Dec 31, 2016

Arby's Hints at More Pork Belly and Venison in 2017

In a holiday newsletter, Arby's gave a few hints about what's coming in 2017, including the return of the Smokehouse Pork Belly sandwich, which was available for a little over a month in 2016, as well as the Venison Sandwich.

Taco Bell Tests New Volcano Crispy Chicken Chips

Taco Bell might be angling to bring back Lava sauce (of Volcano menu fame) if the current test of new Volcano Crispy Chicken Chips is any indication.

Bojangles' Serves Up New Pulled Pork Bowl for Cold Weather

Looking to help you keep warm during the winter, Bojangles introduces the new Pulled Pork Bowl.

Dec 29, 2016

$1 Chili Cheese Coney Dogs at Sonic for All of January 2017

Sonic will be slinging their Chili Cheese Coneys for the entire month of January in 2017 for $1 a piece at participating locations.

Taco Bell Tests New Double Chalupa

Taco Bell has been spotted testing an extra-large Chalupa called the "Double Chalupa" in at least a few locations in Wisconsin.

99-Cent Chili Cheese Fries at Wienerschnitzel on January 1, 2017

Wienerschnitzel hopes to entice you to enjoying some of their chili cheese fries on New Year's Day by discounting them to 99 cents.

Cajun Wings Return to Popeyes with $3.99 Deal

Cajun Wings are back at Popeyes for a limited time and are featured in a special where you can get six wings and buttermilk dressing for $3.99.

Dec 28, 2016

Review: Taco Bell - Double Stacked Tacos

Taco Bell's new Double Stacked Tacos offer three cheesy variants on the Double Decker Taco: Cool Habanero, Nacho Crunch, and Spicy Sweet.

I bought all three for $1 a piece.

Arby's Introduces New Molten Lava Cake

Arby's debuts a new, limited-time Molten Lava Cake, featuring Ghirardelli chocolate, as we head into 2017.

Dec 27, 2016

Wendy's 4 for $4 Deal Adds "Double Stack" Burger Option

For a limited time, Wendy's adds the Double Stack hamburger to the available choices for their long-running 4 for $4 meal.

Sonic Unveils New "Lil' Grillers" Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Sonic tries to give the classic grilled cheese sandwich a more snackable form with the unveiling of new Lil' Grillers, which are mini grilled cheese sandwiches

The new, limited-time menu items come in several varieties:

Taco Bell Tests French Fries in the US

Taco Bell is testing new seasoned French fries in at least one location in Irvine, CA.

Dec 26, 2016
Dec 25, 2016

Review: Krispy Kreme - Nutty Cocoa Ring Donut

Krispy Kreme's Nutty Cocoa Ring Donut features a yeast ring donut dipped in Nutella hazelnut spread and topped with crunchy hazelnut pieces and a drizzle of chocolate icing.

Dec 24, 2016

Taco Bell Tests New Caesar Crunchwrap

Taco Bell is testing the new Caesar Crunchwrap in at least one location out in Ohio, which happens to be a popular testing area for new Taco Bell items.

Sheetz Giving Out Free Coffee on Christmas Day as well as for New Year's

Convenience store chain Sheetz looks to give you a holiday pick-me-up and will be doling out free cups of fresh-brewed coffee on Christmas Day this year as well as during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Dec 23, 2016

Starbucks Giving Out Free Lattes at 100 Different Locations Each Day Through January 2, 2017

Starting today, Starbucks is running an end-of-the-year freebie where you can grab yourself a free Tall espresso beverage from 100 different locations each day, from 1 PM to 2 PM, through January 2, 2017 (excluding Christmas Day).

Review: Little Caesars - Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Deep Deep Dish Pizza

Little Caesars' Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Deep Deep Dish Pizza features Detroit-style deep dish pizza with a cheese and pepperoni stuffed crust along its edges. It also comes topped with pepperoni by default.

Dec 22, 2016

These are the Most Popular Haagen-Dazs Flavors in 2016 Across the US

The folks at Haagen-Dazs were kind enough to share their top ten most popular flavors in the US for 2016, including the top ten flavors for various regions of the US.

It's probably not a big surprise that vanilla was the best-selling flavor for Haagen-Dazs in 2016 across the board in all but one region. But, interestingly, coffee was #2 rather than chocolate.

Here are the overall ten best-selling Haagen-Daz flavors in US:

Campbell's Introduces New "Well Yes!" Line of Soups

Campbell's jumps on the "clean" and simple ingredients bandwagon with the introduction of "Well Yes!",  a new soup line featuring "clean, simple, and nutritious ingredients."

Dec 21, 2016

You Can Now Make Your Very Own Gingerbread Starbucks Cafe for Christmas

Starbucks gives the traditional gingerbread house a twist by offering the Starbucks Gingerbread Cafe Kit this holiday season.

A Look at the New High-End Japanese Barbecue Concept that Panda Express Has Brought to the U.S.

YakiYan is a Taiwanese chain that recently partnered with Panda Restaurant Group (best known for the Panda Express chain) to open their first location in the US. The new restaurant serves high-end Japanese barbecue featuring premium and locally-sourced beef in a dining experience that lasts roughly two hours.

Courtesy of Panda Restaurant Group, I was allowed to preview the new restaurant before its grand opening on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Dec 20, 2016

Burger King Unveils New $3.99 Whopper Jr. Meal Deal

Burger King introduces the new $3.99 Whopper Jr. Meal Deal as their latest combo special.

Get Five Free Boneless Wings for Lunch at Wingstop with Any Wing Purchase on 12/21/16

Wingstop is running a promotion tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, where you get can get five free boneless wings with any wing purchase from 11 AM to 2 PM local time at participating locations.

Dec 19, 2016

Review: Wendy's - Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich features a Spicy Chicken filet, Sriracha aioli, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, a special Sriracha Jack cheese made just for the sandwich, red onion, spring mix, and a toasted Sriracha-infused bun.

Taco Bell Debuts New $1 Double Stacked Tacos

Taco Bell's latest value foray sees the debut of new $1 Double Stacked Tacos on December 22, 2016. Like the Double Decker Taco, the new, limited-time tacos feature both a hard crunchy shell and a soft tortilla.

50-Cent Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Sonic on December 21, 2016

Sonic will be slinging 50-cent Grilled Cheese sandwiches on December 21, 2016 at participating locations.

Dec 18, 2016

Burger King Will Exchange Whoppers for Unwanted Christmas Gifts at One Florida Location

The day after Christmas, Burger King is offering to swap you a Whopper in exchange for an unwanted present at one location in Miami Beach, Florida (the chain is headquartered in Miami).

Trader Joe's Releases New Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trader Joe's expands their selection of crispy mini cookies this holiday season with the introduction of new Crispy Crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies in 10-oz tubs.

Dec 17, 2016

Domino's India Unveils New Choco Pizza

Domino's unveils their first dessert pizza for India with the release of the new Choco Pizza, a somewhat jumbled pizza that lists brownies, cookies, and cheesecake among its toppings.

Olive Garden Offers New FlavorFilled Pairings

Olive Garden's latest limited-time special is new FlavorFilled Pairings, which feature filled pastas paired with steak, shrimp, or chicken.

The menu features four new choices:

Dec 16, 2016

Review: Starbucks - Fruitcake Frappuccino

Starbucks' Fruitcake Frappuccino features a Hazelnut Creme Frappuccino base blended with dried fruit and cinnamon, then topped with whipped cream, a matcha sprinkle, and caramel sauce.

Krispy Kreme Introduces New Nutella-Topped Donuts

While new products don't tend to launch this late into the holiday season, Krispy Kreme introduces two new donuts topped with an even layer of Nutella hazelnut spread at participating U.S. locations.

Ben & Jerry's Reveals Top Ten Best-Selling Flavors for 2016

The year's not quite over but Ben & Jerry's has already released a list of their ten best-selling ice cream flavors for 2016 with Half Baked once again sitting on top of the heap.

Here's the full list:

Dec 15, 2016

Two Cold Stone Flavors Now Available as Hot Cocoa

Cold Stone Creamery has teamed up with retail brand Sweet Offerings to offer two of their Signature Creation ice cream flavors as hot cocoa flavors.

Starbucks Unveils New Fruitcake Frappuccino

Starbucks looks to offer the flavor of an infamous holiday dessert with the debut of the new Fruitcake Frappuccino.

Checkers / Rally's Add New A.1. Buttery Steak Burger

Checkers and Rally's latest special menu item is the new A.1. Buttery Steak Burger featuring new A.1.-infused steak butter.

Dec 14, 2016

Review: Carl's Jr. - Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Fries

Carl's Jr.'s Budweiser Beer Cheese Fries features criss-cut fries topped with Budweiser beer cheese sauce and crumbled bacon.

Chili's Introduces New Smokehouse Combos and Two New BBQ Meats

Chili's adds to their barbecue selection with new Smokehouse Combo meals. Along with the new meals, the casual dining chain has also added to their barbecue meat selection with new smoked bone-in barbecue chicken breast and new jalapeno-cheddar smoked sausage.

Dec 13, 2016

Christmas Donuts at Dunkin' Donuts Korea Include a White Reindeer and a Brown Snowman

Dunkin' Donuts Korea might have gotten their wires crossed a little this Christmas season as instead of offering the more traditional brown reindeer and white snowman donuts, they're selling white reindeer and brown snowman donuts.

Hostess Debuts New Deep-Fried Banana Twinkies

Hostess adds to their line of frozen Deep-Fried Twinkies with a new banana flavor just in time for the holidays.

Dec 12, 2016

Review: Kit Kat Mint Miniatures

Kit Kat Mint Miniatures are a holiday flavor that feature the same crisp wafers but covered in dark chocolate coupled with mint flavor rather than milk chocolate.

Chili's Offering "Three for Me" $10 Meal Deal

Chili's is offering the "Three for Me" for $10 meal as a limited time special. As the name suggests, for $10, you get a 3-course meal at participating locations.

Gluten-Free Egg Bites and Breakfast Sandwich Coming Soon to Starbucks

Starbucks will expand their gluten-free selection in 2017 with the introduction of new Sous Vide Egg Bites and a Certified Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich.

Dec 11, 2016

Pizza Hut Singapore's Christmas Cheesy Bites Pizza Comes Sprinkled with Red and Green Breadcrumbs

Pizza Hut Singapore's new festive Cheesy Bites Santa Supreme features Cheesy Bites sprinkled with red and green parmesan-flavored breadcrumbs.

Red Lobster Offers Four-Course $15 Feast for December

In addition to their holiday menu this month, Red Lobster looks to offer some value with the $15 Feast, a four-course meal that's available from Monday through Thursday for a limited time.

Dec 10, 2016

McDonald's Serving Tater Tots with Big Mac Sauce in Australia

McDonald's is serving tater tots with Big Mac Special Sauce for dipping as part of a new Summer Sides Box in Australia (where it's currently summer being in the Southern hemisphere and all).