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Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

Photo by Joan Oger on Unsplash

With the launch of both their bubble tea and Boba Tea, Dunkin Donuts have been making some pretty big moves this summer, but one change goes far beyond a refreshing beverage.

Today Food reports that 450 Dunkin’ locations will shut down by the end of this year as a result of the donut and coffee chain ending its deal with Hess Corporation, which owns Speedway gas stations.

This means that the 450 locations set to close will all be ones located within Speedway locations. These spots offer only a limited Dunkin’ menu and are much smaller than the chain’s standalone restaurants.

While they are shutting down their Speedway locations, Dunkin did mention to Today that by doing so, they’ll be in a better position to open new full-service stores in the areas of closure.

Currently, there are more than 8,500 Dunkin’ locations nationwide. The upcoming closuress are planned to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Fast Food

WaBa Grill’s New Take Home Feast Will Feed An Entire Family

With many of us working from home, there have been many opportunities to reconnect with our families over meals.

Recognizing that, WaBa Grill has added a new family feast option that will feed up to four people for $24.

The Family Feast includes a choice of protein (Chicken, Steak, WaBa (Chicken + Steak), or Tofu), vegetables, white or brown rice, 10 pieces of dumplings, and four bottled beverages of choice.

For a price point of $24, I’d say that’s a pretty solid dinner option for a hungry family.

The chain is also offering a “Healthier For You” menu with 10 items that cost $5 or less that customers can choose from. This includes mini chicken and tofu bowls, soups, dumplings, and salads.

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Drinks Fast Food What's New

Del Taco Is First Major Fast Food Chain To Add Popping Boba To Their Menu

Popping boba, encapsulated pearls that burst when you bite into them, have yet to make it onto the menus of major fast food chains in America. While they’ve become popular at froyo shops — the concept of boba and its popularity have been a thing for a while now — it has yet to penetrate the biggest chains in food.

Photo courtesy of Del Taco

That all changed with Del Taco’s most recent introduction, Sprite Poppers. Made with popping boba topped over Sprite and ice, the new drinks mark the first time a major fast food chain has added the unique topping to their menu.

Del Taco’s offer consists of two flavors, mango or cherry popping boba, that are piled on top of the iced beverage. The drinks cost $1.29 each, roughly the same price as a small soft drink.

For those curious, popping boba is typically made by encapsulating a liquid, such as juice or flavored syrup, within a “shell” made from a calcium solution and sodium alginate, which is a gelling protein found in seaweed. It’s the reaction between the calcium and alginate protein that leads to the gel-like capsules to form.

They’re typically difficult to make at scale, making Del Taco’s addition of these drinks noteworthy. Whether it leads to more popping boba drinks coming to fast food, or even the addition of real boba itself, remains to be seen.

Del Taco’s Sprite Poppers will be available for a limited time.

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Fast Food Plant-Based What's New

Burger King Adds New Impossible Foods Breakfast Croissan’wich To Menus

Photo: Constantine Spyrou

Burger King just launched a new breakfast item that’s expanding their meatless menu options to a more sustainable alternative. This comes in the form of the Impossible Croissan’wich.

This new Croissan’wich sandwich features a vegan patty made from Impossible Foods’ sausage.

Burger King’s new item boasts eggs, melted American cheese, and a seasoned sausage that’s composed of plant-based Impossible Foods squared away within a flaky croissant vessel.

Photo: Constantine Spyrou

It should be noted, however, that the sandwich itself is far from vegan. Neither the eggs, nor cheese are plant-based. We’re also pretty sure there’s butter in the croissant as well. Fans have already taken to the chain’s social accounts suggesting an all-vegan version would sell much more.

However, this could be a step towards sustainability within fast food especially when it comes to the scarcity of meat these days.

The Impossible Croissan’wich is available nationwide now at participating Burger King locations. BK is also giving away up to 100,000 free Impossible Croissan’wich sandwiches to any late-night diners through their app to with the minimum of $1 purchase.

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Little Caesars Adds New CHEESE-STUFFED Crazy Bread

It goes without saying that anytime I order from Little Caesars pizza, a bag or three of their famous Crazy Bread is a must. Hot and greasy, I almost always grab an extra order of pure delight as fuel on long drives. Now, decades later, Little Ceasars is finally adding a cheesy twist to their famous bread sticks.

The new Cheese-Stuffed Crazy Bread is baked with melted mozzarella cheese inside and dusted with garlic and grated parmesan cheese. Each bag comes with three sticks and is served with a side of the chain’s marinara-like dip called Crazy Sauce.

Famed fast food reviewer Daym Drops got his hands on a bag and here’s what he had to say as a first look:

As you can see, while he appears to have enjoyed the sticks, his biggest criticism was that it needed a more garlic butter. He then goes on a rant explaining how if he ran his own Little Caesars his breadsticks would constantly be dunked in hot garlic butter, to which I gave him a standing ovation from my bedroom.

May want to take a beat this week and sneak over to our local Little Caesars. This looks too good not to try. Hopefully Mr. Drops just got a solitary dry batch. You can find the new variation of Crazy Bread at participating locations of Little Caesars now.

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Fast Food Packaged Food

Pringles x Wendy’s Collab Introduces Limited-Edition BACONATOR Chips

In an unexpected move, Pringles has partnered with sassy fast food burger chain Wendy’s to create a line of limited edition chips based off of the ever-popular menu item: The Baconator.

Pringles new Baconator Chips is said to boast just that, the taste of its namesake.

For those unfamiliar, the Baconator is made with a half pound of beef, American cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup, and mayonnaise. The idea was to capture the flavors of the iconic Wendy’s sandwich while making it as accessible as reaching into your pantry.

Looking forward to getting my hands on a can and seeing if this rings true.

You can find the new flavor of Pringles now at participating retailer snack food aisles nationwide for a limited time. Wonder if Pringles plans on collaborating with other fast food brands in the near future? Would love to see a Filet-O-Fish can in the future.

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Fast Food

KFC Tests New Sandwich In Response To Popeyes, Here’s Where To Find It

When Popeyes launched their premium chicken sandwich, the item became a viral sensation with cars piling up at drive-thrus and customers buying out sandwiches for weeks at a time. Chicken sandwich lovers have wondered since, when and how fried chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken would respond to this item.

It looks like fans will have to wonder no longer, as KFC is now testing their own Premium Chicken Sandwich.

At select locations in Florida, KFC is offering a new sandwich item that’s been touted as their best sandwich yet.

The new sandwich boasts a double-breaded extra crispy chicken filet that’s 20 percent bigger than the Original Colonel Chicken Sandwich. In comparison, the premium is laden with crispier and thicker pickles, the Colonel’s real mayo, and served on a brioche bun. You can get the sandwich in both classic or spicy,  depending on your affinity for heat.

Front line workers in Florida will be getting a first taste of this sandwich via delivery in the days to come. Customers who are eager to try this new menu offering can find them at the following locations:

  • 16800 W. New Hwy 441, Mount Dora, FL, 32757
  • 6217 International Rd., Orlando, FL, 32819
  • 502 S Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL, 32828
  • 5200 S John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL, 32839
  • 4466 Pleasant Hill Road, Poinciana, FL, 34758
  • 3601 S. Orlando Dr.Sanford, FL, 32773
  • 2882 N Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL, 32818
  • 1130 W. Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL, 34741
  • 5780 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL, 32821
  • 11302 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL, 32837
  • 510 U.S. Hwy 27, Clermont, FL, 34714
  • 5680 W US Highway 192, Kissimmee, FL, 34746
  • 4250 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL, 32792
  • 10825 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL, 32817
  • 3009 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL, 32808

While only available in Florida for the time being, we can easily expect to see this item make a national release sometime in the near future.

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Fast Food Sweets

Dairy Queen Now Offers VEGAN Dilly Bars

When you’re at the Dairy Queen, one of the most refreshing treats you can indulge in is a milky sweet chocolate-covered Dilly Bar. For those who haven’t been able to fully enjoy the iconic Dilly Bar because of dairy restrictions, Dairy Queen has now launched a Non-Dairy Dilly Bar for everyone to enjoy.

Made with coconut milk and covered in a crunchy chocolate coating, the new variation of the Dilly Bar is completely vegan.

You can find it at participating Dairy Queen locations nationwide now as single serve orders or multipacks that come six in a box. Dairy Queen is currently offering drive-thru, takeout, and delivery options for anyone craving some! In-restaurant and outdoor dining is also starting to re-open depending on the state.