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Let Cozy Season Begin With This Pizza Hut Weighted Blanket

With the temps dipping lower by the day serving as the Bat Signal for something warm and toasty, the vibes beg to be served. Because as seasons slip into fall and winter, our need to combat the chill comes around like clockwork.

The need for something warm and toasty part? Pizza Hut and Gravity Blankets know what time it is and have linked up to provide just the antidote: a giant weighted pizza blanket.

This limited edition Original Pan Weighted Blanket clocks in at 15 pounds of the warm and fuzzies and measures at 72-inches in diameter, so trust the coziness will envelope you in full. Availability is now at originalpanblanket.com and goes for $150.

Order an actual Original Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut to really fulfill the warm and toasty situation while wrapped up in the tastiest weighted blanket ever.

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Fast Food Plant-Based What's New

McPLANT: McDonald’s Long-Awaited Plant-Based Menu Coming In 2021

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McDonald’s has been taking its time when it comes to adding plant-based foods to its menu. Outside of a couple of international tests and launches, the burger chain hasn’t added anything vegan onto its dining options. We now know the reason why: the burger giant was working on making its own forms of plant-based meat.

This new platform of items, called the McPlant, will start with a plant-based burger test that will happen in select markets globally in 2021. The plan is to bring this, along with meat-free chicken and breakfast offerings, to McDonald’s locations over the next few years.

According to USA Today, the announcement was made by McDonald’s International President Ian Borden during the chain’s most recent investor update call.

“McPlant is crafted exclusively for McDonald’s, by McDonald’s,” Borden said. “In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken-substitutes and breakfast sandwiches.”

Making your own plant-based substitutes is no easy feat, which explains why McDonald’s has been taking so long. According to CNBC, McDonald’s was working with Beyond Meat behind the scenes for a while to make their McPlant lineup happen, but are choosing to not tack the company’s name onto their plant-based offerings.

How their take on a plant-based burger will stack up to what’s already out there, however, remains to be seen.

After McDonald’s big news, the remaining national fast food establishments to have not tested or announced a plant-based or meat-free substitute include Arby’s, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, and Sonic, amongst others.

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Culture Fast Food What's New

McDonald’s Japan’s Double Cheeseburger With Rice Buns Has Got Our Attention

“Gohan” or “Rice Burgers” turned heads when McDonald’s Japan released them earlier this year. But now a new iteration of it has been debuted by the Golden Arches called the Gohan Dabuchi or “Rice Double Cheeseburger,” as reported by SoraNews24, an English-language Japan-based food and pop culture website.

The release of this double cheeseburger with crisped rice buns has generated considerable buzz online, notably for looking so damn delectable with the melty cheese and glistening double patties.

SoraNews24’s own fast food reporter, Seiji Nakazawa was able to try the burger out and gave a glowing review stating, “the taste of beef really stood out in a way it didn’t with other rice burgers” and that its “ratio of beef to rice seemed perfect.”

The Rice Dabuchi is priced at 390 yen ($3.73) plus tax and is accompanied by a regular Dabuchi featuring burger buns for 340 yen ($3.29). These two new burgers debuted on October 28th and are set for a limited run on McDonald’s Japan locations.

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Fast Food What's New

Wingstop Tests Bone-In Thighs Amidst Wing Price Hike

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It’s been no big secret that the price of chicken wings has skyrocketed in recent years. Data from the USDA’s most recent chicken market report shows that in just the past week, the prices for wings and party wings jumped by 33 cents and 25 cents per pound, respectively.

Wing chains have been working around these price spikes, mainly by heavy promotion of boneless wings, which can be made using other parts of the chicken. Wingstop, however, appears to be testing and marketing a whole new cut: bone-in thighs.

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Available in any of the chain’s 11 signature flavors, the bone-in thighs are fried just like regular wings would be cooked. Thighs are often considered one of the more tender, juicy parts of the bird when cooked perfectly, since they have more fat than white meat.

Wingstop started testing bone-in thighs a couple of weeks ago, telling Foodbeast that they were available in seven different test markets. Foodbeast was able to independently confirm that these markets include the following locations:

  • El Paso, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • St. Louis, Missouri
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Wingstop is having this test be a part of their “whole bird strategy,” with the goal being to “utilize more parts of the chicken and increase the amount of contract-based purchases,” according to a Wingstop representative. This should theoretically help control the price range of chicken the chain is selling.

For those interested in trying the bone-in thighs in the test markets, they’re available in a bunch of different orders. There’s a 2-piece or 5-piece set, along with combos that include thighs, wings, fries or veggie sticks, and a drink. The largest of these bundles includes 10 thighs, 10 classic wings, and 10 boneless wings.

As for a national release, Wingstop hopes to have more information on how successful their test run was early next year.

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Alcohol Drinks Grocery What's New

AriZona Hard Seltzer Is Officially Launching In 2021

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You don’t have to mix your own spiked AriZonas anymore, as the gas station staple is jumping into the hard seltzer game.

AriZona has teamed up with Heineken to create their new Sunrise brand of boozy seltzers by using Hornell Brewing Company, an affiliated entity, to make this partnership happen.

Each can of the hard seltzer is made with “a splash of real fruit,” but it’s unclear if that means flavors, fruit juice or fruit puree. Heineken’s press release does go after “clear mango” type seltzers, though, suggesting that there will be a juice or puree inside.

AriZona also does make flavors like Mucho Mango using fruit purees and juices, suggesting that those could be the “splash of fruit” the press release talks about.

Mucho Mango will be one of the flavors of the Sunrise Hard Seltzer, as will Cherry Punch, Lemon, and Grapefruit. All of the flavors contain 100 calories and have 2-4 grams of carbohydrates per can. The ABV of each can is 4.6%, making it slightly less boozy than a can of White Claw.

All four flavors will be available nationwide starting in the first quarter of 2021. Folks will be able to buy individual cans, with 12-pack variety sets also available.

Whether these seltzers will be 99 cents, as the usual cans are, remains to be seen.

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Fast Food Sweets What's New

Popeyes Confirms Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets Are Coming To Locations Nationwide

Photo courtesy of @a_couple_fatties on Instagram.

Popeyes, the iconic fried chicken chain based in New Orleans, is adding a classic French Quarter dessert to their menu: beignets.

The fried dough treats come dusted in powdered sugar and with a special chocolate-stuffed center. They come in a variety of serving sizes: three beignets for $1.99, six for $3.99, and a dozen for $7.49.

Foodbeast was able to track down the beignets at a couple of locations in Massachusetts. The beignets captured in this article by the Instagrammer duo @a_couple_fatties were found at a location in Everett, while the other location confirmed to have beignets is located by Malcolm X Park.

@A_couple_fatties told Foodbeast that the beignets were “pretty good,” and come with lots of powdered sugar. “The chocolate was just oozing out of them,” they said.

Photo courtesy of @a_couple_fatties on Instagram.

Foodbeast has reached out to Popeyes inquiring about availability of the beignets, who responded by saying, “As a brand from New Orleans we are always looking to bring new dishes and desserts from our hometown to the menu, but at this time the beignets are only available at select restaurants.”

While they are limited right now, Popeyes has confirmed to Foodbeast that the chocolate-stuffed beignets will eventually get a nationwide release.

For now, we do know that they are available in Boston, and are looking to see where else the beignets may be available. We will update here if we locate them somewhere else.

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Fast Food What's New

Carl’s Jr. Adds Breakfast-Heavy PRIME RIB Menu To Their Lineup

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Prime rib normally isn’t a meat option you would consider at a fast food chain. The only major chains that have had it on the menu in their past are Arby’s, Quiznos, and Boston Market.

Carl’s Jr. has decided to join that list with their own take on the roast meat. That spin involves a heavy blending of prime rib and breakfast foods.

This includes the above Prime Rib Breakfast Burrito, which takes slow cooked prime rib and wraps it up with eggs, salsa, and cheese. At Hardee’s, the sister chain to Carl’s Jr., salsa is not included in the burrito.

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The other breakfast offering Carl’s Jr. is putting prime rib on is a breakfast biscuit, which gets Swiss cheese and a fried egg loaded on top. Hardee’s has an identical version on their menu as well.

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Outside of the breakfast offerings, Carl’s and Hardee’s are also putting a Prime Rib Thickburger on their menu. Prime rib and a beef patty are joined by caramelized onions and cheddar sauce in this loaded hybrid.

All of the prime rib is cooked sous vide, a method you normally wouldn’t associate with fast food. However, it does ensure a tender and even cooking to an entire cut of beef, and should translate into what Carl’s and Hardee’s are offering.

The entire prime rib menu, including the breakfast options, are available for a limited time.

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Fast Food What's New

Einstein Bros. Just Created Bagels Made Entirely Of Eggs

Photo courtesy of Einstein Bros., background from Dana DeVolk // Unsplash

While sous vide egg bites have taken the breakfast world by storm in recent years, bagel chain Einstein Bros. has taken the concept a step further and made entire bagels out of the eggs.

Their new “Eggels” are marketed as a gluten-free alternative to bagels, and are prepared the same way as a sous vide egg bite you might find in a grocery store or Starbucks. The big difference is obviously the size and shape of the fluffy eggs.

Einstein Bros. is releasing their Eggels in two different flavors: a Three Meat and Cheese Eggel with bacon, turkey sausage and ham, and a Veggie Egg White variety loaded with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and spinach.

It’ll be intriguing to see how well the egg bagels hold together, considering how light sous vide eggs can be when cooked. I’m also tempted to split one in half and schmear it in cream cheese, just like a regular bagel, to see how that turns out.

You can now find these Eggels at Einstein Bros. locations nationwide, excluding those in airports, universities, and hotels.