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You Can Now Add Fried Cheese Patties To Any Carl’s Jr. Menu Item

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are taking the Instagram virality of fried cheese patties and making it a ubiquitous fast food item.

Photo courtesy of Carl’s Jr.

The Carl’s and Hardee’s version of the food fad is known as the Big Fried Cheese (BFC), and consists of a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses coated in a seasoned breading.

Both restaurants will be getting signature sandwiches that contain the fried cheese on the menu. Carl’s and Hardee’s will both have a BFC Angus Thickburger featuring the cheese and a 1/3 pound patty, while Hardee’s will also have a BFC Frisco Breakfast sandwich that adds egg, sliced cheese, and bacon to the gooey concoction.

Photo courtesy of Carl’s Jr.

These aren’t the only offerings the BFC can be added to, however. Any burger or breakfast sandwich that either fast food chain offers up can also get a fried cheese patty upgrade. At a $3 upcharge, everything from Beyond Famous Stars to Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches can get the molten, fried cheese disc added on.

All Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations nationwide now have the Big Fried Cheese on the menu, which appears to be a permanent menu option.

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Hardee’s Has A New Seasonal Meal Called Thanksgiving In A Box

Thanksgiving is a hop, skip, and a jump around the corner and Hardee’s has a fresh take on the traditional meal. They’re calling it Hardee’s Thanksgiving In A Box and it’s their first ever seasonal meal. It marries the franchise’s quality approach with familiar holiday flavors. Each Thanksgiving In A Box includes Stuffing Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Toasted Onion Green Beans and Savory Chicken Gravy. 

The Stuffing Chicken Tenders are a 100% all-white meat chicken, hand-breaded with sage and herb stuffing. It’s meant to pair well with the new Savory Chicken Gravy. The other two box-items are the Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, tossed in sweet waffle batter and fried up, and Toasted Onion Coated Green Beans, which is a spin on green bean casserole. At only $6.99, this could be the perfect Friendsgiving chip-in. 

A recent study by Hardee’s revealed a desire by Americans to break from traditional Thanksgiving dinners. I’d imagine the plant-based revolution, rise in foodie culture, and cultural crossover from the internet are factors. Reportedly, over 64% of Americans would love an alternative to the standard turkey, and 53% are hoping for new side dishes this year. 

Hardee’s will be testing out the new holiday flavors at participating restaurants in Jacksonville, FL starting November 13, 2019 – December 3, 2019, while supplies last. If you’re in the area, rather than slave over the stove, you can now suggest Thanksgiving In A Box for dinner.

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Froot Loops Mini Donuts Will Be Back On Carl’s Jr. Menus Soon

Last year, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brought a taste of childhood nostalgia to life in the form of Froot Loops mini donuts. Apparently, they were such a success that the chain has decided to bring them back.

Photo: Peter Pham

Just like last time, the pastel-colored rainbow of mini donuts will be priced at $1.99 for a set of five.

They will come in the recognizable Froot Loops colors, with shades of red, blue, green, purple, and yellow being encased within the little box.

Hardee’s customers will have a chance to get these a couple of days before Carl’s Jr. fans, as they will start selling them February 25, while Carl’s Jr. is going to have them available starting February 27.

The Froot Loops mini donuts sold out in just a few weeks last time around, so you probably have about that long to get your hands on them for this second round.

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Is Carl’s Jr’s New ‘Beyond Burger’ Actually Healthy?

[Editor’s Note: A previous iteration of this article stated that that the “Beyond Burger” had 0 grams of saturated fat, but the patty itself has 5 grams. A Carl’s Jr. representative reached out to Foodbeast and added that the Beyond Famous Star is higher in calories, protein, and sodium because the patty is larger than a standard Carl’s Jr. beef patty.]

Plant-based foods are usually associated with being “healthy,” but just as being a vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in good health, eating Carl’s Jr’s new Beyond Famous Star Burger doesn’t mean you can suddenly binge on plant-based cheeseburgers.

Beyond Meat makes a veggie-based burger that looks, and almost tastes like beef, quickly becoming popular with the vegan and vegetarian community. When carefully compared to a classic beef Famous Star with cheese, however, the Beyond Famous Star doesn’t really wow you in the nutritional department.

In fact, the plant-based burger is actually higher in calories, fat, carbohydrates, and has the same amount of sugar content.

To be fair, a lot of it comes from the bread, cheese, and sauce, not the patty itself, but the same could be said for its beefy counterpart.

When put side-by-side, with the patty being the only difference between the two burgers, the numbers stack up like so:

Calories:

Beyond- (710)
Beef- (690)

Fat:

Beyond- (40 grams)
Beef- (37 grams)

Carbohydrates:

Beyond- (61 grams)
Beef- (57 grams)

Protein:

Beyond- (30 grams)
Beef- (28 grams)

Cholesterol:

Beyond- (30 mg)
Beef- (75 mg)

Sodium:

Beyond- (1,550 mg) 
Beef- (1,210 mg)

Sugars:

Beyond- (12 g)
Beef- (12 g)

Fiber:

Beyond- (5g)
Beef- (3g)

__________

Perhaps the key difference, while subtle, lies in the cholesterol.

Beyond Famous Star pictured to the left, Beef Famous Star on right.

With 40 fewer milligrams, zero coming from the patty itself, the new veggie burger is a tad bit more heart friendly than its beefy uncle, however, the sodium content is less than ideal. With a whopping 1,550 mg of sodium, the Beyond Burger has 340 more milligrams than the standard Famous Star, and surpasses The American Heart Association’s ideal daily recommendation of 1,500 mg.

You’re probably reading this and telling yourself, “Well, that’s because it has a bunch of fast food ingredients attached to it. The Beyond Burger patty itself probably isn’t that bad on its own.”

That is also not necessarily true.

When comparing the Beyond Burger patty, stripped down, with no cheese, bread, or sauce to blow up its nutritional numbers, a typical standard beef patty still has a bit of a nutritional edge.

For example, the Beyond patty is still higher in calories (270), fat (20g), sodium (380 mg), and carbohydrates (5g). It also has a little bit more protein (20 grams) for you meatheads trying to bulk up.

Even with all this data, you could argue that it is a win for Beyond Meat. If the goal is to make plant-based food that resembles its meaty predecessors, then plant-based junk food, in theory, should be, well, junk.

Regardless of nutrition, Beyond Meat’s ultimate goal is sustainability, and not necessarily trying to pander to PETA and vegans in the process. If slapping dairy products on their plant-based burger means that more people will eat it over beef, it’s still more eco-friendly over the alternative.

To ask Carl’s Jr. to make a healthy burger is unfair, anyway. We don’t go to Carl’s Jr. to revive our diets, we go for comfort food that’s cheap and fast. This collaboration still provides that convenience.

At the end of the day, the Beyond Famous Star is not a “healthy” new burger. It’s a fatty, cheesy, salty, carb-y burger that just happens to be made without beef.

Keep those expectations realistic when making your way to the drive-thru, and you won’t be disappointed when that burger goes straight to your hips, as junk food should.

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Carl’s Jr. Is Now Serving FROOT LOOPS MINI DONUTS

Photo: Peter Pham

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.

Photo: Peter Pham

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.

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Hardee’s New Cajun Chicken Fillet Biscuit Is Gunning For Chick-fil-A’s Iconic Spicy Biscuit

It’s been more than a year now since Chick-fil-A got rid of their beloved Spicy Chicken Biscuit. Avid fans, however, could actually get their hands on one if they were lucky enough to live near one of the few locations that still made them.

With the spicy chicken biscuit void in the fast food world, Hardee’s is attempting make a claim for the throne with their new Cajun Chicken Fillet Biscuit. Brand Eating reports this new menu addition will be a spicier version of their existing chicken biscuit that’s served on their breakfast menu. It’s essentially a crispy chicken fillet tossed in Cajun spices and thrown into a “Made from Scratch” biscuit.

Spicy chicken biscuits are few and far between in the fast food world, and one of the most delicious ones in recent memory was hands down Chick-fil-A’s. We haven’t had a chance to try Hardee’s variation yet, but rest assured, they have some pretty spicy shoes to fill if they want to claim that breakfast sandwich title.

While Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s made some major improvements in their biscuit recipe a few years back, they’re not quite there yet when it comes to bridging the gap between buttery dough and juicy white meat. Still, maybe this new item will prove us wrong and capture our hearts like a stubborn Pokemon nestled in a tuft of tall grass.

Hardee’s Cajun Chicken Fillet Biscuit is only available for a limited time at participating locations. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find them at their sister brand Carl’s Jr.

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Boneless Ribs Might Be Shark Tank Investor’s ‘Biggest Deal Ever’

Three years ago, on the hit CNBC show Shark Tank, investor Daymond John decided to inject $300,000 into boneless rib makers Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs for 30% ownership because he thought the idea was “brilliant.”

At the time, the company’s owner, former NFL player Al “Bubba” Baker, reported $154,000 in annual sales to the Sharks. Today, that sales number is now around a staggering $16 million dollars, and Daymond John believes it could be his “biggest deal ever” from the show.

From the moment that Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs appeared on Shark Tank, the sales kept pouring in and deals were made. This year, that growth was finally taken notice of by a major fast food chain company: CKE Restaurants. After reportedly discovering the company at a food industry trade show, they decided to order a million pounds of the patented boneless ribs to create a new sandwich for their two chains, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, exponentially growing sales numbers for the boneless rib makers.

Baker was ecstatic and emotional about the progress of his company in an interview with CNBC.

“When you have a project that is 30 some years in the making and you finally see it come to fruition — the emotions, it was overwhelming. It’s been three years and sales are at $16 million and I just can’t believe it.”

Daymond John concurred, saying that “the future is bright” for Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs.

With a massive deal like the one CKE Restaurants just gave them, things are definitely looking great for Al Baker and Daymond John.

And now, Americans have a brand new way to try out these real boneless ribs for themselves.

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Carl’s Jr. Introduces MASSIVE Boneless Baby Back Rib Sandwich

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are coming after McDonald’s with the introduction of a new rib sandwich.

The new Baby Back Rib Burger boasts a charbroiled beef patty, crispy onions, pickles, and de-boned baby back ribs slathered in Cattleman’s Original BBQ Sauce, all served between two brioche-style buns, Brand Eating reports.

Because McDonald’s McRib isn’t technically a boneless rib (more like a rib meat patty), Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are set to become the first major fast food chain to offer boneless rib meat on their menus. BBQ lovers can rejoice now that they’ll be able to roll into a drive-thru and get their rib fix within minutes.

The rib meat was sourced from rib makers Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs, who appeared on Shark Tank a few years ago.

Patrons of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s can find the new burger on April 27 at participating restaurant locations nationwide. Hopefully the real-life burger looks as promising as the official photo.

We’ve been burned before.