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Fast Food

Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

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With the launch of both their bubble tea and Boba Tea, Dunkin Donuts have been making some pretty big moves this summer, but one change goes far beyond a refreshing beverage.

Today Food reports that 450 Dunkin’ locations will shut down by the end of this year as a result of the donut and coffee chain ending its deal with Hess Corporation, which owns Speedway gas stations.

This means that the 450 locations set to close will all be ones located within Speedway locations. These spots offer only a limited Dunkin’ menu and are much smaller than the chain’s standalone restaurants.

While they are shutting down their Speedway locations, Dunkin did mention to Today that by doing so, they’ll be in a better position to open new full-service stores in the areas of closure.

Currently, there are more than 8,500 Dunkin’ locations nationwide. The upcoming closuress are planned to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Fast Food

KFC’s Permanent Launch Of Secret Recipe Fries Replaces Iconic Potato Wedges

Last year, select Kentucky Fried Chicken locations in California, Indiana, and Detroit began testing the Colonel’s new Secret Recipe Fries. The new side option was named for featuring all of the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices in its cooking. This week, Secret Recipe Fries gets a permanent spot on KFC’s national menu, but it comes at a somber bit of a cost.

The Colonel is discontinuing its iconic potato wedges, reports Business Insider as the Secret Recipe Fries take their place as a permanent potato proxy for consumers.

I’ve called a few stores to confirm, hoping to God that there were a few wayward wedges left to order before it was too late. Alas, a fruitless wedge-less endeavor.

Look for the Secret Recipe Fries now at KFC locations nationwide.

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Starbucks Launches Impossible Breakfast Sandwich

Impossible Foods has joined yet another fast-food chain by beefing up (apologies for the pun) Starbucks’ breakfast lineup with a new meatless sandwich. The new sandwich features one of Impossible’s newest proteins: the vegan sausage patty.

The new breakfast option features an Impossible Sausage patty, a fried egg, and aged cheddar cheese sandwiched between Ciabatta bread.

It should be noted though, that while the patty is entirely plant-based the sandwich itself is far from it with the egg and cheese rounding it out.

Still, if you’re trying to go for something meatless in your morning commute, this a pretty solid option especially if you’re looking for something more on the savory side of breakfast.

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Alcohol

PBR Just Launched An Alcoholic ‘Hard Tea’ Just In Time For Summer

Pabst Blue Ribbon has just launched a new Hard Tea to help get all of us through this pretty miserable summer.

The new alcoholic beverage, a 4% ABV, is dubbed PBR Hard Tea and is brewed using real tea leaves recreating comforting flavors of summertime Peach Tea and packing it into a can.

This new addition to the Pabst line joins last year’s “Hard Coffee” release, which boasted a similar 5% ABV. The coffee, which was only available in select locations, received a nationwide launch earlier this year.

Pabst new Hard Tea is available now in 26 states including:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Anyone curious about trying the new Hard Tea can order cans through Drizly.

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Drinks Packaged Food

Swiss Miss x Lucky Charms Collab Looks Like Pure Magic

On chilly nights, nothing beats a piping cup of hot cocoa to truly warm the soul. While Swiss Miss is one of the most iconic brands of hot chocolate out there, we were pretty surprised to discover that they’ve yet to do an official collaboration. Until now, that is.

Swiss Miss has now partnered up with Lucy Charms to release a new line of Lucky Charms Hot Cocoa.

The new hot cocoa boasts all the iconic Lucky Charms marshmallows you’d typically find in the cereal box including hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, unicorns, rainbows, and red balloons.

You can find the new Swiss Miss x Lucky Charms collaboration available now at participating grocery stores nationwide.

I’m sure there’s a magically delicious pun somewhere, but until that arrives in the old noggin, I’m just stoked to be able to enjoy being a kid again. Even if it lasts only as long as a cup of hot chocolate.

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Fast Food

WaBa Grill’s New Take Home Feast Will Feed An Entire Family

With many of us working from home, there have been many opportunities to reconnect with our families over meals.

Recognizing that, WaBa Grill has added a new family feast option that will feed up to four people for $24.

The Family Feast includes a choice of protein (Chicken, Steak, WaBa (Chicken + Steak), or Tofu), vegetables, white or brown rice, 10 pieces of dumplings, and four bottled beverages of choice.

For a price point of $24, I’d say that’s a pretty solid dinner option for a hungry family.

The chain is also offering a “Healthier For You” menu with 10 items that cost $5 or less that customers can choose from. This includes mini chicken and tofu bowls, soups, dumplings, and salads.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based

Vegan Bulgogi and Butter Chicken Bowls Arrive At Target

Every day, more and more vegan options of traditional dishes pop up in our favorite restaurants and local grocery stores. For those who live on a plant-based diet, we’re living in a renaissance of vegan options to choose from.

Vegan brand Sweet Earth Enlightened Foods has now added a few new ready-to-heat bowls that you can find the in frozen food section of your local Target stores.

Two new options include a Bulgogi Bowl and a Butter Chik’N Bowl.

The Bulgogi Bowl is made with Korean inspired plant-based Awesome Grounds and served with purple cabbage, carrots, bok choy and a sesame garlic siracha sauce on a bed of rice.

Fans of Butter Chick’n will find the bowl boasts plant-based Mindful Chik’n with a vegan buttery tomato sauce, chickpeas, carrots and green peas on a bed of rice.

While Sweet Earth offers products in many grocery stores, you can only find these bowls at Target retailers nationwide.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Hostess’ New Limited Edition S’MORES Cupcakes Arriving At Walmart

Unfortunately with the state of the world right now, we won’t be sitting around a campfire with our closest friends sharing some freshly made s’mores any time soon this summer, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the flavors of the popular outdoor snack.

Hostess just released a limited edition line of S’mores Cupcakes that folks can enjoy from home.

The new snack aisle sweets are made with a graham cracker-flavored yellow cake, toasted marshmallow-flavored creamy filling, and is topped with a chocolate icing.

You can find these new S’mores Cupcakes exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide beginning July 9. While it may not recapture the magic of a campfire hang, it might tide you over until it’s safe to gather again.