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McDonald’s Is Launching Spicy McNuggets For The First Time Ever

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As far back as I can remember, which only goes as far as the mid-’80s, McDonald’s McNuggets have been a mainstay communal dish amongst my friends and family. The never-changing morsels of breaded chicken meat paired with a smorgasbord of dipping sauces always brought light to the paralyzing darkness in the pit of my stomach. 

Never once did I ever think McDonald’s would change their McNugget in any capacity. Turns out, I was pretty wrong.

The fast-food chain just announced that they’ll be launching a new variation of their iconic Chicken McNuggets for the first time ever. 

Dubbed the Spicy Chicken McNuggets, the new Golden Arches innovation is breaded with tempura batter seasoned with chili and cayenne powder. 

Joining the new Chicken McNugget offering will be the brand’s first new dipping sauce flavor since 2017: Mighty Hot Sauce. McDonald’s Mighty Hot Sauce is made with a blend of crushed red pepper and spicy cheeses combined with savory garlic and just the tiniest hint of sweetness.

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With all the hot new items added to the menu, McDonald’s is also adding a new McFlurry flavor to help balance out all the heat. The new Chips Ahoy! McFlurry features the chain’s famous soft serve topped with caramel and Chips Ahoy! Cookie pieces blended together. 

Patrons can find the new items arriving on September 16 at participating McDonald’s locations. 

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Takis and Totino’s Just Dropped a Cheesy Snack Bites Collab

The worlds of spicy Takis chips and cheesy Totino’s pizza rolls are combining for a new fiery and gooey snack.

The two iconic snack brands have teamed up to make Totino’s Takis Fuego Mini Snack Bites. It’s not exactly a pizza roll (no pizza sauce, just mozzarella cheese inside), but the outside packs a citrusy punch of heat with Takis Fuego seasoning.

For those who have devoured plates of both while snacking, it’ll be an interesting mix of flavors, textures, and nostalgia to see these come out of the microwave or toaster oven (which is recommended for those who want the crunch of Takis to go with that heat).

They could also make an intriguing, spicy alternative to regular pizza rolls for those craving a bit of heat.

You can find these fiery hot and cheesy bites at retailers nationwide. A pack of 60 goes for $5.

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This Tasting Menu Gets Hotter And Hotter With Each Course

Imagine eating a meal that gets progressively spicier with each course. Sure, your appetizer starts tame. But when dessert rolls around, get ready for a couple million Scoville (the unit that measures how spicy a chili is) to hit your palate. Sounds like a method of torture, right? On paper, sure. But the silver lining to this scorching scenario is that it doesn’t sacrifice flavor and deliciousness at all. This is the one of a kind aspect about the WP24 restaurant’s new summer ‘Bring the Heat’ tasting menu.

Developed by Chef John Lechleidner, the Bring the Heat menu features six courses that get  progressively hotter via the chilies incorporated in each dish. For example, the appetizer, chili Dan Dan noodles, starts off with mild Fresno chilies that clock in at a manageable 8,000 Scoville. Fast forward to the last dessert course, a peach cobbler incorporating Carolina Reapers that singe meters at 2,000,000 Scoville.

“The special summer menu is designed to showcase chilis as not only a source of heat, but a source of flavor,” shared Chef Lechleidner. “Balancing the heat across multiple courses encourages guests to dine beyond their usual boundaries.”

However strong your boundaries are when it comes to spiciness will be tested, for sure. But at least you’re savoring the flavor the whole way.

The ‘Bring the Heat’ menu is only available for a limited time, up until Labor Day weekend and is $29 per person with $8 add on for the sixth dessert course.

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Wendy’s Spicy Nuggets Are Returning Thanks To Chance The Rapper

The random disappearance of Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets was one of the more tragic moments in fast food history.

The nuggets were a clear fan favorite, and even Chance The Rapper felt the pain when they were discontinued.

Chance tweeted out Saturday, “Positive Affirmations for today: I WILL have a good day, I Will succeed today, Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please please Lord let it be today.”

Apparently Wendy’s is very much aware of our sentiments toward the spicy nuggets, and responded to Chance’s tweet, saying, “Y’all keep asking, so here’s your chance. The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet (this one right here) to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK.
Let’s freakin’ do this!”

Yes, the power was put in our hands, and with one 2 million likes achieved on the weekend tweet, Wendy’s will bring back its spicy nuggets.

Apparently, this whole time, all we needed was Chance The Rapper to speak up on the issue.

That two million “like” mark actually positioned Wendy’s in the top 5 all-time, with the likes of Barack Obama, Ariana Grande, and Ellen Degeneres, who famously tweeted out a superstar-filled selfie at the Oscars, to the tune of 2.3 million likes.

At least on Twitter, Wendy’s has promised their return. Now we just have to wait for an official date and time.

We did it, y’all. Good job. And thanks, Chance.

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The BRICK: Howlin’ Ray’s New Deep Fried Nashville Hot Grilled Cheese

It’s expected to be caught in a three-hour line when you’re visiting Howlin’ Ray’s — the spot that put Nashville hot chicken on the Los Angeles map. If you haven’t already been to the fried chicken hotspot, the never-ending crowd is a clear indicator that this place knows how to do hot chicken proper. Paired with an ambrosial dish like their newest Nashville Hot Grilled Cheese aptly named “The Brick,” Howlin’ Ray’s may have discovered the recipe to double their wait time — and we’re totally fine with that.

Now, when we say it’s a next-level version of grilled cheese, that’s not something to be taken lightly.

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The Brick first begins as a double sliced grilled cheese sandwich, which is then battered and deep fried until its crunch can be heard from neighboring Little Tokyo. It is then seasoned the exact same way the restaurant’s famous hot chicken is, with patrons able to choose the level of heat they want for their sandwich.

If lactose intolerant folks ever had to pick a moment to pop a Lactaid pill, it’d be for this.

Howlin’ Ray’s also offers a secret-menu variation of their cheese fries, as if all that cheesiness wasn’t enough to entice you. Guests can actually ask the restaurant to load your fries with hearty chunks of Nashville hot chicken, coleslaw, pickles, and a shower of their special “Comeback Sauce.”

Grilled cheese and hot chicken aficionados may want to set an afternoon aside to sink their teeth into The Brick. Regardless of wait times, Howlin’ Ray’s is definitely an experience you don’t want to rush — especially with the debut of that glorious new sandwich. Just make sure to come with clear calendars and empty stomachs. You’ll leave happy, albeit with a well-earned layer of perspiration.

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Sour Patch Kids Turns Up The Heat With New ‘Fire’ Flavor

Sour Patch Kids are bringing a fiery twist to a classic sour, then sweet favorite.

Junk food aficionado @candyhunting, debuted a picture of the new Fire Sour Patch Kids that’s yet to be released. According to the caption, they supposedly “taste like normal Sour Patch Kids, but then there’s a tiny kick of heat in the aftertaste.”

Now there’s different types of heat that can apply. Is it more of a cinnamon-like heat that’ll remind us of a Big Red gum? Or is it more like a hot chili heat, resembling a delicious Vero Mango lollipop? We won’t know for sure until we get a chance to try them ourselves.

There’s no official date of release that’s been set yet, but we’re hoping they come out soon so we can munch on them while we watch their much-anticipated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float this year.

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Chick-fil-A Is Testing Out New Spicy Items In These Lucky States

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Chick-Fil-A is bringing back the heat by testing out two all-new spicy chicken items: Spicy Chick-n-Strips and a Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich.

After the chain restaurant nixed their Spicy Chicken Biscuit from their menu last year, fans of the bold flavor requested all over social media for more fiery options to be put back on the menu. Finally, those requests have been fulfilled… sorta.

According to a press release from Chick-Fil-A, starting October 18, Spicy Chick-N-Strips will be available to try for fans in Philadelphia, Central Texas, and South Texas, and the Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich will be available in Orlando, Fla., St. Louis, and Knoxville, Tenn.

According to the manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A, Kanika Patrick, the feedback from the test trial will help the company determine whether or not they will roll out the new entrees nationwide in the future.

It’s important to note that Chick-Fil-A will be testing these new items until early 2018, so get your hands on them quickly, and please don’t mess this up for the rest of us.

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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.