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We Found A Taco Bell Location Testing CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS

While Taco Bell has begun phasing out some parts of its menu, that change also means there’s the potential for some unique new items to arrive at the fast food giant.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

Foodbeast has come across one of those potential test items, as fellow Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth found a location in Fullerton, California that had Crispy Chicken Wings on its menu.

Served in a box of five with a side of Spicy Ranch to dip into, these wings came in at a cost of $4.99 each. These weren’t boneless wings, either: as you can see in the above clip, Elie was able to get all of the meat off the bones in one single bite, choosing from a selection of drums and flats.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

He told me that the wings themselves were “very crispy,” and had a mild Taco Bell seasoning flavor to them. “I would have loved something like their Volcano Sauce mixed with the ranch, or the Volcano Sauce on its own,” he mentioned.

Still, to him, “Taco Bell nailed it on what they’re good at, textures. The flats did what they needed, the drums were crispy, had a fair amount of meat.”

Elie also recommended adding some packets of Fire or Diablo sauce to your order if you want to turn up the heat on this chicken. Combining the hot sauce, ranch, and wings together were the best bites he had, in his opinion.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

We’re naturally curious to learn more about these wings, so we’ve reached out to Taco Bell to get a deeper insight on this possible test item. They’re not sharing too much as of yet, saying that “We’re always innovating and listening to our fans, and chicken is just one category that we’re excited to explore further and put our Taco Bell spin on.”

It also seems that Taco Bell is ramping up their food innovation efforts, according to a recent article from Forbes, with chicken as a key focus, so there’s a good chance we’re gonna see some more exciting items come from them in the near future.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

For those looking to try the Crispy Chicken Wings in the meantime, the location we found them is at 131 E. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton.

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Red Robin Is Offering A Build-Your-Own Wing Bar For Home Delivery

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A few months back, there were times when I would eat wings two or three times a week either after work or during lunch. Being at home these days, frequenting wing bars isn’t as easy as it used to be. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from finding alternatives to enjoying wings at home.

That’s because Red Robin Catering is offering a massive box of wings that you can order for the family, that comes with their own sauces, dips, and sides.

Each Big Red Box of Gourmet Wings & Sides come with 50 juicy bone-in chicken wings. While naked wings are delicious, it wouldn’t be considered a wing bar without your choice of sauces and the build-your-own box includes the chain’s signature Buzzard Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, and Whiskey River BBQ.

Finally, because no wing experience is complete without dipping sauces and sides, guests will also have sides of Ranch and Bleu cheese to dunk their wings into and some carrot sticks.

Wing lovers can get their hands on this box through the Red Robin site. Each package is about $50, serves 10 people, and is available at all participating Red Robin locations.

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Hooters Is Giving Out Free Wings to Single People on Valentine’s Day

Most Valentine’s Days spent single are passed in a concentrated effort to forget your ex but, on this year’s Valentine’s Day, Hooters is asking for your remembrance of what was.

On February 14th, during the yearly reminder of our societal obligation to companionship, Hooters is offering up the chance to get 10 free boneless wings. The only condition is you must bring in a picture of your former significant other to be shredded, because people still shred pictures like it’s a mid-2000’s lowbrow romcom, evidently.

But, if you’re living in 2020 like the rest of us, and your photo library is on your phone or computer, you can digitally shred your ex as well. You’ll be presented with a voucher you can use to redeem your chicken nuggets — er, boneless wings, excuse me.

Unfortunately, a rather difficult dilemma faces you after your former flame has been extinguished and 10 boneless wings are in your possession: Do you squad up with all the other people who decided to go to Hooters on Valentine’s Day or do you go home and eat your Hooters wings alone while solemnly curled up on the couch? Both are equally as existential crisis triggering but, hey, at least you’ll have ten free wings, right?

Right?

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KFC Now Offers Fully Sauced Chicken Wings

KFC made some noise earlier this summer when it announced it would introduce plant-based wings with Beyond Meat, but now their actual chicken wings are making a bit of noise, albeit not quite as loudly.

KFC is introducing a new set of fully sauced, bone-in wings to its menu, which should make sports fans happy.

While they’ve had variations of wings in the past, including a spicy dry rub and even Honey BBQ, those come and go as limited time offers.

This is their first stab at a true saucy wing lineup, and the three flavors they are debuting are Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot.

KFC has been pretty active of late, making waves with the above mentioned plant-based wings, but also debuting a Cheeto’s-crusted chicken sandwich, chicken tacos, fries (No, they’ve never had fries before. Trust us) and even a fried chicken and doughnut sandwich.

Their new wing announcement pales in comparison to the other items, but feels like a fundamental right coming from a the biggest chicken chain in the world.

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These Crispy 5 Spice Chicken Wings Are INFUSED With Hidden Valley® Ranch

It may as well be a crime to serve chicken wings without ranch dressing. The veggie sticks come and go, but the ranch stays. Order chicken wings at any diner, dive bar, or bowling alley in America and you’ll more than likely find yourself face to face with a trusty side of ranch. That is, unless you’re going to Oakland’s Dragon Gate Bar & Grille where, in honor of the Coast 2 Coast Ranch tour, presented by Hidden Valley ® Ranch, they’ve created a Chinese-style chicken wing that’s pre-ranched, if you will, with ranch seasoning.

By using the new Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning shaker to add to their signature 5 spice blend, Dragon Gate is giving the traditional Chinese chicken wing an American spin.

Now you can enjoy those juicy, crispy wings dipped in ranch, elevated with even more ranch flavor. If you’re still feeling saucy, there’s a spicy Hidden Valley Original Restaurant Ranch sauce available for dipping.

Dragon Gate will be serving another ranch-themed dish during September, as well. Their Hidden Valley Ranch Cold Noodles feature egg noodles, julienned cucumber, carrots, tamago, green onions, sweet corn kernels, and shrimp. This lovely mix is then tossed in Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and fish sauce to round out a winning fusion of flavors.

If either of these original, ranched-up dishes grab your palate’s attention, you can feast on them all September long, as the Hidden Valley Coast 2 Coast Ranch Tour runs its course. And, if you want more ranch in your life, check out foodbeast.com/ranch for more locations on the tour.


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Fill Up A Bucket With LA’s Best Wings At The City’s First Chicken Wing Festival

Off The Menu Wing Fest

Los Angeles is going to a have a chicken wing festival. Writing that out seems like a dream to me — I, connoisseur of any fried bird, one who considers fried chicken as the only food group that matters. But here I am drooling at the prospect of filling myself to level ten out of ten on the full as f*ck scale on glorious, crispy, crunchy, sauced up chicken wings. And what’s even better is that said wing fest is equipping patrons with their own bucket to fill up with as much wings as they can fit.

Yes, this all you can eat chicken wing festival, aptly named Wing Fest, is coming to bless Angelenos’ wing lovin’ hearts on July 29 AKA National Chicken Wing Day at Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard. And it’s all courtesy of Lawrence Longo of Off The Menu, who has switched his focus from eating a burger everyday to chicken wings. What fans can expect is a lineup of the best of the best: Pizzeria Mozza’s wings Alla diovola, Button Mash’s double fried sweet and spicy wings, The Greyhound’s sweet cherry BBQ wings, Banh Oui’s Vietnamese-style wing, Chef Kang Food Rehab’s Korean-style wings, and even Anchor Bar, the originators of the Buffalo Wing, all the way from New York, amongst a roster of other solid wing purveyors.

General admission for unlimited wings starts at $45, and tickets are available online. Pro tip: the Guatemalan Insanity wings from The Greyhound should come with a roll of Tums and a quart of milk. Trust me. They don’t call it “Insanity” for nothing.

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Wingstop Is Dropping 6 NEW WING FLAVORS Throughout July

Sure, Wingstop will periodically drop a new flavor or two, but in honor of their 25th anniversary, they’re dropping six new flavors this July.

That’s as many flavors as Infinity Stones, but thankfully you don’t have to scour the galaxy to find these wings. You do, however, have to wait a little bit to try them all, as they’re not all dropping at once, instead releasing two at a time throughout the month.

On July 5, the duo debuts in Lemon Garlic and Dragon’s Breath. On July 12, the second batch drops in a Bayou BBQ flavor and Mango Volcano. The last batch will consist of a Hot Lemon and Atomic BBQ flavor, releasing July 19.

The new Lemon Garlic and Dragon Breath wings

The Lemon Garlic is sure to make you gargle mouthwash for 25 minutes, as it will consist of a blend of their lemon pepper and garlic parmesan, while the Dragon’s Breath will be a blend of their spicy Korean wings, topped with crushed red pepper, chile de arbol, habanero, and cayenne.

The Bayou BBQ and Mango Volcano wings

The Bayou BBQ will combine their classic bbq wings with a dash of Cajun seasoning, while the Mango Volcano sounds like a slightly less spicy version of the Mango Habanero, as it is combined with a sweet Hawaiian drizzle.

The Hot Lemon sounds like a match made in heaven, as they’ll be sprinkling their Original Hot flavor with Lemon Pepper seasoning. The sixth wing, Atomic BBQ, will combine their Hickory Smoked BBQ and Atomic, which just might make it a little more tolerable than the standard Atomic flavor.

The Atomic BBQ and Hot Lemon wings

The wings aren’t coming to the party empty handed, as they’re bringing along two spicy ranch flavors, one blended with Harissa chile, and the other being an Atomic Ranch dip. And because you were probably going to ask them to season your fries like this regardless, there will be Lemon Parmesan Fries available on the menu.

All six flavors will disappear July 29, which happens to be National Chicken Wing Day. If you do buy your wings on July 29, Wingstop will also give you five free wings, and donate $1 to Wingstop Charities to support youth in the local communities where Wingstop operates for every order placed on that day, up to $100,000.

Feels like it’s going to be a pretty wild July for wing fans.

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Game Of Thrones Wings Are Coming To Buffalo Wild Wings For One Day Only

Buffalo Wild Wings is throwing their hat into the Game of Thrones collab ring with ghost pepper-sauced wings.

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Buffalo’s contribution is called “Dragon Fire” wings, and they are an exclusive, limited-time option that will only be available on Sunday, April 14. That’s the same day the final season of Game of Thrones premieres.

The Dragon Fire wings are coated in a soy-ginger glaze that’s imbued with ghost chilies for an added boost of heat. That spice gets even more intense with a fresh jalapeno garnish.

Buffalo Wild Wings will have these available in-store, via online order, or through Doordash, so you’re not limited to just picking up these wings in a restaurant. It also makes them a thematic option to get delivered when the first episode drops.