Culinary companies collaborate to create innovative new menu items.
Church’s Chicken and Texas Pete have partnered to create Church’s Texas Pete Tender Strips. Featuring Church’s hand-battered, all-white-meat Tender Strips dusted with Texas Pete seasoning, the chicken offers a three-pepper heat. Guests may order the strips as a meal with a honey-butter biscuit starting at $2.99 for a limited time.
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Taco Bell has teamed up with Wrigley to offers its new Starburst Cherry Freeze. The frozen drink features the cherry flavor and red color of a cherry Starburst and costs around $1.99 for a regular size. Taco Bell is also introducing the Volcano Quesarito, which consists of a quesadilla-wrapped burrito featuring the chain’s Lava Sauce. Customers may purchase the hot handheld for $2.49.
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Schlotzsky’s has united with Auntie Anne’s to create the new Pretzel Dippers. These four sandwiches, paired with signature sauces, are served on Auntie Anne’s pretzel buns. The Beef Chief features shaved Angus roast beef topped with caramelized onions and melted Muenster, Provolone and Swiss Cheeses and is served with French Onion au jus dipping sauce. The Hogfather offers Italian sausage, pepperoni, Cotto, and Genoa Salami topped with melted Muenster, Swiss and Provolone cheeses and is served with Bold Marinara dipping sauce. The Big Cheese includes melted Muenster, Parmesan, Provolone and Swiss cheeses, smoked bacon strips and tomatoes and is served with Tomato-Basil dipping sauce. The Ham Dunk features shaved Black Forest ham topped with melted Muenster, Provolone and Swiss Cheeses and is served with Brewhaus Cheese dipping sauce. The Pretzel Dippers will be available through Dec. 27.
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Starbucks is introducing its first new fall beverage in four years: the Toasted Graham Latte. This drink features a graham cracker-and-sweet cream base mixed with steamed milk and espresso topped with crumbles of cinnamon graham crackers. The new latte is available for a limited time.
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Sonic has brought back its boneless wings with four new flavors: Garlic Parmesan, Honey Barbeque, Island Fire, and Extreme Habanero Heat. The new sauces will join the two previous flavors, Asian Sweet Chili and Buffalo. Sonic’s boneless wings are made with 100% all-white-meat chicken and are available in packs of 6, 12, or 24.
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Burger King is getting in the fall spirit with its two new menu offerings. The chain’s new A.1. Halloween Whopper sandwich features a black bun that has A.1. flavor baked in. The sandwich features flame-grilled beef, melted American cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, A.1. Thick and Hearty Sauce, pickles, and sliced white onions. The Halloween burger will cost around $4.99 and be available for a limited time. Burger King also is offering a Pumpkin Spice Oreo Shake: a sweet pumpkin and spice flavored shake hand spun with Oreo cookies crumbles. The shake is also available for a limited time.
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Dunkin’ Donuts has expanded its espresso beverage lineup with its new Macchiato offering and new Pumpkin Macchiato. Available hot or iced, the Pumpkin Macchiato is made with steamed milk and pumpkin-flavored swirl then topped with a double shot of espresso. The pumpkin variety is available for a limited time while the Macchiato is a permanent addition.
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Arby’s is adding three new items to its menu. The Spicy Jalapeño Brisket features chipotle barbecue sauce, jalapeño peppers, crispy onion strings, cheddar cheese, and smoked brisket on a star-cut bun. The Brisket Bacon Flatbread is a pita sandwich stuffed with smoky barbecue sauce, pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, smoked brisket, tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise. Arby’s also is offering a Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake, which features the flavors of pumpkin spice, cheesecake and pie crust and is topped with whipped cream. The shake will be available through the end of the year.
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Pizza Hut has fused its pizza and breadsticks together in its new Twisted Crust Pizza. The large, hand-tossed pizza features a tearable breadstick crust served with a choice of two dipping sauces and one topping for $11.99.
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Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have added a spicy new burger to their lineup: The Tex Mex Bacon Thickburger. Served on the chain’s signature Fresh Baked Bun, the burger features a charbroiled, 1/3 or 1/2 lb 100% Black Angus beef patty, fire-roasted poblano peppers and onions, lettuce, tomato, Applewood-smoked bacon, pepper-Jack cheese and spicy Santa Fe sauce. Customers may purchase the 1/3-lb burger for $5.79 or the 1/2-lb burger for $6.99.
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IHOP is introducing three new Fruit ‘N Streusel crepes, which feature the chain’s Sweet Cream Cheese Crepes, fruit toppings, and cinnamon streusel crumbles. The crepes come in three varieties: Berry Berry, which offers blueberries and strawberries; Sweet Peach, which feature peaches; and Strawberry Rhubarb, which includes strawberries and rhubarb bits. IHOP’s new Fruit ‘N Streusel crepes are available through Nov. 8.
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A new chicken sandwich is coming to Jack in the Box: the new Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club. Featuring the chain's new Southern-Style breaded all-white-meat chicken fillet, the sandwich features grilled hickory smoked bacon, ranch sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese all served on a toasted gourmet bun.
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Jamba Juice is adding almond milk to its menu with its new Almond Milk Smoothies available in three flavors. The Peanut Butter & Berries smoothie blends almond milk, peanut butter, blueberries, strawberries, and dates to evoke a PB&J flavor. The Pumpkin smoothie combines almond milk, bananas, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The Matcha Green Tea smoothie blends Matcha green tea, almond milk, bananas, kale, and dates. Jamba Juice’s Almond Milk Smoothies are available for a limited time.
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is introducing the new Wild Pepper Tenderloins served with new Red Hot Honey dipping sauce. The tenderloin dish features four all-white-meat chicken tenderloins marinated in a blend of Szechuan, Aji Amarillo, and Habanero peppers then hand battered and breaded in a crispy crust and fried. It is served with one side, a Buttermilk Biscuit and Red Hot Honey dipping sauce for around $4.99. Wild Pepper Tenderloins are available for a limited time.
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Moe’s Southwest Grill is introducing its new Smokin’ Chicken Burrito Bowl. The dish features smoked jalapeño, honey-glazed chicken, Southwestern rice, black beans, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and the customer’s choice of extra ingredients. The bowl is available for a limited time.
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