Fast Food

Taco Bell Kills Childhood, Drops Kid’s Meals to Make Way for Millennials


Taco Bell has announced that it will discontinue its Kid’s Meal and will pull the offer at select restaurants starting this month. By January 2014, kids’ meals will be completely removed from the Taco Bell menu.

In a press release, Taco Bell claimed that it was the first major fast food chain to eliminate meals targeted toward children. Although the sale of kids’ meals dropped to less than 1 percent of Taco Bell’s total gross in 2012, the company claims that the decision was influenced by branding concerns, not economics.

“We want to strengthen and be really clear and focused on our brand positioning as the brand for millennials,” he said. “And a kid’s meal is just inconsistent with the edgy, left-of-center millennial brand,” CEO Greg Creed told HuffPo.

A valid point. Taco Bell seems to get most of its drive-thru love via twenty-somethings ordering the Doritos Locos Taco at 3AM.

Kid’s meal entrees such as the Crunchy Taco and Cheese Roll-Up will remain individually available on the menu. Just don’t expect a SpongeBob key fob with it.

H/T + PicThx BrandEatingHuffPo


Burger King Employee Hides Marijuana and Pipe in Kids Meal, Hilarity Ensues


Here’s a life lesson: Don’t hide drug paraphernalia in your fast food, folks. It’s like hiding it in a six pack of beer in a frat house fridge, aka WORST HIDING SPOT EVAR.

Unfortunately, this particular Burger King employee didn’t get the memo.

After taking enjoying a day at Splash Universe water park, a Michigan customer found a packed marijuana pipe in his 4-year-old grandson’s Burger King Kids Meal purchased at a location in Dundee, Michigan. Needless to say, grandpa was not amused and notified the police.

“He handed the … meal … to his 4-year-old grandson, and when they opened it up they found a loaded marijuana pipe inside,” stated Dundee Police Chief David Uhl.

Determined to find the culprit behind the matter, the customer scribbled down the license plate of a car full of “suspicious” kids he spotted outside the restaurant he saw a Burger King employee running to. As an officer was interviewing the employee, he noticed the suspect’s cell phone laying nearby. The two friends in the car outside called the cell hoping to warn the suspect of the police and unknowingly informed the officer that, “We’re across the street.”

When the officer went into the parking lot, the two ditched their car and ran into the woods. After the officer called them on their cell phone and threatened to arrest the two and tow their car, they emerged from the woods. Hashish and other drug paraphernalia were discovered inside the car; the Burger King employee admitted to police that the pipe was his and that he brought the pot to work that night.

All three involved, ages 18 to 20, were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Of course, in a statement emailed to Huffpo, a Burger King spokesperson would like everyone to know that customer safety is a “top priority” and that “[this] Burger King restaurant is owned and operated by a franchisee who enforces a zero-tolerance drug policy.”

Luckily, no one was harmed by the loaded pipe.

H/T Huffpo, PicThx Monroe News

Fast Food

KFC’s Li’l Bucket Contends with the McDonald’s Happy Meal


Happy meals, watch out.  KFC is trying to top Ronald McDonald with its new Li’l Bucket.  Filled with all sorts of goodies — chicken, a side, beverage and applesauce — what kid couldn’t resist this package of delight?  And at only $3.99 plus tax, what parent couldn’t either?

Fast Food

Jamba Juice’s Totes Adorbs New Kids’ Menu Makes Us Wish We Were 5 Again

With the trauma of the past New Year’s Eve still fresh in our ringing heads, it’s not hard to hark back to simpler days. You know, before filling our bodies with poisonous toxins was fun and getting nifty little toys with our kids’ meals was a given. If only there was a way to do it all over again, maybe do it right this time, without so many nuggets and french fries and maybe just a little more fruit.

Oh wait, thanks to Jamba Juice’s new Kids’ Meals, there is.

Featuring four new, 9.5 ounce smoothies, each Kids Meal comes with a “child-friendly” food choice, stickers and a color-changing straw (!!!) Best of all, unlike most kid-tailored menu options, none of the smoothies have any added sugar and one even has veggies in it, sneaky, sneaky.

Take a look at each of the completely customizable menu options below, and then find some kid you can mooch off of (or come up with a good excuse to have a skateboarding orange and stickers on your cup).

The smoothies:

Clockwise from top left: Strawberries Gone Bananas, Blueberry Strawberry Blast-off, Berry Beet It, Popp’in Peach Mango

The snacks:

Pizza Swirl with Turkey, Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel

H/T QSR + Picthx Jamba Juice


Freebird’s Free Halloween Burritos for Kids

Halloween means different things for different people. For kids, it usually means dressing up and getting free food from strangers. Freebirds is honoring that time-honored halloween tradition by giving away free kid’s meals from October 29 to 31st for children 12 and under with each paid adult entree. Each meal comes complete with a kid’s quesadilla chips and a small drink. They’re only free, however, when accompanied by the purchase of the following entrees: FREEBIRD Burrito, Monster Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Freedom Salad, Nachos or Quesadilla.


Burger King: Star Trek BK Kids Meal Toys

Along with the cool themed Drinking Glasses, Burger King has also furthered their promotion with the upcoming Star Trek Movie to include a line of toys that will be available for a limited time with every BK Kids Meal purchase.


Burger King: Kid's Meal Wii Toys

Burger King has been domineering the fast food news lately, and today is no different with the unveiling of the new Nintendo Wii inspired Kid’s Meal toys. Here’s what they all do, straight from our OMGNintendo:

  • Flip and Stick Donkey Kong: Make Donkey Kong flip through the air to reach his target!
  • Light-Up Luma: Plug the Wii Remote toy into Luma, then press a button and he’ll light up!
  • Metroid Challenge: Use the magnetic Wii Remote toy to propel the ball through the maze!
  • Mario to the Rescue: Use the magnetic Wii Remote toy to avoid the blocks and get Mario to the top!
  • Whirl ‘n Twirl Princess Peach: Wind up the princess and watch her whirl and twirl!
  • Mario Kart Yoshi: Send Yoshi off in any direction you please!
  • Rumbling Tumbling Diddy Kong: Wind up Diddy Kong by the arms, then send him into a tumbling frenzy!
  • Float and Go Boo: Point the Wii Remote toy at Boo’s back and watch him float forward!
  • Galaxy Blast Mario: Load the Mario toy into the Wii Remote propeller and blast off!