From a donut breakfast sandwich to a peanut butter and bacon milkshake, this year's over-the-top launches offer indulgence and novelty.
After tests in Southern California markets earlier this year, Carl's Jr. launched its Strawberry Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich nationally in July. The product features a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two halves of the strawberry-flavored toaster pastry.
Del Taco in April rolled out a burrito filled with crinkle-cut french fries, chili and grated cheddar cheese as part of its New Tastes menu.
The donut chain in June rolled out its sweet and savory Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, which includes bacon and egg on a halved donut.
The star of the fast-food chain's new late-night menu is a cheeseburger with a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich stacked on top.
Pizza Hut in April unveiled the Crazy Cheesy Crust, a pizza with a ring of cheese-filled dough pockets that may be removed and eaten separately or as part of the slice.
Capitalizing on the chicken and waffle trend, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in July introduced the limited-time item, which includes all-white meat chicken tenders marinated in Louisiana spices and hand-battered in a waffle batter-style coating, served with a honey maple dipping sauce.
As part of its summertime shake promotion, Sonic Drive-In introduced a peanut butter and bacon flavor, combining creamy peanut butter and real bits of bacon, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
The Mexican fast-food chain this year expanded its wildly popular Doritos Locos Taco platform with two flavors: Cool Ranch and Fiery, which joined the original Nacho Cheese variety. The products feature a taco shell made with Doritos chips.