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Burger King Launches $1 Tacos That Look Like Jack In The Box Tacos

While Burger King is known for its burgers, they’re taking a page out of Jack In The Box’s playbook with a crispy beef taco that officially launched nationwide, Tuesday.

The Jack In The Box comparisons stem from its overall look, from the ingredients, down to the greasy coat the shoots through the middle of the tortilla.

The “crispy” tortilla is filled with ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce and taco sauce.

This isn’t a new concept for Burger King, with an iteration being released way back in 2010. At the time, they sold them in pairs for $1.49, which means the current $1 per taco is a bit of an increase, and definitely more than Jack In The Box’s two for about $1.29.

Early reviews have not been exactly positive, as Joey Hernandez of the “Joey’s World Tour” YouTube channel hysterically laughed at the lack of meat, and sad strips of shredded lettuce that were within his taco.

The legendary Daym Drops also reviewed the taco, even less favorably, comparing the meat to “3rd grade slop,” as he reminisced over his childhood cafeteria food.

Burger King released a promo video where they had folks in Austin, Texas get a first taste of the new tacos. It was all pretty standard promo praise, except for a cringeworthy moment where a woman professed that she would pay up to $6 for these fast food, heat lamp tacos.

Looking for some more positive thoughts on the tacos, I tried to see what fans were saying, and it didn’t get much better:


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Probably the most positive outlook on the tacos was:


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This isn’t the first time Burger King has stepped out of its comfort zone, if fans can recall the Burger King grilled hot dog, and even the Whopperito.

The tacos will be available at participating locations nationwide, and for a limited time.

If you miss out on them, just got to Jack In The Box.

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Jack In The Box Testing Tiny Versions Of Their Classic Tacos

When you’re trying to eat something cheap and fast, Jack In The Box’s tacos are always a perfect go-to move. The tacos have become a staple and now Jack In The Box is downsizing its classic tacos to the point of being bite-sized.

In one of the most exciting tests that Jack has announced in a while, ‘Tiny Tacos’ now exist in five, 15, and 25 pieces. On top of that, you can turn up with a 15-piece “Loaded” version that’s covered in nacho cheese, hot sauce and shredded lettuce.

Jack’s accompanying the tacos with taco sauce, buttermilk ranch and avocado lime sauce that you can dip these little snackable tacos with.

The bad news is that these are only testing in select Austin, Dallas, and Fresno Jack In The Box locations. The good news is that there’s a pretty high chance that these mini tacos will blow up and we will force Jack In The Box to make them available nationwide.

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Jack In The Box’s New Strips Fill A Spicy Void Left By Other Fast Food

There’s a certain devastation when a fast food restaurant discontinues a top notch menu item. Such a tragedy was felt when Chick-Fil-A got rid of its Spicy Chicken Biscuit, and doubled when Wendy’s Spicy Nuggets suddenly disappeared.

While those items are sorely missed, Jack In The Box is jumping in to rub some Vicks on our broken hearts with their new Spicy Chicken Tenders.

Can they fully replace the other spicy favorites? Probably not, but they are delicious in their own right, and hopefully stick around longer than your ex did.

Jack’s selling them in three and five-piece combos starting at $4.99.

Early feedback seems pretty positive, so far, as eaters have been digging the new spicy tenders:


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I gave them a shot myself, and I’m willing to co-sign these strips.

Having a fairly high tolerance for spicy, I wasn’t expecting these to light my mouth on fire, and they didn’t. That’s not a knock, though.

On a heat scale, they’re probably about three notches above “white people spicy,” and maybe a notch below continuously eating a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Adjust accordingly.

Mine didn’t have a crunch to them, but they also had to endure a 10 minute walk back to the Foodbeast office.

Jack is also positioning the strips as “Bigger, bolder and batter,” and they did seem to have some girth to them. Don’t expect them to be big enough to be used as a weapon, but they’re a decent size as far as strips go.

While our hearts will always yearn for the chicken of spicy past, these can fill the void quite admirably.

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Jack In The Box’s New ‘Burger Dippers’ Convert The Sandwich Into French Fry Form

Fast food’s ever-evolving definition of what constitutes a “fry” has expanded to proteins like chicken in the past, but we’ve never seen an entire burger converted into French fry form.

Jack in the Box appears to be doing just that with their latest test item. Called “Burger Dippers,” they have a texture similar to a “chicken nugget,” according to Luke from The Sacramento Food Review. The outer coating appears to be dotted with sesame seeds, further evoking that burger feel. Luke wasn’t too impressed with the Dippers otherwise, saying in a full review that the taste felt “artificial.”

Photo courtesy of Jack in the Box

Foodbeast has gotten confirmation from Jack in the Box that these are a limited-time test item in the Sacramento area. The new item is supposed to have all of the flavor of a cheeseburger, but in the form of an easily dippable french fry.

According to a Jack in the Box representative from one of the test locations, the inside of the Burger Dippers consists of a hamburger patty, and they can be served with ketchup or ranch upon request.

Photo courtesy of Jack in the Box

The Burger Dippers will be available until March 31st, and available in a pack of 4 for $2.50 or as part of a $6 Munchie Meal.

UPDATE: Apparently, these Burger Dippers are quite similar to the McFry, a 2015 creation from the mind of fellow Foodbeast Tym Bussanich. You can view his original concept here.

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Jack in the Box and Martha Stewart Feud Over Asian Fried Chicken Sandwich

The latest celebrity feud comes from two iconic figures in the world of food: Martha Stewart and Jack Box.

As part of Jack’s new game day promotion, the fictitious figurehead crashes a segment in Stewart’s studio kitchen during her demonstration on how to make a Banh Mi-inspired fried chicken sandwich. During the “taping” she conveniently comments to viewers that they would not be able to find something like her sandwich at a fast food restaurant.

This enrages Jack who storms the set and exclaims that his new “food truck series” actually carries an Asian-inspired crispy chicken sandwich, albeit not a Banh Mi.

The sandwich features crispy fried chicken, an Asian slaw, Gochujang mayo, served on a toasted baguette. Kind of an amalgam, taking elements from different Asian cuisines.

To add further layers to their dispute, text messages were leaked between the two icons:

Wonder if this beef will get squashed after a limited time, or if it’ll be another Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon feud. In the meantime, that sandwich doesn’t sound half bad.

Jack’s new food truck series will debut a trio of sandwiches inspired by gourmet food truck items.

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Jack In The Box And Merry Jane’s New Munchie Meal Celebrates Marijuana Legalization In California

In 2018, Jack In The Box fans with the munchies will definitely have something to be merry about – even after the holidays. The fast food chain is partnering up with a munchies-driven partner to create a limited-time Late Night Munchies Meal.

Jack in the Box is partnering with Merry Jane, a leading cannabis lifestyle and media platform, to launch the new Merry Munchie Meal.

The Merry Munchie Meal features a serving of Halfsies (1/2 curly fries, 1/2 onion rings), 2 Jack Tacos, 5 Mini Churros, 3 Crispy Chicken Strips, and a small drink. Truly a meal that would conquer any form of munchies.

On Jan. 18, the new Munchies Meal will be available in California to coincide with the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Iwona Alter, Cheif Marketing Offier of Jack In The Box said in a press release:

“Jack’s Munchie Meals have been successful for us because of the authenticity of how we speak to our customers. This partnership is one more way for us to connect with them—whether you’re at a concert, up late playing video games or pulling an all-nighter. We are about welcoming all of our guests, no matter what they’re craving or why they’re craving it.”

“Launching the Merry Munchie Meal is the perfect way to acknowledge the cannabis culture in our shared home state of California,” said Scott Chung, Merry Jane’s Chief Operations Officer.

Jack fans in the Southern California area can find this new Munchie Meal in select locations around the city of Long Beach. The box will be available for, you guessed it, $4.20. Before tax, though.

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Here’s What Could Have Led To Jack In The Box Selling Qdoba

Photo: Bobak Ha’Eri | Wikimedia Commons

This morning, news broke that fast-casual Mexican brand Qdoba had been sold by Jack In The Box. The restaurant chain was sold to Apollo Management Group, who also owns Chuck E. Cheese’s, in a $305 million deal expected to close in April 2018.

USA Today attributes a number of factors that led to Qdoba’s less-than-ideal fiscal year. Company-owned same-store sales dropped 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, with overall same-store sales dropping 2 percent. There was also a 50 percent hike in avocado prices that definitely didn’t help.

Qdoba was purchased by Jack In The Box in 2003 when they only had 85 locations. In the 14 years since, the brand grew drastically under Jack’s ownership with more than 700 restaurants in the United States.

This, however, was during the era where fast-casual eateries like Chipotle were flourishing.

With a concept so similar to Chipotle, it was understandable that Qdoba had trouble finding a way to differentiate itself from the Steve Ells-founded brand. Between the two, Chipotle was much more recognizable.

It also didn’t help that Chipotle began serving queso dip this year, one of the few things that set Qdoba apart from the fast-casual chain. Ultimately, there wasn’t too much that made Qdoba stand out from other fast casual spots.

Earlier this year, Jack In The Box announced that they would prioritize value, soon announcing the release of a 2018 value menu. During that announcement, the burger chain kept pretty hush about the future of Qdoba.

Jack In The Box Chief Executive Lenny Comma did mention earlier this May that having two different business models has impacted the value of the company as a whole. He also said in a second quarter earnings release that one of the things that would cause Jack to reconsider their plans for Qdoba was valuation. Paired with higher wages affecting restaurant margins, the sale to Apollo began to make much more sense.

So what’s Jack planning after the sale goes through?

According to the release, Jack in the Box will use the proceeds of the deal to retire outstanding debt.

Hopefully, under Apollo, Qdoba will have a second chance to rebrand themselves into something fans will flock towards. An al pastor spit, for example, would blow our minds.

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Jack In The Box Sells Qdoba To Chuck E. Cheese’s Owner For $305 Million

After over 14 years of ownership and growth, Jack In The Box sells Qdoba off to Apollo Management Group in a massive $305 million deal.

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Qdoba, which has become the second-largest Mexican fast casual brand in the US, will now be a part of the same company that controls Chuck E. Cheese. Proceeds of the deal, which is expected to close in April of 2018, will be used by Jack In The Box to retire outstanding debt, according to a release about the sale.

When Jack In The Box first acquired Qdoba in 2003, it had 85 locations and just $65 million in annual sales. Today, the chain has grown to 700 national locations with $820 million in sales in the 2017 fiscal year.

In a statement, CEO Larry Comma called Qdoba’s sale “the best alternative for enhancing shareholder value” and noted it as “consistent with [Jack In The Box’s] desire to transition to a less capital-intensive business model.”

Jack In The Box was known to be looking at strategic options to possibly sell or refranchise Qdoba for several months, especially after the chain’s same-store sales fell 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.

Shareholders of Jack In The Box seem to be pleased with the sale. As of press time this morning, shares of the fast food giant had climbed 2.57% to $102.92 each, according to Google Finance.