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YouTubers Create Giant Hot Pockets, One Stuffed With White Castle Sliders

Have you been cooking the same thing over and over during this stay at home period and feeling a little uninspired? Maybe an outlandish recipe, birthed from a popular frozen food you probably have in your freezer will spark some culinary inspiration.

Jula and JP over at HellthyJunkFood are at it again and this time, the two YouTube chefs set out to create a dish their fans have been requesting for years: A Giant Hot Pocket.

The two set off, going head-to-head to see who can create the better Pizza Hot Pocket.

While Julia took a more traditional approach with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese, JP went with a more unconventional method creating a pocket stuffed with frozen White Castle Sliders. Both looked fantastic, and they’ve even went as far as creating a custom Hot Pocket branded sleeve for their creations.

Check out the video to see exactly how it went down. Man, watching this makes me seriously crave a slightly-burnt Hot Pocket dunked in creamy ranch. Yes, that would do nicely.

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Deals Fast Food

White Castle Is Letting Health Workers Eat FREE For The Entire Month Of April

Health workers have been the soldiers on the front lines during this terrible pandemic. Through it all, they’ve been putting themselves at risk, working long hours, and dealing with psychological trauma to save as many lives as they can affected by COVID-19.

In support of these brave individuals, White Castle is offering free meals to healthcare workers and EMTs all through the month of April. All they’ll have to do is pull up to a White Castle drive-thru and show a form of ID to receive a free combo meal (#1-6) or a breakfast combo. Workers are eligible to claim this free meal every day through April 30.

White Castle is also delivering Crave Case Sliders directly to hospitals within regions the restaurants are located to help fuel them through these chaotic times.

If you’re a healthcare worker or EMT looking to grab a free meal before or after your shift, definitely drive through a White Castle. Thank you for your service.

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You Can Now Get Harold & Kumar’s Epic Order Delivered To You

It’s crazy to think it’s been 15 years since Harold & Kumar embarked on an epic journey to get a bite of their favorite sliders.

To celebrate this 15 year anniversary of “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle’s” theatrical release, Uber Eats has teamed with the restaurant to give out 1 million free White Castle sliders. But what may be even cooler is that you’ll have a chance to recreate their legendary order.

You might remember the scene:

Harold Lee (played by John Cho) and Kumar Patel (played by Kal Penn) finally reached the White Castle they longed to find and ordered the most munchie-driven meal of 30 sliders, five orders of french fries, and four Cherry Cokes (Diet Cokes for Kumar), each.

Through Uber Eats, you can now order that exact same meal until August 31 for about $45, depending on location. To step it up even further, on July 30 and 31, you can order it for the exact same $23.40 price point that they paid in the movie back in 2004.

As far as the free slider deal, when ordering White Castle through the Uber Eats app, you can add a “Sack of 10 Original Sliders,” to your meal using the promo code “1MillionSliders.”

The free slider promo also runs through August 31, with a purchase of anything else on the menu.

As awesome and easy as food delivery apps have made our lives, let’s be glad they weren’t around back then, or else we would have never experienced the greatness that is Harold & Kumar.

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Fast Food Opinion

Beyond The Beef: How Major Chains Are Capitalizing Big On Burger Alternatives

Burgers are the bread and butter of McDonald’s, White Castle, and many other big names in the quick-service industry. However, the future appears to be unsustainable for the fast food staple based on climate research and the environmental cost of raising cows for meat.

Several chains are beginning to develop and launch burger alternatives due to sustainability initiatives and a growing interested in plant-based foods. By doing so, they’ve carved out niches in the industry and established themselves as frontrunners when it comes to looking at ways to innovate the burger beyond beef.

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The biggest name to launch a plant-based burger alternative is White Castle, who has incorporated the Impossible Burger into their selection of sliders. Impossible Foods’ crowning jewel has gained popularity because of its taste and satiety, which come pretty close to mimicking that of beef. While several chains have started to carry the burger as a result, White Castle has done so in the most prolific fashion.

What started as a regional test for them went national after locations carrying the Impossible Sliders saw a meteoric 250% jump in market share versus those that didn’t carry them. That should provide a significant boost to White Castle sales nationwide for the coming year. That figure dropped $17 million from 2016 to 2017, according to Restaurant Business Online, but with the higher price point and interest the Impossible Slider ($1.99) provides for White Castle, it should easily make up that loss and then some.

White Castle CEO Lisa Ingram is known for expanding her chain’s menu to target future generations, and the Impossible Slider fits right into her vision. It’s also brought the chain to the forefront of fast food innovation, and should help accelerate growth as it looks into expanding beyond Vegas into more West Coast locations in the near future.

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As a slider, White Castle’s Impossible Burger creations are the most affordable and accessible in the market. But for those looking for the full burger, there are other fast food chains out there offering up full-sized versions of the “bleeding vegan patty.”

Fatburger immediately comes to mind as a prime example. They’ve seen a 9.5% growth in same-store sales in just the past quarter, which Fatburger attributes to the plant-based patty. Upon Fatburger’s nationwide launch of the Impossible Burger earlier this year, CEO Andy Wiederhorn called it one of their best test items to date. The chain was facing bankruptcy less than a decade ago, but has clearly turned its fortunes around since, and partially has its plant-based offering to thank for that.

Photo courtesy of Umami Burger

The chain that has arguably found the greatest success to date with Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat is Umami Burger. Known for influencing a nationwide craft burger movement, Umami has since expanded its menu and growth heavily through their partnership with Impossible Foods. Their version of the vegan burger is a top-3 seller at every location they own, and accounts for a fifth of sales and increased sales by 27% in its first 6 weeks on the menu.

Umami has since entered a 2-year exclusivity contract with Impossible Foods, and it’s fueled foot traffic as guests come in specifically to try their version of the vegan patty. They don’t plan to slow down the partnership anytime soon, as in just a short amount of time, it’s become a top-selling and dominant item for the artisan burger concept.

 

sonic signature slingersPhoto courtesy of Sonic Drive-In

Of course, not everyone is working with Impossible Foods to develop their burger alternatives. Some of fast food’s biggest names have their own creative teams ideating unique creations that are healthier and more sustainable than your standard burger.

Amongst these, Sonic Drive-In has emerged as a key innovator with their Signature Slinger. A 25-75 blend of mushroom and beef that boosts flavor while providing a healthier option, the Slingers have found popularity within Sonic’s mainstream consumer base. The response so far has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to representatives, with a majority of those who try it once saying they would order it again. Sonic has even given the burger an extended stay as part of their $2.99 Carhop Classic deal, confirming that the blended mushroom burger is resonating amongst consumers.

It’s important for a concept like Sonic’s Signature Slinger to succeed because it represents a bridge between the true burger and the plant-based alternative. If you can prove that you don’t need to use all meat to provide health benefits without a loss of flavor, then customers are more willing to try and buy the more sustainable burger option.

Sonic, White Castle, Umami Burger, and Fatburger are all pushing the envelope with the availability and growth they’ve experienced from incorporating burger alternatives. They haven’t lost their main target audiences as a result, but have instead tacked on a massive swath of vegan and vegetarian consumers that didn’t have much of a satiating meal option in the world of fast food before. It’s caused other big names, including McDonald’s (who began testing a new burger alternative called the “McVegan” in Europe last year), to look into cutting their beef as well, meaning that they’re helping to influence a more sustainable and healthier future of food.

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Fast Food News

White Castle Is FINALLY Opening Another Location In The Western US

The eastern part of the United States has an abundance of White Castle locations to visit. Apart from frozen grocery store sliders, however, the western U.S. has to head to Vegas if they want a taste of the OG fast food chain. That’s not the case anymore, though, as it was just announced that a brand new White Castle will be opening up in Arizona.

Scottsdale will be home to this brand new location, according to a press release from the burger chain. It’s going to be the first family-owned spot west of the Mississippi, and the first new one out west that’s not located in Las Vegas, bringing up the total of western White Castle locations to three.

It’ll be a little while until the new White Castle is open, though, as it’s not slated to start slinging sliders until late 2019.

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Fast Food Health What's New

White Castle Debuts Impossible Burger Sliders At An Affordable Price Point

The Impossible Burger has been spreading like wildfire as of late, with everybody from Disneyland to Fatburger picking it up. The only drawback so far is the cost, which keeps the “bleeding” vegan meat out of the price range for those looking to buy a normal burger. That’s all changing now, because White Castle is onboarding Impossible Burger Sliders at an affordable price point.

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According to Grubstreet, the sliders will be carried at 140 locations in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. Made with Impossible Foods’ signature vegan meat, the burgers will come in a vegetarian format, topped with pickles, onion, and smoked cheddar cheese. It’ll be available on the all-day menu, and a single Impossible Slider will cost $1.99 (a combo meal will be sold as well). It’s still pricier than most of the burgers on White Castle’s menu (where single sliders average at under a buck each), but way more affordable than what the Impossible Burger sells for elsewhere.

What’s amazing about this is that for the first time, the Impossible Burger will be available at a much more cost-friendly point, opening up a whole new market of price-conscious consumers that can now sample the vegan meat for the first time. Impossible claims that their meat tastes just like the real deal, and many tasters (including some of us here at Foodbeast) agree with that statement.

White Castle’s incorporation of the Impossible Burger confirms that enough mainstream consumers are now ready to replace some of their  meat with similar plant-based analogues. These substitutes aren’t necessarily meant for vegans, but are a way to get meat-eaters to swap out some of the real stuff to help reduce the biological and environmental demands current meat production has on the planet. A company with the brand legacy and size of White Castle recognizing and utilizing this trend is huge, and should be a statement to the rest of the industry to take note.

If successful in this test, White Castle will potentially expand the Impossible Sliders to all of their locations nationwide. As for Impossible Foods, they’ll be entering later Asia this month for their first ever out-of-country offering.

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Matt Stonie Devours Harold & Kumar’s White Castle Order In Just 15 Minutes

At the end of the hysterical cult classic, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, each member of the fictional comedy pair orders a marijuana-fueled fast food feast. Each White Castle order consisted of 30 sliders, five large fries, and four large drinks (Harold opted for Cherry Coke while Kumar got Diet Coke). Many have attempted to consume the entire meal since, but nobody’s efforts were as impressive as Matt Stonie’s.

The viral competitive eater went to the White Castle in Las Vegas to take on the fictional challenge, opting for Harold’s order as his meal of choice. In total, Stonie would have to devour just under 15 pounds of food that dialed in at 9,660 calories. As he has many times in the past, “Megatoad” made it look easy, crushing all of his White Castle order in just 15 minutes.

Stonie’s only regret after gorging on so much White Castle? Not going for Kumar’s order instead, as the cherry-flavored soda was, in his words, “garbage.”

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The Best $1 And Under Fast Food Items To Satisfy Your Cravings

For years the fast-food industry has centered itself around the value of the American dollar. Now, it seems that every eatery under the sun boasts an affordable chicken sandwich, a value cheeseburger, and a small side of french fries — but let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any better than your total coming out to $1.  

Regardless of how much you’re willing to spend, you can always cure your hunger without spending a fortune. Lucky for us fast-food lovers, there’s a handful of $1 menu items that will remain superior to the regular menu, no matter what their price tag.

Jack In The Box Two Tacos // $0.99

Jack in The Box tacos have existed since the early days of the famed fast-food eatery. In fact, earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that more than 554 million Jack In The Box tacos are sold annually, so it’s only obvious to put this irresistible pair of tacos at the top of this list.   

White Castle Original Slider // $0.71

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Think about it, there was an entire movie series dedicated to two stoner friends, overcoming fear, anxiety, and finding love — all because of White Castle’s Original Cheeseburger slider. Plus, these bite-size burgers are perfect for eating on the go. While the price can range between 0.70 and 0.75 cents depending on location, we’d consider spending less than a buck on lunch a steal.

Del Taco Half-Pound Bean & Cheese Burrito // $1.00

While Del Taco remains a West Coast staple, if you ever find yourself near a location, do yourself a favor and slide through the drive-thru. Del Taco’s original tacos are always a perfect way to satisfy any late-night craving. But, if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck, go for the half-pound bean and cheese burrito.  

McDonald’s Apple Pie // $0.99

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While McDonald’s may be known for its Big Mac and chicken nuggets, their apple pie is a classic. Dessert for only $1 basically means dessert all the time.

Taco Bell Cheesy Roll-Up or Spicy Potato Soft Taco // $1.00

#Truth be told. I’ve been waiting for this night for a few weeks. #spicypotatotaco #tacobell #donthate

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Now that you can get married at Taco Bell, just have your guests order from the dollar menu during the reception. JK, the wedding package comes fully catered. It’s for the better because it might be hard to choose between the Cheesy Roll-Up or taco. Both, perhaps?

Wendy’s Frosty (Small)  // $0.99

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The Frosty has been a staple on the Wendy’s menu for years. While there may be a debate on what flavor — chocolate or vanilla bean — is superior, everyone seems to agree on the fact that it’s the best $0.99 milkshake ever created.

Burger King Hamburger & Cheeseburger // $0.99

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Burger King has always been home to the charbroiled burger patty, and best of all, it comes topped with melted American cheese, crinkle cut pickles, yellow mustard, and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun. Winning.