Fast Food What's New

Taco Bell is Testing a Grilled Cheese Biscuit

Taco Bell once tested a taco-shaped biscuit shell back in 2014 and looks to be revisiting that same vibe with a new Grilled Cheese Biscuit breakfast item that’s being exclusively tested in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Those in the test market will get to experience a warm buttermilk biscuit drenched in melty cheddar and mozzarella, with a delectable highlight of pepper jack cheese veiling the outer. 

The Grilled Cheese Biscuit is available as a test in Knoxville, Tennessee à la carte for $1.99 or with sausage in the center for $2.49.

Drinks Packaged Food Products Sustainability

Coke Has a New Bottle Cap That Does Not Come Off

Photo: Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has unveiled a new bottle cap redesign in the UK that tethers it to the bottle. The effort is supposed to make it easier to recycle the whole bottle, while keeping caps out of garbage.

The brand expects plastic bottles of Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper to have attached caps by early 2024, though this only applies to such products in the UK.

The move is Coca-Cola’s response to addressing plastic waste via its global “World Without Waste” initiative, which sets a 2030 goal of helping to collect and recycle empty bottles or cans for each one sold. World Without Waste also projects to have its cans and bottles to have 50% recycled material by 2030, while aiming to have product packaging 100% recyclable by 2025.

I’m hoping the next step for Coca-Cola would include re-usable bottles, a better alternative to addressing plastic waste in the world.

Brand Cravings Restaurants

This Spot Created the Ultimate King Hawaiian’s Sandwich

Taking KING’S HAWAIIAN® buns to another dimension, Santa Ana, California-based Faka’s Island Grill has created the Spam Grilled Cheese. It’s sweet, savory and melty in-between.

Sure to make your mouth water, the next level sandwich is made with BBQ-glazed grilled Spam that tops dripping fried cheese. Tangy mustard lathers the Spam and toasted KING’S HAWAIIAN® buns give the sandwich an awesome, chewy finish. And in true KH fashion, they can be pulled apart and enjoyed separately or as a whole if you’re really into buns.

As a contestant in last year’s KING’S HAWAIIAN® and Foodbeast sweepstakes, Taste of Aloha, Faka’s Spam Grilled Cheese was so undeniable, it had to receive special props. 

KING’S HAWAIIAN® and Foodbeast are revving up again for this year’s Taste of Aloha. If you’re a mom and pop restaurant and wanna put your KH twist to the test, head to their website for a chance to win a Foodbeast feature worth $25k along with other prizes.

Orange County, California residents or those nearby that wanna try one of these babies out, they’ll be on Faka’s menu now as a permanent option.

Deals Fast Food Sweets

Krispy Kreme to Offer Free ‘Senior Day Dozen’ for High School and College Seniors Wearing 2022 Class Gear

Graduating high school and college seniors have plenty to celebrate as they move on to the next chapter in their lives — and it could start off on a sweet note with a free dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme is tipping their proverbial caps to all graduating high school and college seniors this year by offering them a free dozen doughnuts on May 25 and the return of the Graduate Dozen, available beginning May 23. All these seniors have to do to get that free dozen is rock Class of 2022 gear — shirts, caps, you cap and gown — at their local participating Krispy Kreme on Wednesday, May 25.

As for the Graduate Dozen, folks can purchase a limited-edition specialty Graduate Dozen on May 23-24 and May 26-29, while supplies last.

Alcohol Drinks News

New York Airports Will Be Banned From Charging Up to $28 For a Beer

Grabbing a drink at the airport bar is a necessary and simple pleasure for many. It takes the edge off the stress of flying or serves as a deserved moment of chill from the usually hectic airport scene. But what’s not chill? Paying $28 for a beer at the airport bar.

That’s what travelers at La Guardia Airport had to pay for after a tweet from a customer revealed that a Sam Adams Summer Ale Draught costs $27.85 in a viral tweet. The alarming tweet then prompted the state’s Port Authority Office of the Inspector General to audit the menu prices of New York airports.

The price audit lead to a new policy that caps beers in New York airports at local, off-airport “street prices,” plus a 10% concession.

“Nobody should have to fork over such an exorbitant amount for a beer,” declared Kevin O’Toole, Port Authority board chairman, in a statement.

OTG Management, which owns restaurants at La Guardia, JFK and Newark airports, stated at the time that the $28 Sam Adams beer was a mistake.

Fast Food Sweets What's New

McDonald’s Launches New Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry Flavor

McDonald’s is leaning into the undefeated flavor combo of sweet and salty with the debut of this year’s first new McFlurry flavor, Chocolatey Pretzel.

Starting on May 25, the new Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry will be available at participating McDonald’s locations for a limited time only. This new frozen treat flavor starts with McDonald’s creamy vanilla soft serve that’s deliciously dotted with crunchy chocolate-covered pretzel bits and wrapped in a rich caramel swirl.

Let’s hope the McFlurry machines are running for this tasty new release, because the flavor profile of sweet and salty always hits different.

Packaged Food Snacks What's New

Hot Pockets’ Newest Item Does Not Require a Microwave

Photo: Brian Wright

Hot Pockets and microwaves are synonymous. The concept of enjoying the warm comforts of a Hot Pocket is pretty much null and void once the microwave is taken out the scenario. However, a new item from Hot Pockets lets folks ditch the microwave for once.

Introducing the Deliwich, a sandwich from Hot Pockets that doesn’t require the use of a microwave. Though it does have instructions on the box that do suggest that the Deliwich can be heated up in less than a minute, the main selling point is that these frozen fresh sandwiches can be thawed for a couple hours beforehand and then taken on the go.

Convenience is key here with Hot Pockets’ new Deliwich sandwiches, which comes in four flavors: Cheddar & Ham, Turkey & Colby, Cheddar Melt and Pepperoni & Mozzarella.

Hot Pockets Deliwich will retail for $7.49 and will be available at select retailers starting in late May.

Film/Television Packaged Food Snacks What's New

Pringles and Hit Show Hot Ones Link Up For New Limited Flavors

Hot Ones is notorious for putting its illustrious celebrity guests through immense pain via the hot wings they’re serving up doused in various hot sauces with different levels of spice. Pringles got a light bulb and linked up with the infamous, Emmy-nominated talk show to debut a new lineup of limited edition Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones.

The Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones lineup features three scintillating flavors: Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones Los Calientes Rojo, Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones Los Calientes Verde and Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones The Classic Hot Sauce.

Now no Hot Ones episode is complete without The Last Dab hot sauce. So fans can have a chance of winning a can of The Last Dab-flavored Pringles by simply scanning the QR Code on any Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones product and follow the on-screen prompts.

As for availability, Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones Los Calientes Rojo will be available at Walmart locations this June, Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones Los Calientes Verde will be available at select retailers this June and Pringles Scorchin’ Hot Ones The Classic Hot Sauce will be available at Circle K in July only.