's a crucial strategy in the global fast-food business. American chains are bringing burgers and pizza and chimichangas to Asia, but they are also adapting to their new homes, coming up with hybrid foods that the folks back home don't hear about.

This is nothing new, of course. McDonald's, which has branches in more than 119 countries, has been customizing its menus for years.

Anyone who's seen "Pulp Fiction" knows that a McDonald's Quarter Pounder is called a Royal in France, but it's not just the names that are different. French visitors to the golden arches can get Le P'tit Moutarde, a smaller-size burger with mustard sauce, and they can pair it with a banana caramel shake.

In the Netherlands, McDonald's serves a McKroket (a fried beef croquette on a bun) in Germany, it offers shrimp with cocktail sauce. The 280 Gr. is an Italy-only burger, designed for sophisticated palates -- you can get one with real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

There's a burger on pita bread for the Greek market (the Greek Mac, of course), and a McKebab for Israel. Naturally, you can get guacamole on your burger in Mexico you can also order McMolletes -- refried beans and salsa on an English muffin.

Asia is the fastest-growing market for American fast food though, and all the chains trying to find a place there are scrambling to come up with new dishes to please local tastes.

Here's some of what Americans may be missing:

As the Taco Bell honchos undoubtedly know, India is a tricky market for food chains. Hindus don't eat beef, Muslims don't eat pork, and a sizable percentage of the country doesn't eat meat at all.

Fried chicken is a relatively safe bet, and KFC -- another Yum Foods-owned brand -- does a good business in buckets of Colonel Sanders' original recipe. But it also caters to vegetarians with a veg thali, a vegetable-and-rice mixed plate, and the Chana Snacker, a chickpea burger with Thousand Island dressing.

The Indian Subway menu has the same turkey and tuna sandwiches as in U.S. stores, but roast beef is nowhere to be found, and the ham is made of chicken. And at franchises from Chandigarh to Chennai, you can order a chicken tikka sub or one made from roast lamb.

When McDonald's set up shop in India in 1996, it ditched beef and introduced the Maharaja Mac, originally made with lamb. Chicken patties are used on the sandwich now, but even more popular is the vegetarian McAloo Tikki, a burger made from potatoes and peas. To allay strict dietary concerns, the carnivorous and vegetarian cooking is done separately, by different sets of workers: Those cooking the veggie meals wear green aprons people handling meat wear red.

The big fast-food success story is Domino's Pizza, which recently opened its 300th branch in India. It manages to please all tastes and honor all restrictions: There's a corn and black olive pizza for the vegetarians (the "Gourmet") and keema do pyaaza topping -- ground lamb and onions -- for meat eaters. For a true exotic taste, there's pepperoni: "100 percent pork pepperoni," the online menu promises, rather scandalously.

The leading American chain in the Chinese market, KFC, offers plenty of dishes that cater to local tastes. Instead of coleslaw, you can order seasonal vegetables with your chicken: bamboo shoots in spring, lotus root in summer. It also offers a traditional breakfast menu featuring congee -- rice porridge -- served with fried crullers or sesame flatbread for dipping.

McDonald's, on the other hand, sticks mostly with classic sandwiches. After introducing regionally specific items, such as the rice burgers it serves in other Asian countries, and trying to compete with KFC on the chicken front, it found that its Chinese customers preferred to order Western foods. So it played up the burgers, rolling out a suggestive ad campaign with the slogan "Feel the beef."

But not everything is exactly the same as it is in the States. A version of the Quarter Pounder (called the Big N' Beefy) is served with cucumbers rather than pickles and comes with a spicier sauce. If you don't want fries, you can order a corn cup, a side dish that has caught on at other Asian branches. For dessert, you can choose between pineapple or taro root pies.

For its Japanese stores, McDonald's has found that novelty is the way to go, and the company has introduced lots of special menu items. You can pair your Teriyaki McBurger, made from pork, with a bag of Seaweed Shaker fries (add the seaweed powder yourself). You can get a Croquette Burger or a Bacon Potato Pie. Probably the most distinctively Japanese dish is the Ebi Filet-O, a fried shrimp patty on a bun ("ebi" means shrimp in Japanese). McDonald's helped popularize the dish by signing up model Yuri Ebihara -- nicknamed "Ebi-chan" -- to do a series of print ads and commercials.

A few years back, Pizza Hut Japan introduced the Double Roll, an over-the-top pizza to make all other over-the-top pizzas run away and cower in fear. One half (the "gourmet half") was topped with ham, bacon, sausage, tomatoes and garlic. The other half was covered with miniature hamburger patties, soybeans and corn. Sadly, the Double Roll is no longer sold, but that doesn't mean Pizza Hut is boring. Your topping choices include tuna, fried squid and spicy Korean-style beef. You also can get the "Idaho Special" with potato, corn, bacon and mayonnaise.

Dunkin' Donuts has made a big splash in South Korea, popularizing bagels and doughnuts as breakfast treats. Besides the standard American glazed and filled versions, it offers red bean and glutinous rice doughnuts as well as sweet potato muffins and a sesame tofu ring. There are savory fried croquettes filled with lentil curry or kimchi, spicy pickled cabbage. To drink, you can get a hot 12-grain latte, made from roasted barley, brown rice and other grains.

Portland’s 20 Best Cheeseburgers, Exhaustively Argued and Ranked

T en years ago, New York food writer Josh Ozersky barreled into Portland for a 36-hour food binge. He prowled the city for honest Americana food, fuel for his legendary anti-modern food screens. He found it here, calling Portland “America's New Food Eden” in Time magazine. He even moved here years later. But his hunger was not truly sated before he died in 2015. “Where are the burgers?” he bellowed incessantly. Ozersky had a point. Weird-ass chef burgers were everywhere, stacked with barbecued pork or perhaps, dear God, donuts. But good luck finding a transcendent exaltation of the humble American icon, with its molten American cheese and squishy bun.

Now, in Portland dining's darkest hour, as the very places that won his heart and stomach hang by their fingernails, Ozerky's burger heaven has arrived. We're in the midst of a Burger Reformation. Food carts kicked it off a few years back, followed by Super Deluxe's drive-through rebirth and miles-long line of cars. The movement is still steaming, incomprehensibly, during the pandemic. To wit: three of the city's best classic cheeseburgers were born in this godforsaken upside-down world. Across the city, cooks are paying homage to the cheeseburger icons, among them: McDonald's Big Mac (double decker with special sauce), Shake Shack’s ShackBurger (thin, fast-griddled smash burger with lettuce, tomato, and special sauce on a potato roll), and In-N-Out's cheeseburger (frilly lettuce, tomato, onion, and “secret sauce”).

Perfecting a classic burger is nowhere near as easy as it seems. Any teenage employee or backyard barbecuer can serve up a patty on a bun. To fine-tune each element to perfection, to create a chorus of flavors, to find and release our inner burger endorphins, is no easy task. But when done right, few things in life are more satisfying. So we had to know. Where are they? Which ones would Josh eat?

Enter The Burger Cabal. A year ago, Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks invited four burger nuts to join the quest: famed fast-food poet-reviewer Bill Oakley, the former Simpsons writer behind the much-memed “Steamed Hams” sketch legendary Portland diner Gary Okazaki (aka Gary the Foodie), and hard-core food couple Drew and Pauline Lewis. To be considered, a contender had to be nominated by one of us, based on personal experience, reputation, or word-of-mouth buzz. Roughly 60 places made the first cut. Then we set out to eat with one goal: to give you our Top 20 recommendations, ranked.

The rules: Classic cheeseburgers only, topped with classic condimentia. No fast-food chain burgers, no outré toppings, no sliders (sorry Canard, you super delicious ode to White Castle).

How we scored: We filled out secret ballots, scoring burgers on a 100-point system. Once revealed, we had to defend our scores like prosecuting attorneys. Turns out, even for burger purists one person's meat heaven is another’s over-salted poison. To reach consensus, dozens of contenders were tossed. To reach the final ranking, we averaged our final scores. In the end, our favorites flashed a distinctive meat flavor, contrasting temperatures (cold toppings against the warm elements), and a sensual texture—that swoon of creamy sauce and cheese goo that magic crunch a beautifully toasted bun. Ultimately, every burger faces the moment of truth. Will it haunt your dreams and craving zone? You know it when you taste it.

Our mission is now complete. Take note: during the pandemic freeze, burgers are take-out or delivery only. The wise eat them in the car, as the cheeseburger gods intended, hot and fresh off the grill.

Would You Eat Burger King's Black Cheeseburger?

The fast-food chain is rolling out a new "Kuro (Black) Burger" in Japan that has black buns, black cheese and a black sauce infused with squid ink, reports Kotaku. Bamboo charcoal is used to give the cheese and buns the unnaturally dark shade.

While the black cheese is new, black buns have actually been on the menu at fast-food restaurants in Japan and China for the last few years. Burger King and McDonald's released their first burgers with black buns as limited time offerings in 2012.

Fast-food chains in Asia often test items specific to the region that would turn the stomachs of most American customers. In the past, Kotaku has covered the Japanese roll outs of peculiar menu items such as McDonald's Purple Potato Shake, Pizza Hut's Caramel Marshmallow Pizza and McDonald's Cherry Blossom Burger with pink buns.

What Japanese menu items do you wish you could order at your local fast-food joint? I vote McChurros.

Would you try it? Burger King launches black-coloured burger, sauce and cheese

Meet Burger King's latest Japanese creation, the 'Kuro Diamond', coloured with bamboo charcoal. Photo: Supplied

Fast food chains are often instigators of unusual innovation - remember the hamburger patty stuffed pizza crust? Well, Burger King in Japan has just unveiled a special menu item that might challenge even the most adventurous diner. A black-coloured burger that looks like it was stolen straight from Darth Vader's lunchbox.

The 'Kuro Pearl' is a cheeseburger featuring a slice of black cheese between a couple of jet black buns. The outlet’s other new offering, the ‘Kuro Diamond’, adds tomato, lettuce and onion to the mix if you’re in a more colourful mood.

The bun's striking black colour is due to the use of 'bamboo charcoal', while the patty’s slathered in a sauce that uses the more recognisable dark touch of squid ink.

Charcoal-smeared brioche bun on Kettle Black's lobster roll in Melbourne. Photo: Patrick Scala

While the 'Kuro Pearl' is sparking double-takes and online confusion (“No, it’s not burnt,” offers The Guardian), it isn’t the first time a black burger has made restaurant menus. Japan's Burger King first gave it a run back in 2012, while European chain Quick tried it with their Star Wars-themed ‘Dark Vador’ burger that same year.

Closer to home, Sydney chef Sean Connolly debuted his ‘Black Widow’ burger at The Morrison last year, while Melbourne's Kettle Black has a lobster roll with charcoal sprinkled on top and Nora (opening its own bakery in Melbourne later this month) supplies cafes like Traveller with a sweet tart with a black pastry base that includes charcoal made from coconut shell.

Connolly remains surprised at his black burger's success it’s now one of The Morrison's most consistent sellers.

/>Chef Sean Connolly launched the Black Widow burger last year. The colouring comes from vegetable carbon.

“It’s kind of hard to take it off the menu, really,” says Connolly. “If we sell 100 regular burgers, we’ll sell 50 black burgers on the same day. I’m still surprised by how many people still want to eat it. One bloke came in last week and ordered three ‘Black Widows’ and a really nice bottle of wine that we decanted for him . I think it’s become quite approachable it’s a bit of everyday life at The Morrison now.”

A woman was charged with a felony after yelling racial slurs and throwing a Whopper at a Burger King employee because her tomato was 'too thick'

A resident of a Florida retirement community angry over the thickness of a tomato was charged with a felony after she hurled racial slurs and a sandwich at a Black fast food-chain employee.

According to records from the Wildwood Florida Police Department seen by the Villages News, Judith Ann Black, 77, was dining at a Burger King in the nearby Trailwinds Village last Friday when she confronted an employee about her unsatisfactory sandwich.

According to the News, Black was angry over the thickness of the tomato slice on her Whopper, and the Burger King employee who was unnamed in the report, tried to calm Black down — but Black threw the Whopper at the employee's back.

Black then stormed out, but not before spouting several expletives including the N-word, calling the employee a "stupid Black b----," according to the police report seen by Villages News. The outlet verified this with the manager and another worker at the Trailwinds Burger King, as well as a customer who witnessed the exchange.

Wildwood police tracked Black down and booked her at the Sumter County Detention Center, but released her later on a $2,500 bond.

According to police records seen by the News, Black admitted to being "angry" that the employee was not "fixing the issue," and confirmed that she had thrown the Whopper at the Burger King worker.

The police record referenced by the Villages News also indicated that Black's use of racial slurs altered "the charge of battery from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the third degree under Florida State Statute 775.085." This statute is known as the "hate crime statute," which increases the minimum and maximum penalties that a judge could impose.

Black is a resident of a conservative retirement community in Florida known as the "Villages" — a collection of twelve housing districts across 32 square miles, located one hour north of Orlando. The Villages advertises itself as "America's premier active adult retirement community," and is home to over 115,000 residents, who call themselves "Villagers."

The Wildwood Police Department and Burger King did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.


But rather than a meaty burger, the inside is a sweet treat, which could be ice cream, cookies, fruit, brownies or cake.

The bread can be brioche, waffle, cinnamon buns, scones or doughnuts, and they're often slathered in chocolate or fruit sauce and a cream for extra indulgence.

Pandora Burger in Japan made their's with whipped cream and strawberries

Inigo_eats, from the UK posted a very indulgent version featuring oreos and strawberries inside a classic burger bun

One Instagram user, who goes by @SaffySweetTreats, shared a video of her creation which had layers of cookie, chocolate cheesecake, brownies, more cheesecake and strawberries topped off with another cookie layer

Saucer's cafe in Australia shared their version, with strawberry, banana and chocolate sauce

TC desserts said this was their new obsession as they made the very pretty treats

One Instagram user, who goes by @SaffySweetTreats, shared a video of her creation which had layers of cookie, chocolate cheesecake, brownies, more cheesecake and strawberries topped off with another cookie layer

Another, from Bishop's Cleeve in Gloucestershire, shared their impressive bake showing chocolate sauce in bread with strawberries.

A third UK user, inigo_eats, from the UK posted a very indulgent version featuring oreos and strawberries inside a classic burger bun.

One bakery in Kyoto, Japan uses a cookie crust outer layers and chocolate dough inside

It comes as Instagram users are also baking indulgent doughnuts at home as restaurants and cafes stay shut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

London-based Doughnut Time is selling kits to make extravagant bakes at home - including a vegan lotus biscoff doughnut and a indulgent chocolate twists.

Other social media users have baked up red velvet doughnuts, and chocolate orange offerings which are sure to stand out on any Instagram feed.

It comes as Instagram users are also baking indulgent doughnuts at home as restaurants and cafes stay shut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

London-based Doughnut Time is selling kits to make extravagant bakes at home - including a vegan lotus biscoff doughnut and a indulgent chocolate twists.


Cookies, pizza bases – and banana bread – are among the top treats Brits have been making during the lockdown.

A study of 2,000 adults discovered exactly what culinary delights have been created over the last few months, with sausage rolls, sourdough bread and lemon drizzle cake also proving popular.

Pancakes topped the poll, with cookies, chocolate cake and cupcakes close behind. VE day celebrations seem to have had an influence as well with the quintessentially British scones and Victoria sponge making the top 10.

It also emerged the time spent baking has increased, with 67 minutes a week now spent kneading, sieving and rolling – compared to just 41 minutes previously.

And for more than one in four, the additional time they now have has allowed them to be more creative in the kitchen.

The research, commissioned by KitchenAid, also revealed a fifth of those polled have even baked for the first time ever, while 23 per cent of avid bakers have increased their repertoire.

A Goth burger?

If you’re into Goth culture, your favourite colour is black–at least until something darker comes along.

If you find mealtime annoying because of all those colourful foodstuffs on your plate, then maybe you might want to petition your local Burger King to import the Kuro Burger from Japan.

There’s a range of Kuro Burgers in Japan, all of which feature black buns, a black sauce, and black cheese. Both the cheese and the buns are coloured using a smoking process using bamboo charcoal. To achieve a proper black sauce, squid ink is used. And the beef? It’s made darker with black pepper.

If you’re a little conflicted about your Goth-ness, you can head to Taiwan for the heibai liangdao tongch, two-fer featuring a black burger and a white one/

Like the Kuro Burger, the bun of the black one is coloured with squid ink. It also comes with truffle sauce. And in case you’re wondering the black burger comes with two beef patties while the white one features fried chicken.

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