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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

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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.

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Film/Television Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

MICKEY NUGGETS: Disney’s Plant-Based Dino Nugget Alternative, Coming Soon

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Dino Nuggets have long been the fun chicken caricatures of our school lunches, snacks, and late night cravings. There are many varieties of them today, whether they contain chicken or are plant-based.

However, none yet have had the backing of Disney, who’s lent the iconic Mickey Mouse shape to a plant-based nugget poised to become as popular as the OG chicken dinosaurs.

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Disney’s nugget comes courtesy of Kellogg’s, whose plant-based brand Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms is creating the nugget. The protein inside is made with soy, and the resulting product has 57% less fat and 35% less sodium than regular chicken nuggets.

These are meant to be a kid-friendly vegan alternative, giving them fun shapes like Dino Nuggets would, but also a good source of plant protein as well. Given how ubiquitous the Mickey Mouse moniker is, these will definitely be recognizable for kids all over.

It would be especially dope to see this inside of Disney theme parks, where plant-based innovation is already happening at a whirlwind pace. Kellogg’s has told Foodbeast that they don’t comment on future partnerships, but it would be awesome to see it happen.

Regardless, Mickey Nuggets are ready to take kids’ meals by storm when they arrive in the frozen chicken section of retailers nationwide this month.

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Drinks Science What's New

Pepsico’s Newest Beverage Is Supposed To Help You Sleep Better

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When you think Pepsico, the first thing that comes to mind is likely caffeinated soda beverages that help spike your energy. While those would tend to keep you up at night, their newest drink is all about helping folks sleep better.

Called Driftwell, this brand of canned “enhanced water” contains aromas and compounds that can help us chill out, relax, and get to sleep after a stressful day.

In terms of aroma, Driftwell’s first flavor uses blackberry and lavender, a soothing fragrance commonly used for relaxation.

The beverage itself is fortified with 10% of our daily needs of magnesium. It’s not just to get us the essential mineral: a 2018 study found that increasing dietary magnesium intake in the long term can help women sleep better. However, it was unable to establish a causation for this, and it couldn’t say the same thing for men.

Driftwell also contains 200 mg of theanine, which is found in green tea and other foods. Theanine has been found in research to increase levels of “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Since the drink itself contains a variety of compounds that help relax us, it’s natural that it should also provide some aid in sleeping. While we haven’t seen data yet that proves the functional beverage itself does the same, it definitely has the science to back it up.

10-packs of Driftwell will be available starting in December 2020 at stores nationwide. Each pack will cost $17.99.

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Fast Food What's New

Chick-Fil-A Is Testing A Pimento Cheese Fried Chicken Sandwich

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Pimento cheese has long been revered for its blend of creamy, cheesy, and spicy flavors and textures. In the United States, especially in the South, the spread has long been a favorite for biscuits, crackers, and veggies.

However, when it comes to fast food, it’s been hard to find outside of regional chain favorites like Bojangles or Krystal. That’s all changing, though, as Chick-fil-A is beginning to test pimento cheese on one of its fried chicken sandwiches.

Called the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich, the sandwich plays both off of pimento cheese and the “hot honey” flavor trend seen in grocery stores and restaurants alike, especially paired up with fried chicken.

The sandwich features a fried chicken breast filet drizzled with honey, along with pickled jalapenos and some pimento cheese schmeared over the chicken. For those who love pimento cheese, the sandwich provides those creamy textures and spicy heat, but adds a sweet honey and fried chicken to give some complexity to what we know and love about the spread.

The sandwich is available as a limited-time test offer in upstate South Carolina (ie. Greenville) and around Asheville, North Carolina.

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Fast Food What's New

Orange Chicken Wings Are The Latest Hype Flavor From Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings just debuted a variety of new wing sauce flavors for the fall season. The most intriguing of those is one ubiquitous with American Chinese food: Orange Chicken.

Buffalo’s take on Orange Chicken Wings is available bone-in or boneless, and features a sweet glaze with flavors of citrus, soy, and cayenne. As a gimmicky nod to where the flavor comes from, each order of the wings comes with a custom fortune cookie on the side.

The other flavors Buffalo Wild Wings is adding include Pizza, Lemon Pepper, and Carolina Reaper, which features one of the spiciest chili peppers on the planet.

Pizza Wings are the only limited-time flavor of the bunch, as the rest, including the Orange Chicken Wings, will be permanent additions to the menu. The pizza flavor doesn’t actually use pizza sauce, as it takes Garlic Parmesan wings and adds on tomato and basil powders to give that familiar flavor.

Buffalo Wild Wings has also added a new cauliflower wings option that can be tossed in any of its sauce flavors, for those looking for a plant-based alternative to wings on the menu.

All of these options are now available nationwide.

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Grocery Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Ritz Peanut Butter Ice Cream Is Launching From Coolhaus Next Month

Fans of peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches are getting a frozen treat that celebrates the best of what that snack has to offer, but in ice cream form.

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Ritz has teamed up with Coolhaus to make a “Crackers & Cream” ice cream that featured a Ritz cracker swirl inside of a peanut butter ice cream. The collab is the first one Ritz has ever done in the ice cream space.

Ritz crackers on their own are well known, but combining them with peanut butter here calls to our childhood lunch snacks and reminds us that the school season is just around the corner.

Since Coolhaus is known for doing some out-of-box flavors, it would also be cool to see a flavor based on the cheddar Ritz cracker sandwiches some time in the future.

For the current Ritz peanut butter ice cream, however, you can purchase it starting it on September 9th. The flavor is a limited edition, and only available for purchase on the Coolhaus website. There’s no telling if it will make it into grocery stores just yet.

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Fast Food What's New

Little Caesars’ Launches 50/50 Cheesy Breadstick Pizza

One of the more recent trends in pizza is to make a pie that’s 50% ‘za, 50% something else. Pizza calzone hybrids, for example, have become popular on Instagram.

Little Caesars is capitalizing on this trend by making their own version of a half-and-half pizza, this time using their cheesy breadsticks to go alongside the slices.

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The new Slices-N-Stix Pizza features four slices of pepperoni baked on the same crust as eight pieces of Little Caesars’ cheesy breadsticks. It comes with a side of Crazy Sauce, which is the chain’s take on a marinara dipping sauce.

For those ordering individually from Little Caesars, this could be an interesting pizza used to get your full meal in one box. It reduces cardboard waste and leftovers all at the same time: If you usually go for half a pizza in an order, that is.

The Slices-N-Stix Pizza is a limited time offer that will be available starting August 31st. You can pick up one for $6.