Dec 31, 2014

Review: Jack in the Box - Enchilada Monster Taco

Jack in the Box's Enchilada Monster Taco features a crunchy taco with a seasoned meat filling, lettuce, melted cheddar cheese, and enchilada sauce.

I bought one for $1.89.

Jack in the Box's $4.99 Chipotle Chicken Club Combo is Back

The Chipotle Chicken Club is back for a limited time at Jack in the Box as part of a value combo with fries and a drink for $4.99.

The sandwich features a battered and deep-fried spicy chicken filet, American cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and chipotle sauce on toasted sourdough bread.

IHOP Brings Back All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes to Kick Off 2015

In a bit of an annual tradition (and to totally torpedo your New Year's resolution to eat less), IHOP's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake deal is back starting Friday, January 2, 2015.

McDonald's Singapore Thinks An American Breakfast Means You Put Cheese & Onions on Eggs

McDonald's Singapore's new American Breakfast Platter is essentially the same as the chain's Big Breakfast (which also happens to be offered in Singapore), except the scrambled eggs are topped with a slice of American cheese and caramelized onions.

Dec 30, 2014

Review: Popeyes - Ghost Pepper Wings

Popeyes' Ghost Pepper Wings feature bone-in chicken wingettes and drumettes that are marinated for 12 hours in "an exotic blend of peppers" (including ghost peppers) and then battered, breaded, and deep-fried.

I paid $3.99 for six wings and a biscuit.

Jack in the Box Adds New Enchilada Monster Taco

Jack in the Box adds the new Enchilada Monster Taco to their Monster Taco line up.

The new taco features an extra-long crunchy taco shell with a seasoned meat filling topped with shredded lettuce, melted cheddar cheese, and enchilada sauce.

Krispy Kreme Introduces new Triple Chocolate Donut

Krispy Kreme introduces the new Triple Chocolate Donut to welcome 2015. Additionally, there's also the new Vanilla Spice Latte.

The Triple Chocolate Donut features a yeast donut topped with milk chocolate icing, mini chocolate chips, and white chocolate ganache drizzle. Inside is a dark chocolate Kreme filling. You can expect to find it for about 99 cents (may vary).

Taco Bell Testing Oreo Molten Lava Cake

Taco Bell is testing Molten Lava Cakes topped with pieces of Oreo cookies as a potential future dessert.

The new item is testing in Indianapolis for $1.99. It features a round chocolate cake with a liquid chocolaty center topped with what looks to be whipped cream (or maybe Oreo creme?) and crushed Oreo pieces.

Dec 29, 2014

Review: Arby's - Jalapeno Hushpuppies

Arby's Jalapeno Hushpuppies are basically small, deep-fried balls of cornbread with sweet corn and diced jalapenos in them.

It cost me $1.79 at my local Arby's for an order of five Hushpuppies.

Dunkin Debuts New Chocolate Croissant and Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel

To warm up the New Year, Dunkin' Donuts introduces two new menu items: the Chocolate Croissant and Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel.

Free Appetizer at Outback on January 2, 2015

As a tie-in to their sponsorship of the 2015 Outback Bowl, Outback will be offering a free appetizer with any purchase at participating locations on Friday, January 2, 2015. Which appetizer you can get depends on which team wins the Outback Bowl.

Dec 28, 2014

Review: Barilla - Tomato & Basil Whole Grain Penne

Barilla's Tomato & Basil Whole Grain Penne is a shelf-stable meal of a tomato & basil sauce over whole grain penne pasta.

A 9-oz box was $2.

The Best New Fast Foods of 2014

Since I pretty much ate every new thing that came out of the major national fast food chains this year, here's a list of the best new fast food each chain put out in 2014:

Dec 27, 2014

Review: Corner Bakery Cafe - Pesto Cavatappi

Corner Bakery Cafe's Pesto Cavatappi features strips of grilled chicken and cavatappi pasta tossed in a pesto cream sauce and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs. Crunchy garlic bread comes on the side.

An entree-size order was $8.99.

Popeyes Debuts New Ghost Pepper Wings

Popeyes goes for heavy heat with new Ghost Pepper Wings. Once regarded as the world's hottest pepper (it's now in third place), the ghost pepper measures over 1 million Scoville heat units, or a little over 900 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Pizza Hut Korea's Christmas Meal Looks Like a Stack of Presents

It's past Christmas but I just thought this was interesting: Pizza Hut Korea is offering new Christmas Tree Boxes as a 3-course meal in celebration of the holidays. The boxes look like green presents (complete with a red bow) and are stacked in a pyramid to resemble a Christmas tree.

Dec 26, 2014

Frozen Friday: Trader Joe's - Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake features a vanilla cheesecake on a Speculoos Cookie crust, topped off with a layer of smooth Speculoos Cookie Butter.

A 22.5-oz cake was $6.99.

McDonald's Offering $2 Triple Cheeseburger in Select Markets

McDonald's is offering a $2 Triple Cheeseburger in at least some markets.

Like the name sounds, it's basically their standard Cheeseburger but with two extra patties and one extra slice of cheese (which really kinda makes it a McTriple since it doesn't have one slice of cheese per patty).

Taco Bell Working on a New "Quesalupa"

Taco Bell is working on a new dish called the "Quesalupa." Ostensibly a quesadilla crossed with a Chalupa, I haven't been able to pick up too much information regarding the possibly upcoming menu item but have reached out to Taco Bell for comment (I'll keep you guys updated if I hear anything back).

Here's what I've been able to put together so far:

Dec 25, 2014

Review: El Pollo Loco - Chocolate Churros

El Pollo Loco's Chocolate Churros are basically a chocolate version of their more traditional cinnamon churros.

An order of two 8-inch churros cost me $1.19.

Free Doritos Locos Taco with any Taco Bell Mobile App Order

Taco Bell looks to push the perks of their mobile ordering app by offering a free Doritos Locos Taco with any purchase made through the app for the entire month of January (update: the deal is ongoing for an indefinite amount of time with no set end date).

The deal is good until up to 1 million Doritos Locos Tacos are given out, or while supplies last, at participating Taco Bell locations.

Arby's Offers New King's Hawaiian Fish Deluxe, Classic Fish Sandwich Returns

The Classic Fish Sandwich is back at Arby's and along with it comes the new King's Hawaiian Fish Deluxe sandwich.

The King's Hawaiian Fish Deluxe features a breaded fillet of sustainably-caught Alaskan Pollack, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and tartar sauce on a King's Hawaiian bun.

Dec 24, 2014

Review: Hardee’s - Bacon Velveeta Patty Meltdown

Hardee’s Bacon Velveeta Patty Meltdown features chopped applewood-smoked bacon, grilled onions, melted Velveeta cheese, and a Black Angus beef patty on sourdough toast.

I picked up the ¼ lb version for $4.99.

Red Robin's Hangover Burger is Only Available for 7 Days

Red Robin's new hangover-recovery burger, The Cure Burger, arrives just in time to assuage your New Year's Eve hangover but is only available by request and only for 7 days starting January 1, 2015 at participating restaurants.

Pizza Hut Singapore's 2014 Christmas Menu Looks Mostly Normal

Pizza Hut Singapore's 2014 Christmas Menu actually looks pretty normal and good, in fact. It's only available at dine-in locations but they're offering Country Pie (AKA shepherd's pie), Beef Goulash, and Christmas Roast.

Okay, there's a little bit of weirdness in the new pizza, the Triple Joy Pizza, which looks more like a party platter than a pizza.

Dec 23, 2014

Review: Pizza Hut - BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Pizza Hut's BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza features barbecue sauce, classic meatballs, hardwood-smoked bacon, fresh red onions and diced Roma tomatoes with a barbecue sauce drizzle and toasted cheddar crust.

It's recommended on their hand-tossed crust so that's the way I went. I paid $12 for a large.

McDonald's Japan Offers New Crab Croquette Burger

The latest sandwich from McDonald's Japan is the new Crab Croquette Burger, which, like the name suggests includes a breaded and deep-fried crab croquette in place of a meat or chicken patty.

New Bacon Velveeta Patty Meltdown at Hardee's

Hardee's upgrades the patty melt with the addition of melted Velveeta cheese and bacon in the new Velveeta Patty Meltdown sandwich.

Specifically, the sandwich features a choice of either a quarter-pound, third-pound, or half-pound Black Angus beef patty plus chopped applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, two slices of Velveeta cheese, and mayo on toasted sourdough bread.

Dec 22, 2014

Review: Taco Bell - $1 Crunchwrap Sliders

Taco Bell's new $1 Crunchwrap Sliders are smaller versions of the Crunchwrap Supreme and feature the same distinctive hexagonal fold and grilled exterior. They come in three varieties: Beefy Cheddar, BLT, and Spicy Chicken.

I picked up one of each for $1 a piece and also got a Crunchwrap Supreme for size comparison while I was at it.

XXL Nachos Are Back at Taco Bell

XXL Nachos are back for a limited time at Taco Bell. They arrive just in time for the tail end of football season, as many of us gather around the TV, and also coincide with the launch of new $1 Crunchwrap Sliders.

New Jalapeno Hushpuppies Coming to Arby's in January

New crispy, bite-sized Jalapeno Hushpuppies are coming your way at Arby's in January.

The limited time items are made with sweet corn and diced jalapenos. Hushpuppies are basically deep-fried balls of cornbread.

Dec 21, 2014

Review: Dunkin' Donuts - Dunkin' Go Bar

Dunkin Donut's Dunkin' Go Bar is a coffee-flavored chewy granola bar meant for convenient on-the-go snacking.

While it's packaged, it's only available at Dunkin' Donuts stores. They go for about $1.79 each but I received this courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts.

KFC's New Teriyaki Fried Chicken Comes with Chopsticks

Over in Russia, KFC recently introduced new teriyaki sauce for their fried chicken in a number of menu items. The Teriyaki Ricebox and Teriyaki Bites both come with chopsticks to, apparently, enhance the Japanese feeling of the dish (although I'm sure you can ask for a fork as well).

Quaker Debuts 3-Minute Quick Steel-Cut Oatmeal

For fans of steel-cut oats, Quaker now offers new Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oatmeal in several varieties.

Steel-cut oats are known for a distinctive, heartier texture and nuttier flavor than rolled oats. The drawback was it usually took 30 minutes or more to prepare them.

Dec 20, 2014

Review: Mrs. Fields - Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies feature individually wrapped soft-baked chocolate chip cookies.

It's usually around $2.50 for an 8-oz box of eight cookies but I received these courtesy of Mrs. Fields (along with the "cookies for Santa" place setting pictured below) because they're donating one individually-wrapped cookie to the USO (up to 250,000 cookies) for every Twitter mention of @cookiemoment through December 31, 2014.

Wendy's "Turkey Special" Includes Chicken, Turkey, and Mashed Potatoes on a Pretzel Bun

Wendy's Japan is offering a new Turkey Special as holiday promotion this year. They're offering the Pretzel Turkey Mashed Potato Burger and Pretzel Turkey Spicy Chicken Burger.

Half-Price Shakes at Sonic All Day on 12/22/14

Sonic is once again celebrating the Winter Solstice (AKA the shortest day of the year) by offering half-price shakes all day on Monday, December 22, 2014 (never mind that the Winter Solstice falls on December 21).

Dec 19, 2014

Frozen Friday: Healthy Choice - Homestyle Salisbury Steak

Healthy Choice's Homestyle Salisbury Steak frozen meal features a Salisbury steak patty in brown gravy with green beans, red potatoes, and a caramel apple dessert.

A 11.5-oz box was $2 on sale.

Taco Bell Has Sold Over 1 Billion Doritos Locos Tacos in Less Than 3 Years

Since it launched back in March of 2012, Taco Bell has now sold over 1 billion Doritos Locos Tacos (DLTs) in a span of less than 3 years.

To commemorate the milestone, Taco Bell put out a infographic with some fun and interesting facts about the Doritos Locos Tacos.

Bojangles Launches Cheddar Bo Cheese Biscuit

Bojangles is launching their Cheddar Bo biscuit to over 500 locations in the Southeast in January, but only for a limited time.

It was previously limited to select locations in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia.

Frito-Lay Combines Plum & Cheese in New Tortilla Chips

One of the latest items from Frito-Lay in Japan are new Plum & Cheese Tortilla Chips, which purport to combine "thick cream cheese" with the "mouthwatering bite and acidity of fresh plum."

Dec 18, 2014

Review: Pizza Hut - "Ginger Boom Boom" Crust

Pizza Hut's "Ginger Boom Boom" Crust flavor features a dusting of ginger, garlic, black pepper, and paprika.

In addition to the crust, I went for a pizza with no sauce, topped with a double portion of their new salami and a drizzle of Honey Sriracha sauce on top. The price came out to $7.99 for a large.

Ben & Jerry's Unleashes New Peanut Butter Half Baked Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's takes last year's best-selling flavor, Half Baked and gives it a peanut buttery twist to make new Peanut Butter Half Baked ice cream, which starts arriving just in time for Christmas.

Review: Church's Chicken - Oreo Biscuit Bites

Church’s Chicken Oreo Biscuit Bites feature bits of Oreo cookies baked into bite-sized versions of the chain’s signature honey butter biscuits and covered with icing.

I purchased a 5-pack for 99¢.

New Pizza Hut Crust is Covered in Lay's Potato Chips

Pizza Hut has taken their Stuffed Crust Pizza and covered the edge with cheddar cheese and crushed bits of Lay's potato chips over in Trinidad & Tobago.

They call it the "Crunchy Stuffed Crust Pizza."

Dec 17, 2014

Review: El Pollo Loco - Pork Carnitas Sopes

El Pollo Loco's Pork Carnitas Sopes feature pork carnitas, refried beans, cabbage, poblano salsa, poblano cream, pico de gallo and cotija cheese on corn sopes.

It's $5.49 for an order of two but I had a coupon that got me an order plus chips and drink for $5.

Pepsi Comes in Pink Strawberry Milk Flavor in Japan

Pepsi has combined the taste of their signature cola with strawberry milk for the return of Pepsi Pink over in Japan. The flavor was first introduced in 2012.

How to Get Taco Bell's New $1 Crunchwrap Sliders Early

Taco Bell's new $1 Crunchwrap Sliders are set to make their debut starting December 22 but you can get them as early as the 19th by ordering them via Taco Bell's mobile app.

I previewed them earlier but in case you missed it, they're basically a smaller version (about half the weight according to the nutritional info) of the Crunchwrap Supreme at less than half the price. Instead of a tostada shell, the sliders rely on Fritos corn chips for crunch.

There are three varieties to the $1 Crunchwrap Sliders:

Dec 16, 2014

Review: El Pollo Loco - Cheesecake Chimichanga

El Pollo Loco's Cheesecake Chimichanga features cheesecake and chocolate wrapped burrito-style in a flour tortilla and quickly deep-fried. A chimichanga is basically a fried burrito.

I bought one for $2.49.

Jack in the Box Testing New Black Pepper Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box was spotted testing the new Black Pepper Cheeseburger out in Las Vegas. The key feature of the new burger appears to be a creamy black pepper sauce and black pepper (or pepper jack) cheese.