Fast Food

Pizza Hut Going Fast Casual, Tests Pizza by the Slice


If you’ve ever had the hankering for decent, cardboard-crusted pizza, but not three stoned buddies to share a delivery box with, take heart: two Pizza Hut locations in Nebraska and Rhode Island are currently testing new pizzas “by the slice” in an attempt to capture the 20 – 30-something crowd.

Along with the test slices will come newly designed stores featuring new ovens to heat the slices, pizza slice “bars,” made-to-order salad and pasta stations, and gussied-up Chipotle-esque fixtures like metal and exposed brick, which will vary by location.

The slices themselves will take between three to four minutes to cook and cost between $2 and $3, according to the Associated Press.

Ah, yes, but can we stop by with our 3 a.m. munchies? That is the question.

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McDonald’s Jalapeño Kicker Sandwiches Spotted in Maryland and Colorado


Who knows what started fast food’s newfound boner for spicy food (Sriracha. Sriracha started it.), but we’re all in. From Subway’s latest Sriracha Steak and Chicken Melts to the recently-launched McDonald’s Southwest Chicken Wrap, there’s plenty of spice around to warm our hearts all the way through 2014.

McDonald’s is currently testing new Jalapeño Kicker Sandwiches at select locations in Maryland and Colorado. According a McDonald’s press release (via Patch), “The new Jalapeño Kicker sandwich is a quarter pounder beef patty or premium chicken (grilled or crispy) with cream cheese sauce, jalapeño pepper jack cheese, crunchy jalapeño crisps, pickled jalapeño slices, farm fresh tomato and a crisp leaf.”


For a limited time, Marylanders can also nab a Jalapeño White Cheddar Cheese McMuffin or Jalapeño White Cheddar Cheese Biscuit, or simply add jalapeños to any McDonald’s sandwich.

But why stop at sandwiches? If the McEverything is any indication, McDonald’s menu customization could prove to be a pretty rewarding pastime moving forward. At least, we hope so, because jalapeño, melted pepperjack, and chicken McNugget-covered french fries sound boooomb.

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Taco Bell Testing Chili-Cheese Fry and Chipotle Chicken Loaded Grillers


Page one of the idiot’s guide to getting millennials to buy your fast food product: put fries in that sonumbitch. (Incidentally, that’s also what you’ll find on pages 5, 60, and 343.)

Our buddies at good ol’ T-Bell are currently testing a new Chili Cheese Fries and Chipotle Chicken Loaded Grillers at select locations in Southern California. Unfortunately, none of our nearby shops carried them (womp), but Brand Eating reports the Chili Cheese comes with a brand-new chili, warm nacho cheese sauce, and fries, while the Chipotle Chicken features marinated white meat, chipotle sauce, and sour cream.

If you do manage to find some, let us know. They’re .79 cents a pop.

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SPOTTED: Taco Bell Testing Chicken & Waffle and Very Berry Waffle Tacos


Or should I say “not spotted,” considering our local Taco Bell didn’t have any signs up when we drove by and, when asked why not, could only reply with a strangely cryptic, “I guess corporate asked us to take them down.”

Regardless, the same Orange County, Calif. Taco Bell location which first introduced us to the now-100-location-strong Waffle Taco back in May is currently testing two new Waffle Tacos, neatly dubbed the “Chicken & Waffle” and “Very Berry.”


Unlike the original Breakfast Waffle Taco, which – dundundada! – was only available for breakfast, these little darlings can be purchased all day for 99 cents and 79 cents, respectively. The Chicken features a breaded, slightly spicy chicken patty and comes with your choice of either country gravy or syrup dressing, and the Very Berry is filled with whipped cream and a kind of blueberry and strawberry compote. Both ultimately fell slightly flat, in large part thanks to the spongy, frozen Eggo waffle-feeling waffle shell, though we have to admit it’s hard to complain over anything cheaper than a dollar.


A cold call of our ten closest TBells revealed the new Waffle Tacos are only available at a select few, if any, Orange County locations beyond the Grand and Warner spot. But let’s just say if these were to get a nationwide release, we might be willing to overlook that whole “fiery/flame-ass” debacle.


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Wendy’s Frosty Waffle Cones Now Available Nationwide


There’s something comforting about a marketing team that totally gets its customer base and makes us feel like putting tons of french fries in our ice cream is a-okay.

Wendy’s just gets us.

“There is nothing better than a Frosty, and nothing worse than an empty Frosty cup,” said Liz Geraghty, Wendy’s vice president of brand marketing, in a press release. “With the Frosty Waffle Cone, you can enjoy America’s favorite treat for a few more delicious moments. It’s the biggest thing to happen to the Frosty since fries!”

Girl, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Last August, we reported the cones being tested by at least one Wendy’s location in Portland, Ore., and now it seems our favorite fast food redhead is finally ready to take the creation mainstream, just in time for summer.

Featuring the iconic creamy mix of fresh milk, rich cream and cocoa – in both Vanilla and Chocolate flavors – the Frosty Waffle Cones are now available at at all Wendy’s restaurants in North America, with an SRP of $1.49. Both flavors average around 300 calories, or about 100 calories less than the regular medium cup Frosty.

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Taco Bell Testing New Taquito Dippers for $1 Each


Taquitos are kind of like the annoying little brother of Mex-American fast food — which is to say that while typically harmless and sometimes even delicious, the taquito for the most part has widely been ignored, except in the frozen food aisle. Until today.