Restaurants combat fiery temps with frozen beverages.
Taco Bell is now pouring the new Baja Blast Colada Freeze, a frozen slushy drink made with Mtn Dew Baja Blast blended with sweet tropical cream.
Sonic is serving two new slushes made with new Bursting Bubbles, the chain’s take on popping boba. The beverages may also be ordered with soda on ice.
The Blue Burst Slush is a frozen blue raspberry flavored beverage mixed with Sprite and green Bursting Bubbles.
The Cherry Burst Slush is a frozen cherry flavored beverage mixed with Sprite and green Bursting Bubbles and topped with a maraschino cherry.
Smoothie King is blending the new Watermelon X-Treme Smoothie, made with watermelon juice blend, strawberries, coconut water, dairy whey blend and turbinado.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is ushering in summer with a new smoothie and two new quesadillas.
The Mango Berry Cosmo Smoothie blends mango, strawberries, cranberries and lime and is served with a SORBOS edible lime-flavored straw.
The BLT Quesadilla includes bacon, queso blanco, a cheddar and smoked cheese blend, tomato and shredded lettuce in a flour tortilla served with salsa ranch.
The BBQ Shrimp Quesadilla features barbecue shrimp, queso blanco, a cheddar and smoked cheese blend, roasted pineapple salsa and pickled jalapeños in a flour tortilla served with barbecue ranch.
Chili’s is entering the chicken sandwich wars with the new Chili’s Chicken Sandwich. The sandwich features a crispy breaded fried chicken breast drizzled with Secret Sauce, a tomato slice and lettuce served with a buttered and toasted brioche bun.
Applebee’s is adding two new salads to its menu for the summer.
The Quesadilla Chicken Salad is made with grilled chicken, greens and black bean salsa tossed with cilantro ranch dressing and topped with tortilla strips and pico de gallo. The salad is served with a cheese quesadilla.
The Buffalo Chicken Wedge Salad features a wedge of lettuce topped with tomatoes, red onions, celery and boneless chicken tossed in buffalo sauce. The salad comes with blue cheese dressing and a breadstick brushed with buttery garlic and parsley.
Baskin-Robbins is offering new Sour Berry Slime topping and a new flavor of the month — Summertime Lime Ice Cream.
Sour Berry Slime is a bright green topping that adds a sweet and slightly sour flavor to any scoop or shake, Baskin-Robbins said.
Summertime Lime Ice Cream swirls a lemon-lime ribbon into bright green and white citrus ice cream.
Jack in the Box is introducing two new burgers and two new topped fries offerings.
The Triple Bacon Cheesy Jack is made with three beef patties layered with three types of bacon (bacon mayo, bacon bits and bacon strips) and three kinds of cheese (cheese sauce, Swiss-style cheese and American cheese) served on a toasted split-top bun.
The Quad Bacon Cheesy Jack is stacked with four beef patties layered with bacon mayo, bacon bits, bacon strips, cheese sauce, two slices of Swiss-style cheese and two slices of American cheese all served on a toasted split-top bun.
Jack’s Classic Roost Fries feature crispy fried white meat chicken pieces, cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese and a drizzle of Mystery Sauce on a bed of french fries.
Jack’s Spicy Roost Fries are french fries topped with crispy white meat chicken pieces, cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeños and a drizzle of Mystery Sauce.
Del Taco is debuting three Epic Crispy Chicken Burritos and three new Chocodays Beverages.
The Epic Crispy Chicken & Fresh Guac Burrito contains three crispy chicken strips, romaine and iceberg lettuce, guacamole, diced tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips and avocado Caesar dressing all wrapped in a warm, oversized flour tortilla.
The Epic Honey Mango Crispy Chicken & Bacon Burrito combines three crispy chicken strips, bacon, crinkle cut fries, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and honey mango sauce in a warm, oversized flour tortilla.
The Epic Honey Chipotle BBQ Crispy Chicken & Bacon Burrito is loaded with three crispy chicken strips, bacon, romaine and iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, crunchy tortilla strips, honey chipotle barbecue sauce and ranch sauce all wrapped in a warm, oversized flour tortilla.
The Oreo Cookie Horchata Shake is filled with Oreo cookie crumbles and horchata.
The Mexican Chocolate Shake is a chocolate milkshake mixed with horchata.
The Mocha Iced Coffee combines Del Taco’s iced coffee with chocolate and is served over ice.
Culver’s is building out its frozen custard portfolio with two new flavors.
The Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Frozen Custard, which debuted on June 10, features vanilla custard swirled with ribbons of salted caramel, toasted pecans and butter cake pieces.
The Strawberry Chocolate Parfait Frozen Custard, debuting on July 10, combines vanilla frozen custard with swirls of strawberries and chocolate cake pieces.
California Pizza Kitchen is launching a line of California Focaccias, the chain’s take on the traditional oven-baked Italian bread flavored with extra virgin olive oil and herbs, alongside two new limited-time-only California-inspired pizzas.
The Malibu California Focaccia is topped with whipped goat cheese, baby greens, shaved Parmesan, Mediterranean herbs and extra virgin olive oil.
The Smashed Avocado California Focaccia is made with avocado, baby greens, basil, chili and toasted sesame seeds.
The Spicy Honey Bee California Focaccia features spicy Capicola ham, gorgonzola, Mediterranean herbs and red chili honey.
The new Avocado Super Green Pizza is made with cilantro pesto, smashed avocado, baby greens, cucumber, red onion, salsa verde, lime and toasted sesame seeds.
The Spicy Honey Bee Pizza features spicy marinara, Capicola ham, mozzarella, gorgonzola, Mediterranean herbs, red chili honey and arugula.
Logan’s Roadhouse is adding Waffle Fries to its menu, seasoned with salt and pepper or with Logan’s Smokehouse BBQ blend of spices. The fries are the star of Logan’s new Loaded Pulled Pork Waffle Fries, featuring Smokehouse BBQ seasoned waffle fries stacked with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, green onions and a drizzle of Roadhouse Ranch.
New at Yogurtland is Passion Orange Guava Tart Frozen Yogurt, made with skim milk, passion fruit, orange and guava. The nonfat treat is colored with beet juice.
MOD Pizza is rolling out its summer menu offerings, including a new pizza and a new salad.
The Iggy Pizza, inspired by taco stands on the streets of Mexico City, is topped with whole milk mozzarella, sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro, sliced tomato, slices of pickled jalapeño and mild pork sausage seasoned with Spiceology El Taco Salt-Free blend, which features cumin, chili powder, oregano, minced garlic and red bell pepper. The pie is then finished with Ranchero sauce made with tomato, peppers and ranch.
The Strawberry Summer Salad combines romaine and mixed greens with cucumber, strawberries, gorgonzola crumbles, pickled red onions, sherry Dijon vinaigrette and a balsamic-fig glaze.
Boston Market is introducing Lemon Piccata Rotisserie Chicken, featuring the chain’s rotisserie chicken topped with lemon piccata sauce, which is a creamy white wine sauce laced with Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, lemon juice, capers and sweet basil.
Little Caesar’s is introducing the Pepperoni and Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. The pie starts with a round ExtraMostBestest Pizza topped with extra mozzarella, Muenster cheese and pepperoni slices featuring a crust stuffed with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. The pizza includes more than nine feet of pepperoni and more than three feet of cheese stuffed into the crust, according to the company.
New from SweetFrog, Unicorn Swirl is a combination of pastel blue nonfat cotton candy frozen yogurt and pink nonfat strawberry frozen yogurt topped with multicolored sprinkles and rainbow sour belts.
Springtime flavors are making a return to shelves.
New spring sandwiches refresh menus.