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Hardee’s Take on the McGriddle Is Launching Amidst Chain’s Breakfast Expansion

Hardee’s, the sister chain to Carl’s Jr., is starting to expand their breakfast menu with a mix of limited-time offers and new test items. The figurehead amongst those is a Hardee’s McGriddle copycat they’re calling the Hot Cakes Breakfast Sandwich.

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Photo courtesy of Hardee’s. Background: Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

Consisting of a sausage patty and folded scrambled eggs in between two hot cakes, the sandwich also comes with a side of syrup to get the full McGriddle experience. It’s not exactly the same as having syrup crystallized into the pancake batter, but you still get that blend of sweet and savory that the breakfast sandwich is known for.

A major difference between this sandwich and McDonald’s original is that the Hardee’s sandwich does not have cheese on it as a default option.

The sandwich is going to be available alongside a Hot Cakes Breakfast Platter for a limited time, starting August 19th. Each sandwich will cost $3, putting it in the same price range as the McDonald’s version.

Photo courtesy of Hardee’s

Hardee’s is also testing a couple of other breakfast items at the same time, one of which is this Hand-Breaded Chicken & Waffle Sandwich that comes slathered in maple butter. It appears to be the chain’s answer to Honey Butter Chicken breakfast sandwiches that have begun appearing at national chains like Wendy’s.

The sandwich will be available from August 19th to September 22nd in Columbia, South Carolina, Huntsville, Alabama, and Des Moines, Iowa, for a price of $4.49.

Photo courtesy of Hardee’s

The other item Hardee’s is testing out is a Biscuit Double Cheeseburger that gives you the option for a breakfast burger without the usual inclusion of scrambled or fried eggs. This will be available from August 19th to September 22nd in Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville. It comes at a cost of $2.99 per sandwich.

These same two test markets will also be trying out extended breakfast hours that last until 2 p.m.

This post was updated to reflect changes in market testing.

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Fast Food Health

McDonald’s Cuts Menu Items And All-Day Breakfast Due To COVID-19

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like McDonald’s will be going through a pretty big change in the weeks to come. Fans of the fast food giant may soon find a much more limited menu upon their next visit.

According to Business Insider, an internal document from McDonald’s states that they plan on cutting some menu items in efforts to simplify their nationwide over the next few weeks.

This means you might not see items such as grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken salads, or chicken tenders for a while.

McDonald’s senior Vice President of operations Bill Garrett, told Business Insider that this is to simplify operations in the kitchens and for the McDonald’s crew and create the best experience (in this viral crisis) for customers.

Another big blow to the menu is that McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast will take a, hopefully, temporary step back. Items such as the Sausage Egg and Cheese McMuffin, McGriddles, and Biscuits will only be available once again during breakfast hours.

No word yet on when this will officially take place, but we’re optomistic that once the pandemic ends we’ll see the All-Day Breakfast Menu and slashed items return to the Golden Arches one day. Until then, we bid a sorrowful see you later.

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13 Lockdown Recipes You Can Make And Stun Your Social Feed

Sure, we’re all stuck at home but think of it as us doing our part to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t spread to our local community. Yes, it’s making us a bit stir-crazy, but it’s what the world needs right now. Staying at home, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life of a Foodbeast.

For those itching to create something unconventional and out-of-the-box in the kitchen while they’re self-quarantined, we put together a lockdown playlist of chefs, influencers, and home cooks who have been making some amazing things from the confines of their own home kitchens.

Top talent includes the personalities such as @TheVulgarChef, @NishCooks, @TheJoshElkin, @FitWaffle, and @TheNaughtyFork.

Some mouthwatering recipes you can expect to see are: a Bloomin’ Onion, banana bread, Hot Cheetos deviled eggs, cereal marshmallow bars, a 1o-minute baked potato, homemade McChicken, pasty pie in a mug, cheesy taco fries, mashed potato grilled cheese, pancakes from scratch, a Boiling Crab feast, and peanut butter Nutella s’mores.

Check out the video above and see what dishes you’d like to recreate in your kitchen. If this video inspires a Foodbeast-worthy recipe in your soul, DM us a photo!

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Fast Food

What Fast Food Restaurants Are Doing In Response To COVID-19

With Coronavirus news changing daily, little by little, our favorite bars, cafes, and mom-and-pop restaurants are all closing down, leaving us with the option of fist-fighting grocery shoppers for a pack of chicken, or taking our chances on a fast food restaurant.

A good amount of the larger quick-service restaurants have the luxury of staying open in this time of crisis, and a lot are taking more precautions than usual.

With the widespread uneasiness, it’s understandable to feel that going anywhere is a risk. Our favorite restaurants know this, and are doing their best to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

We can confirm that restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Chipotle, Subway, and Starbucks have all vowed to increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitation.

Each restaurant’s statement is a little different, but they all communicate some form of:

“We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure we are doing our part to keep you, our staff, and our communities safe.”

If you have gone to any fast food spot, there’s a good chance the employees are sporting latex gloves for your protection and theirs. Honestly, even that little wrinkle helps put your mind at ease.


Depending on your area, all of these restaurants also deliver to some capacity, with some offering pick-up options while dining rooms closures have become standard protocol. And of course, the drive-thrus are still open, allowing them align with the CDC’s advisement of keeping groups of people to 10 or less.

Chick-Fil-A has a practice of handing out physical menus to customers at the Drive-Thru, but that has been eliminated to keep interactions at a minimum.

KFC, Chipotle, Blaze Pizza, and Del Taco are not only delivering, but as of now, those deliveries are free. Blaze Pizza’s delivery is free through Postmates and Door Dash through March 22.

Del Taco’s delivery is free through Postmates with the code: DelTacoNow.

Chipotle’s free delivery will run until March 31 using their fancy new Delivery Kitchen that includes a tamper-proof seal on your food and the ability to watch your driver’s route.


Now, KFC’s delivery is going above and beyond, being available until April 26. The order minimum is $12 and can be ordered through their site or Grubhub.

While most restaurant statements have mentioned employee safety being a priority, Starbucks really made sure to reiterate that they’re putting their “partners” AKA employees, first. Starbucks said their employees, “…Never have to choose between work and taking care of themselves.” Which aside from limiting social interactions, also means that if partners feel ill, they can take time off, and if that means that they have to relocate healthy employees or even temporary close down a store, that is what they’ll do.

Starbucks has also extended their “Catastrophe Pay” program, which is usually offered to partners during hurricanes and/or flooding. Partners will be given up to 14 days pay if affected by COVID-19. That time is in addition to possible sick pay, vacation pay or PTO that is normally offered.


So there are extreme measures that fast food restaurants are taking, and rightfully so. Any time you step out of your door, there’s risk, but it’s good to see that measures are taken to try and keep consumers and employees safe.

But above all, remember to have compassion toward any and all employees. While some Americans can work from home or have the luxury of taking time off to stay home in these times, restaurant employees are helping keep essential food businesses running.

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Fast Food What's New

McDonald’s Has Two New Big Mac Sizes

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McDonald’s seems to always be finding different ways to alter the iconic Big Mac, like adding bacon or eggs. One of their more viral Big Mac alterations was a lineup of different-sized Big Macs that dropped back in 2016.

It seems like McDonald’s is trying to conjure up the success of that trio again, as they’ve dropped another limited-time Big Mac menu that ranges from small to large.

Rather than resizing patties this time around, McDonald’s has opted to change the number of them in each Big Mac iteration. The Little Mac, for example, is what a Big Mac would be like without an extra patty and bun, while the Double Mac stacks on an extra piece of beef into each layer of the burger.

All of the burgers appear to use the same patties we know in the standard Big Mac, rather than upgrading to the fresh Quarter Pounder patties the chain has been heavily promoting for the past couple of years.

The new Big Mac lineup will be around for a limited-time run starting on March 11th.

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McDonald’s Is Giving Away FREE Egg McMuffins

Fans of the prolific McDonald’s Breakfast Menu, made famous by Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy (And 50 years of history) will want to book it to the nearest pair of Golden Arches next week, as the fast food chain announced that they’ll be giving away free Egg McMuffins.

In honor of what McDonald’s is declaring “National Egg McMuffin Day,” the brand is giving out Egg McMuffins to customers Monday, March 2.

All you have to do to get one is download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the offer between 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. local time.

Yes, we know McDonald’s breakfast is all day now, but it looks like this deal is only being honored during the old school breakfast hours.

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Fast Food Plant-Based What's New

Fast Food’s Iconic Folded Egg Just Got A Plant-Based Version In Grocery Stores

When you go to fast food chains like McDonald’s or Sonic for a breakfast sandwich, you can usually tell it apart by the distinct folded shape of the egg. A feat hard to pull off in the kitchen, it acts as a signature for these fast food morning meals.

Folded eggs have never been something you could just buy somewhere, since pre-cooking eggs into that shape and freezing them isn’t the most ideal way to store it. However, plant-based egg maker JUST came out with a form that is ready to reheat and stick into any breakfast sandwich.

The new plant-based folded eggs were just announced in a press release, providing a convenient folded egg-like product that can be used at home for breakfast. JUST’s vegan egg is made predominantly from mung bean protein, and the company claims to use 98% water, 83% less land, and 93% less carbon dioxide emissions than conventional egg production.

Each box of the folded plant eggs comes with a pack of four, and will be sold in the freezer section. While the folded egg is obviously meant for those wanting to put it into a sandwich, another usage for it could be to reheat the vegan egg, cut it up, and put it into a fried rice or other dish that calls for scrambled egg.

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JUST also announced a drastic price slash on its refrigerated liquid egg product, cutting the cost down by a whopping 35 percent, according to VegNews. This makes a bottle of JUST egg on par with the cost of a dozen organic eggs, approximately $4.99. While it’s still on the pricier end of eggs in general, flexitarians and plant eaters alike have a more accessible and affordable animal-free alternative as a result.

The folded eggs will be available in 5,000 stores at its launch in April, with stores like Whole Foods, Albertsons Safeway, Gelson’s, Kings Food Markets, and Giant Martin’s getting a first crack at it. As for JUST’s standard product, the price drop will occur some time in the second quarter of 2020.

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McDonald’s Is Turning Their Coffee Waste Into Car Parts For Ford

Fast food sustainability is the next frontier to be tackled and McDonald’s seems to be ending the year on an ambitious note with their latest venture. The Golden Arches announced that they’re turning coffee bean waste into car parts.

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company, the burger chain is taking coffee chaff — the dried skin on the bean that falls off during the roast — and converting it into a durable product that’s used to strengthen vehicle parts.

Under low oxygen and high temperatures, the coffee chaff is heated and mixed with plastic and a few other additives and made into pellets that can be molded into different kinds of shapes. Ford Motor says that coffee chaff actually much better heat properties than the materials that they currently use.

McDonald’s goes through millions of pounds of coffee chaff every year and typically it’s used for things like garden mulch or charcoal. Through this collaboration, a new alternative use for the wasted material presents itself for the fast food chain. This effort will divert waste from landfills, use significantly less petroleum, and lower CO2 emissions through the production of bioplastic car parts. McDonald’s expects to source 100 percent of its consumer packaging from recycled or renewable sources by 2025.

Wonder how many car parts I’ve contributed to with all the McDonald’s coffee I’ve had over the years?