Hot chocolate lends its festive flavor to new treats, drinks and more.
For the holiday season, Dairy Queen is debuting the Peppermint Hot Cocoa Blizzard Treat, featuring candy cane pieces, chocolate chunks and cocoa fudge blended with vanilla soft serve. The dessert is then finished with whipped topping and candy cane pieces.
Auntie Anne’s is introducing the Hot Chocolate Frost, a frozen twist on the holiday staple. The treat features frozen hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
Tim Hortons is launching a lineup of holiday beverages and donuts.
New seasonal sips include a Peppermint Iced Capp, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Latte, Crème Brulee Latte and Crème Brulee Iced Capp.
The Holiday Tree Donut is a yeast tree-shaped donut filled with venetian cream and topped with vanilla fondant and festive nonpareils.
The Raspberry Filled Donut is a raspberry-filled yeast donut sprinkled with powdered sugar.
The Chocolate Candy Cane Donut is a chocolate cake ring donut topped with chocolate fondant and peppermint bark.
The Jingle Bell Boston Cream is a yeast donut filled with venetian cream and topped with chocolate fondant and peppermint bark.
The Holiday Bloom Donut is a raspberry-filled yeast bloom donut topped with vanilla fondant and red, white and green sprinkles.
The Festive Vanilla Dip is a yeast ring donut topped with green fondant and red and white sprinkles.
Orange Leaf has teamed up with Ghirardelli to launch a new frozen yogurt flavor: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Froyo. Made with Ghirardelli chocolate, the seasonal flavor pairs minty and sweet flavors.
Sweet and spicy collide in the new Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffles from KFC. The dish combines the chain’s spicy and smoky Nashville Hot fried chicken — either bone-in or tenders — with Belgian Liege-style waffles and a side of Mrs. Butterworth’s maple syrup. The menu item also may be ordered as a sandwich with a Nashville Hot chicken filet sandwiched between two waffles and served with a side of syrup.
Jack in the Box is introducing the White Cheddar Cheeseburger. The burger features a grilled beef patty, melted white cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a toasted split-top bun. The burger may also be ordered as a double with two beef patties.
Red Lobster is adding two new offerings to the menu as part of its Create Your Own Ultimate Feast promotion: Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Meat and Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Rangoon, which is fried and served with a sweet chili sauce.
Applebee’s is now serving Sizzlin’ Entrees, a menu platform that includes five new dishes.
The Sizzlin’ Cheddar & Bacon Chicken Skillet features sliced grilled chicken breast with melted cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon and garlic mashed potatoes all topped with a Parmesan cream sauce. The skillet is paired with steamed broccoli.
The Loaded Fajitas Trio includes chipotle lime sirloin steak, chicken and shrimp, fajita vegetables and Spanish rice all smothered in hot queso then sprinkled with applewood smoked bacon and cilantro and topped with a lime wedge. The skillet is served with four warm flour tortillas, a blend of cheddar cheeses, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.
The Loaded Sirloin Steak & Chicken Fajitas feature chipotle lime sirloin steak and chicken, fajita vegetables and Spanish rice covered in hot queso and topped with applewood smoked bacon, cilantro and a lime wedge. The skillet is served with four warm flour tortillas, a blend of cheddar cheeses, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.
The Loaded Chicken & Shrimp Fajitas are made with chipotle lime chicken and shrimp, fajita vegetables and Spanish rice with hot queso, applewood smoked bacon, cilantro and a lime wedge. The skillet is served with four warm flour tortillas, a blend of cheddar cheeses, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.
The Loaded Sirloin Steak & Shrimp Fajitas feature chipotle lime sirloin steak and shrimp, fajita vegetables and Spanish rice topped with hot queso, applewood smoked bacon, cilantro and a lime wedge. The skillet is served with four warm flour tortillas, a blend of cheddar cheeses, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.
New from Sonic Drive-In is the Patty Melt, featuring a quarter-lb 100% beef patty, two slices of American cheese, grilled onions, mayo and mustard served on Texas toast.
McAlister’s Deli is sweetening its menu with the new Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cheesecake. The dessert features layers of Cinnabon cinnamon cheesecake and vanilla crunch cake topped with cream cheese frosting and caramel.
New from Smoothie King is the Slim-N-Trim Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie, featuring 200 calories and 18 grams of protein per 20-oz serving. The blended beverage is made with strawberries, cocoa, Gladiator protein chocolate, Lean1 chocolate protein, protein blend, nonfat milk, stevia plant-based sweetener and a fiber blend enhancer.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is unveiling its Winter Features menu, including new sandwiches, entrees and desserts.
The Crispy Chicken Sandwich features two crispy chicken filets and is served on toasted focaccia with herbed goat cheese, lettuce and tomato.
The Grilled Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork Chop is prime cut, topped with bacon-bourbon mustard glaze and served with green chile macaroni and cheese.
The Wood Grilled NY Strip with Chile-Lime Shrimp is topped with sautéed shrimp in ancho chile-lime butter.
The Pyramid Peach Chocolate Cheesecake is served with a dollop of whipped cream and balsamic marinated strawberries.
Comfort food is in focus at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The fast-casual restaurant is introducing a line of grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Smoky Grilled Cheese is made with mozzarella cheese, white American cheese, bacon and smoked tomato spread on brioche bread.
The Classic Grilled Cheese features cheddar and white American cheese on brioche bread.
It’s A Grind Coffee House is debuting a duo of new beverage lines: Red Velvet Caramel Pecan and Blonder Gnar Gnar beverages.
The Red Velvet Caramel Pecan Beverages feature a blend of espresso and milk with white chocolate, caramel pecan and red velvet flavors. The drink may be ordered hot, iced or blended. The hot variety is topped with whipped cream and Ghirardelli caramel.
The Blonder Gnar Gnar Beverages combine espresso, milk and peanut butter with white chocolate and caramel flavors. The drinks may be ordered hot, iced or blended. The hot and blended versions are topped with whipped cream and Ghirardelli caramel.
Yogurtland joined forces with PepsiCo, Inc. to offer a new sweet heat addition to its range of frozen yogurts and light ice creams: Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Topping.