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McDonald’s New Limited-Edition Capsule Gives Fans An Early Chicken Sandwich Taste

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Earlier this year, McDonald’s announced that they would be adding three new meaty chicken sandwiches to their menu. The sandwiches are slated to drop by the end of February. Still, McDonald’s is giving eager chicken enthusiasts an early taste of the new sandwiches. 

Through a limited-edition capsule on CHKNDrop.com, fans can get their hands on the Crispy Chicken Sandwich as early as Feb. 23, a day before it’s available nationwide. 

Included in the capsule is an original, never-before-heard audio track created by Tay Keith on 7” vinyl and a limited edition hoodie. 

Make sure to claim your Chicken Sandwich capsule for $5 before supplies run out. McDonald’s new chicken sandwiches will be available nationwide on Feb. 24. 

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Fast Food

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst FINALLY Returns To McDonald’s

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One of my fondest memories of working at McDonald’s was those lunch breaks where I could fill up endlessly on Hi-C Orange Lavaburst. Paired with my staple: Two Cheeseburgers, add Big Mac Sauce, add Bacon; the diet that makes my thirty-something self shiver brought so much happiness to teenage Pete.

In 2017, McDonald’s took the beverage off restaurant menus, replacing it with Orange Fanta or something. My heart couldn’t be bothered to care at that point.

However, after years of fans petitioning, the Golden Arches has announced they’re finally bringing back the quintessential fast-food orange drink to their stores.

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst is scheduled to make its return to McDonald’s this year, with the plan to be available nationwide by the summer.

Eager fans can also track McDonald’s progress with the Hi-C Orange Tracker feature, keeping them updated weekly on which restaurant locations are already offering the beverage.

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Fast Food Sweets

For One Day, Krispy Kreme Is Offering A Limited Edition Mars Doughnut

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Later this week, NASA’s Peserverence Rover lands on Mars and, in honor of the momentous occasion, Krispy Kreme has created an exclusive Mars Doughnut that will be available for one day only. 

The Mars Doughnut will feature a Chocolate Creme-filled Doughnut that’s dipped in red caramel swirl and topped with crumbled chocolate cookie pieces. 

Additionally, the rover will carry the names of the 11 million folks who worked hard on this galactic launch. In honor of these men and women, Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut to anyone who participated in this launch. All they’ll have to do is present a NASA-issued Perseverance “boarding pass” at their local Krispy Kreme on Feb. 18 to get their free Mars Doughnut. 

For everyone else, the Mars Doughnut will be available for one day only, Feb. 18, at participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide. 

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Sweets

Smucker’s Launches Unicorn Magic Shell That Tastes Like Cupcakes

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Throwing Magic Shells on top of ice cream is one of the more fantastical memories of my youth, hearkening back to after-school snacks in front of the TV set.

Smucker’s has introduced a new flavor to their Magic Shell lineup that encapsulates just that magic.

The new Unicorn Magic Shell features the rich taste of white cupcakes paired with multicolored sparkles. Like all its predecessors, the new Magic Shell is to be poured on top of your ice cream. It’ll then instantly harden, creating a sweet casing that can be cracked open and enjoyed with your dessert.

You can find the new Unicorn Magic Shell in stores nationwide now.

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Edibles Packaged Food Sweets

Kiva Confections Launched Their First Ever Cannabis-Infused Body Chocolate

Kiva Confections is no stranger to bringing a higher experience to specific holidays and occasions, as evidenced by the THC-infused turkey gravy they released this past Thanksgiving. And this Valentine’s Day, they’re harnessing that same energy by debuting Love Sauce, the brand’s first ever cannabis-infused body chocolate.

This lickable, holiday-appropriate treat is a luscious dark chocolate sauce that has 10mg of THC per serving. So as encouraged by Kiva and the day meant for lovers, ditch the utensils and enjoy the Love Sauce exactly as it was meant for.

Kiva Confections’ Love Sauce is a mouthful of elevated love, perfect to celebrate with this Sunday and is available now.

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Culture Fast Food

McDonald’s New Pokémon Happy Meals Are Being Bought En Masse

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McDonald’s has teamed up with Pokémon to celebrate the gaming franchise’s 25th anniversary. Their way of doing that? Happy Meals branded with the titular game mascot, Pikachu, that also include toys and Pokémon trading cards.

While this was expected to be an easy way to get kids to ask for more McDonald’s, some of the biggest orders for these meal sets have come from adults seeking Pokémon treasure.

These people could honestly care less about the food, as they’re trying to score the packs of Pokémon cards in hope of scoring a rare one.

Over the past year, the value of rare types of Pokémon cards has vaulted through the roof. There are reports of celebrities like Logan Paul or Logic selling or buying the most coveted of these cards for over $100,000.

Rare cards include “holo” or “foil” varieties that have a kaleidoscopic sheen to them. They’ve been included at random in packs of Pokémon cards for years, but the recent spike in value they’ve seen has led to a craze where retailers struggle to keep the regular packs on shelves.

The Pokémon cards from McDonald’s include a brand new set of foil cards, some of which have already resold for close to $100 each. As such, folks are hoping to score some of these rare cards from the McDonald’s Happy Meals, and will clean out inventories to do so.

The cards themselves have a value of about $10 a pack on resale sites as of press time, making them more than double the price of the meal you would purchase to obtain one. Of course, most people are buying the meals in bulk to get their hands on these cards.

McDonald’s doesn’t have a unified policy on whether franchisees can sell just the toys or not, meaning that in some cases, folks can get away with buying out the whole stock of toys and cards and posting them on eBay. Some boxes of hundreds of these cards have popped up for sale there for close to $10,000.

Other locations have had limited amounts available or restrict to having to buy the meals. According to Kotaku, some YouTubers have gotten around this buy purchasing from multiple locations, hoping to generate enough boxes to make videos, and hopefully money, off of.

As for the meals themselves, it seems like people are trying to do their best to not have the burgers and fries go to waste. Some YouTubers will do mukbangs of themselves eating the entire order, while others gave them away to those in need.

There have been reports, although unconfirmed, of people throwing away the meals, but no physical or video evidence has emerged yet to support that case.

The Pokémon Happy Meals were just released on February 9th, meaning there should still be time to get your hands on one if you want. However, since they are a limited-time offering, chances are folks on the internet could buy the entire stock up fast.

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Packaged Food

Aunt Jemima Officially Rebrands To ‘Pearl Milling Company’

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Last June, Aunt Jemima pancake syrup and mix announced they would be retiring the brand and logo after more than 130 years. 

The brand had acknowledged the racial origins of the figurehead, a caricature of African American women that was first used in 1889. While many outlets have called for changing the name and logo over the years, last year’s global Black Lives Matter movement was the final push to formally retire the Aunt Jemima’s brand.

PepsiCo, the parent company for Quaker Oats, which Aunt Jemima fell under, announced that it is officially rebranded as Pearl Milling Company

Originally, Pearl Milling Company was the self-rising pancake mix founded in 1888. It would later be changed to Aunt Jemima. 

In the next few months, Pearl Milling company will replace Aunt Jemima products. 

Expect to see the new Pearl Milling Company branding arrive in stores by June 2021. Until then, products will still have the Aunt Jemima name, though without the image. 

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Fast Food What's New

New Popeyes Cajun Flounder Sandwich Spotted In The USA

Photo courtesy of @the_undead_foodie1 on Instagram.

With Lent fast approaching, many quick-service spots are starting to gear up for the season with a variety of new and returning seafood options.

It looks like Popeyes is going the route of something new, as we’ve gotten word that a new Cajun Flounder Snadiwch has been spotted in the USA.

Texas-based @the_undead_foodie1 posted a photo of the find on Instagram. Based on the menu shot they located, the fish sandwich appears to be selling for $4.49.

This appears to be confirmed by Instagram duo @mnmtwinz, who are based on the East Coast. They also shared photos of the new Cajun Flounder Sandwich, along with a new basket of Crispy Cajun Shrimp.

According to @mnmtwinz, the Flounder Sandwich is a cajun-bread filet of flounder, tartar sauce, and pickles on a brioche bun. It appears to be attempting to emulating the viral success of the original Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. The Instagram duo noted that they liked the fish sandwich slightly more than the shrimp, although both were “bangers.”

With the wide spread of this flounder sandwich and shrimp, these seem to be items geared up for a nationwide Lenten release, and The Fast Food Post seems to confirm as much in a story about the new seafood items.

Foodbeast has reached out to Popeyes to confirm if that’s the case, and will follow up once we know more.