Jack-o-Lantern Pizza - © 2018 Papa John's

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News

Well, well…. What have we this week? Some last-minute Hallowe’en offerings. The hottest Arby’s entrée yet. Innovative Holiday beverages from Shake Shack. And ‘collectible’ madness on eBay over McDonald’s new Adult Happy Meals…

Diablo Dare - © 2022 Arby'sSo… Do you? Huh? DO you? The Arby’s Diablo Dare: Hottest Arby’s offering to date…

Arby’s issues new Diablo Dare

It’s billed as Arby’s’ hottest-yet sandwich and fries offering. Start with Roast Beef or Chicken sandwiches dosed with fiery hot seasoning, fire-roasted jalapeños, Diablo BBQ sauce and a toasted red chipotle bun. Then add super-hot fries topped with cheddar cheese sauce, fire roasted jalapeños, fiery seasoning and Diablo BBQ sauce. Available for a limited time at participating Arby’s locations across the map.

Chipotle offering deep-discount Boo-ritos

If you show up at the store in person, in costume, after 3 p.m., on Hallowe’en (October 31). And your scan your Chipotle Rewards app at the register to get the discount.

Boorito - © 2022 Chipotle

What kind of discounts? Regularly-priced entrées go for $9.10 to $12.60. So, the flat-$6.00 deal is a really good discount.

Jack-O’-Lantern Pizza back at Papa Johns

It’s a Hallowe’en tradition. The original pumpkin-dressed pie is back for a limited time – until October 31 only! – at participating PJs locations. The large thin-crust pie id topped with cheese and pepperoni, which serves as a border to the pizza as well as the eyes and mouth of the Jack-o. (See photo, top of page.)

Voortman’s wafers in three Holiday lavours

One of the true old-school / retro seasonal favourites many Baby Boomers can really relate to is the classic Voortman’s wafer.

Holidy Wafers - © 2022 Voortmans

Found year round in the cookie aisle in Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, this Holiday season, they are also available for a limited time in Candy Cane, Egg Nogg, and Chocolate Mint flavoured versions. Voortman’s is also offering traditional Gingerbread Cookies, Shortbreads in Holiday shapes, and ‘Assorted Festive Cookies’.

Cheetos contest echoes recent fan-fuelled Taco Bell vote

Taco Bell recently asked fans to vote on which of two vintage menu items to bring back. The Enchirito (Enchilada-Burritro cross) narrowly beat out the Double-Decker Taco by more than 2 to 1.

Ressurection Contest - © 2022 Cheetos

Now, Cheetos is asking fans to vote on which of 3 hertitage flavours to ‘ressurect’. Choose from: Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Chipotle Ranch, Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Pepper Puffs, or Cheetos Nashville Hot. Vote at: vote at CheetosChesterville.com Look for results, and the big ‘resurrection’ itself, early in 2023.

Shake Shack pours Fall beverages…

The theme is ‘fruity’ and the flavours include: Yuzu Orange Cider, Harvest Berry Lemonade, and Concord Grape Punch. You can order any of those as a Fifty-Fifty: half the fall beverage of your choice, and half Organic Harney & Son’s black tea. You’ll pay a premium for these special bevs. But if $3.99 is not too much for you, to recapture a mouthful of long-gone summer, go for it!

… Teams up with Olvera

World renowned fine dining Chef Enrique Olvera, of the globe’s currently 5th ‘best’ restaurant, Pujol, in Mexican City is planning a collab with the Shack, creating 5-star three-0course meals from Shake Shack ingredients. The Fast Food chain has already done this promo with star chefs Dominique Crenn, Pinky Cole and Junghyun Park. Tickets are available now, for each of three seatings in New York City and Los Angeles. No word which charity the proceeds will benefit, but we assume there is one.

Adult Happy Meals going for up to $300K on eBay

Cheese! (the exclamation, not the food)! I guess it’s true: There are collectibles, then there are Collectibles. Which is to say, the rice they’ll fetch down the road depends on the nostalgia fore behind them, and the loose-cash available to folks who want them. For movies, its the huge ones, like the Star Wars franchise, and obscure titles later proclaimed classics, like Casablanca.

Adult Happy Meal Toys - © 2022 McDonald's

Of course, the relative rareness of the object in question also counts for a lot. But the Really Good stuff might be anything from kids’ toys to comic books, to posters, to salt-and-pepper shakers. Now it’s the new Adult Happy Meals from McD’s. They’re designed to celebrate the nostalgia older folks now cherish for the regular kids’ Happy Meals of their youth. The new meals come with toys already deemed as collectible as the originals.

And that’s the skinny…

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

~ Maggie J.