Fast Food What's New


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It seems Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations are taking some inspiration from one of our favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Their newest dessert features one in the form of Froot Loops Mini Donuts.

Guests of the two chains can order them in sets of five, with each donut sporting a different color (Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow) resembling the iconic cereal. The donuts are said to actually taste like Froot Loops too, you just won’t need to douse milk all over them. I mean, you can, you just won’t need to.

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The Froot Loops Mini Donuts will be available at participating Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations nationwide beginning Wednesday Aug. 29.

We haven’t seen anything this colorful come from a fast food chain since Taco Bell launched those icing-filled Cap’n Crunch Bites. In a time of social media dominance, this Instagram-friendly new addition, paired with that hint of ’90s nostalgia, might just be the winning combination for Carl’s Jr.

Drinks Packaged Food What's New

Slice Is Finally Coming Back, But With A Major Change

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If there was a soda that could instantly transport us back to our youths, it would be Slice soda. Between the sweet can design and the trace amounts of actual juice, Slice was our beverage of choice as we trudged along the painful period called adolescence.

Like with Tim Allen sitcoms, it appears Slice will also be making a return to the spotlight.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago entrepreneur Mark Thomann has obtained the trademark rights of the beverage from PepsiCo and will be distributed under the new company New Slice Ventures.

Unfortunately for Slice purists, the drink will undergo a change to fit our more health conscious generation. The soft drink will now become a beverage low in sugar and calories that’s sweetened with real fruit juice.

Think of it like LaCroix, just slightly sweeter.

Kind of makes sense that they’re going after the sparkling water demographic rather than retread their attempts against major sodas.

While the new Slice product is still in development, Thomann hopes to have it available to retailers within the next six months.

Hit-Or-Miss Restaurants

Listen Preppies, The Saved By The Bell Themed Diner Is Coming To L.A.!

When I wake up in the morning and my alarm gives out a warning that the uber cool Saved By The Bell themed diner is truly coming “bayside,” I geeked out harder than Screech does with robots named Kevin!

The pop-up diner dubbed “Saved By The Max” (after the sitcom’s original) has been in Chicago’s Wicker Park for the past year, with an overflowing amount of SOLD OUT evenings.

And now, “The Max” is making its way to the Los Angeles area!  Unfortunately, no word yet on when and where at this time… but I expect the 90s nostalgia will come rushing back to you as more details are revealed.  With Hollywood so close by, who knows which of your favorite SBTB stars will stop by.

Expect the same pre-millennium vibes, with similar menu items that pay homage to the characters that made the show such a hit. A.C Sliders? Lisa Turtle Milkshake? A Kelly Kapowski sandwich? Count me in!

Seems so cliché to quote Jesse Spano… but I can’t help it — “I’m so excited! I’m so excited!”

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Keep it locked on their social media channels: @savedbythemax or their website for further announcements!


Here’s Exactly When Crystal Pepsi Is Coming Back


You can absolutely call it a comeback. Crystal Pepsi is making a long-awaited return to US stores at the end of this summer. Back in the ’90s, Crystal Pepsi gained a cult following for its unique color and packaging.

Pepsi Co. announced that the caffeine-free beverage will be available at retailers in the United States on August 8 and July 7 in Canada.

According to AdAge, the beloved drink will be available for eight weeks. Last year, Crystal Pepsi also made a comeback, but was only available for a couple days. Eight weeks should be more than enough to get your fix.

Who knows when the soft drink’s next comeback is. Better stock up while you can.

Celebrity Grub

The ‘Saved By The Bell’ Pop Up Is Coming And It’s Totally Worth Ditching Class For


A while back, a pop-up called Saved By The Max announced that they would be doing a Saved By The Bell-themed dinner somewhere in Chicago.

Now, we finally know exactly where.

The group released a video, starring comedian/magician Ed Alonzo who played the character Max on the classic ’90s sitcom.

You can find the pop up at 1941 W. North Ave. in the heart of Wicker Park, Chicago. It will open on Wednesday, June 1.

Tickets go on sale Friday April 22 at


If You Really Miss Dunkaroos, Here’s How To Make Them At Home

Chef Josh Elkin‘s Snack Back series focuses on the best bites of our childhoods. In his latest installment, the chef tackles the classic Dunkaroos.

You know, the tiny cookies you dip into a deliciously sweet cream.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cream cheese, unsalted butter, salt, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and rainbow sprinkles. Oh, and cookies to dunk with of course.

Here’s what to do:

Cream together 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese with 1/4 cup of unsalted butter. Add a pinch of salt a a teaspoon of vanilla extract, continuing to mix it together until the consistency of is uniform.

Now, add a cup of powdered sugar in three stages. Don’t dump all of it into your mix at once. When the powdered sugar is completely blended into the cream, add 1/3 cup of rainbow sprinkles.

Gently fold the sprinkles into the mix. If you over mix, the sprinkles will bleed into the base.

All that’s left to do is dunk to your heart’s content.


‘Saved By The Bell’ Pop-Up Diner Is Opening In Chicago And We May Need That Chill Pill


Growing up, we always wondered what it would be like to spend a meal at the Max. The fictional diner was made popular by the ’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell. Now, you can finally experience what it’s like enjoy a meal of burgers, fries and a shake at the max.

According to Chicagoist, the Max will get its very own parody pop-up somewhere in Wicker Park this June called Saved By The Max. Menu items include dishes named after popular characters like the AC Sliders, Belding Fries, Lisa Turtle Milkshake and Preppy BLTs.

A full bar with cocktails inspired by the show will also be open to guests.

It seems Saved By The Max will even host a daily costume contest for fans willing to come dressed as Zack and the gang as well as trivia nights. The waitstaff will also be named Max or Kelly after the two most notable employees at the diner.

While not affiliated with the actual NBC series, the restaurant will pay homage to the ’90s series. Honestly, it sounds like a great throwback.

Expect to find it open on June 1.

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Flintstones Push-Ups, Thank You For My Childhood


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Until I grew into a freakishly long body and started chasing girls—or awkwardly stumbling after them, to be exact—I could’ve lived off of Flintstones Push-Up Pops (and Golden Grahams for morning nutrition, naturally). That’s all I really remember eating as a kid in the summertime.

And, damn, did I eat.

Some kids handle snacks like drunk birds, where they do things like color-code and set aside Skittles “for later.” I was in the other category of youngins, the ones who eat and live in the moment.


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So as a child without any regard whatsoever for “manners” or “sitting still,” I was a constant threat to…well, everything—my parents’ carpet, my grandparents’ couch, pets’ whiskery faces, you name it. It was probably safer to hand me a bomb than dessert. If I had an ice cream cone in my hand, there was only a 5% chance most of it wasn’t going on the ground or the rest of my face.

Imagine my shock and awe when Flintstone Push-Ups hit the scene.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a long-hidden conspiracy arose about push-ups being designed by parent-hired scientists back in the day. Not only were they fun for kids, push-ups were a straight up genius invention.

With its cardboard cylinder, you couldn’t make a mess. There was hardly a risk of spillage, and you didn’t wind up with a sticky face or hand since you were, by way of an elevator-like stick, only methodically exposed to reasonable portions at a time. The pressure was off! With push-ups, I instantly went from deplorable house guest to borderline tolerable.

The delicious sherbet prison concept wasn’t new in the 90s, though, and Nestlé’s push-ups still exist today. But without the friends and family of dedicated employee and doting husband-father Fred Flintstone, it kind of feels like a sham.

Fred and his kin were always there for you, from start to finish, like a good waiter always checking in on you without doing finger guns. Yes, I’d say, I am still enjoying this tasteful amount of sherbert, Fred, thank you.

The whole line-up was near flawless. Fred was Yabba Dabba Doo Orange, Wilma was Limerock Lime, Barney was Raspberry Rubble, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm split Cave Kid Cherry, Dino was Granite Grape, and then Baby Puss was Bedrock Berry for some reason.


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I always thought it was weird they chose the pet cat over Barney’s wife. Like, was Betty’s raw sexuality a concern for Nestlé, given that she was a stone-cold dime piece who married beneath her?

But like all good things—rainbows, the Beatles, Kirk Cameron’s likeability—they come to an end. That’s why you treasure them. Flintstone Push-Ups hit fever pitch in the mid-90s and it just wasn’t sustainable. How could it be?

Looking back, it feels like their market presence melted as quickly as they did. Yet, if you ate a push-up right, even the sloppiest eater could leave someone’s house with a clean hand and a cleaner conscience.