Cover anything in garlic butter and it becomes 100x more enticing. Escargot, steak, bread. Everything.
They have the added benefit of having the highest profit margin of anything on the menu. The ingredients cost about the same as the packaging they are sold in.
It infuriates me how hard it is to find good garlic knots in Chicago.
I honestly was wondering what it was just yesterday. I'm Dutch, and ordered Papa Johns for the first time and noticed Garlic Knots on the orderinglist.
I was tempted. Can't lie.
In Germany we have "Granatsplitter" (literal translation: shell splinters) .. you get them at confectioners and they are basically various scraps with some flavor additions (rum, kakao etc.) put on a wafer and covered in chocolate.
German wikipedia for pictures: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granatsplitter
They are f**king delicious.
A huge number of products are like that.
Dog food is mechanical separated chicken scraps, cheap CPUs are fancy CPUs that don't fully work, even gasoline was a waste product before it was identified as a motor fuel. MDF is sawdust that would otherwise be waste. Grilling charcoal originally was a byproduct of automaking.
Synthetic fleece exists to consume recycled plastic.
That's capitalism, you pay for trash and like it.
A little creativity can be a wonderful thing. A coffee shop I worked for had the cinnamon roll equivalent. But since the owners weren't creative and did view them as scraps, they just baked them off in a heap and let the baristas pick from it since scraps weren't considered lost profit/product.
I usually worked late cleaning and brought home the leftovers along with a few tubs of cream cheese frosting. Best munchies ever. Those owners could've made a killing if their heads weren't so far up their own asses. They only sold cinnamon rolls on weekends because they were so much work despite being the hottest seller. The scrap heap method seems pretty fantastically lazy and just as marketable.