6 Hidden Food Court Tricks!

HOW MANY OF THESE HAVE YOU FALLEN FOR?

You head to the mall with friends, and you’re definitely not hungry. You just had lunch, after all! Plus, you’re saving up for Ariana Grande tickets and don’t want to waste your cash on food.

Flash forward 45 minutes and you’re standing in the food court with a pizza slice in one hand, a smoothie in the other, and zero dollars in your wallet. Um . . . what just happened? It turns out

that restaurants and fast-food joints are full of sneaky traps designed to make you hungry and spend way more money than you intended to. Here’s what to watch out for. 

Look away! Research shows that when you’re hungry, you’ll likely end up ordering what’s pictured on a display or sign. In other words, if you’re in line at Burger King for a soda, and a photo of a delicious cheeseburger catches your attention, the odds are slim that you’ll walk out with just the drink in hand. 

There’s a reason your eyes go to the Butterfinger Blizzard at Dairy Queen or the Oreo Cookie Cheesecake at Burger King. You already know that Oreos and Butterfingers are delicious, and seeing them on the menu stimulates your taste buds and your appetite. Restaurants take advantage of this by partnering with the most popular brands. 

Strange but true: “In My Feelings” blasting in the food court could be why that double chocolate milkshake is calling your name. Marketing experts have paid a lot of money to figure out what type of music influences our eating habits, and it turns out that upbeat, loud music makes us want to eat and drink more. 

What do McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Wendy’s have in common? They all use loads of red in their logos and décor. That’s no accident. The bright color is a surefire way to grab your attention, and research has found it can even increase your appetite. No wonder you always leave T.G.I. Fridays feeling stuffed!

It happens to the best of us: You stroll past Cinnabon and now all you can think of is biting into a warm roll. That’s because smells stimulate the appetite. Food joints know this, and they use the aroma of freshly baked goodies to lure people in. Some even position their ovens in the front of the store so that the smell is more intense. Sneaky! 

A burger that’s listed as 6.00 costs the same amount as one that’s $6.00, but research shows that when the dollar sign is M.I.A., people tend to spend more money. That’s why many restaurants remove the dollar signs from their menus completely. Will you be tricked the next time you eat out? 

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