Chicken Nugget Hearts -© 2023 Tyson

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant and Snacks News!

Super Bowl specialties still going strong… Valentine’s stuff ramps up… Cheetos, MTN DEW still fighting the Flamin’ Hot wars… Taco Bell brings back GameDay Box… Tyson does Heart-shaped Chicken nuggets… Jet puffed brings Pink Heart mallows to the party…

Ultimate GameDay Box - © 2023 Taco Bell

Taco Bell brings back GameDay Box

Taco Bell’s new Ultimate GameDay Box, just in time for the Superbowl. You get a Mexican Pizza, four Crunchy Tacos and eight Crispy Chicken Wings accompanied by two tubs of Spicy Ranch dipping sauce for just $22. It’s available through the resto itself, online ordering, or via third party delivery companies. For a limited time only, at participating locations now thru February 2.

Tyson’s brings back heart-shaped Nuggets

What a great idea! Customize your private Valentine’s Day party munchies menu. Serve as finger food with our fave dipping sauces on the side. (See photo, top of page.) Breaded and fully cooked; just heat and eat. ‘Nuggets Of Love’ will be available while supplies last at the usual retailers in eh freezer aisle, for a limited time.

Jet Puffed Hearts back for Valentine’s Day

Jet Puffed marshmallows is bringing back its popular – traditional, even – pink, heart-shaped, medium-mini, strawberry-flavoured marshmallows for Valentine’s. Use them as a candy-dish filler for parties or other seasonal events.

Jet Puffed Hearts - © 2023 - Kraft


Garnish Valentine’s cakes, cookies or other confections. Use them to add extra dazzle to other Valentine’s recipes that call for mini mallows. Just don’t miss them…

Cheetos adds Flamin’ Hot Pretzels

New Flamin’ Hot flavor Pretzels have been added to the Cheetos snack family just in time for Super Bowl. It’s a basic wheat flour pretzel with two differently-dressed sides. One is cheesy; the other is coated in Cheetle (cheese dust). Sounds like a natural match with ice cold beer…

MTN DEW pops Baja Blast Hot Sauce

It’s here to celebrate National Hot Sauce day, tomorrow. It’s described as a bend of the tropical lime flavor of the Baja Blast drink with tomatillos, habanero peppers, green chiles, and jalapeños.

Baja Blast Hot Sauce - © 2023 MTN DEW

Only 750 bottles are available to win, at Follow @MountainDew on social media for details on how to win a bottle (one per customer).

Jimmy John’s offering big rewards for big appetites

Like JJ’s sandwiches? You can enter to win one of 100 special Jimmy John’s beanbag chairs – decorated like a big bag of JJ’s Chips. All you have to do is eat (or at least buy) one of every kind of JJ’s main menu sandwich by March 15, 2023.

Beanbag Chair - © 2023 Jimmy John's

The list is vast – all 25 core menu sammys:

  • Plain Slims #1-6
  • Originals #1-6
  • The J.J.B.L.T
  • Favorites #7-17
  • J.J. Gargantuan

It’s a prmo to bring attention to the addition of  ‘achievement badges’ to the JJ’s Rewards Program. Completing the challenge will earn you the coveted JJ’s ‘Gauntlet’ badge.

In N Out expanding eastward

The popular California burger stop is planning a major eastern expansion – in Tennessee. And it’s taking its time. A recent announcement says the chain will open a business hub in Franklin, TN, offering shared services to stores by early 2024. And develop new outlets from there. This will mark the first time In N Out has ventured farther east than Texas.

KFC Thailand ‘incensifies’ Fried Chicken

Yes, I invented the word. It means that KFC has created a new Chicken-infused incense. It’s an unspecified basic incense ‘marinated’ in KFC’s famous famous blend of 11 herbs and spices. It won’t be available for sale, but can be won via a contest that will be conducted on the KFC Facebook page.

Thai Chicken Incense - © 2023 KFCIs this ad image in ‘super bad taste’? Does it ‘make Buddha’s prayer tools a joke’?

Devout folks beware! Some Thai ‘fans’ are crying foul, calling the incense promo cultural appropriation: “RIP KFC. This is in super bad taste.” Another said, “This is wrong man !!! Don’t make Buddha’s prayer tools a joke.”

And that’s the skinny…

… On all the best mainstream Fast Food and Snacks universe specials and new products that will be making some of us a little fatter over the next few weeks and months. See you back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.