Today, we have a bounty of creative fast food to chose from. But believe it or not, there was a time when the value menu didn't exist, and people didn't look forward to holiday seasons, not for gifts from relatives, but for releases of awesome, limited-run fast food items. Be grateful you never had to endure that kind of austerity.

There have been dozens of fast food innovations in the past decade alone, making it a difficult task to narrow down the 25 greatest fast food innovations of all time. These genius creations, though, are in a league of their own. They forced consumers and competing companies to abandon their preconceived notions about meals on the quick and cheap. Once these innovations changed the game, there was no going back.

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