Just because a celebrity is paid to say they like something doesn't mean you have to buy what they're shilling -- especially if it has the nutritional value of a Styrofoam cup. Here are the worst celebrity "seals of approval" on some of the most unlikely (and often unhealthy) foods.
Rap Snacks: Various Artists
Each Rap Snacks Potato Chips package features a famous rapper and an empowering phrase, such as “Stay in School” or “Reading Is Fundamental.” Rapper Dirt McGirt’s bag — which sports the phrase “Think responsibly” — seems a tad ironic, considering that McGirt (real name: Russell Tyrone Jones) died of a drug overdose in 2004.
Concert Candy: Miley Cyrus
Forget about the fact that this candy looks suspiciously like … um, something else. Rather, focus on the fact that Hannah Montana even HAS her own candy. Two things that should never go together, in our opinion!
Dunkin' Donuts: Rachael Ray
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain called out Rachael Ray (among others) for endorsing Dunkin’ Donuts. “She’s hugely influential, particularly with children,” he told Outside magazine. “And she’s endorsing Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s like endorsing crack for kids.”
Pastamania!: Hulk Hogan
Want to bulk up like Hulk Hogan, kids? Eat your carbs! Hulk Hogan created and financed Pastamania!, a restaurant in the Mall of America. The restaurant, which was in business for less than a year, featured such dishes as “Hulk-U’s” and “Hulk-A-Roos.”
Macaroni Mouth Poppers: Dwight Yoakam
Singer-songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam may know his way around a stage, but he seems to know NOTHING about nutrition. Need proof? Check out his fried-cheese Take ’Ems Macaroni Mouth Poppers. We dare you.
Breakfast Cereal: Mr. T
“Crispy sweet” Mr. T cereal hit grocery stores in 1984, capitalizing on the success of “The A-Team.” We pity the foolish parents who bought this sugary cereal for their kids.
Carl's Jr.: Paris Hilton
Hamburger chain Carl’s Jr. made no apologies for its Spicy Burger television commercial, which ran in 2005 and featured Paris Hilton inexplicably washing a car while eating a burger.
Big Mo' Candy Bar: NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The “Mo’” in Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s candy bars is supposed to reference the racecar driver’s hometown, Mooreville, North Carolina. But that’s the least of its problems. According to the product info, the bar was “tailored to please [Dale’s] palate.” But not yours.
Wesson Vegetable Oil: Florence Henderson
Since we never saw “The Brady Bunch’s” Carol Brady cook anything for her massive blended brood (unless she was helping out Alice), Florence Henderson seems an unlikely candidate to tout a cooking oil. Amazingly, though, she was the Wesson Oil spokesperson for a whopping 20 years (from 1976 to 1996).
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes: Michael Phelps
Olympian Michael Phelps (who famously has a junk-food addiction) began shilling Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes back in 2008. The swimming champion was criticized for his endorsement of the sugary processed cereal by nutritionists like Rebecca Solomon of Mount Sinai Medical Center, who told the New York Daily News, “I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian.”