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McDonald’s $1 Mozzarella Sticks Will Now Be Sold NATIONALLY

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In huge news, McDonald’s just announced that they’re adding Mozzarella Sticks to national menus. Last year, the fast food chain had been testing the cheese sticks for a $1 an order. Looks like those tests were successful.

Business Insider reports that McDonald’s US President Mike Andres just announced at an investors’ meeting the cheesy new plan to go national starting next year.

Apparently, the mozzarella sticks were a hit in Wisconsin where the company had been testing the menu item. An order of mozzarella sticks consisted of three pieces and some marinara-like dipping sauce. Business Insider says that the consumer base was looking for more snacking options to customize their meals with.

The sticks will continue to be sold at $1 for an order of three sticks. Looking for them sometime in early 2016.

Photo: McDonald’s

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7-Eleven Taking Cheese-Stuffed Doritos Loaded on Nationwide Food Truck Tour

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In case you’re not willing wait for the official nationwide roll-out in July, 7-Eleven is taking their latest Doritos/mozzarella stick hybrid on a multi-city Doritos Loaded sampling tour starting this week.

7-Eleven’s “Cruncheesy” food truck popped by select 7-Eleven stores in Dallas to sling the overloaded cheese triangles yesterday, and will be visiting two other locations in Los Angeles on Friday. More details can found at doritos.7-eleven.com. Or you could just make your own (they’ll probably taste better anyway).

H/T Grubstreet

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Jack in the Box Hacks Menu with New ‘Hella-Peño’ Burger, Breakfast Tacos

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No lie, we kind of love how shameless fast food has gotten lately. It’s as if some genius development guy finally realized most people don’t wander into Jack in the Box at 2 in the morning because they want something healthy; they want something dank.

Thankfully, the giant bobble head is all too happy to oblige. Late last year, Jack tested a new addition to its late-night Munchie Menu in San Francisco: an orgastic cheeseburger swelling with fried jalapeño poppers, spicy jalapeño coins, creamy nacho cheese, and ooze-worthy taco sauce, appropriately dubbed the Hella-Peño. Now, fans of the glorified money shot will be pleased to know the Hella is finally available nationwide as a $6 Munchie Meal, with two tacos and a side of Halfsie fries. You know, because the grilled cheese burgers and cheese and ranch-loaded chicken nuggets on the rest of the menu weren’t ridiculous enough.

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For the other half of the day (or whenever, since Jack is just godly like that), Jack is also introducing a new jumbo Breakfast Monster Taco, loaded with scrambled eggs, American cheese, and taco sauce.

Along with the two artery-killing superstars are a couple other, less riveting additions, like a new BBQ Cheeseburger and Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger.

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H/T GrubGrade + Picthx Jack in The Box

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Panda Express Launches Orange Chicken and Broccoli Beef Milkshakes Nationwide [APRIL FOOLS]

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Move over, fortune cookie: it’s high time we got a different kind of dessert with our chow mein. Chinese-American mega-chain Panda Express just announced its new line of entree-inspired milkshakes, available today at all participating locations nationwide.

Previously tested in select markets in Washington, Colorado, and Southern California, the shakes come in flavors inspired by two of Panda’s most popular dishes: “Orange Chicken” and “Broccoli Beef.” The OC features a refreshing, vanilla-citrus base blended with pieces of real chicken and topped with a spicy-sweet orange drizzle, while the BB buries pieces of whole steamed broccoli beneath a sweet fusion of chocolate, beef, and soy sauce. Unlike their meal counterparts, each drink is part of Panda Express’ “Wok Smart” menu at only 100 calories a pop, or 50 if you get them half and half.

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We visited one our local spots to try the bizarre concoctions early, and were pleasantly surprised. Though the Broccoli Beef was pretty damn undrinkable (more broccoli than beef), the Orange Chicken was sweet, and mildly resembled a richer, more savory orange creamsicle. During our tasting we did receive a couple uneasy side glances from our fellow eaters, but were immediately reassured by some kind words from some old, crackery friends:

“You are admired for your impeccable taste.”

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Damn straight.

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Bottled Mtn Dew Baja Blast Finally Coming to Stores, Vending Machines May 2014

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It’s official guys: Taco Bell’s ten-year monopoly over Mtn Dew’s Baja Blast is finally over. Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!

According to newly-leaked images from Instagram and Tumblr, the long-awaited bottled version of the cult-favorite, lime-flavored, blue-green soda will be available in stores starting May 2014. An Instagram photo by user ashlynavskum was uploaded last weekend revealing a refrigerator promotion for the upcoming release. This follows the recent roll-out of four brand new drinks, the Manzanita Sol, SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate, Brisk Mango iced tea, and Brisk Half and Half, plus the Taco Bell-exclusive Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast and Diet Baja Blast, in January.

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Mountain Dew has yet to make an official statement regarding the leaked images, but comments on a recent IGN forum suggest the PepsiCo order forms have already been sent out to vendors.

Can’t wait ’til May and can’t stand Taco Bell? Pro-tip: just mix regular Mtn Dew and blue Powerade. Y’all are welcome.

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McDonald’s New Southwest Chicken McWrap Goes Nationwide

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Just the latest through the golden arches wire: the fourth official McWrap flavor, “Southwest Chicken,” is now available at all McDonald’s locations from Eastport, Maine to Ozette, Washington. (The eastern and westernmost cities in the contiguous United States, didntcha know.)

The Southwest Chicken offers your choice of crispy or grilled chicken breast glazed with a cilantro lime sauce, along with chili-lime tortilla strips, spring greens, tomatoes, shredded cheese and spicy habanero ranch. Oh, and there’s a tortilla somewhere in there too.

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Today, the Carl’s Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich Goes Nationwide

We guess it had to happen eventually. Despite our most selfish wishes, Carl’s Jr.’s now-infamous “hand-scooped” Pop-Tart ice cream sammies that were first spotted testing in Southern California earlier this year have finally made their way across the country. Their continuing mission? To brighten the lives of lazy college students everywhere who can’t get up the energy to make the damn things themselves.

Available for only $1.49 plus tax, or free with a purchase of a Super Bacon Cheeseburger combo, the officially dubbed Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich “just seemed to capture people’s imaginations […],” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl’s Jr., in a press release. “So, really, we had no choice but to make it available for all Carl’s Jr. customers to enjoy.”

For the record, a 16 ct. box of Strawberry Pop-Tarts from Wal-Mart is only $3.50, while a 1.5 qt box of Breyer’s ice cream comes in at around $3.99. Assuming you use about a cup of ice cream per sandwich (which, let’s be honest, would make a pretty huge sandwich) and two whole Pop-Tarts, you’d be getting at least eight of the things for $7.50, whereas buying eight from Carl’s will cost a little over $12. Plus, think of all the varieties you’re missing out on. Wild Berry and chocolate ice cream, anyone?

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Taco Bell’s New Smothered Burrito Goes National Thursday, July 25th

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Thanks to a vigilant tipster, GrubGrade announced that Taco Bell’s Smothered Burrito is set to hit national menus. You may remember the item from last November, when it was spotted in Ohio during its test run.

The new item is set to replace the Enchirito, which has proved to be a bit too messy (is there such a thing?)  for customers in the past. The Smothered Burrito is a hefty contender and rings in at 10.5″. The behemoth features a flour tortilla stuffed with shredded chicken, rice and refried beans. The whole shebang is then smothered in red sauce, a three-cheese blend and reduced-fat sour cream (to keep things healthy, of course). During testing, the chicken and steak versions were priced at $3.99, while the beef was priced at $2.99.

After calling two locations in our local area (one in Orange, CA and another in Santa Ana, CA), along with two other locations in New York and Illinois, all four Taco Bell spots confirmed that they will be rolling out the new Smothered Burrito nationally this Thursday, July 25th.

Are we excited? Hell to the yes. You know where to find us come Thursday.

H/T + PicThx GrubGrade