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Taco Bell Testing New Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco

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Taco Bell has been one of the leaders in fast food menu innovations in the past number of years. I’m talking absolute bangers, items that have shifted the landscape of fast food: Doritos Locos Tacos, the Naked Chicken Chalupa, the Tripelupa. So it comes as no surprise that The Bell is testing a new item with potential to have folks hitting up their nearest location.

Enter the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco. Currently being tested in Charlotte, NC and Nashville, TN, this menu innovation is a buttermilk fried chicken coated in tortilla chips for extra crunch. Paired with a creamy chipotle sauce, the jalapeño buttermilk marinated chicken is nestled in a puffy bread shaped like a taco. A spicy version is also available with thick jalapeño slices.

Fans and curious onlookers all over alike need not worry, as the nationwide launch of the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco will be coming later this year!

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss What's New

Wendy’s Launches Spicy New Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich

The spicy pleasure of a jalapeno popper is a versatile snack that’s usually sequestered to the appetizer lane. Which is fine, really, but how would you feel having one as an actual meal? Wendy’s recently put this thought to the test and answered such a scenario with the debut of their new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich.

Though the new sandwich itself doesn’t have actual jalapeno poppers in them, it as a whole captures the very essence of one. Picture Wendy’s fan favorite spicy chicken fillet topped with creamy jalapeno cream cheese, three slices of Applewood smoked bacon, warm cheddar cheese sauce, jalapeno slices, pepper jack cheese, and a premium bun.

In addition, Wendy’s has debuted alongside the sandwich a Jalapeno Popper Salad for those looking for a bit of lighter fare.

To celebrate the launch, Wendy’s is calling for taste testers, beginning February 18 to February 21, to try the new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich for free through Grubhub, with no delivery fee on orders $15 or more.

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Fast Food What's New

New Popeyes Cajun Flounder Sandwich Spotted In The USA

Photo courtesy of @the_undead_foodie1 on Instagram.

With Lent fast approaching, many quick-service spots are starting to gear up for the season with a variety of new and returning seafood options.

It looks like Popeyes is going the route of something new, as we’ve gotten word that a new Cajun Flounder Snadiwch has been spotted in the USA.

Texas-based @the_undead_foodie1 posted a photo of the find on Instagram. Based on the menu shot they located, the fish sandwich appears to be selling for $4.49.

This appears to be confirmed by Instagram duo @mnmtwinz, who are based on the East Coast. They also shared photos of the new Cajun Flounder Sandwich, along with a new basket of Crispy Cajun Shrimp.

According to @mnmtwinz, the Flounder Sandwich is a cajun-bread filet of flounder, tartar sauce, and pickles on a brioche bun. It appears to be attempting to emulating the viral success of the original Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. The Instagram duo noted that they liked the fish sandwich slightly more than the shrimp, although both were “bangers.”

With the wide spread of this flounder sandwich and shrimp, these seem to be items geared up for a nationwide Lenten release, and The Fast Food Post seems to confirm as much in a story about the new seafood items.

Foodbeast has reached out to Popeyes to confirm if that’s the case, and will follow up once we know more.

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Fast Food What's New

Pizza Hut Launches ‘Detroit-Style Pizza’ Nationwide

For those unfamiliar with the appeal of Detroit-Style pizza, key elements in the Midwest ‘za are the caramelized crunch of its edges, unique rectangular shape, and crispy cup pepperoni. All of which lend to a slice that’s unforgettable and crave-worthy.

If you’ve never had it, surely such a description has piqued your palate. But now thanks to Pizza Hut, one won’t have to travel to the Motor City or scour the most specific pizza joints to give it a try. That’s because they have just launched their own take on Detroit-Style pizza, available nationwide starting today.

Pizza Hut’s version required over more than 500 iterations before settling on one, definitive take on the rectangular wonder that is Detroit-Style. Staying true to its roots, their take features thick, crispy, and caramelized crust, vine-ripened tomato sauce, and Detroit Double Pepperoni — 32 slices of regular pepperoni joined by another 48 slices of crispy and zesty cup pepperoni.

Four different recipes of Detroit-Style will be offered by Pizza Hut: Double Cheesy, Meaty Deluxe, and Supremo all starting at $10.99 at participating locations nationwide.

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Cravings Packaged Food What's New

Pringles Debuts Stunning Karaage Flavor In Japan This Month

Photo courtesy of Pringles Japan

There’s always that one menu item that, no matter where you dine for the first time, if you see it, you have to order it. For me, those two items are Garlic Fish Sauce Wings at Vietnamese joints and Karaage Chicken at Japanese restaurants. 

Thanks to Pringles, one of my favorite appetizers is getting its own flavor to kick off 2021. While Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings Pringles won’t be hitting snack shelves anytime soon, residents of Japan will want to check stores for the new Karaage Aji flavor — the first new flavor addition for the Pringles brand in Japan this year. 

SoraNews24 reports the new variation is based on the bite-sized morsels of fried chicken thighs that are breaded, seasoned, and deep-fried. Those flavors, including garlic and onion powder, are now dusted onto each Pringles chip, recreating the popular chicken snack profiles. 

You can find the new Pringles hitting shelves beginning Jan. 25 at select stores in Japan. Alright, Pringles Vietnam, let’s get on those Fish Sauce Wing chips next, please.

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Sweets What's New

Viennetta Ice Cream Cake Returns After Nearly 30 Years

As a kid in the 90’s, I remember seeing a commercial for the fanciest damn ice cream cake to ever grace the frozen foods aisle. What followed images of an exquisitely decorated dessert laced with serpentine frosting were well-manicured hands slicing into it before being served on silver platters. The voice over had me thinking I was watching a luxury car commercial rather than one for a Breyer’s ice cream product.

And thus Breyer’s Viennetta was born. You can reference the YouTube clip above and feel the same vibe that I felt nearly 30 years ago: this is some rich people ice cream.

Sadly the bougie treat would be phased out of the U.S. market a few years after its ritzy debut, leaving fans clamoring for Viennetta’s return for decades.

But now, thanks to Good Humor, Viennetta will be making its splashy return to the States in January 2021 for $5.49 at major retailers nationwide.

Get ready to flick a pinky up come dessert time.

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Animals Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Ben & Jerry’s Just Made Ice Cream Treats For Dogs

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Normally, ice cream is something we should try to keep away from dogs. Much like many humans, dogs can suffer from lactose intolerance as they get older, meaning they can’t break down the sugars in milk and have stomach problems.

That doesn’t mean dogs can’t enjoy frozen treats with us though, as Ben & Jerry’s just came up with a solution to that problem: frozen doggie desserts.

Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

Made with a sunflower butter base and no dairy, the new Doggie Desserts collection are sets of frozen treats built specifically for dogs to eat. This doesn’t skimp on the quality, though, as Ben & Jerry’s is using the same ingredients that go into their regular ice cream for these sweets.

Each of the two new flavors is named after a dog in the Ben & Jerry’s headquarters. Rosie’s Batch is a Pumpkin Cookie frozen dessert made with pumpkin puree and mini cookies, while Pontch’s Mix blends together peanut butter and pretzel swirls.

Ben & Jerry’s new doggie treats are being sold in both grocery stores and pet shops nationwide, so you can pick up a pint for both yourself and man’s best friend next time you’re on a grocery run.

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Fast Food Sweets What's New

Krispy Kreme Just Turned Our Favorite Desserts Into Mini Doughnuts

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Krispy Kreme is taking some timeless treats and miniaturizing them into fried dough form in a new batch of mini doughnuts.

The new Mini Dessert Doughnut collection just dropped in stores across the country. Some shops in Canada might also be considered participating locations, so Canadians might want to check their local store to see if they carry them as well.

Each creation is inspired by one of our favorite desserts, whether it be chocolate chip cookies, birthday cakes, strawberry cheesecake, or the luscious lemon bar.

Krispy Kreme’s Chocolate Chip Cookie mini doughnut features chocolate icing, a cookie dough filling topping (it’s not inside the doughnut), chocolate drizzle, and mini chocolate chips. The Birthday Cake one has confetti cake crumbles, birthday cake buttercream and sprinkles, while the Strawberry Cheesecake flavor features a cream cheese icing, graham cracker crumble, cheesecake Kreme, and a strawberry drizzle. Finally, the Lemon Bar variant comes with yellow icing, shortbread crumbles, powdered sugar, and a lemon curd swirl.

Photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Since this is a collection, the entire set of donuts comes as a 4-pack box. Think of it as sampling bits of each dessert at a dinner party without indulging in a full portion of each. For those looking to share, a 16-pack is also available.

The Mini Dessert Doughnut collection marks the first limited-edition set of flavors in Krispy Kreme’s mini doughnut lineup. Krispy Kreme first started carrying mini doughnuts, including their Original Glazed flavor, as a permanent item back in early 2020.