Nov 30, 2023

HelloFresh Brings Back Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Meal Kit

HelloFresh's Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Meal Kit.
Meal kit company HelloFresh teams up with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products to bring back Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Meal Kits starting December 4th for the 2023 holiday season. This year, they've added some new collectible items to the kit as the film Elf (in which Buddy is the main character and his dessert spaghetti meal features quite prominently) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Quiznos Launches New Club Peri Peri Sandwich

Quiznos Club Peri Peri Sandwich
Calling it a "globally-inspired flavor mashup," Quiznos launches the new Club Peri Peri Sandwich as a limited-time sub that is available now at locations in the US and Canada.

Review: Denny's - Turkey & Dressing Dinner

Denny's Turkey & Dressing Dinner.

Denny's Turkey & Dressing Dinner features carved turkey breast, stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. It comes served with two sides of your choice and dinner bread.

Sonic Offers $1.99 Footlong Quarter Pound Coney Hot Dog

Sonic Footlong Quarter Pound Coney
Sonic offers a limited-time deal where you can get a Footlong Quarter Pound Coney for $1.99 at participating locations nationwide.

Holiday Buffet is Back at Golden Corral for 2023

Golden Corral Holiday Buffet plate.
Golden Corral's all-you-can-eat Holiday Buffet makes its annual return for the 2023 holiday season.

Available during dinner, the Holiday Buffet includes dishes such as:

Nov 29, 2023

White Castle's Sloppy Joe Sliders and Mac & Cheese Nibblers Return for Winter 2023

White Castle's Sloppy Joe Sliders and Mac & Cheese Nibblers.
Offering a snackable twist on some comfort food classics, White Castle's Sloppy Joe Sliders and Mac & Cheese Nibblers are back on the menu for winter 2023.

New Hershey's Frozen Fruit Available Only at Walmart

Hershey's Frozen Fruit in pouches.
Hershey's partners with Golden West Food Group to introduce new Hershey's Frozen Fruit, which features frozen fruit covered in chocolate and/or creme, exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

Hershey's Frozen Fruit comes in four varieties at launch:

Jack in the Box Offers 24 Days of Online Christmas Deals Starting December 1, 2023

Jack in the Box Jackmas deal schedule.
Jack in the Box readies for Christmas with a Jack Pack rewards member promotion that they're calling the "24 days of Jackmas." Starting Friday, December 1, 2023, rewards members can find an offer each day for a free menu item with any $1+ purchase.

New Holiday Cold Foams Arrive at Starbucks

Starbucks' four holiday cold foam flavors.
Starbucks adds to their 2023 holiday offerings with the arrival of new Holiday Cold Foams, which come in four flavors.

Denny's Welcomes New Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and More

Denny's Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Slam.
Denny's welcomes new Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and eight other permanent menu items with the holiday season in full swing.
Nov 28, 2023

Starbucks Rewards Members Get Half-Off Drinks on November 30, 2023, from 12PM to 6PM

Starbucks 2023 holiday beverages.
Starbucks offers a deal where their rewards members can get a 50% discount on any handcrafted drink from 12PM to 6PM, local time, on Thursday, November 30, 2023. They're calling it "Yay Day."

Insomnia Cookies Offers Buy-One-Get-One-Free Dozen Cookies Through December 4, 2023

Two dozen Insomnia Cookies classic cookies.
Insomnia Cookies offers an online-only, buy-one-get-one-free deal on a dozen classic cookies for a limited time through December 4, 2023.

During the same period, they also have an in-store-only deal where you can get a 6-pack of cookies for free when you buy a 6-pack of cookies.

Jack in the Box Launches New Mini Cinnis

Jack in the Box Mini Cinnis
Jack in the Box launches new Mini Cinnis, which are mini cinnamon rolls available in 5- and 10-piece orders.

Jimmy John's Debuts New Peppermint Chocolate Cookie

A trio of Jimmy John's Peppermint Chocolate Cookies.
Jimmy John's debuts the new Peppermint Chocolate Cookie for the 2023 holiday season.

McDonald's Adds Lobster Butter Sauce and Black Truffle Steak Sauce for Chicken McNuggets in Japan

Man dipping Chicken Nugget in McDonald's Japan's Black Truffle Steak Sauce and holding an open cup of Lobster Butter Sauce..
McDonald's Japan adds two limited-time Chicken McNugget sauces--Lobster-flavored Butter Sauce and Black-Truffle-flavored Steak Sauce--for the 2023 holiday season through December 25, 2023.

IHOP Introduces New Wonka Menu

Dishes from IHOP's Wonka Menu.
IHOP partners with the upcoming Wonka film to introduce a menu of dishes inspired by the film, which tells the origin story of Willy Wonka, one of the main characters from Roald Dahl's book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Available for a limited time now through January 7, 2024 at participating locations nationwide, IHOP's Wonka menu includes the following whimsical (or at least whimsically named) items:

Nov 27, 2023

Review: Wendy's - Peppermint Frosty Cream Cold Brew

Side view of Wendy's Peppermint Frosty Cream Cold Brew.

Wendy's Peppermint Frosty Cream Cold Brew features cold-brewed coffee mixed with peppermint syrup and classic Frosty creamer, served over ice.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Blizzard and Candy Cane Chill Blizzard Return to Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Frosted Sugar Cookie Blizzard and Candy Cane Chill Blizzard.
The Frosted Sugar Cookie Blizzard and Candy Cane Chill Blizzard have made their way back to Dairy Queen for the holiday season and are featured as the Blizzards of the Month for December 2023.

Insomnia Cookies Brings Back Jinglebread Cookies, Blondies, and More for 2023 Holiday Season

Insomnia Cookies' Jinglebread Classic Cookie.
Insomnia Cookies brings back their selection of Jinglebread Classic Cookies, Minis, Blondies, Dippers, and Cakes for the 2023 holiday season.

Arby's Offers $4 Double Roast Beef Sandwich as Part of "Classics for $4 or Less" Deal Through December 24, 2023

Arby's "Classics for $4 or less" deal
In the lead up to Christmas, Arby's offers the Double Roast Beef sandwich for $4 as well as a number of other discounted items as part of the new "Classics for $4 or less" deal.

KFC Tests New "Taste of KFC" Meal in Austin-Waco Area

KFC $20 Taste of KFC Meal.
KFC is testing a new, discounted, family combo called the "Taste of KFC" Meal for a limited time at participating locations in the Austin-Waco area of Texas.

Shake Shack Blends New Troll Shakes

Shake Shacks Troll-themed shakes.
Shake Shack blends a trio of shakes themed after the new Trolls Band Together movie for the 2023 holiday season.

Specifically, the new shakes are inspired by the main characters from the film--Branch, Poppy, and Viva.

The Shake Shack Trolls shakes come complete in limited-edition, Trolls-themed cups and include the following varieties:

Nov 26, 2023

Crumbl Bakes New Candy Cane Brownie Cookie and More Through December 2, 2023

Crumbl Candy Cane Brownie Cookie
Crumbl gets into the holiday spirit by baking the new Candy Cane Brownie Cookie and more for this week's selection of cookies. The cookie bakery chain rotates five to six cookies each week.

Here's what you'll find on Crumbl's cookie menu for the week ending December 2, 2023:

Pieology Adds New Nutella Dessert Pizza to Menu

Pieology Dessert Pizza with Nutella.
Pieology adds the nutty presence of Nutella chocolaty hazelnut spread to the menu with the launch of the new Dessert Pizza made with Nutella.
Nov 25, 2023

2023 Cyber Monday Deals and Specials

Sonic Corn Dog with mustard.
It used to be that Cyber Monday was the online equivalent of Black Friday but, to some extent, they've kinda merged together to a whole weekend of deals to kick off the holiday shopping season.

In case it helps, I've put together a list of 2023 Cyber Monday deals and specials (as usual, I'll keep updating as more deals are found):

Aldi Rolls Out 2023 Winter Gear Collection

A couple with a dog all wearing Aldi Winter Gear Collection clothes.
Grocery store chain Aldi releases the new Winter Gear Collection of branded, festive, cold-weather clothing in time for the gift-giving season. The collection features holiday sweaters complete with matching dog sweaters.
Nov 24, 2023

Review: McConnell's Gingerbread House Dairy-Free "Ice Cream"

A container of McConnell's Gingerbread House Dairy-Free "Ice Cream".

McConnell's Gingerbread House Dairy-Free "Ice Cream" features an oat milk frozen dairy-free base with gluten-free gingerbread cookies and Guittard dark chocolate swirls.

Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches Return to Jack in the Box

Two Jack in the Box Egg & Cheese Bagel sandwiches.
Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches have found their way back to the Jack in the Box all-day breakfast menu for a limited time to round out 2023.

The available bagel options include the Stacked Bagel and the Egg & Cheese Bagel.

Little Debbie's 2023 Holiday Snack Cakes Arrive

Little Debbie Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes
Little Debbie's 2023 holiday dessert line-up arrives for a limited time at grocery retailers across the US.

The seasonal holiday selection includes:

2023 Fast Food and Restaurant Online Merch Store Round-Up

KFC holiday collection sweaters and bucket.
In case you have a loved (liked?) one in your life who just lives and breathes a certain fast food or restaurant chain, I've put together a list of fast food online merch stores for various brands from McDonald's to Olive Garden and more to help you along your search:

Red Lobster Adds New Cheddar Bay Stuffing as Part of Lobster & Shrimp Celebration Menu

A container of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Stuffing.
Red Lobster rounds out the year with the new, limited-time Lobster & Shrimp Celebration menu which includes, among other things, new Cheddar Bay Stuffing.
Nov 23, 2023
Nov 22, 2023

Review: Jack in the Box - Classic Crispy Jack Wrap

Jack in the Box Classic Crispy Jack Wrap next to a quarter.

Jack in the Box's Classic Crispy Jack Wrap features a crispy-fried white-meat chicken strip or grilled chicken strips, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar, pickles, Good Good sauce, and buttermilk ranch dressing, wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla.

Krispy Kreme Reveals New Elf Movie-Themed Donuts

Krispy Kreme Elf-movie-themed donuts.
Krispy Kreme partners with Warner Bros. Discovery to release a collection of Elf-movie-themed donuts starting November 24, 2023.

Ice Cream Maker McConnell's Introduces Two New Dairy-Free Holiday Flavors Exclusively at Whole Foods

Tubs of McConnell's Peppermint Mocha & Brownie Bites and Gingerbread House dairy-free "ice creams".
Artisanal ice cream maker, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, introduces two new, festive, dairy-free frozen dessert flavors exclusively at Whole Foods for the 2023 holiday season. The two new flavors are Peppermint Mocha & Brownie Bites and Gingerbread House.

Popeyes Keeps Wings on Menu Permanently and Adds Three New Flavors

Popeyes' five wing flavors.
Popeyes announces that they are now keeping wings on the menu on a permanent basis and adds three new flavors to the mix for five flavors in all. In addition to Ghost Pepper and Sweet N' Spicy, they're welcoming new Honey BBQ, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, and Signature Hot.

Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box is Back for the 2023 Holiday Season

Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box with its contents displayed.
The Triple Treat Box makes a limited-time return to the Pizza Hut menu for the 2023 holiday season. The meal is so named as its various components come stacked inside of a special festive box but that can vary with location.
Nov 21, 2023

Jack in the Box Blends New Girl Scout Thin Mints Shake

Jack in the Box's new Girl Scout Thin Mints Shake.
Jack in the Box adds the new Girl Scout Thin Mints Shake to their shake selection this holiday season.

Little Caesars Debuts "New" Stuffed Crazy Crust Pizza

Little Caesars Pepperoni-topped Stuffed Crazy Crust pizza.
Little Caesars introduces "new" Stuffed Crazy Crust pizza, which is a regular cheese-stuffed crust pizza but the crust comes topped with the chain's Crazy Bread topping--a garlicky buttery spread sprinkled with parmesan.

Taco Bell Tests New Breakfast Tots in Chicago

Taco Bell Breakfast Tots
Taco Bell tests new Breakfast Tots for a limited time at participating locations in the Chicago area. The test sees crispy-fried potato tots seasoned with "zesty Mexican spices" added to the menu and served with scrambled eggs, 3-cheese blend (mozzarella, pepper jack, and cheddar), and a choice of bacon or sausage.

Hostess 2023 Holiday Line-up Includes Holiday Cupcakes, Holiday Chocolate Baby Bundts, and More

Hostess Holiday Chocolate Baby Bundt.
Snack cake and baked goods maker Hostess' 2023 holiday line-up has arrived on store shelves across the country and this year's selection includes the following:

2023 Black Friday Deals and Specials

Checkers and Rally's Fry Lover's XL fries.
Since Thanksgiving is this week that means Black Friday is also coming up (since it's the day after Thanksgiving). The day, which falls on November 24th this year, marks when the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear.

In case you're looking to save on some food or drinks (or food-related merch) for the shopping holiday, here's a list of 2023 Black Friday deals and specials (as always, I'll keep updating as more deals are announced/found so feel free to bookmark):

Nov 20, 2023

Review: Taco Bell - Grilled Cheese Nacho Fries

Taco Bell Grilled Cheese Nacho Fries folded in parchment paper.

Taco Bell's Grilled Cheese Nacho Fries feature seasoned fries, Creamy Chipotle sauce, marinated grilled steak, and warm nacho cheese sauce topped with a grilled layer of 3-cheese blend.

New Iced Coffee with Boba and Milk Tea with Boba Arrive at Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box offers boba on the menu for a limited time with either iced coffee or milk tea. Boba being another name for soft, chewy tapioca balls that are most popularly found in a cup of milk tea and drunk up an over-sized straw.

Starbucks Japan Serves Up New Strawberry Merry Cream Frappuccino

Starbucks Japan's Strawberry Merry Cream Frappuccino.
Starbucks Japan welcomes the 2023 holiday season with the release of the new, limited-time Strawberry Merry Cream Frappuccino.

In case you're wondering what Merry Cream is, it's white-chocolate-flavored whipped cream with mascarpone cheese, strawberry powder, and silver sugar. The combination of the red powder and silver sugar gives the cream a sparkly, festive look.

2023 Friendsgiving Deals and Specials

Jack in the Box chicken sandwiches with a turkey graphic.
While Friendsgiving doesn't quite have the cachet of Thanksgiving, it does seem to get more deals given that it's not as turkey-centric. That being said, they're aren't a lot of promotions to mark the occasion but I've still put together a list of 2023 Friendsgiving deals and specials:

Wendy's Frosty Key Tags are Back for 2023 Holiday Season

Wendy's 2024 Frosty Key Tag on a key chain.
Frosty Key Tags make their annual return to Wendy's to help raise money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each Frosty Key Tag can be used each time you visit through the end of 2024 to get a free Jr. Frosty with any purchase.

Burger King Tests New Grill'Wich Breakfast Sandwich in Detroit, MI and McAllen, TX

A trio of Burger King Grill'Wich breakfast sandwiches.
Burger King tests new Grill'Wich breakfast sandwiches in the Detroit, MI area as well as the McAllen-Brownville, TX area for a limited time at participating locations.
Nov 19, 2023

Crumbl Bakes New Cranberry Crumb Cake Cookie, Pumpkin Pie Cookie, and More Through November 25, 2023

Crumbl Cranberry Crumb Cake Cookie
With Thanksgiving coming this week, Crumbl bakes new Cranberry Crumb Cake Cookies and brings back Pumpkin Pie Cookies for this week's cookie selection. Also new this week is the Caramel Praline Cookie. Crumbl rotates a selection of five to six cookies every week.

Here's the cookie menu at Crumbl for the week ending November 25, 2023: