Cheese is the champion ingredient in new seasonal offerings.
Cheese is in the spotlight at Sonic, which is adding two new cheesy options to its lineup. The Chili Cheese Bites are a bite-size version of Sonic’s chili with cheese in a crispy corn chip coating, while the Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites are made with macaroni and cheese blended with bacon pieces and coated in a light, crispy batter.
Additionally, Sonic is serving new Cold Brew Iced Coffee in original and vanilla flavors. The beverages include a touch of sweet cream.
Cheese is the star of Johnny Rocket’s new seasonal menu.
The Crispy Cheddar Bites are breaded and fried bites of cheddar cheese served with ranch dressing.
The Three Cheese Burger is topped with melted American, Swiss and cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles and mayo and is served on a warm brioche bun.
The Three Cheese Grilled Chicken Sandwich features grilled chicken breast topped with melted American, Swiss and cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles and mayo served on a warm wheat bun.
The Strawberry Cheesecake Shake is made with vanilla ice cream blended with New York style cheesecake bites, strawberry topping, and whole milk, and is garnished with whipped topping and more cheesecake bites.
Subway is launching the Ultimate Steak Sandwich, made with shaved steak, green peppers, red onions and a pinch of salt and pepper all served on cheesy garlic bread.
McDonald’s Corp. is serving its first new holiday McFlurry in seven years: the Snickerdoodle McFlurry. Made with vanilla soft serve mixed with crumbles of crunchy cinnamon cookies, the dessert will be sold exclusively for delivery via UberEats from Nov. 11-17. Then, in late November, the McFlurry will be available in stores nationwide for a limited time.
Denny’s is debuting three new breakfast offerings and two new entrees.
The Apple Bourbon Pancake Breakfast includes multigrain wheat pancakes made with flaxseeds, cinnamon and brown sugar topped with a caramel apple walnut bourbon sauce.
The Double Chocolate Pancake Puppies are made with Ghirardelli cocoa and chocolate chips, tossed in powdered sugar and served with a side of cream cheese icing.
The Apple Bourbon Crepe Breakfast features crepes folded with vanilla cream and topped with caramel apple walnut bourbon sauce.
The Bourbon Chicken & Garlic Peppercorn Sirloin Dinner includes a U.S.D.A. choice cut 8-oz seasoned sirloin steak topped with garlic peppercorn butter and a grilled seasoned chicken breast covered with a bourbon glaze, fire-roasted bell peppers, onions and mushrooms.
The Garlic Peppercorn Sirloin & Premium Chicken Tenders Dinner features a U.S.D.A. choice cut, 8-oz seasoned sirloin steak topped with garlic peppercorn butter and fried chicken tenderloins.
Wendy’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the debut of the Birthday Cake Frosty, the first new Frosty flavor in 13 years.
The limited-edition frozen treat features a blend of vanilla Frosty mixed with the flavor of a classic birthday cake, Wendy’s said. A small contains 350 calories and sells for $1.49.
The Birthday Cake Frosty serves as the base of the new Birthday Cake Frosty Cookie Sundae, which is topped with sugar cookie pieces and colorful sprinkles. The sundae contains 410 calories and sells for $2.19.
IHOP is introducing a limited-time menu for the holiday season.
The Jolly Cakes offering features four green pancakes topped with sweet cream cheese icing, whipped topping and shimmery round red and green sprinkles.
Oh What Funnel Cakes includes two crispy funnel cakes dusted with powdered sugar and topped with glazed strawberries, whipped topping and shimmery round red and green sprinkles.
The Merry Marshmallow Hot Chocolate is flavored with toasted marshmallow syrup and topped with whipped topping and shimmery round red and green sprinkles.
The Holiday Ham & Sausage Omelette is stuffed with diced ham and sausage, fire-roasted peppers and onions, hash browns and jack and cheddar cheese then topped with more diced ham and sausage, cheddar cheese and white cheddar cheese sauce.
Baskin-Robbins is expanding its dairy-free frozen dessert portfolio with its new non-dairy and vegan Coffee Caramel Chunk Frozen Dessert. The flavor features an espresso-flavored base with chocolate chunks and a caramel ribbon.
Papa John’s is launching Garlic Parmesan Crust, the brand’s first addition to its original pizza dough in company history.
“There’s a lot of fan love for Papa John’s signature garlic sauce, so we knew our first-ever innovation of our original crust had to feature it,” said Paul Fabre, senior vice-president of menu strategy and innovation at Papa John’s. “The new garlic Parmesan crust comes with our famous garlic sauce and artisan Parmesan-romano cheese baked into the crust. As always, garlic Parmesan crust pizzas come with our classic garlic sauce and pepperoncini in the box.
“Papa John’s is all about quality, and we don’t put anything on the menu that doesn’t meet our standards. It’s the first time we’re adding flavor to our fresh, never-frozen original dough and we are doing it with high quality ingredients that our guests love. As we continue to evolve and grow our business, we’re working to innovate more than ever while maintaining our commitment to quality.”
For the holiday season, El Pollo Loco is rolling out new offerings inspired by the brand’s Mexican heritage.
The Chicken Tamale Bowls are made with fire-grilled chicken simmered in red chile sauce and masa. The bowls come in three varieties: two chicken tamales, tamale and chopped chicken breast, and tamale and two-piece leg and thigh.
The Chicken Pozole Verde is a traditional holiday soup with fire-grilled chicken and hominy slow simmered in a tomatillo broth with garlic, onion and chile.
The Mexican Hot Chocolate is made with Abuelita chocolate, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is sweetening its menu with the new Bourbon Fudge Pie. The treat features a smooth bourbon fudge filling with chocolate-flavored whipped topping.
New from Einstein Bros. Bagels is the All-Nighter Egg Sandwich, featuring two fresh-cracked eggs, bacon, two slices of American cheese and jalapeño garlic aioli on a cheesy hash brown bagel.
Popular pie varieties meet a breakfast mainstay in the new “Easy as Pie” donut collection from Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.
Available through Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 28 — the donuts come in three pie-inspired varieties.
The Dutch Apple Pie Donut is stuffed with apple pie filling, dipped in caramel icing and finished with streusel topping and a drizzle of icing.
The Chocolate Crème Pie Donut is filled with chocolate Kreme, dipped in chocolate icing, topped with a dollop of Kreme and finished with miniature chocolate chips.
The Cherry Pie Donut is topped with pie crust crumbles, a cherry filling and a drizzle of icing.
Peet’s Coffee’s new Citrus and Spice Latte combines sweet, floral citrus with traditional mulling spices such as cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg steamed into milk and espresso.
Creamistry is introducing a trio of ice cream creations for the holiday season.
The new Peppermint Cookies ‘N’ Cream Creation features cookies and cream iced cream with crushed peppermint candies, layers of fudge and crushed peppermint.
The Pecan Praline Creation features vanilla bean ice cream, candied pecan and sea salt caramel finished with whipped cream.
The Pumpkin Pie Creation features pumpkin spice ice cream, graham cracker crust crumble, caramel, whipped cream and pumpkin spice.