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McDonald’s Adds ‘Pho Burger’ To Vietnam Menu

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When I think of pho, I’m taken back to the many comfort meals I’d enjoy at home, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Taking down a piping bowl of rich, aromatic pho was probably one of my greatest delights growing up.

Well, it looks like McDonald’s Vietnam is looking to capture some of those delights in the motherland, as they’ve taken elements of the iconic Vietnamese noodle soup and turned it into a Pho Burger.

The burger features two beef patties sourced from Vietnam’s neighboring Australia, an egg patty, pho centric herbs, and cilantro. McDonald’s also took pho broth and reduced it down to a thick sauce to finish off the Pho Burger, served on an English Muffin.

Not sure how I feel about the lack of noodles if they’re calling it a pho burger, though.

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You can also order Vietnamese Iced Coffee to go along with your burger. If you’re a fan of robust drip coffee paired with sweet condensed milk, it is definitely a must-try. Though not quite sure how strong McDonald’s makes theirs.

Not super sure if the new burger is meant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but hey, I feel that way about regular pho. It kind of goes with every meal.

You can find the burger and coffee combination at participating McDonald’s locations in Vietnam.

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Dunkin’ To Launch Limited Edition Donut-Infused Beer In Collab With Brewery

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A while back, Dunkin’ partnered with Harpoon Brewery to create a line of Dunkin’ Coffee Porter that you can buy in stores. It appears the collaboration was successful because the two have once again come together to craft a new beverage for both beer and donut fans. 

The Dunkin x Harpoon collaboration will be a major donut chain’s first-ever foray into donut-infused beer. 

This month, you can buy Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin (Spiced Latte Ale), Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme (Creamy Irish Stout), and Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut (Hazy IPA) as the new trio of donut-infused beers. 

They will also join Harpoon’s Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, which was inspired by Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee. 

While the donut-infused beer isn’t the first of it’s kind, it appears to be the first major attempt by a prolific fast food donut chain.

As someone who loves Boston Kreme Donuts but isn’t big on stouts, I’m genuinely curious about which way I’ll lean when it comes to the Dunkin’ Boston Kreme. You can find the donut beers anywhere Harpoon is sold.

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McDonald’s Is Launching Spicy McNuggets For The First Time Ever

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As far back as I can remember, which only goes as far as the mid-’80s, McDonald’s McNuggets have been a mainstay communal dish amongst my friends and family. The never-changing morsels of breaded chicken meat paired with a smorgasbord of dipping sauces always brought light to the paralyzing darkness in the pit of my stomach. 

Never once did I ever think McDonald’s would change their McNugget in any capacity. Turns out, I was pretty wrong.

The fast-food chain just announced that they’ll be launching a new variation of their iconic Chicken McNuggets for the first time ever. 

Dubbed the Spicy Chicken McNuggets, the new Golden Arches innovation is breaded with tempura batter seasoned with chili and cayenne powder. 

Joining the new Chicken McNugget offering will be the brand’s first new dipping sauce flavor since 2017: Mighty Hot Sauce. McDonald’s Mighty Hot Sauce is made with a blend of crushed red pepper and spicy cheeses combined with savory garlic and just the tiniest hint of sweetness.

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With all the hot new items added to the menu, McDonald’s is also adding a new McFlurry flavor to help balance out all the heat. The new Chips Ahoy! McFlurry features the chain’s famous soft serve topped with caramel and Chips Ahoy! Cookie pieces blended together. 

Patrons can find the new items arriving on September 16 at participating McDonald’s locations. 

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Dunkin’ Adds Maple Snackin’ Bacon And Stuffed Bagels

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Last year, Dunkin’ launched a bold new breakfast concept with bacon lovers foaming at the mouth: hand held Snackin’ Bacon. Essentially, crispy strips of peppered bacon were served a la carte utterly independent of a sandwich vessel. 

Dunkin’ has released a massive new menu of offerings ahead of their fall breakfast line up. 

Some highlights of the new Satisfying Snackin’ Selection include a new variation of Snackin’ Bacon boasting a sweet and savory maple flavor. Also, joining the chain’s menu will be creamed cheese-filled Stuffed Bagel Minis and Steak & Cheese Rollups

Dunkin’ has also beefed up its fall favorites beverage menu to include some new seasonal offers such as a new Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chai Latte

Sounds like a visit to Dunkin’ is definitely happening in the not too distant future. You can find these breakfast items now at participating Dunkin’ locations nationwide. Man, I could honestly go for some Snackin’ Bacon right now. 

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Tim Hortons Unveils Froot Loops Donuts And Timbits

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I have to admit, I’m a sucker for anything vibrant and colorful that comes in donut form. Blame it on growing up in a donut shop as a child or years of watching The Simpsons on syndication.

If you’re a fan of the same level of vibrance encompassing your fried dough confections, look to Tim Hortons for their latest innovation: Froot Loops Dream Donuts and Froot Loops Timbits.

The Froot Loops Dream Donuts are topped with a strawberry glaze, Froot Loops cereal, and white icing drizzle.

As for Tim Horton’s iconic Timbits, they are coated in a strawberry glaze and topped with Froot Loops crumbs to create a colorful variation of the iconic Canadian donut hole.

You can find these new Froot Loops donuts available now at participating U.S. locations of Tim Hortons.

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Chipotle Tests Cauliflower Cilantro-Lime Rice In Select Stores

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Fans of cauliflower rice will be pretty happy to hear that the grain alternative will be tested at select Chipotle locations across the country.

The fast-casual Mexican food chain announced this week that they’ve begun testing Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower rice as a new plant-based option.

Made with grilled cauliflower that’s seasoned with fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt, the new test item adheres to vegan, paleo, keto, and Whole30 diets.

Chipotle Chief Marketing Officer Chris Brandt said in a statement that cauliflower rice is one of the most requested menu additions from customers.

Only time will tell if this will make a nationwide release on Chipotle menus. But if the stats are any indication, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice is more than likely going to happen.

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Burger King Starts Serving Whoppers Using Beef With Reduced Methane Emissions

Over the past few years, switching to meat alternatives has grown in popularity as folks look to eat less meat for environmental reasons. One of the biggest environmental concerns is the greenhouse gas emissions that livestock production gives off, roughly 65% of which comes from beef, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

People still want to eat meat, though, and research has begun to take shape in how meat production could reduce its own emissions. Some of that research has made its way to Burger King, who is now using it to make “Reduced Methane Emissions Beef” for some of its Whoppers.

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Burger King’s new beef comes from research that herbs like lemongrass can be used to reduce the amount of emissions that come from enteric fermentation. This means that in cow’s stomachs, different kinds of bacteria can ferment what they eat into gases that include methane, and by changing around a cow’s diet, you could reduce some of the methane these gut bacteria produce.

Burger King discussed its own test data related to emissions in a press release, which claims that adding 100 grams of lemongrass to cow’s diets helps them release less methane as they digest food. BK’s Reduced Methane Emissions Beef goes on this diet for three to four months prior to slaughter, which, according to Burger King, can lower methane emissions by an average of 33% per day.

Burger King’s own research was conducted in tandem with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and U.C. Davis. An independent 2013 study from the Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences found lemongrass to be effective, but lemongrass in conjunction with supplemental herbs and spices like garlic powder and peppermint could possibly lower emissions even more.

Burger King is taking a big step forward, though, in introducing this kind of beef in its locations, as well as trying to reduce the carbon footprint of its burger production.

Right now, you can get Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whoppers at select locations in Miami, New York, Austin, Portland, and Los Angeles while supplies last.

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Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

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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.