KK Original Glazed - © Krispy Kreme

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News!

Summer’s on the way, officially, and in advance of that calendar milestone, Fast Food folks across the board have begun unveiling their seasonal specials. As well, Krispy Kreme is making a big gesture to get you into the store, and Cheetos challenge the heights of heat…

Chicken Rings - © White CastleWhite Castle Chicken Rings: Soon available in your local freezer aisle…

Reborn Mexican Pizza sells out

We told you, in a separate post earlier this week, that Taco Bell’s resurrected Mexican Pizza has come – and gone – with amazing speed. The thing sold out in under two weeks.

Mexican Pizza - © 2022 Taco Bell

TB officials acknowledge that they miscalculated the popularity of the legendary treat dramatically. It will be sometime this fall, they speculate, before the MP is back in stock. But they insist that the Mexican Pizza will remain a permanent menu item, as announced pre-come-back.

White Castle Chicken Rings coming to stores

Others have Chicken Wings – bone-in or boneless – but the Castle has Chicken Rings, and they’re coming to a supermarket near you. For those who don’t know, they’re little doughnut shaped rounds of white-meat Chicken, breaded and deep fried. You’ll be able to get ’em in the frozen foods aisle just about everywhere, in either Original or Spicy, by the end of summer.

Cheetos soar to heights of heat

We’ve seen a lot of new hot, spicy salty snacks come on the market over the past year. Sometimes, I think it’s like, one a week. But Cheetos is setting the bar at the top with a new, Flamin’ Hot Sweet Carolina Reaper version.

Sweet Reaper Cheetos - lg - © 2022 Cheetos

Reaper is one of the hottest peppers ever – specially bred to be that way. So hot that the U.S. military has inquired about weaponizing it. Available at least i9nitially only through the Walmart website, one review there describes it as, “a sweet taste with a bite that made you cough.”

Krispy Kreme gives away the goods

KK wants you to come to their store. And they’re making you an offer they hope you can’t refuse, to get you there. KK will give away one free original glazed doughnut (see photo, top of page) to anyone who visits the store when the ‘HOT’ light is on, starting June 8, through Labor Day (September 5). No purchase necessary. You can check to see when the HOT light is on at your local KK through the Krispy Kreme website or the mobile app.

Minute Maid announces Aguas Frescas

As you might expect from the name, they’re fruit flavoured waters – Hibiscus, Mango, and Strawberry.

Aguas Frescas - © 2022 Minute Maid

Not carbonated, they’re made with sugars, water and real fruit juice, and are touted as, “a refreshing ‘AF’ twist on juice with a unique, bold taste.” Each 16 oz. / 475 ml can clocks in at 90 calories.

Church’s reprises Peach Cobbler

It’s back! One of the most beloved niche-market Fast Food desserts around. Church’s Chicken is bringing back its Peach Cobbler: a Honey-Butter Biscuit smothered with warm, spiced peach filling. As previously, it’s a limited time offering, along with companion beverages: Peach Perfect Tea and Peach Perfect Lemonade.

Int’l. Alert: Pizza Hut Taiwan does OREOs and parmesan

The Hut’s Tiawan brain trust has a rep of coming out with audacious, stunning flavour mash-ups. They bill their newest as, the ‘No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza in Taiwan’. (Not hard to make that claim if it’s the ONLY Salted Chicken Pizza in Taiwan!)

OREO Pizza - © 2022 Pizza Hut Taiwan

It comes topped with whole OREO cookies, with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on each cone. Main toppings include tempura veggies, fried squid rings, ‘flaming popcorn chicken’, and green onions.

Technology Alert: Heinz Tests paper bottles

Heinz has partnered with Pulpex to test new ‘paper-based, renewable, and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp’ for its iconic Ketchup and other condiments. It’s being billed as a major advance over glass and plastic. The project is currently at the prototype stage…

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s going to be making some of us fatter on into the depths of summer. See you back here in 7 for the next hyper-Caloric edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.