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Fast Food Week: Quick Service Retso And Snacks News

Here we are – in the strange, misty realm known as the week between Christmas and New Years… And the major Fast Food chains are still hard at it, trying to make sure their fans won’t forget about them before 2021 officially starts. There’s even a whole new national Burger chain launching!

MrBeast Burger - © 2020 MrBeastThe MrBeast Burger is fairly standard fare – but it is a lot of food and will slake any Burger craving…

New MrBeast Burger stages surprise launch

Never heard if them? You will soon. Well-known California You Tube star MrBeast opened the ultimate ‘pop up’ restaurant last week, announcing the launch of a 300-location Burger joint chain with outlets across the U.S. The Burgers are said to be pretty standard, though generous in size (see photo above). But the real news about MrBeast Burger is, it’s the first known chain of delivery-only Fast Food joints. No store-fronts; just ‘ghost’ kitchens operating from inexpensive locations. Now, there’s a great adaption to the COVID-19 lock down culture we’re living in right now. And maybe a harbinger of Burger retailing for the future…

Taco Bell Bacon Club Chalupa…

The Bell has something new to try and catch your attention this post-Christmas season: a new Bacon Club Chalupa. The BCC starts with a fried, crispy Chalupa Shell with a foundation layer of grilled chicken, topped with bacon, avocado ranch sauce, lettuce, 3-cheese blend, and tomatoes. The new BCC comes by itself or in a combo along with two crunchy tacos and a medium fountain drink. For a limited time only, but how long that may be, we don’t know.

… Brings back Nacho Fries

Taco Bell’s popular Nacho Fries are back for a limited time starting on December 28. They’re simply battered Fries, seasoned with ‘Mexican spices’ with warm Nacho Cheese sauce on the side for dipping. Nacho Fries Bell Grande take the basic concept topped with seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, reduced fat sour cream, and diced tomatoes. Get ’em while you can.

Katsu Curry makes début in UK

In a realm that has come to think of Asian take-away (carry-out) fare as mainstream, you’d think introduction of a Curry-flavoured version of a favourite by a major chain would be old news by now. But it seems McDonald’s is just getting around to adding a Katsu Curry version of it’s universally-popular Chicken McNuggets to the menu (see photo, top of page). The Japanese-inspired treat will be available for a limited time, though – starting December 30 and running for six weeks thereafter. Two questions: Why not make such a sure-thing a permanent menu addition in the UK, and why not at least test market it in North America? *SIGH*

Subway UK launches a new ‘Tiger Pig’ Sub

Seriously. The new Sandwich features a Bacon-wrapped Pork Hot Dog in a ‘Tiger’ Bun. (BTW: In the UK, they call a Bacon-wrapped Sausage chunk a ‘Pig in a Blanket’, whereas in N.A., we think of a Dough-wrapped ‘Piggie’.) The Subway UK holiday menu also features: a Turkey Bread SubStack; a Pigs In Blankets Pot; Turkey Breast Toasted Bites; a Mince Pie Cookie; a Chocolate Orange Cookie; and a Honeycomb Latte.

Doritos reprises ‘3D’ Snacks

The original 3D Doritos were really popular in from their release in 1998 until they were phased out in the early 2000s. Now they’re back in an updated 3D Crunch version débuting this coming Monday December 28th. So far, at least, they’re available in two versions, Chili Cheese Nacho and Spicy Ranch flavors. I think we can assume Doritos 3D Crunch will be around for a limited time only. Meanwhile, check out the new #Doritos3DChallenge on TikTok…

KFC UK reveals new gaming console

Couldn’t get a new PS5 console form Christmas? KFC UK has something even more excusive: a new device it calls the KFConsole It’s describe as a powerful game playing platform that’s VR Ready, supports ray tracing and 4K, and can run games at 240 fps. No word on whose games it will play, though. But what makes the device really special is, it has a unique ‘Chicken Chamber’ warming tray, powered by redirected heat from the Console’s computer. Oddly, KFC UK doesn’t say whether it will make the device the object of a special contest give-away or offer it for sale to the general public. Opportunities abound, though, with the just-pre-Christmas launch of the latest X-BOX and PS game box versions, for co-promotions.

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s go9ng to be making us fatter between Christmas and New Year’s. See you all back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.