Jan 31, 2014

Frozen Friday: DiGiorno - Pizzeria Supreme Speciale Pizza

DiGiorno's Pizzeria Supreme Speciale Pizza comes topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, red and green peppers, and caramelized onions.

A 21.3-ounce pizza was $4.99 on sale.

News: Jack in the Box - New Bacon Insider Burger

Since Jack in the Box is already known for the Bacon Shake, they seem to have decided to be known for the bacon-with-bacon-and-more-bacon burger with the release of the new, limited-time Bacon Insider Burger.

Around the World: Burger King Vietnam - New Kimchi Pork and Szechuan Beef Burgers for Chinese New Year

Over in Vietnam, Burger King is going with the spicy flavors of kimchi and Szechuan sauce in two new, limited-time burgers for Chinese New Year.

News: McDonald's - New Habanero Ranch Sauce Dipping Cups

McDonald's now offers their Habanero Ranch Sauce in dipping cup as an available option to go with Chicken McNuggets. 

Jan 30, 2014

Review: Starbucks - Old-Fashioned Donut

Starbucks' Old-Fashioned Donut is made with sour cream and comes with a light glaze.

It's among the cheapest items in the bakery display at $1.50 a piece.

News: Jack in the Box - New Nacho and Bacon Ranch Monster Tacos

Jack in the Box expands their taco selection with new, limited-time Nacho and Bacon Ranch Monster Tacos.

News: Sonic - New Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog

Sonic has brought back their Pretzel Dogs for a limited time and have expanded the selection with the new Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog.

News: Burger King Testing Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

Burger King is testing a new Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, which, basically like it sounds, appears to be their value-chicken patty sandwiched between two Belgian-style waffle "buns."

Available from at least one Burger King restaurant in Pittson, Pennsylvania, the sandwiches are going for $2.29 each.

Jan 29, 2014

Review: Trader Joe's - Jelly Donut Muffins

Trader Joe's Jelly Donut Muffins (i.e. Trader Joe's take on the "duffin") purport to look like muffins but taste like donuts. They feature a raspberry jam filling down the center.

A 12-ounce box of four was $3.69.

News: Boston Market - New Parmesan Tuscan Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese

Boston Market has added new Parmesan Tuscan Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese onto the menu for a limited time.

Parmesan Tuscan Chicken seems to be similar to last year's Tuscan Herb Chicken but along with the "Tuscan-inspired" herbs, it adds a creamy garlic parmesan sauce to the mix. In this case, Tuscan-inspired herbs include garlic, black and red peppers, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, and sage.

News: Carl's Jr. - New Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich

Carl's Jr. goes with the snickerdoodle for their latest iteration of the ice cream sandwich: the new Hand-Scooped Snickerdoodle Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich (or HSSCICS - pronounced "hiss sics" for short... That's a joke.).

Essentially a sugar and cinnamon-sprinkled sugar cookie, you'll find two snickerdoodles sandwiching a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the new ice cream sandwich.

New: Dunkin' Donuts - New Cookie Dough Donut for Valentine's Day

Dunkin' Donuts goes for a bit more novelty this year for Valentine's Day with the new Cookie Dough Donut, a heart-shaped yeast donut filled with a cookie-dough buttercream-flavored filling, topped with chocolate icing and chocolate chips.

To further the dessert-flavored-dessert theme, they've also brought back the Brownie Batter Donut, which is a heart-shaped yeast donut filled with chocolaty brownie-batter-flavored buttercream filling, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles.

Jan 28, 2014

Review: Wendy's - Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy's new, limited-time Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger features a quarter-pound beef patty, oven-roasted chopped tomatoes, rosemary-garlic aioli, spring mix, natural Asiago cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon on a toasted Ciabatta bun.

I picked one up for $4.79.

Around the World: Pizza Hut Hong Kong - New Flower-Shaped Pizza for Chinese New Year

Pizza Hut Hong Kong is offering a new, special blossom-shaped pizza to celebrate Chinese New Year. They're calling it the Cheesy 7 Sensation Pizza.

The shape is achieved by curling in the end crust of the pizza to form 8 "petals." The end crust is filled with separate white and orange lines of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and topped with crunchy parmesan crumbs. To complete the look, the toppings are arranged in decoration.

News: Krispy Kreme - 2014 Valentine Donuts

Krispy Kreme's Valentine-themed donuts this year feature new Hugs and Kisses donuts, shaped like X's and O's. 

Also available this year are Sprinkled Heart, Valentine Sprinkles, and Chocolate Iced Heart donuts.

News: Popeyes - $3.99 "Three of a Kind" Deal is Back

Popeyes is once again offering the $3.99 "Three of a Kind" deal for a limited time at participating Popeyes restaurants.

News: Taco Bell Testing New Quesarito

Taco Bell is testing their own version of a Quesarito (quesadilla-burrito mash up) for a limited-time out in Oklahoma City.

It's basically a 3-cheese blend quesadilla rolled into a burrito with a filling of seasoned ground beef, Latin rice, reduced fat sour cream, and nacho cheese.

Jan 27, 2014

Review: McDonald's - Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe

McDonald's Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe features their mocha coffee frappe base blended with ice, chocolate chips, and strawberry-flavored syrup, topped with whipped cream and more strawberry syrup.

I picked up a 12-ounce small for $2.79.

News: Wendy's - New Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy's new Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger is now available for a limited time.

The new burger was tested last year and features a quarter-pound beef patty, oven-roasted, chopped tomatoes, rosemary-garlic aioli, spring mix, natural Asiago cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon on a toasted Ciabatta bun.

News: Pei Wei - New Menu Items and New Small Size Option

Pei Wei Asian Diner rolls out some new menu items to start the year as well as a new "small" option on their entree sizes.

The newly available items include new Thai Lime & Chili, Ginger Orange Edamame, Szechuan Green Beans, and Wok Roasted Vegetable Salad.

Available for a limited time, Thai Lime & Chili features Thai lime pineapple chili sauce and Fresno chile peppers and a choice of protein (chicken, steak, shrimp, or tofu). It's available with rice or as a salad.

News: White Castle - Valentine's Day Dinner Once Again Offered for 2014

In an annual tradition, the White Castle Valentine's Day dinner is once again accepting reservations for this year's Valentine's Day festivities on February 14, 2014.

Available only at select locations (you can find the list of locations here), the event includes new menu items, tableside service, photo ops, and themed decorations. Specially available menu items for the dinner include Cheesecake-on-a-Stick and Shrimp Nibblers.

Jan 26, 2014

Review: Trader Joe's - Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Butter Cookies

Trader Joe's... er Trader Jacque's Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Butter Cookies are made in France and feature salted caramel covered in milk chocolate, affixed onto a thin butter cookie.

A 5.64-ounce box was $3.99.

Around the World: Wendy's Singapore - Christmas Cranberry Burger

It's a little bit late but last month, Wendy's was offering the new Christmas Cranberry Burger out in Singapore.

The burger came with either a grilled chicken breast fillet or beef patty along with turkey bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and cranberry sauce.

News: New Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Creamers at Grocery Stores

Dunkin' Donuts now offers Dunkin' Donut Coffee Creamers at grocery stores currently. The creamers are being produced by WhiteWave Foods under a licensing agreement and are made with milk and cream.

Around the World: Taco Bell Philippines Offers Taco Filled with Bacon

Apparently, Taco Bell recently starting offering First Meal (breakfast) in the Philippines, but instead of the vanilla First Meal they're rolling out here, they get Bacon First Meal!

Jan 25, 2014

Review: General Mills - Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats

General Mills' Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats are a cereal bar version of the cinnamon-sugar that's bound together with corn syrup and dipped and drizzled with a creamy "confectionery coating."

A 5.1-ounce box contains 6 bars and I found this one for 90 cents on clearance.

Around the World: Krispy Kreme Australia - New Aussie Thong Donuts

Krispy Kreme Australia is celebrating Australia Day on January 26 (analogous to Independence Day here in the States) by offering new, limited-time Aussie Thong Donuts... as in thong sandals and not the other thong.

News: Snyder's of Hanover - New Sweet and Salty Pretzel Pieces

Following the trend for more sweet and salty snacks, Snyder's of Hanover now offers new Cinnamon Sugar and Salted Caramel varieties of their Flavored Pretzel Pieces.

Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Pieces feature cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on lightly-salted sourdough pretzel pieces.

Jan 24, 2014

Frozen Friday: Tyson - Buffalo Mini Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Tyson's Buffalo Mini Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are basically grilled chicken sliders with Buffalo seasoning on the chicken patties.

A 10-ounce box comes with four mini sandwiches wrapped in packs of two. I found this box on sale for $3.

News: Panera Bread - Featured 2014 Winter Menu

Panera Bread has a few new items to kick off the new year for their featured 2014 Winter Menu.

Here's what's new this winter:

Triple Berry Scone - A cream-based scone made with dried strawberries and blueberries plus raspberry-flavored chips. To finish, there's a light glaze of white icing and half & half.

News: TGI Fridays - Two New Under 500-Calorie Dishes

TGI Fridays' new entrees to start the new year are Sizzling Chicken & Spinach and Sizzling Sirloin & Spinach.

Both come in at under 500 calories and are offered as part of Fridays' "Pick 2 for $10" value menu, where you can choose an entree and an appetizer from a select list for $10.

News: Chili's - New Fresh Mex Bowls

Chili's introduces new Fresh Mex Bowls as part of their new Fresh Mex Menu. The Tex-Mex-inspired menu features some regular menu items as well as some new ones.

Jan 23, 2014

Review: Jack in the Box - Egg White and Turkey Breakfast Sandwich

Jack in the Box's Egg White and Turkey Breakfast Sandwich features a grilled slice of turkey, tomato, American cheese, and egg whites on a plain burger bun.

I picked one up for $1.99.

News: Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Oreos Coming February

Nabisco is set to unleash two new, limited-edition flavors of the US's number one-selling cookie this February with the introduction of new Cookie Dough Oreos and Marshmallow Crispy Oreos.

In case you're wondering what a Marshmallow Crispy is, it's what they've chosen to call what most would know as a "Rice Krispy Treat."

News: Taco Bell - XXL Steak Nachos Returns

Along with the launch of two new GrillersXXL Steak Nachos are back for a limited time at Taco Bell.

The roughly one-pound offering features tortilla chips topped with refried beans, three-cheese blend, warm nacho cheese sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, reduced-fat sour cream, and steak.

Jan 22, 2014

Review: Burger King - Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Burger King's new Spicy Chicken Sandwich is a spicy version of their Original Chicken Sandwich. It comes with the same lettuce, mayo, and long sesame bun, but adds a little bit of heat to the breading with black pepper and cayenne.

It's typically $3.99 in my area, but I bought two sandwiches for $5 under the current deal.

News: Denny's - New $4 Breakfast Sandwiches

Denny's is highlighting the humble breakfast sandwich to start the new year with new $4 Breakfast Sandwiches.

Around the World: McDonald's Singapore - New Lychee Chocolate Frappe

Over in Singapore, McDonald's is going with the odd pairing of lychee and chocolate for their new, limited-time McCafe Litchi Coco Frappe. While Lychee tends to go well with other fruit, the pairing with chocolate in an ice-blended beverage doesn't sound too promising.

News: Jelly Belly - New Beer-Flavored Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly debuts the world's first beer-flavored jelly bean with new Draft Beer Flavor jelly beans. Inspired by the brand's German roots, they aimed for a Hefeweizen ale flavor.

According to Jelly Belly, "beer has been a highly-requested flavor for decades" and the beer flavor took about three years to perfect. The new variety should come as no surprise from the company that brought us popcorn-flavored jelly beans.

Jan 21, 2014

Review: Jack in the Box - Criss-Cut Sweet Potato Fries

Jack in the Box's new, limited-time Criss-Cut Sweet Potato Fries are lightly seasoned and battered.

An order was $2.19.

Around the World: Burger King Singapore - New Striking Gold Burgers

Burger King Singapore celebrates the Lunar New Year by offering new, limited-time Striking Gold Burgers. Gold as in cheese that is...

The two new sandwiches offer a trifecta of cheese: nacho, Swiss, and American cheeses. Along for the ride are either double fish or double beef patties, onions, and a sesame seed bun.

News: McDonald's - New Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe

McDonald's launches the new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe this week (although some locations have it early... and some will have it late).

The frozen beverage features a mocha-coffee frappe base blended with ice and chocolate chips and strawberry-flavored syrup, topped with whipped cream and a strawberry drizzle.

News: Burger King - New Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Burger King now offers a spicy version of their Original Chicken Sandwich plainly named the "Spicy Chicken Sandwich" 

The new sandwich takes the white-meat long chicken patty of the Original Chicken Sandwich and takes it up a notch by adding cayenne and black pepper for some heat. The rest is the standard mayo and shredded lettuce on a long sesame seed bun.

Jan 20, 2014

Review: Del Taco - Bacon & Egg Quesadilla

Del Taco's Bacon & Egg Quesadilla is a flour tortilla folded over scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, and just a bit of green sauce, and then grilled flat.

I bought one for $2.19 at 1:32 in the morning because that's when you go to Del Taco (plus they start serving breakfast at 11 pm; some locations serve breakfast all day).

News: McDonald's China - New Red Sausage Pork Burger Plus Shrimp & Chicken Sandwich

McDonald's China welcomes the new year and adds some Chinese flair to the menu with the new, limited-time Red Sausage Pork Burger as well as the Chestnut Grilled Chicken with Shrimp Sandwich.

News: Church's Chicken - New Honey Buffalo BBQ Sauce

Church's Chicken is offering a new sauce to dip their Tender Strips in: Honey Buffalo BBQ Sauce. They've also brought back Purple Pepper Sauce for a limited time.

Honey Buffalo BBQ Sauce is a spicy, tangy, smoky buffalo sauce with a hint of honey sweetness, while Purple Pepper Sauce is a sweet and spicy jalapeno jelly sauce.

News: Lay's - "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Returns for 2014

Lay's is once again inviting fans to submit their ideas for potato chip flavors for the chance to win $1 million and see it on the shelves with their second "Do Us A Flavor" contest.

Jan 19, 2014

Review: Post - Xtremely Chocolatey Cocoa Pebbles

Post's Xtremely Chocolatey Cocoa Pebbles is a souped-up, limited-time version of the chocolate-flavored crisped rice cereal that purports to turn your milk "Xtremely Chocolatey!"

It's around $2.99 for a 15-ounce box but I received this courtesy of Post.

News: Mountain Dew - New Nighttime Flavors of Kickstart Drink

Mountain Dew Kickstart morning soda is now dipping its foot into nighttime territory with the introduction of two evening flavors: Black Cherry and Limeade.

The nighttime sodas pair the taste of Mountain Dew with a little bit (5%) of fruit juice plus "electrolytes for taste." (what?) Like the morning version, they come in 16-ounce cans and come in at 80 calories per can.

News: Hershey's - New Chocolate Spreads

Hershey's is looking to challenge Nutella hazelnut spread with the launch of Hershey's Spreads, a new line of chocolate spreads that's available in three flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate with Almonds, and Chocolate with Hazelnut.