Jan 31, 2015

Review: Tastykake - Salted Caramel Mini Donuts

Tastykake's Salted Caramel Mini Donuts are a limited-time flavor that consist of plain, mini cake donuts covered in a caramel and salt-flavored crumble.

These go for $2.99 for a 10-oz bag, but I received these courtesy of Tastykake (Tastykakes aren't typically available here on the West Coast unless you happen on a Philly cheesesteak shop or something).

Chobani's New Products Include Ancient Grains and Green Tea Yogurt

Chobani has introduced a number of new Greek yogurt products to start 2015 including Chobani Kids & Chobani Tots Greek Yogurt Pouches, Greek Yogurt Oat - Ancient Grain Blend, and Flip Creations.

Here are the latest Chobani products:

Dannon Comes Up with New Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt

Dannon looks to get more guys to eat yogurt with new Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt. They're marketing it as a good source of protein at 15 grams per 5.3-oz cup.

The "Triple Zero" is for "zero added sugar, zero artificial sweeteners, and zero fat." Basically, zero added sugar and zero artificial sweeteners means that they're using Stevia, a natural zero-calorie sweetener, instead.

Jan 30, 2015

Frozen Friday: Marie Callender's - Country Fried Chicken Breast Tenders

Marie Callender's Country Fried Chicken Breast Tenders frozen meal features breaded, tender-shaped white meat chicken patties with macaroni and cheese topped with breadcrumbs.

A 12.3-oz box was $1.88 on sale.

Starbucks Gives Hometown Seattle Seahawks Their Own Frappuccino

As a bit of support for the home team leading up to this Sunday's Super Bowl, Starbucks is offering the Seahawks Frappuccino at participating Starbucks locations in Washington and Oregon.

Dunkin' Donuts' 2015 Heart-Shaped Valentine Donuts

Cookie Dough and Brownie Batter heart-shaped donuts return to Dunkin' Donuts as Valentine's Day approaches. Additionally, Dunkin' introduces new White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and Lattes.

The Brownie Batter Donut consists of a heart-shaped donut filled with chocolaty brownie batter-flavored buttercreme, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles.

Jan 29, 2015

Review: Pieology - Rustic Veggie Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

Pieology's Rustic Veggie Pizza features the company’s new Whole Wheat Crust and is topped with olive oil, red sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, green peppers, roasted red peppers, red onion, corn, garlic and fresh basil. I also added meatballs on mine because I felt like it.

It cost $7.95 for the pizza.

Taco Bell's New Quesalupa Comes Stuffed with Melted Cheese

Taco Bell's new Quesalupa was teased earlier this year at an investor's meeting and was sampled recently by Conan on his show, but there haven't yet been too many concrete details beyond it being some sort of cheesy version of the brand's signature Chalupa... until now.

Papa John's Offers Free Large Pizza with Any Order of $15 or More for Super Bowl

Starting now through the Sunday, February 1, 2015, Papa John's is offering a free large pizza with up to three topping on a future order when you place an order totaling $15 or more and use the promo code "SUPERBOWL".

New Buttery Jack Launches at Jack in the Box

There's a new premium burger at Jack in the Box starting today and it's called the new Buttery Jack. Available in Classic and Bacon & Swiss variants, the key feature of the burger is garlic herb butter that is melted onto the patty.

Church's Chicken Offers $10 Big Game Box Deal

Leading up this the Super Bowl this weekend, Church's Chicken offers the $10 Big Game Box through Sunday, February 1, 2015 (AKA Super Bowl Sunday).

Jan 28, 2015

Review: Taco Bell - Cinnabon Delights Coffee

Taco Bell's new Cinnabon Delights Coffee features a Cinnabon Delights-flavored creamer added to their regular Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee (iced or hot).

It's $1.79 for a 20-oz iced coffee, but I received this courtesy of Taco Bell.

Jack in the Box Adds Hershey's Chocolate Creme Pie

Jack in the Box adds the Hershey's Chocolate Creme Pie to their menu for a limited time.

The pie features Hershey's chocolate creme filling with whipped topping, Hershey's chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle in a chocolate crumb crust.

Triple Steak Stack Returns at Taco Bell Tomorrow

The Triple Steak Stack returns to Taco Bell for a limited time starting tomorrow, January 29, 2015.

Last seen in 2013, the Triple Steak Stack features a triple portion of steak with a three-cheese blended folded in a warm, nine-inch, Mexican-inspired flatbread.

Half-Price Footlong Hot Dogs at Sonic on Groundhog Day

Sonic will be celebrating Groundhog Day, Monday, February 2, 2015, by offering their Footlong Hot Dog for half-price at participating restaurants, while supplies last.

The Footlong Hot Dogs normally cost about $4 (may vary), so you can basically get them for the same price as Sonic's regular hot dogs.

Jan 27, 2015

Review: Del Taco - Salsa Verde Nachos

Del Taco's Salsa Verde Nachos feature tortilla chips topped with slow-cooked beans, warm nacho cheese, tangy salsa verde (AKA "green sauce"), and sliced pickled jalapenos.

It cost me $1 for an order.

Seafood Mardi Gras Returns to Popeyes

Seafood Mardi Gras menu makes its annual return to Popeyes and brings back the Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box along with it.

The Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box includes eight butterfly shrimp marinated in Popeyes' signature Louisiana seasonings, breaded, and fried, plus Cajun fries (or a side of choice), a biscuit, and dipping sauce for $4.99.

New Cinnabon Delights Coffee at Taco Bell; Free Cinnabon Delights When You Buy a Cup

Taco Bell's new Cinnabon Delights Coffee is set to arrive this Thursday, January 29, 2015 but you can snag it early via their mobile ordering app right now. As an added bonus, you can get a free 4-pack of Cinnabon Delights with the purchase of any Cinnabon Delights Coffee during the next four weeks (you can also score a free Doritios Locos Tacos until the end of the month, while you're at it).

How McDonald's Fries are Made Plus What's in Them and Why

McDonald's recently put out a video where former Mythbuster co-host Grant Imahara gets a look at how McDonald's fries are made, complete from farm to processing plant to each restaurant (but they show it in reverse i.e. starting with the restaurant and ending up at the farm).

In case you've always wanted a behind-the-scenes look, here's how it goes:

Jan 26, 2015

Review: Jack in the Box - Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box's Ultimate Cheeseburger features two beef patties, slices of both American and Swiss-style cheeses, mayo-onion sauce, mustard, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun

I got one for $4.79.

New Mountain Dew Kickstart Flavors Made with Coconut Water

Mountain Dew decides to spruce up their Mtn Dew Kickstart morning (and night) soda with two new coconut-water-laced flavors.

The two new flavors are Pineapple Orange Mango and Strawberry Kiwi. Both offer the taste of Mountain Dew with fruit juice, coconut water, and caffeine, while containing 60 calories per 12-oz can.

Krispy Kreme's 2015 Valentine's Day Donuts Include New Luv Bug Donuts

Krispy Kreme introduces New Luv Bug Valentine Donuts and brings back Hugs, Kisses, and Hearts Donuts as Valentine's Day approaches.

The new Luv Bug Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with Kreme decorated with red and chocolate icing plus a sugar piece lady bug face.

Panera Bread's 2015 Featured Winter Menu

In addition to the recently introduced Broth Bowls, Panera Bread has a number of things-- new, returning, and permanent-- that they're featuring this winter.

Here's what you'll find at Panera this winter:

New KFC Double Down Dog Arrives in the Philippines

KFC's latest take on their infamous Double Down sandwich is the new, very limited-time Double Down Dog in the Philippines.

The Double Down Dog features a cheese-filled chicken hot dog nestled in a fried chicken hot dog "bun," topped with what appears to be mustard Update: confirmed: it's a honey mustard and relish dressing (some sites are reporting it as a cheese sauce but I haven't been able to find any info to corroborate that; it could be mustard, it could be cheese, it could be something else). It's basically ground chicken wrapped in fried chicken.

Jan 25, 2015

Review: Stouffer's - Southwest Style Scramble

Stouffer's Morning Classics Southwest Style Scramble features scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage, diced russet potatoes, tomatoes, and poblano peppers, in a cheddar cheese sauce.

A 9-oz box was $2 on sale.

New Pop-Tarts Filled with Peanut Butter & Jelly

Following up on peanut butter filled Pop-Tarts, the latest flavor of the toasty breakfast pastry is new Frosted PB&J Strawberry Pop-Tarts.

The new flavor comes with creamy peanut butter and a strawberry jelly-flavored filling inside and is topped with frosting and sprinkles on the outside.

Free Appetizer or Dessert at Outback on 1/26/15 for Australian Day

Outback Steakhouse is celebrating Australian Day on Monday, January 26, 2015, by offering either a free appetizer or dessert with any purchase.

Jan 24, 2015

Review: Trader Joe's - Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies

Trader Joe's Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies feature creamy cookie butter spread sandwiched between two round butter cookies.

They go for $3.99 for a 10-oz box, which contains 18 cookies.

KFC Japan's Latest is a Pork and Beef Burger...

KFC Japan's latest menu item eschews the chicken entirely and instead features a hamburger patty made of 30% pork and 70% beef.

They're calling it the "Bistro-Style Hamburger Sandwich."

Lipton Iced Tea Debuts New Carbonated Flavors

Lipton moves into soda territory with new Lipton Sparkling Iced Tea, a lightly carbonated version of their signature tea.

The new fizzy iced tea comes in three flavors: lemonade, raspberry, and peach.

It's set to roll out nationally starting this Monday, January 26, 2015.

Jan 23, 2015

Frozen Friday: Ben & Jerry's - Peanut Butter Half-Baked Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Half-Baked ice cream is a "Limited Batch" flavor that features chocolate and peanut butter ice creams mixed with peanut butter cookie dough and fudge brownies.

I bought a pint for $3.49 on sale.

Wendy's Reveals New Bacon and Blue on Brioche Burger

Wendy's reveals the new Bacon and Blue on Brioche burger as their latest premium offering set to launch this upcoming Monday, January 26, 2015.

The new burger features what the chain is calling a "robust, artisan blue cheese" from Wisconsin, citing artisan cheese as a top food trend for this year.

New Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have added a new Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich to their respective morning menus.

Jan 22, 2015

Review: 7-Eleven - Spicy Chicken Biscuit

7-Eleven's Spicy Chicken Biscuit is a biscuit sandwich with a breaded spicy chicken patty in the middle.

I bought one for $1.

Jamba Juice's New Amazing Greens Smoothie for $2 Through 1/27/15

Jamba Juice introduces two new flavors to their Whole Food Nutrition and Fruit and Veggie smoothie lines, including new Amazing Greens, which is available for a discounted $2 for a 16-oz small when you present this coupon from their website

The coupon is also good on any small Jamba Juice Whole Food Nutrition smoothie and is valid through Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at participating locations.

Conan Visits Taco Bell HQ and Creates the O'Taco; Also Tries the New Quesalupa

Conan O'Brien recently paid a vist to Taco Bell headquarters along with his show's head IT guy, Chris Hayes, who also just happens to be a Taco Bell superfan.

Besides his normal (or abnormal) hilarity, Conan stretches his fertile comic mind in Taco Bell's test kitchen and comes up with the La Cona, a burrito caddy for when you're driving and eating, and the Irish Taco AKA the O'Taco (I've also been in Taco Bell's test kitchen and came up with this).

Coming Soon: New Sweetos, Sweet Cheetos

If you're ever wanted the Cheetos puff texture but sweet rather than the signature cheesy savory, it looks like the folks at Frito-Lay were thinking of you when they came up with new Sweetos.

Like the name suggests, they're a sweet version of Cheetos and they're coming soon.

Jan 21, 2015

Review: Green Burrito - BBQ Brisket Nachos

Carl's. Jr.-Green Burrito's BBQ Brisket Nachos feature pieces of smoked beef brisket atop a bed of tortilla chips along with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, jalapenos, and sour cream.

I paid $6.29 for an order. These are also available at Hardee's-Red Burrito co-branded locations.

Tastykake Introduces Limited Edition Red Velvet and Salted Caramel Mini Donuts

Tastykake offers new, limited edition Red Velvet Mini Donuts and Salted Caramel Mini Donuts to start the new year.

The Red Velvet Mini Donuts feature mini red velvet-flavored donuts covered with a coating of powdered sugar.

KFC Offers New Moroccan Burger in New Zealand

KFC is offering a new Moroccan Burger as well as a new Moroccan Wrap over in New Zealand.

Collectively called the "Moroccan Range," each features "Original Recipe capsicum (bell peppers), spices, salsa, and two (grilled) Zinger tenders."

Review: Bojangles - Cheddar Bo Biscuit

Bojangles’ Cheddar Bo Biscuit features two slices of aged cheddar cheese melted inside their signature buttermilk biscuit.

They go for $1.59, but I received this one courtesy of Bojangles.

Applebee's Introduces New Health-Conscious "Pub Diet"

People don't normally tend to associate pub food with healthy, but that's the angle (perhaps ironically) that Applebee's is taking with their new Pub Diet menu.

Catering to research that showed that a majority of people looking for nutrition looked for things like protein and fiber, the new menu features pub-style dishes that come in at less than 600 calories and look to deliver a good amount of fiber and protein.

Bruegger's Bagels' 2015 Winter Menu Includes Grilled Cheese

Bruegger's Bagels introduces the new Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich and The Benedict for this year's winter menu.

The Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich features Muenster and cheddar cheeses melted between two slices of buttered sourdough bread.

Jan 20, 2015

Review: Panda Express - Firecracker Chicken Breast

Panda Express' Firecracker Chicken Breast features marinated chicken breast, sautéed onions, and red and yellow bell peppers cooked in a wok with a spicy black bean sauce.

It was $6.70 to get it as part of a 2-entree combo (along with Broccoli Beef, brown rice, and mixed veggies).

New Red Velvet Oreos Coming February

New, limited-edition Red Velvet Oreos will be hitting stores starting February 2, 2015 as a Valentine's-themed flavor.

The new flavor features red chocolate Oreo cookies sandwiching a cream-cheese flavored creme filling. Apparently, the chocolate cookie portion is just your regular Oreo wafers tinged with red.

New BBQ Brisket Nachos at Green Burrito / Red Burrito

For a limited time, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's locations that are dual-branded with Green Burrito or Red Burrito respectively, are offering new BBQ Brisket Nachos for a limited time.

Pizza Hut Bakes Up New Triple Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza

The latest to come out of Pizza Hut's oven is the new Triple Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. A permanent menu item, the new pizza takes the mozzarella stuffed crust from the original Stuffed Crust Pizza and sprinkles parmesan, Asiago, and cheddar cheese onto the crust before baking it for a toasty crunch.

Frito-Lay Japan Debuts New Salty Shrimp Cheetos

For fans of shrimp-flavored chips and Cheetos corn puffs, Frito-Lay Japan debuts new Salty Shrimp Cheetos.

The new snacks offers the flavor of salted shrimp with the crunchy texture of Crunchy Cheetos.

Jan 19, 2015

Review: Sonic - French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich

Sonic's French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich takes your breakfast staples--ham, sausage, or bacon--plus eggs and American cheese, and puts them between two slices of thick French Toast.

They go for $3.99 but I received this one courtesy of Sonic.

Panda Express Rings in 2015 with the Return of Firecracker Chicken Breast

Panda Express kicks off 2015 as well as the Chinese New Year with the return of Firecracker Chicken Breast.