Bold flavors and better-for-you options among launches from quick-service restaurants.
Movie Theater Popcorn ice cream is popping up at Baskin-Robbins for a limited time. Inspired by awards show season, the sweet-meets-salty scoop features popcorn-flavored ice cream and crispy pieces of butter popcorn with a salty-caramel ribbon. The flavor is available for a limited time in a cup or cone or as part of a waffle bowl sundae with caramel praline topping, whipped cream, a cherry and chopped almonds.
Marking its Mexican fast-food chain debut, ground turkey stars in the newest tacos from Del Taco. With 33% less fat than the chain’s seasoned beef, the lean, seasoned ground turkey is paired with grated cheddar cheese, lettuce and pico de gallo in a crunchy corn or warm flour tortilla. Each taco has 150 calories.
Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding its DDSMART menu of better-for-you options with a sliced turkey breakfast sandwich. With 310 calories, the sandwich has three slices of turkey, an egg and a slice of reduced-fat cheddar cheese on the chain’s new multigrain flatbread. The sandwich is also available as a wrap, served in a warm flour tortilla. Additionally, any breakfast sandwich may be served on the new multigrain flatbread.
Five new meals under 500 calories are rolling out at El Pollo Loco, each featuring citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken breast, slow-simmered seasoned black beans and avocado. The Mango Grilled Tostada also includes chopped lettuce blend with sweet mango salsa in a whole wheat tortilla. The Black Bean Bowl has steamed broccoli florets, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. The Avocado Salad features steamed broccoli florets, pico de gallo, cojita cheese and a light creamy dressing. The Avocado Burrito has crispy cabbage, poblano salsa and pico de gallo wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla and grilled to order. The Mango Taco Plate has crispy green cabbage, pico de gallo and mango salsas and fresh cilantro wrapped in a warm white corn tortilla and served with a side salad.
An egg white and turkey breakfast sandwich is debuting at Jack in the Box. With 250 calories and 6 grams of fat, the sandwich includes egg whites, grilled turkey, tomato and American cheese on a classic bun. Any breakfast sandwich offered at the fast-food chain may be customized to include egg whites at no additional cost.
A new Whole Food Nutrition line of smoothies and more fresh-squeezed juice offerings are debuting at Jamba Juice. Whole Food Nutrition smoothies are made with such ingredients as kale, carrots, chia seeds and Greek yogurt, with 10 to 14 grams of protein per serving. Varieties include Kale-ribbnean Breeze, with mangos, kale, passion-mango juice, Greek yogurt and chia seeds; PB Chocolate Love, featuring chocolate, peanut butter, bananas, milk and a whole-grain booster; and Carrot Orange Fusion, with orange juice, carrots, Greek yogurt, soymilk, mangos, bananas and chia seeds.
JTM Food Group is introducing steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar for the School Breakfast Program, which provides morning meals for students in need. Available in bulk bags for cafeteria-style serving as well as individually-portioned bowls, each serving of oatmeal provides one whole grain credit, per 2014 school nutrition standards, and contains only three ingredients: steel-cut oats, water and brown sugar.
KFC is introducing an Extra Crispy variety of its boneless chicken for a limited time. The item is available in a to-go cup, two-piece combo or as part of a 10-piece bucket. The company launched its Original Recipe boneless chicken as a permanent menu item in April.
Cheesecake donuts are available for a limited time at Krispy Kreme in two varieties: caramel and chocolate. The caramel cheesecake donut features a yeast shell filled with a creamy cheesecake filling, topped with caramel icing and graham cracker crumbles. The chocolate cheesecake donut has a chocolate cheesecake filling topped with chocolate icing and brownie crumbles.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is launching Bayou Buffalo Wicked Chicken for a limited time. Flavored with a Louisiana-style buffalo marinade, thin strips of all-white meat chicken are tossed in a Bayou Buffalo sauce, fried and served with Popeyes’ new bleu cheese dipping sauce, fries and a biscuit for $3.99 through January 26.
The Rodeo Crispy Chicken and Rodeo Burger are debuting for a limited time on Burger King’s new King Deals Value Menu for $1 each. The Rodeo Sandwiches feature a crispy chicken fillet or beef patty topped with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce and onion rings on a sesame seed bun.