Dec 31, 2023

Crumbl Bakes Oreo Mallow Sandwich and More Through January 6, 2024

Crumbl's Oreo Mallow Sandwich.
Crumbl ushers in the new year by bringing back the Mallow Sandwich featuring Oreo and more to make up this week's line-up of cookies. The cookie bakery chain rotates its cookie menu on a weekly basis.

Here's the Crumbl cookie line-up for the week ending January 6, 2024:

Five McDonald's Pies to Try Around the World in 2023

McDonald's Banana Caramel Pie.
There's a whole world of (mostly fried) McDonald's pies out there so here are five McDonald's pies from around the world that you can try right now in 2023 (if you happen to be in the area of course):
Dec 30, 2023

Top Five New Fast Food Items I Tried in 2023

Burger King Fiery Nuggets.

Here are the top five new fast food items I tried in 2023 (in alphabetical order):

Top Ten Most Read Fast Food Reviews of 2023

Panera Chicken Tikka Masala Soup with a piece of baguette.

With 2023 just about in the books, I put together a list of the top ten most-read fast food reviews on BrandEating in 2023. Interestingly enough some of them weren't written this year so I guess some of my reviews have some staying power. Thank you all for reading. Here we go:
Dec 29, 2023

Review: Trader Joe's - Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks packaging.

Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks feature mini mozzarella sticks covered in a crispy, seasoned breading.

El Pollo Loco Brings Back Double Pollo Fit Bowls

El Pollo Loco's Double Pollo Fit Bowls.
El Pollo Loco looks to cater to those with healthier New Year's resolutions by bringing back Double Pollo Fit Bowls for a limited time.

Available at participating El Pollo Loco restaurants chain-wide, Double Pollo Fit Bowls come in two varieties:

KFC Testing New $20 KFC Classics Dinner

$20 KFC Classic Dinner.
KFC looks into offering a different take on a $20 family meal deal with a limited-time test of the new $20 KFC Classics Dinner at select restaurants in the Houston and San Antonio areas of Texas.

Jack in the Box Introduces New Smashed Jack

Jack in the Box Smashed Jack burger.
Jack in the Box gives their take on a smash burger with the introduction of the new, limited-time Smashed Jack, which is available now at participating locations chain-wide.

2023 National Bacon Day Deals and Specials

Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.
December 30, 2023 is National Bacon Day because apparently it was declared as such by two people (Danya 'D' Goodman and Meff Leonard) back in 1997 to bring together folks to celebrate the smoky, cured meat.

Here are some 2023 National Bacon Day deals and specials to help mark the occasion:

Dec 28, 2023

Review: Papa Johns - Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza

Top down view of Papa Johns Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza.

Papa Johns' Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza features a hand-tossed crust stuffed with a combination of mozzarella and garlic-herb ricotta. You can order it with any toppings.

Taco Bell Testing a $3 Steak Soft Taco

Taco Bell $3 Steak Soft Taco.
Taco Bell is currently testing a $3 Steak Soft Taco as a limited-time Cravings Value Menu item at participating locations in the Bakersfield, CA and Phoenix, AZ areas.

Jack in the Box Debuts New Oreo Ultimate Cookie Bar

Jack in the Box Oreo Ultimate Cookie Bar.
Jack in the Box debuts the new Oreo Ultimate Cookie Bar as a limited-time addition to their dessert menu at participating locations nationwide.

Arby's Offers 2 for $7 Cheddarthon Mix-and-Match Deal

Arby's Cheddarthon deal choices.
Arby's updates the selection of their 2 for $7 mix-and-match deal with the introduction of the "$2 for $7 Cheddarthon Sales Event," which is a limited-time deal available at participating locations nationwide. The name appears to mimic similar promotions at car dealerships.

Buy-One-Get-One-Free Deal on Footlongs at Subway Through January 23, 2024

Two Subway Footlong subs.
Subway is offering a limited-time, buy-one-get-one-free deal on Footlong sub sandwiches ordered online through Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
Dec 27, 2023

Review: Trader Joe's - O&H Almond Danish Kringle

Trader Joe's O&H Almond Danish Kringle packaging.

Trader Joe's O&H Almond Danish Kringle features a large, oval Danish pastry ring with an almond filling, topped with sweet fondant icing.

Sparkly "Shine" Drinks Return to Dutch Bros

Dutch Bros iced drinks with Shine added.
In a promotion to celebrate the upcoming new year, Dutch Bros brings back the option to give some dazzle to your drink with a shot of Shine.

Insomnia Cookies Offers 12 Cookies for $20.24 Through January 1, 2024

Insomnia Cookies 12-pack of Classic Cookies.
Insomnia Cookies readies for the new year with a deal where you can get a 12-pack of Classic Cookies for a discounted price of $20.24.

Jack in the Box Tests New Chicken & Waffles in Bakersfield, CA

Jack in the Box Chicken & Waffles.
Jack in the Box is testing new Chicken & Waffles at participating restaurants for a limited time in the Bakersfield, CA area.

Crispy Fish Sandwich Returns to Arby's for 2024

Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich.
The Crispy Fish Sandwich makes its annual return to the Arby's menu ahead of the 2024 Lenten season. It's joined by the returning Fish 'N Cheddar Sandwich.
Dec 26, 2023

Review: Pizza Hut - Chocolate Donut Bites

Top-down view of Pizza Hut Chocolate Donut Bites.

Pizza Hut's Chocolate Donuts Bites feature "warm, chocolatey cake-donut bites with chocolate filling" tossed in granulated sugar.

TGI Fridays Welcomes New Pork Belly Banh Mi at Select Locations

TGI Fridays Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich.
TGI Fridays serves up the new Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich at select locations across the US. It is joined by two other new sandwiches: the Parmesan Crusted Italian Beef and Hawaiian Shrimp Po'Boy (it's a bit confusing why the banh mi, which means sandwich in Vietnamese, includes "sandwich" in the name, while the Italian beef and po'boy do not).

Taco Bell Unveils New 3-Cheese Chicken Flatbread Melt

Taco Bell 3-Cheese Chicken Flatbread Melt.
Taco Bell unveils the new 3-Cheese Chicken Flatbread Melt as a limited-time, value-priced menu item set to arrive starting January 11, 2024.

McDonald's Brings Back Prosperity Gold Burgers in South Korea

McDonald's Korea Prosperity Gold Special Burger.
McDonald's Prosperity Burgers are back for a limited time in South Korea to bring luck ahead of the new year. The selection includes the Prosperity Gold Special Burger, which includes a hash brown patty.

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Bring Back Chicken Tender Wraps

Hardee's Chicken Tender Wraps.
Chicken Tender Wraps are back on the menu at both Carl's Jr. and sister chain Hardee's.
Dec 25, 2023

Review: Smartfood Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Popcorn

Smartfood Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Popcorn packaging.

Smartfood Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Popcorn is a limited-edition holiday flavor that features popcorn with the flavor of hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Dec 24, 2023

Crumbl Bakes New Brookie Dough Pie Cookies and More Through December 30, 2023

Crumbl's Brookie Dough Pie Cookie.
Crumbl bakes the new Brookie Dough Pie Cookie and more for this week's selection of cookies (the cookie bakery chain rotates its cookie line-up every week).

Here's the cookie menu at Crumbl for the week ending December 30, 2023:

Dec 23, 2023

New Peanut Butter Oreo Cakesters Arrive in January 2024

Peanut Butter Oreo Cakester packaging.
New Peanut Butter Oreo Cakesters are set to land on grocery store shelves nationwide starting January 2024.

The new variety of soft-baked Oreos feature a layer of peanut butter-flavored creme filling set between two chocolate-flavored soft snack cakes.

New Jeni's Hot Toddy Sorbet Coming January 2023

A pint of Jeni's Hot Toddy Sorbet.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams partners with Uncle Nearest Whiskey to launch new Hot Toddy Sorbet as a limited-edition flavor.
Dec 22, 2023

Review: Aldi - Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl

Aldi's Breakfast Best Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl packaging.

Aldi's Breakfast Best Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl features a mix of potatoes, eggs, sausage, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Pringles Reveals Top Two Flavors Worldwide

Pringles Original and Sour Cream & Onion flavors.
Pringles recently revealed that the brand's top-selling flavors worldwide are Original and Sour Cream & Onion out of over 160 global flavors. They also let be known some of the popular times of the year for peak Pringles-eating.
Dec 21, 2023

Review: Cinnamon Sugar Flamin' Hot Cheetos Popcorn

A bag of Cinnamon Sugar Flamin' Hot Cheetos Popcorn.

Cinnamon Sugar Flamin' Hot Cheetos Popcorn features popcorn with the flavor of cinnamon-sugar paired with Flamin' Hot heat.

Taco Bell Introduces New Double Berry Freeze

A cup of Taco Bell's Double Berry Freeze.
Taco Bell has introduced the new Double Berry Freeze as the latest limited-time flavor for their line of slush ice drinks. The Double Berry Freeze features a swirled combination of the Blue Raspberry Freeze and Wild Strawberry Freeze in one cup.
Dec 20, 2023

Review: Trader Joe's - Shareable Shortbread French Butter Cookie

Trader Joe's Shortbread French Butter Cookie packaging.

Trader Joe's Shareable Shortbread French Butter Cookie is fairly self-explanatory by the name alone. It's a big shortbread butter cookie that was made in France.

Taco Bell's Digital Deal Schedule Through February 13, 2024

Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme.
Taco Bell has revealed their digital deal schedule from now through February 13, 2024 and it includes both in-app discounts as well as third-party delivery specials.

Here's what the Taco Bell deal schedule looks like:

Sourdough Star Returns to Carl's Jr.

Carl's Jr. Double Sourdough Star burger.
The Sourdough Star and Double Sourdough Star have made it back to the Carl's Jr. menu for a limited time heading into 2024. Both are currently available on "early access" to Carl's Jr. rewards members ahead of a chain-wide launch for everyone next week.

Krispy Kreme Offers $2 Original Glazed Dozen with Purchase of Any Regular Price Dozen Through December 22, 2022

A dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts alongside an assorted dozen donuts.
As a quick fast food deal, Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen Original Glazed Donuts for $2 when you buy any regular price dozen donuts.

Pink Velvet Macchiato Returns to Dunkin' for Winter 2023

Dunkin' Iced Pink Velvet Macchiato.
The Pink Velvet Macchiato returns to Dunkin' as part of the 2023 seasonal winter menu, which is set to arrive nationwide on December 27, 2023.
Dec 19, 2023

A Look at Cap'n Crunch's Christmas Crunch Cereal

A box of Cap'n Crunch's Christmas Crunch Cereal.

Cap'n Crunch's Christmas Crunch cereal is a Christmas-themed version of regular Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries that sees the Crunch Berries replaced with "fun holiday shapes."

McDonald's Launches New Squishmallows Happy Meal

McDonald's Squishmallows Happy Meal toys.
New Squishmallows Happy Meals are set to arrive at participating McDonald's restaurants nationwide starting Tuesday, December 26, 2023. The promotion is part of a global partnership that saw Squishmallows Happy Meal toys featured in several countries internationally earlier this year.

Wendy's Reveals Most Popular Menu Items of 2023

Wendy's Strawberry Frosty
With the year wrapping up soon, Wendy's has revealed the fast food chain's most popular/most ordered menu items for 2023.

New Hello Kitty Goldfish Crackers Arrive

A bag of limited-edition Goldfish Hello Kitty Strawberry Shortcake Flavored Grahams.
Goldfish has partnered with Hello Kitty to release a new, limited-edition snack--Goldfish Hello Kitty Strawberry Shortcake Flavored Grahams--in honor of Hello Kitty’s 50th birthday in 2024.

Free Chicken Shack with Order of $10+ at Shake Shack Through December 24, 2023

Shake Shack's Chicken Shack, Bacon Cheese Fries, and shake.
Shake Shack is offering a free Chicken Shack with an order of $10 or more through December 24, 2023. You can also choose to get free Bacon Cheese Fries or a classic shake instead of the chicken sandwich.
Dec 18, 2023

Review: Trader Joe's Italian Tiramisu

Trader Joe's Italian Tiramisu packaging.

Trader Joe's Italian Tiramisu is the limited-time spiritual, more traditional successor to TJ's Tiramisu Torte and features a base of ladyfinger biscuits soaked in both coffee and Marsala wine, topped with a thick layer of sweetened mascarpone cheese, and finished with a blanket of cocoa powder.

Papa Johns Unveils New Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza

Papa Johns Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust pizza.
Papa Johns looks to up their stuffed crust game with the debut of the new Cheesy Calzone Epic Stuffed Crust pizza, which takes inspiration from the calzone and features a crust stuffed with a combination of mozzarella and garlic-herb ricotta.

$6 Burgers at Smashburgers Through December 21, 2023

Smashburger Bacon Smash Burger.
Smashburger offers a short-run deal where you can get Single burgers for $6 each at participating locations across the US through Thursday, December 21, 2023.

Chuck E. Cheese Welcomes New Grown-Up Menu

Menu items from Chuck E. Cheese's Grown-Up Menu.
Chuck E. Cheese looks to cater more to the parents bringing their kids to the family entertainment chain with the launch of their first-ever Grown-Up Menu.
Dec 17, 2023

Crumbl Bakes New Peppermint Ice Cream Cookie and More Through December 23, 2023

Crumbl bakes new Peppermint Ice Cream Cookies and more as part of their cookie selection through December 23, 2023. The cookie bakery chain changes the rotation each week.

Here's the full line-up of cookies at Crumbl for the week ending December 23, 2023:

Dec 16, 2023

Jack in the Box Offers Two for $3 Breakfast Jacks and Two for $5 Jumbo Jacks

Two Breakfast Jacks.
Jack in the Box offers two digital-exclusive deals on two of their signature sandwiches: the Breakfast Jack and Jumbo Jack. The Breakfast Jack can be had at two for $3, while the Jumbo Jack gets a two for $5 deal.
Dec 15, 2023

Review: Village PieMaker - Pumpkin Pie

A frozen Village PieMaker Pumpkin Pie in its box.

The Village PieMaker's Pumpkin Pie is a ready-to-bake frozen pumpkin pie that is offered around the holiday season. According to the box, it features "pumpkin with notes of warm spices and brown sugar" in a "hand-crimped pastry crust."

New Dunkin' Glazed Donut-Flavored Protein Powder Arrives

A tub of Dymatize ISO100 Dunkin' Glazed Donut-flavored protein powder.
Dunkin' partners with performance nutrition brand Dymatize to introduce new Dymatize ISO100 Dunkin' Glazed Donut-flavored protein powder.