May 28, 2013

News: Taco Bell Tests Oatmeal and Yogurt Parfaits

Besides novel items like the Waffle Taco, Taco Bell is also testing healthier (or more environmentally-friendly) options for their menu: A few Taco Bell restaurants in Southern California are testing Fruit-Topped Oatmeal, Yogurt Parfaits, and Premium Hot (and Iced) Coffee.

Fruit-Topped Oatmeal is offered for breakfast and topped with strawberries and blueberries with granola and brown sugar on the side. Oatmeal has been a pretty standard add-on at quite a few fast food chains, so it's no surprise that Taco Bell is trying it as well. The oatmeal is being offered at 99 cents, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were offered around the more standard $2 mark should it make it onto the menu.

The Yogurt Parfait features similar ingredients with yogurt topped with granola, strawberries, and blueberries. It's offered all day at test locations for 99 cents.

While Taco Bell breakfast locations already serve Seattle's Best coffee, a non-branded coffee that is being tested is Rainforest Alliance Certified, which shows that the coffee production process meets the social and environmental standards set out by the Rainforest Alliance. It's available at test locations at 69 cents, hot or cold.

I reached out to Taco Bell regarding the test and they had this to say: "Response to our breakfast menu has been outstanding, and our customers tells us that they want more options. So we’re testing oatmeal, a yogurt parfait and premium hot and iced coffee as part of our breakfast menu, and will launch them nationally if they continue to do well."

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