Strawberry Cheezcake - © 2024 Ben & Jerry's

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News!

Another bumper crop of Fast Foodsphere announcements this past week! And for the first time this year, lots of action on the Sides, Bevs and Snacks fronts! Pick of the crop? – Might be Arby’s new ‘Keys to the Cheese’ promo!

Keys To The Cheese - © 2024 Arby'sArby’s latest keychain promo gets the bearer free cheese sauce for a year!


Taco Bell pops new Build-Your-Own Veggie Cravings Box

It must be the Cravings Season… Last week in this space, we surveyed the new Under $3 Cravings menu. Now The Bell is launching a new Veggie Cravings Box that lets you choose a Specialty Item, a Classic Item, a Side and and a medium Fountain Drink, each from among 4 options. It’s $5, just like the regular Build-Your-Own-Cravings Box.

Firehouse adds new Chicken Parmesan Meatball sammy

The Chicken Parmesan Meatball Sub starts with a nifty new toasted garlic bread roll. Then comes chicken meatballs in Marinara sauce served with shaved Parmesan, melted Provolone, and a dusting of toasted Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. It’s a limited-time offering, as you might expect…


Kraft Singles adds new flavours

It may seem obvious on reflection. But – if so – why hasn’t done this much sooner? The best news for sandwich makers since sliced cheese may be new Jalapeño, Garlic & Herb, and Caramelized Onion Singles.

Kraft Singles Flavoured - © 2024 - Kraft/Heinz

“With 67 percent of US cheese consumers eager to try new foods, and a 20 percent surge in sales observed for flavored cheese slices, the introduction of these new offerings effectively addresses the existing gap in the market.”

Arby’s keychain promo pumps Cheese Sauce

Arby’s is launching a new key chain promotion. It gets the bearer a free side of cheese sauce every time they order, now through the end of this year. The chains are only $2 each. But they’re only available TODAY, at any Arby’s location. They’re calling it, “the cheesiest sales event of the year.”


Extra-Crunchy Cheez-its have landed

Cheez-It Extra Crunchy crackers look like the originals, but have both a crunchier texture and louder crunch. The brand describes them as a “uniquely multi-sensorial and deliciously cheesy crunch that will leave flavor chasers’ tastebuds tingling.”

Extra Crispy Cheez-Its - © 2024 - Cheez-Its

You can also get the sensation in Cheez-It Snap’d Extra Crunchy Sharp White Cheddar thin and crispy chip-style wafers.

Taco Bell explores …Breakfast Cereal!

UBER Eats and Taco Bell are partnering on a new… Breakfast cereal! It’s actually a cereal version of TB’s Cinnamon Twist pastries. Available only via Uber Eats delivery starting today, now through January 22. An ‘uber-Snack’ for the screen-bound, if every I saw one!


Wild Cherry Pepsi targets Millennials

That’s what Pepsi says, anyway. It’s the latest in a flood of flavoured colas from various brands over the past couple of years, and I think it was nice of Pepsi to reprise the classic ‘Cherry Cola’ thing for the younger set.

Pepsi Wild Cherry - © 2024 - Pepsico

Wild Cherry Pepsi is the poster-soda for Pepsi new ‘Get Wild’ promotional campaign. Text ‘WILDCHERRY’ to 81234 anytime before February 11 to receive as coupon for a free can!

Wendy’s brings back Classic Vanilla Frosty

Chocolate and Vanilla – together again in the new Frosty lineup! The dynamic Frosty duo is expected to remain available until sometime this spring… That’s when Wendy’s will probably get rolling with their annual limited time seasonal flavours such as Strawberry, Pumpkin Spice Peppermint – and who knows what else?

Chick-Fil-A goes tropical

The ancient and venerable fried chicken house is pouring Mango Passion Lemonade, Mango Passion Iced Tea, and Mango Passion Frosted Lemonade.

Mango Passion - © 2024 - Chick-Fil-A

Joining them is Mango Passion Sunjoy, first introduced back in 2020. At all Chick-Fil-A location across the US.


McDonald’s brings back Breakfast Wrap in UK

It’s being billed as ‘new and improved’. And it contains an oblong pork sausage patty, two over-easy eggs, a slice of bacon, a crispy potato rosti, and (Processed) cheese, rolled up in a flour tortilla. The fans spoke, and McD’s delivered. The Breakfast Wrap was last seen on UK McMenus back in 2020.

Grillo’s refloats its Pickle Bouquet

The guys who have done so much in the past to make pickles mainstream are bringing back their oh-so-special Valentine’s Day Pickle Bouquet for the lovey season.

Pickle Bouquet - © 2024 - Grillo's

Once again this year, Grillos will send you everything you need to make a personalized pickle arrangement for your sweetie for just $30. You get pickles, a custom vase, floral foam, floral garnish (i.e., Baby’s Breath), wooden skewers, tissue paper and even a gift card.

KFC regional flavours around the world

I have to say it upfront this time: Why, oh why, can’t we have these amazing, exotic KFC flavours here in North America – at least once in a while, even for a limited time only? This month, KFC lovers can get Maple Garlic in Taiwan, Peri-Peri (ultra hot) in India, Hot & Crispy Boneless Chicken in Australia, Spicy Fried Seafood Chicken in Hong King, and San-Thai Crunch in Malaysia…

And that’s the skinny…

… On what will be slaking our thirst for what’s not necessarily good for us, over the days and weeks to come. See you all back here in 7 for the next enticing edition of fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.