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Pringles x Wendy’s Collab Introduces Limited-Edition BACONATOR Chips

In an unexpected move, Pringles has partnered with sassy fast food burger chain Wendy’s to create a line of limited edition chips based off of the ever-popular menu item: The Baconator.

Pringles new Baconator Chips is said to boast just that, the taste of its namesake.

For those unfamiliar, the Baconator is made with a half pound of beef, American cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup, and mayonnaise. The idea was to capture the flavors of the iconic Wendy’s sandwich while making it as accessible as reaching into your pantry.

Looking forward to getting my hands on a can and seeing if this rings true.

You can find the new flavor of Pringles now at participating retailer snack food aisles nationwide for a limited time. Wonder if Pringles plans on collaborating with other fast food brands in the near future? Would love to see a Filet-O-Fish can in the future.

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For One Day, Wendy’s Is Giving Away Free Nuggets With No Strings Attached

If a warm hug had to be equated into a food, it would most definitely be some type of fried chicken.

With the world being a bit more tense these days, Wendy’s is taking a break from its sassy Twitter presence and taking a beat to help commend those in the frontlines taking care of their communities right now.

Because everyone needs a little bit of love, more so than ever these days, the fast food chain has announced what they’re calling a GroupNug.

On this GroupNug, taking place April 24, Wendy’s will be giving away a free 4-piece Chicken Nugget order to every car that comes through the chain’s drive-thru. No purchase is necessary at all, just free nuggets. Customers can have their choice of Wendy’s regular crispy nuggets, or the ever-popular spicy nuggets.

Anyone interested in getting their free nuggets can drive through any participating Wendy’s location nationwide to get their four-piece. Just keep in mind that with folks coming out to get their free chicken, there will likely be crowds (even if they’re in cars). Be safe and be conscious of workers risking their lives to serve you.

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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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The Origins Of The Chicken Sandwich Wars Of 2019

Back in 2017, we at Foodbeast broke a story that caught the eyes of many outlets around the country that came to be known as #PopeyesGate. It involved a restaurant named Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, CA that incurred some backlash from the public after being caught using store bought Popeyes chicken, and repurposing it to be served in their chicken and waffles dish. An angry yelper recounted his dismay when he saw the boxes being brought in, feeling bamboozled, especially for having to pay for a meal that would cost significantly less at Popeyes. That led to a sneering reply from owner, Kim Sanchez, who defended her actions on the premise that “Popeyes was the best chicken.” We even paid them an incognito visit, in hopes of getting a better understanding of the whole story.

The whole thing blew up, and long story short, the internet agreed that an ethical line was crossed. Without full disclosure to customers, Sweet Dixie Kitchen passed off someone else’s work as their own. It’s just like school, nobody likes the weak link in the group project that still gets the same grade as everybody else.

While food plagiarism is indeed controversial, the practice isn’t illegal, and who knows if this specific case is even grounds for filing a lawsuit? At the end of the day, Sweet Dixie Kitchen embraced their infamy, benefited from it and continued with operations as normal but with a bit of added transparency.

Fast forward to August 2019, after all was thought to be said and done: Sweet Dixie returns to the spotlight after two years, but this time, with help from an unlikely collaborator: Popeyes!

“To be honest, I thought they were calling to sue me,” detailed Sanchez. Instead, Popeyes invited them to debut their biggest product launch in thirty years! Apparently, the folks at Popeyes were so honored by the whole #PopeyesGate situation that they felt a little collaboration was in order. What better way to show their appreciation than to allow Sweet Dixie Kitchen the honor of launching the new chicken sandwich into the world? How odd is it that a series of strange moments of virality led to a neighborhood eatery having the Popeyes chicken sandwich before Popeyes itself.  Nobody could have guessed that things would come around full circle, and we would end up with a sudden cultural phenomenon in our hands.

The internet is a wild place where things happen in the blink of an eye, and word just gets around real fast… like that one time you gave your friend a piece of gum during recess, and suddenly you’re surrounded by parasites with their hands out. On the day that Popeyes dropped their new chicken sandwich at all their stores, #BlackTwitter set social media ablaze, pronouncing a (chicken) coup d’etat set to dethrone Chick-Fil-A’s hold on the matter.

Honestly, I’m just glad we’re done with licking tubs of ice cream at the grocery store—that was a dark time for all of us.

Let’s be real, up until the past month, Chick-Fil-A was “Top Cow,” the heavyweight champ, the superhero (but the one everyone would be ashamed to be saved by…you know, cause of the homophobia thing). No one challenged the status quo until Popeye’s dared to rinse the pickle juice out of our eyes and showed us how to throw some Cajun into the mix.

Popeyes Initial Announcement 8/12

Chick Fil A Tweet:

Popeyes clapback:

It was at that moment, the dam broke, and any fast food chain who felt they had a say in the matter, did—which is why the Internet stays undefeated. From petty clapbacks to side-eyed comments, the “Chicken Sandwich Wars” between the nation’s top fast food chains had the internet at a standstill, with everyone and their mama trying to get their opinions in.

While the exchange between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A was mild at best, Wendy’s wasn’t afraid to get into it, tweeting: “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich.”

Wendy’s Gets In The Ring:

Popeyes Counter:

Wendy’s Huge Hook:

Shake Shack somehow enters this royal rumble, tweeting: “If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich (without the beef), you know where to find us.”
Shake Shack:

I See No Lie There…:

But swiftly gets tossed out by this short tweet.

Popeyes Sold out announcement 8/27

After just fifteen days of long lines, brawls, and countless “Come Back Later” signs, Popeyes just could not keep up with the demand and announced a temporary SOLD OUT sign on their beloved chicken sandwich. Like a bright comet, it came and went, with a brilliant flash that blazed through our timelines. Until it’s return, we wait (or just go back to contaminating tubs of ice cream).

Twitter reactions/memes:

Chick Fil A employee @ Popeyes:

Flu Game:

AAHS:

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Wendy’s Debuts Nationwide Breakfast Menu That Includes Breakfast Baconator

Photo Courtesy of Wendy’s

Wendy’s is on the precipice of a major renaissance after an announcement earlier this year about bringing their lauded Spicy Chicken Nuggets out of retirement. The fast food chain has now dropped another major bombshell about their menu that may be a huge plus for the brand: a nationwide BREAKFAST MENU.

Currently, Wendy’s is one of the more popular fast food burger joints that has yet to offer breakfast as a widespread option. Prior to this announcement, a few hundred Wendy’s locations have had breakfast available in some form. However, all restaurants will sell a morning meal after plans were announced to implement an entirely new breakfast menu sometime in 2020.

The new menu will feature items like a Breakfast Baconator, a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and Frosty-ccinos.

Wendy’s also plans to hire about 20,000 new employees to help usher this expansion in the year to come.

Personally, I’m seriously excited for that Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Breakfast biscuit sandwiches are such an under appreciated menu item.

We’ll follow up once the menu hits stores, stay tuned!

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Here’s How to Get a Free Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Right Now

What’s not to love about Wendy’s? Our favorite red-haired mascot has been serving up budget-friendly Frostys and juicy, square burgers since forever, but delivering quality food isn’t where she draws the line.

For the next couple of weeks, Wendy’s is rewarding only the most devoted fans with all the best perks you can imagine. Get moving, because right now you can snag a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger for free.

How to Get a Free Wendy’s Burger

We know what you’re thinking—what’s the catch? First, you’ll have to download the Wendy’s app. Once you do that, navigate to the “Explore” page, click “Offers” and you’re welcomed into a whole new world of deals, from $1 large soft drinks to free Baconator fries with a mobile purchase.

To get a free Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, you’ll have to tack on at least one purchase, no matter the price tag. Buy a soft drink or any size order of fries and you can redeem the burger just like that. You have to admit, lunch for under $2 is a pretty great deal.

The app also includes deals like $1 off any entree salad and $2 off a Baconator combo. (See which Wendy’s salads are the healthiest.) With the purchase of any Premium Sandwich, you’ll automatically get a free order of medium fries. Don’t wait—go to Wendy’s right now and thank us later.

This is how Wendy’s Baconator ranked in our top 10 fast-food cheeseburgers.

Why You Have to Move Fast

Wendy’s is no stranger to rewarding fans with free burgers—they actually did it just last summer in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. But like all the best things, the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger deal won’t be around for long. The expiration date on the app reads now through August 19, meaning you’ve got a little more than two weeks to claim yours.

Unfortunately, you can only redeem the burger once, so if you’re headed to Wendy’s today for your free burger, make it count. (And if you feel like splurging on a Frosty, we won’t tell.)


Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Wendy’s Spicy Nuggets Officially Returning In August


Wendy’s is finally making good on their promise to bring back its spicy chicken nuggets, announcing that August 19 will be the day that fast food justice prevails.

Wendy’s promised fans that they’d bring back their beloved spicy nuggets, after Chance the Rapper made the request in early May.

It didn’t seem like a publicity stunt, but Wendy’s ran with it and tweeted at Chance saying, “The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet to 2 Million likes, with will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK.”

It seemed almost impossible, seeing how 2 million likes would be the all-time Twitter record, but spicy nugget fans were not to be underestimated. The goal was demolished in less than two days, and while a return date was not set at the time, they promised it was coming.

Chance the Rapper said he would be releasing his album on the same date as the nugget release, then started promoting a July album drop, leading many to believe the nuggets would follow that timeline.

Unfortunately, unless Chance changes his plans, the two summer drops will not coincide.

Wendy’s has gone as far as creating a Google Calendar invite link that fans can click on and save the date. It’s kind of cute, and honestly, I probably will be marking my calendar as an admitted spicy nugget fiend.

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Wendy’s Just Unleashed A New Trio Of Loaded Chicken Sandwiches

A few months ago, Wendy’s released its new menu line, “Made to Crave”, taking the Wendy’s core menu that much further by continuing to drive flavor diversity. After seeing success with Made to Crave hamburgers, the chain has decided to unveil a similar lineup for their chicken sandwiches.

Photo courtesy of Wendy’s

Each of the new sandwiches features a different type of chicken fillet. The Avocado BLT Chicken comes with grilled chicken, the S’Awesome Bacon Chicken utilizes fried chicken, and the Barbecue Chicken sandwich is made with a spicy fried fillet.

Wendy’s Avocado BLT Chicken has grilled chicken, bacon, Muenster, avocado, buttermilk ranch, lettuce, and tomatoes. Their S’Awesome Bacon Chicken includes fried chicken, bacon, Muenster, lettuce, tomato, and a Side of S’Awesome Sauce. As for the Barbecue Chicken, it has a spicy fried chicken fillet, bacon, Muenster, fried onions, pickles, and a Kansas City-style barbecue sauce.


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