Fast Food Flashback is a series that looks back at discontinued fast food menu items.
The Jack in the Box Colossus Burger was introduced in 1994. It featured two 1/4 lb beef patties, three kinds of cheese, and EIGHT slices of bacon. I remember eating a couple during my college days, when I thought I was invincible. So invincible that I ignored all the calories, fat, and sodium the burger had and didn’t care about the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak that happened prior to the release of the Colossus.
Speaking of the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, apparently the Colossus was originally the Monster Burger, which was found to be the cause of the outbreak. A promotional price caused a great demand for the Monster Burger, which in turn caused employees to not cook the beef for an adequate amount of time or at a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria.
The Jack in the Box Colossus was the first burger I purchased that made the Big Mac seem so small. It really was Colossus and I vaguely remember having a hard time wrapping my mouth around it. I don’t remember what it tasted like, but I imagine I must have enjoyed it if I ate two of them. According to Calorie Count, the Colossus had 1100 calories, 84 grams of fat, 220 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1510 milligrams of sodium.
I don’t remember how long Jack in the Box’s Colossus Burger was around, but it somewhat lived on in the late 1990s in Jack’s Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger, which at the time had two 1/4 lb beef patties, three slices of cheese, and eight slices of bacon. The current version of the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger has just three strips of bacon, but I’m sure I could purchase extra bacon and experience the Jack in the Box Colossus once more, if my arteries wish to go down memory lane.
Do you remember the Jack in the Box Colossus?