Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant and Snacks News!

We’re totally stuffed with Summer Mains and Snacks this week. A Fast Foodie’s delight! Get a load of the BK Summer BBQ Menu, Wendy’s 50-Nugget Party Pack, Hardee’s Blueberry Biscuits, and Krispy Kreme’s Dolly Parton Collection…

BK BBQ Summer - © 2024 - Burger KingThe Burger King Summer BBQ Menu…

The rundown…

Without further ado, our pick of the week’s top fast food headlines…

Mains

Shake Shack cheers on BBQ season

The Shack is rallying barbecued lovers with a summer Smoky BBQ menu. The slate includes a Smoky Classic BBQ Burger, a Carolina BBQ Burger with Fried Pickles, BBQ Fries, and BBQ Cheese Fries. The new menu launched nationwide yesterday…

Wendy’s unveils new breakfast choices…

Wendy’s is enhancing it’s breakfast menu with the addition of a new Sausage Breakfast Burrito and a $3 English Muffin deal. The burrito starts with a flour tortilla and fills it with a grilled sausage patty, fresh-cracked eggs, the chain’s Seasoned Potatoes, American (Processed) cheese, and cheese sauce. It’s apparently a new permanent menu addition.

Sausage B'fast Burrito - © 2024 - Wendy's

The Muffin deal features your choice of choice of either a Bacon, Egg & Cheese English Muffin or a Sausage, Egg & Cheese English Muffin and a small order of Seasoned Potatoes. At participating locations.

… Headlines a new 50-Nugget party Pack

Wendy’s is also offering a mammoth 50-piece Chicken ‘Nuggs’ Party Pack! A great bring-along for any summer outing. The NPP is a ‘nothing but nuggets box or bucket. Available in selcted markets only. Visit this special website to find your nearest source. Prices start at ‘around $18’ depending where you live.

Burger King rolls out new Philly Melt

As you might guess, it’s a Philly Cheese Steak-type sandwich on BK’s signature round bread. And it’s literally a ‘tall order’ featuring…

BK Melts Family - © 2024 - Burger King

Two flame-grilled Whopper Jr. patties (2 oz. each) each topped with a slice of Swiss cheese, flame-grilled peppers and onions, and topped with Savory Royal Sauce. The BK Classic Melt and Bacon Melt are also back. All here for a limited time.

Del Taco encores Birria

Folks loved it the first time around. This time, DT is prepared for any eventuality with big stocks of the makings. It’s available in Tacos, Burritos Quesadillas and even Ramen. Shredded Beef Birria Grilled Combo Burrito features beans, cheddar cheese, green sauce, onions, and chopped cilantro, wrapped in a flour tortilla and grilled.

Jimmy John’s lights up new Firecracker Wrap

JJ’s has débuted a new spicy wrap with a crunchy bite. The Firecracker Wrap starts with a Jalapeño-infused red tortilla and stuffs it with…

Firecracker Wrap -© 2024 - Jimmy Johnss

Salami, turkey, ghost pepper cheese, garlic aioli, Jimmy peppers, and new Firecracker Jimmy Chips. The latter are Jalapeño-infused potato chips which can be ordered on their own.

Sides

Hardee’s bakes up Blueberry Biscuits

Hardee’s is baking up special, limited-time Blueberry Biscuits. They’re tantalizingly billed as “warm, fluffy,” and “loaded with blueberry flavor.” I’d take a plateful of these over a blueberry muffin anytime! They’re available now through September 2.

Del Taco reprises Nacho Cheese specialties

DT is bringing back its popular Naco Cheese snack specialties for a limited time. You can get back in tune with Macho Fries (piled with beans and your choice of meats), Nacho Cheese Fries or Tortilla Chips and Cheese Sauce for dipping.

Nacho Cheese Menu - © 2024 - Del Taco

There’s also a new dessert treat: Funnel Cake Fries, which are sticks of Funnel Cake batter shaped like fries and dusted with powdered sugar.

Beverages

McDonald’s celebrates Grandmothers

McD’s is making what observers call a ‘shoutout to Grandmas’ with its new, limited-time Grandma McFlurry. It’s described as based on vanilla soft serve, with a delicious syrup and chopped, crunchy hard candy pieces. Just like the candies my Dad’s mother used to carry around in her big purse, to keep little children quiet in church…

Snacks

Krispy Kreme spotlights Dolly Parton

KK is busy rolling out its new Dolly Southern Sweets Collection. It comes in a distinctive DP themed box and includes 4 special sinkers:

Dolly Southen Sweets - © 2024 - Krispy Kreme

… the Dolly Dazzler; The Peachy Keen Cobbler; the Banana Puddin’ Pie; and the Chocolate Cream Pie. In 6- and 12-piece boxes, for a limited time.

Burger King unveils new Mozzarella Fries

They’re actually breaded, fried Mozzarella sticks, served in a traditional cardboard fry sleeve. Each order comes with marinara Sauce for dipping. BK bills the new treat as, “the Mozzarella Sticks you love, now made to enjoy on the go.”

Pink Lemonade Kit Kat blooms for summer

It’s a pink-frosted (with hints of strawberry), lemon cream-filled version of the timeless wafer bar. And it’s intended to complement the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Pink Lemonade Kit Kat - © 2024 - AllRecipes

Actually, it’s an update of the Lemon Crispy bar the brand launched for Easter. Arriving in stores now, for a limited time.

Pringles blasts out new Minecraft collab

It’s called Minecraft Spicy TNT Favour, and it’s part of the video game’s 15th anniversary celebration. The official announcement says the new flavour delivers, “the same fiery energy” of TNT from Minecraft. For those not familiar with the game, Pringle’s explains: “Layers of spicy peppers and cheesy goodness.” It’s the chip maker’s second annual Minecraft collab.

Ben & Jerry’s goes retro for summer

B&J’s is offering a special treat for cone lovers. It’s a waffle cone dipped in caramel and chunky salt, for a taste of summers past.

Salted Caramel Dipped - © 2024 - Ben & Gerry

The store suggests you pair it with a scoop or two of Impretzively Fudged chocolate-pretzel ice cream for, “the ultimate sweet-and-salty treat.”

Novelties

Burger King France ups the onion ante

BK is offering French fans a new burger called Le Full Onion. The name’s an odd mix of French and English, but not, I’m advised, an uncommon practice in the French Fast Food sector. It’s Full by name and Full by nature…

Le Full Onion - © 2024 - Burger King France

The single beef patty is topped with a slice of American (Processed) cheese, and stacked with every form of onion BK has on hand: crispy-fried onion rings, caramelized onions, fresh onions, and crispy onions. Both halves of the bun are slathered with classic whole-grain French mustard.

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s going to be making some of us a little ‘jollier’ looking over the coming days and weeks. See you back here in 7 for the next bud-bursting edition of fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.

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