Restaurants are testing new offerings before wider rollout.
Taco Bell is testing the Naked Chalupa with a Crispy Plant-Based Shell, a meatless take on the chain’s Naked Chalupa, which is made with a chicken-based shell. The plant-based shell is made from a pea protein-based proprietary blend that is breaded, shaped into a Chalupa form then crisped. The shell is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association. The shell is filled with lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and avocado ranch sauce.
The Naked Chalupa with a Crispy Plant-Based Shell is currently testing at one location in Irvine, Calif., while supplies last.
Dunkin’ is debuting Popping Bubbles, new strawberry flavored bursting bubbles that may be added to any iced or frozen beverage. The bubbles are made with colors sourced from plants.
Dunkin’ is also launching a bevy of new beverages for summer.
The Sunrise Batch Iced Coffee is a medium roast with notes of cocoa and toasted nuts featuring beans sourced from Kenya and Latin America.
The Smoked Vanilla Cold Brew with Sweet Cold Foam is made with Dunkin’ cold-brew coffee with new smoked vanilla flavored syrup all topped with sweet cold foam and hot chocolate powder.
The Smoked Vanilla Iced Latte blends espresso with smoked vanilla syrup.
In select Dunkin’ locations, the chain is serving ElectroBrew and Kombucha.
Made by infusing cold brew with coconut water, new ElectroBrew is available at locations in Springfield, Mass., Miami, Fla., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. And West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kombucha fermented tea is available in Fuji Apple Berry and Blueberry Lemon flavors at select locations in Albany, NY, and Charlotte, NC.
Noodles & Company is testing three new salads that celebrate global cuisine.
The Asian Apple Citrus Salad features a spring and kale mix tossed in a ginger citrus dressing with grilled chicken, diced apple, cucumber and slaw made from broccoli, carrots and red cabbage. The salad is topped with avocado, crispy chow mein noodles and black sesame seeds.
The Mexican Street Corn Salad features spring and kale mix tossed in cotija cheese dressing with grilled chicken, roasted corn and Roma tomato all topped with avocado, feta, chipotle cheddar tortilla strips and cilantro.
The Quinoa Chop Salad features spring and kale mix tossed in a ginger citrus vinaigrette with grilled chicken, red quinoa, roasted corn and Roma tomato. The salad is topped with avocado and pistachios.
The new salads are testing at select locations in Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and California.
Wendy’s is testing the Spicy Black Bean Burger, a new addition to the chain’s Made to Crave premium sandwich line. The burger features a black bean burger made with black beans, chickpeas, brown rice, carrots, corn, green bell peppers, red bell peppers and a blend of spices. The plant-based patty is topped with crunchy chipotle jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, spicy chipotle sauce, tomatoes, sweet onion slices and romaine lettuce all served on a toasted bun.
The Spicy Black Bean Burger is currently available at restaurants in Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Jacksonvile, Fla.
Baskin-Robbins is now scooping new Beach Day Ice Cream, feature blue sea salt vanilla-flavored ice cream swirled with graham crackers and milk chocolate-flavored caramel-filled candy sea turtles and colorful frosting flecks.
Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is offering new Creature Creations Under the Sea, which come in shark-, dolphin- and sea turtle-decorated cups and feature edible white chocolate toppers and sea-inspired sprinkles.
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are introducing a line of new BLT Ranch menu items, including a burger, chicken sandwich and fries.
The BLT Ranch Angus Thickburger is made with a 100% Angus beef patty topped with melted American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and dill ranch on a toasted potato bun.
The BLT Ranch Chicken Sandwich features a crispy breaded chicken fillet topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and dill ranch on a toasted potato bun.
The Bacon Ranch Fries feature natural-cut french fries topped with bacon bits and ranch.
Popeyes is pouring new lemonade beverages made with cane sugar. Available in both chilled and frozen formats, Popeyes’ new lemonade platform includes Classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade.
Denny’s is debuting Bennys eggs Benedict-inspired breakfasts that are only available from 6 AM to 2 PM daily.
The Classic Benny Breakfast features toasted English muffin halves topped with ham, over-medium eggs and Hollandaise sauce with hash browns on the side.
The Prime Rib Benny Breakfast includes bacon cheddar potato cakes topped with prime rib, over-medium eggs and Hollandaise sauce with hash browns on the side.
The Southwest Benny Breakfast features toasted English muffin halves topped with chorizo, over-medium eggs, Hollandaise sauce, five pepper sauce and pico de gallo. The Bennys are served with hash browns.
New at Jack in the Box, Chocolate Croissant Bites are bite-size, flaky croissant pockets stuffed with hot and melty Hershey’s chocolate. The treat comes in a pack of three.
Johnny Rockets is celebrating its 35th birthday with the new Birthday Cake Shake, featuring a vanilla cake flavor with rainbow sprinkles.
Qdoba Mexican Eats is launching a new line of salsas, sauces and toppings for consumers to add to their burritos, bowls and other entrees.
The Tangy Pickled Red Onions are sliced, pickled and offer a zesty lime flavor, Qdoba said.
The Jalapeño Verde Sauce is made from roasted jalapeños, Aji chiles, cilantro, cotija cheese and lime juice. The sauce was inspired by salsas found in Monterrey.
The Chile Crema is a spicy, creamy sauce with heat from chipotles in adobo.
The Roasted Tomato Salsa is made from fire-roasted tomatoes that are caramelized and blended with cilantro.
Two new limeade-based smoothies are joining the Juice it Up! lineup.
The Limeade Squeeze Smoothie blends limeade, non-fat yogurt, lime sherbet and soy milk. A medium size provides 9 grams of protein.
The Blueberry Limeade Smoothie is made with limeade, blueberries, lime sherbet and apple juice.
The Habit Burger Grill’s new Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad features chicken and asparagus chargrilled over an open flame and topped with greens, tri-colored quinoa, pepperoncini, pickled red onions and parmesan all tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette.
Taco Cabana is celebrating Independence Day with new Sonoran Hot Dogs, which originated in the Mexican state of Sonora in the 1980s. Taco Cabana’s take on the dog features a frank topped with ground beef, queso, pico de gallo and jalapeños. The dog may also be ordered with bacon, pico de gallo and a salsa-ranch drizzle.
Taco John’s is rolling out the Fried Chicken Taco, featuring crispy all-white meat chicken tenders with lettuce and cheese topped with a choice of jalapeño ranch or new chipotle lime sauce all tucked inside a warm flour tortilla.
Planet Smoothie is partnering with Kidz Bop to celebrate Kidz Bop’s 20th birthday with two limited-edition smoothies geared toward children.
The Cereal Party Smoothie blends strawberries, bananas, nonfat frozen yogurt and toasted whole grain oats cereal.
The Sweet and Sour Star Power Smoothie combines raspberries, lemon and bananas.