#5 – Wendy’s Breakfast Menu Breaks the Internet

Wendy’s broke the internet last week with the launch of their new breakfast menu. In this episode, Alex and Stef try the new menu items and talk about a few fast food conspiracy theories.

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Dunkaroos, McDonald’s, Wendy’s: This Week in Food News

Dunkaroos Are Making a Comeback

It’s official; Dunkaroos are coming back. General Mills discontinued this cookie/frosting duo in the US back in 2012. Now, all Nineties kids can rejoice because this nostalgic snack will return this summer. Dunkaroos originally came in three varieties: Graham cookies with chocolate or peanut butter creme or chocolate chip graham cookies. The newest flavor consists of vanilla cookies, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles.

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Return of the Shamrock Shake

The wait is almost over. On February 19, the Shamrock Shake will return to McDonald’s locations nationwide. In addition to the return of this fan favorite, McDonald’s also announced that it will release the brand new OREO Shamrock McFlurry. This new menu item features mint soft serve ice cream mixed with crushed Oreos.

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Wendy’s Breakfast is Coming for McDonald’s

Wendy’s is coming full force with a new line of breakfast menu items including the Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and the Frosty-ccino. These new breakfast option will be available starting March 2. I am most intrigued by the Frosty-ccino which consists of cold brew coffee with cream from a melted vanilla or chocolate Frosty. Which new menu item do you want most?

An Honest Review of Chick-Fil-A’s Mac and Cheese

Chick-fil-A, the home of the original chicken sandwich, recently added mac and cheese to its lineup of delicious sides. This marks the first permanent side dish addition to the Chick-fil-A menu since 2016. Now, I enjoy pretty much everything that Chick-fil-A has to offer. My order generally consists of the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl and a Vanilla Cold Brew for breakfast or a nugget meal for lunch. Not to mention, Chick-fil-A’s waffle fries are incredibly hard to beat. With an already great menu I wondered, “How does mac and cheese fit into this equation?”

I’m not sure if it’s a regional thing, but I have seen a resurgence in mac and cheese sides on restaurant menus lately. For example, KFC introduced a new $5 Fill Up Mac and Cheese bowl which combines the restaurant’s famous mac and cheese and chicken in one meal. The Vermont White Cheddar Mac and Cheese at Panera has become a fan favorite over the years; well until its recent Tik Tok controversy. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see Chick-fil-A hopping onto the mac and cheese train, but of course I had to give it a try.

This side comes in three different sizes: small, medium, or large. I ordered a small and enjoyed as a side to the rest of my meal, but I can see the larger portions being used for a family dinner or a party. A small portion of mac and cheese will cost you 260 calories, which is comparable to a small side of fries (280 calories). The mac and cheese can stand alone as a meal if that’s what you prefer, or you can substitute for fries in any meal.

Pictured above: Small side of Chick-fil-A mac and cheese

According to the Chick-fil-A website the macaroni and cheese dish features, “a special blend of cheeses including cheddar, parmesan and Romano.” I enjoy the kind of mac and cheese where you can truly taste the combination of cheese, and that’s exactly what you get in this dish. The Chick-fil-A mac and cheese reminds me of the homemade version that my mom makes on special occasions. Underneath a thick layer of melted cheese lay a mixture of macaroni and a rich, creamy cheese sauce.

Whether you add as a side to a chicken sandwich or enjoy on its own, the Chick-fil-A mac and cheese serves as a wonderful new addition to the menu. I now understand why this dish passed in each of its test markets with flying colors. This dish brings a more home-style element to the already popular menu. I am interested to see how Chick-fil-A will continue to innovate with its products offerings after the roaring success of the mac and cheese.

Ditching the State Fair for Sonic’s Oreo a La Mode

The Texas State Fair is almost open, and soon we will be inundated with corny dogs, funnel cakes, and literally any other fried food you can think of. Earlier this year, Sonic launched a collection of state fair inspired foods from fried jalapeno poppers to the Oreo a La Mode.

Picture the state fair; people all around; the sweet smell of fried batter and powdered sugar in the air. That is the exact image that comes to mind with the Oreo a La Mode. Not only does Sonic give you three fried Oreos, they also throw in a small side of ice cream for dipping purposes. Even though I have visited the state fair multiple times in the past, I have never tried a fried Oreo. Let me just say, I now understand all the hype.

A sweet, crunchy batter coats each Oreo and smells exactly like a funnel cake you could expect to get at the state fair. Break the Oreo in half and you will find a softened Oreo cookie with a creamy center. It’s everything you love in a traditional Oreo but elevated. The side of ice cream adds another layer of flavor and makes the dessert more complete. This pair resembles a delicious, over the top Oreo funnel cake without all the mess.

I do recommend sharing this dessert with a friend or significant other because they are incredibly rich. I managed to eat one Oreo dipped in ice cream and was left feeling satisfied. In total, the Oreo a La Mode will cost you 590 calories with nearly half of those calories coming from fat. Due to the nutrition facts alone, I would not go out of my way to eat this item. However, if you are looking for a state fair experience without the exorbitant prices and people, Sonic is a good substitute.