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Fast Food Week: Quick Service Resto And Snacks News…

Summer limited-time deals blend seamlessly with Fall/Hallowe’en specials this week at Fast Food Week. Taco Bell goes Fall cleaning, Buffalo Wild Wings makes a season-long commitment to college and pro football fans, and Mountain Dew launches a ‘mysterious’ new flavour for Hallowe’en…

Say a Dios to the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco Supreme and about a dozen
other menu items being quietly discontiued at Taco Bell…

Taco Bell never stops ‘decluttering’ menu…

In a move that’s been repeated more than once since the last (apparently successful) change of command at Taco Bell, the chain is quietly discontinuing a whole raft of menu items. The official announcement compares the slash-and-burn cuts to ‘declutteri9ng the closet’. Menu items the way out include: Beefy Mini Quesadillas; Chips & Salsa; the Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller; the Double Decker Taco; the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco; the Fiery Doritos Locos Taco; the Double Tostada; the Power Menu Burrito; and the XXL Grilled Stuft Burrit. Some Bell fans will be disappointed, but the survival of the fittest approach to menu building seems to be working for the chain, which has been suffering before the last change of leadership at the top. There’s still time to say goodbye to your faves on the list. The deletions don’t take place until September 12, when new Bell decor features will début at most stores.

…Tests Toasted Breakfast Burritos

The Bell is test-marketing a new ‘family’ of Toasted Breakfast Burritos: three different wraps in three different sizes. There’s the smallest, a re-issue of their Grilled Breakfast Burrito which includes Eggs, Nacho Cheese Sauce, and a choice of Sausage, Bacon or Fiesta Potatoes, in a Flour Tortilla, finished on a Sandwich press. Then, there’s the mid-sized Hash Brown version, containing your choice of Bacon and of Sauce plus Eggs, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Three-Cheese Blend, and a Hash Brown. Finally, there’s the largest of the three, the Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito, which offers a bit of everything breakfasty and appears to be a clone of the existing Grande Scrambler Burrito featuring a double portion of Eggs; your choice of Bacon, Sausage or Steak; Three-Cheese Blend; Fiesta Potatoes; and Pico de Gallo.

Football Game Day specials at Buffalo Wild Wings

On any day of the week, from Thursday through Monday, ’til the end of the Football season, that there’s a televised NHL or College game, you’ll be able to get special Game Day deals on Food and Beer. The menu includes: $5 Bar Food (Chili con Queso or Hatch Queso, Mozzarella Sticks, and Fried Pickles); $5 Medium Pitchers of Beer (Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Lite); and $9 Large Pitchers of Beer (Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Lite). Get there early. I’m guessing it will be busy…

Retro Flavour may make perfect Milky Way

I’ve always thought that Milky Way Candy bars were just about perfect for folks who love Caramel and Chocolate and have an ultra-sweet tooth. I’ve also found them rather cloying, to tell the truth – too sweet for me, so that I usually have to re-wrap the last half of the bar and have it later, after the effects of the first ‘dose’ have worn off. But now Cadbury’s is testing a new Salted Caramel version that may well cut the cloying edge just the right amount for ideal enjoyment. It’ll be available only at Walmart at first in October, then all over early in the new year. No telling how long it’ll be around until it disappears.

VooDew Dew for Hallowe’en

Mountain Dew has launched a new limited time Soft Drink flavour it calling ‘VooDew’ available now through November 1. It’s described as ‘cloudy white’ in colour, like a Lemon Popsicle, and the announcement describes it as, “a devilishly delicious new mystery flavor to help you get into the spirit of Halloween early.” May not be available at all the usual Dew outlets.

Snapple takes one last swing at Summer Flavours

Snapple – the fount from which myriad new beverage flavours come year-round – has three new summer flavours for you, to cap of what for many of has been a disappointing summer weather-wise. They’re Watermelon, Strawberry Pineapple, and Black Cherry, all Lemonades. As usual, they’re here for a limited time only, and they’re available only in single and 6-pack 16 oz. bottles, with the exception of Watermelon, which is also available in 64 oz. bottles.

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s going to make some of us a little fatter over the days and weeks to come. See you back here in  7 for he next edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.