McDoughnut 6 Pack - © 2024 - Krispy Kreme

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News!

Mostly quiet on the Fast Food Front this week… I guess the Mains category comes up shorter than usual because most folks will be celebrating Easter at home, with family. But Papa John’s and Taco Bell both have new specialty menus. And Tabasco goes Pop….

Crispy Cuppy Roni - © 2024 - Papa John'sPapa John’s new Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni menu…

This week’s go-to, ‘to-go’ treats…


Papa John’s rolls out Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni

There’s a whole new, limited time Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni menu. Choose from 3 crusty entrées: NY Style Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni Pizza; the folded flatbread sandwich Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni Papadia; and Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni Papa Bites. They’re in pre-release now for Papa Rewards members, and available to all starting this coming Monday.

Taco Bell cooks up Cantina Chicken

It’s a new menu featuring, “flavorful chicken that’s been slow-roasted with a savory seasoning of Mexican spices including garlic, onions, and a variety of chilies.”

Cantina Menu - © 2024 - Taco Bell

Choose from Tacos, a Quesadilla, a Burrito and a bowl presentation. At all Bell locations. And it looks like a permanent menu addition!

McDonald’s reprises Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

…In selected markets. Do you live in: Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Tennessee, Iowa, West Virginia, California, North Carolina, Ohio, Alabama or New York? If not, don’t fret. McD’s says it’s preparing to roll out the fan favourite across the chain again, soon…

IKEA out to out-do COSTCO?

The flat-pack furniture folks with the way-cool Swedish food court appear to be issuing a challenge to COSTCO. The warehouse store has long bragged about its $1.50 Hot Dog and Drink combo, Saying the price will NEVER go up. Now, IKEA is offering a $0.70 Plant Dog. The plant-based dog has reportedly been a hit in Europe…


Tabasco embraces pop cuisine

The ancient and venerable ‘mother of hot sauces’, Tabasco, is diversifying. A little. In a cautious-seeming move, the Louisiana sauce maker is introducing a new ‘flavour’: Buffalo.

Buffalo Hot Sauce - © 2024 - McIlhenny Co

With Tabasco’s history and know-how, I’ll bet their new Buffalo will show everybody else how to make it!

KFC Adds Nugget Sauces

And they’re also bringing back a couple of regionally inspired BBQ faves. Starting this coming Monday, you’ll be able to choose from: Honey Sriracha; Korean BBQ; or Chicky Sweet ‘n Sour. Nashville Hot and Georgia Gold are making an encore appearance…


Summer Blizzards in season at Dairy Queen

The DQ Summer 2024 Blizzard menu is now up, going live this coming Monday. Choose from three new Blizzards: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Party; Picnic Peach Cobbler; or Ultimate Cookie. Or… Indulge in any of three returning Blizzards: Brownie Batter; Frosted Animal Cookie; or Cotton Candy.


Sun Chips bags a Dynamic Duo

Sun Chips have just come out with a new idea that other salty-snack makers are sure to copy. Two flavours in the same bag. And it’s a limited ‘edition’ to celebrate the coming eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Bag - © 2024 - Sun Chips

“SunChips Solar Eclipse Limited-Edition Pineapple Habañero and Black Bean Spicy Gouda chips are created to mirror bright sunny skies and the cheesy moon,” according to Food & Drink.

McDonald’s tests ‘Krispy Krossover’

McDonald’s is testing a new crossover offering Krispy Kreme doughnuts at its Kentucky outlets. If you’re anywhere near you can order singles or half-dozens at any of 160 McLocations. If the test works out, look for KK sweets at all McD’s locations by early next year.

Lays goes Retro for Spring

Lays chips are going retro this spring with a re-release of 4 ‘heritage’ flavours: Crispy Taco, BLT, Fried Pickle and Lime & Cracked Pepper. The Flavor That Hits Home collection was inspired by four different regions of the United States.

Flavours Hits Home - © 2024 - Frito-Lay

“We’re helping fans taste the cherished dishes they know and love from their hometowns in an entirely new way,” says Pepsico/Lay’s spokesperson Tina Mahal.

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s going to make some of us a little more beach ball-like in the coming days and weeks. See you back here in 7 for the next sun-drenched edition of Fast Food News!

~ Maggie J.

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