Jan 1, 2016

The Top 10 New Fast Food Items of 2015

Once again, I tried a whole lot of new fast food menu items this year. Here are my top ten picks for 2015 of fast food items that brought something new and interesting to the table and were also great to eat:

- Jack in the Box's Cheddar Onion Buttery Jack - The Buttery Jack line introduced was top notch all around, but I particularly liked the Cheddar Onion for a triple dose of onions in crispy, grilled, and sauce form. The Black Pepper Cheeseburger deserves a mention for offering something similar but more run-of-the-mill.

- Starbucks' Holiday Flat White - Most holiday drinks are quite sweet but the new Holiday Flat White managed to keep it light while offering a mix of holiday spices.

- Burger King's Buffalo Chicken Fries - These weren't amazing but they were still enjoyable and delivered a mess-free Buffalo wing profile while coming in a hilariously cute box.

- Popeyes' Wild Pepper Tenderloins - The uniquely numbing Szechuan heat made me pick this one over Popeyes' also excellent Smoky Garlic Chile Chicken.

- McDonald's Oreo Frappe - There are a lot of Oreo shakes out there but this one managed to capture that vanilla creme flavor to go with the addition of coffee.

- Carl's Jr.'s / Hardee's Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit - A juicy, tender slice of pork loin on a buttermilk biscuit? Yes, please!

- Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza - This one made me wished Pizza Hut offered the Bites alone so that I could get fresh-baked pigs in a blanket with a quick phone call.

- Arby's Garlic Parmesan Housemade Chips - The garlic parmesan flavor was great and no other major fast food chain is offering fresh-fried potato chips.

- Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich - The fresh jalapenos, wholly uncommon in fast food, and the spicy components throughout made this a nice draw for heat seekers.

- Popeyes' Blueberry 'n Lemon Cream Cheese Pie - The lemon and blueberry combo just worked, and putting it inside a crispy fried turnover pie crust was just icing on the cake (or maybe it should be "whipped cream on the pie").

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