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Burger King Settles Lawsuit Over Deceptive BOGO Deal

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The terms of a BOGO deal are simple — you get two items for the price of one. But a Maryland woman found Burger King’s 2-for-1 coupons for the chain’s Croissan’wich breakfast sandwiches as anything but simple.

Koleta Anderson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, presented evidence to the U.S. District Court in Maryland in a class-action lawsuit against Burger King Corporation for allegedly inflating prices of a Croissan’wich when a customer used a BOGO coupon.

Anderson noticed a price discrepancy when she paid $4.19 for two Croissan’wiches using a BOGO coupon at one Washington, D.C., Burger King. Upon purchasing a third Croissan’wich at the same restaurant — without a coupon — she was only charged $1.

After repeating the same purchases at different Burger King locations, she noticed the same pattern. She investigated further, enlisting the help of a lawyer to investigate a Florida location — where Burger King is headquartered — and again found similar discrepancies between the single and BOGO price.

Presenting receipts from Burger King locations in Florida, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Anderson accused the fast-food chain of deceptive trade practices, breach of contracts, and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, according to the Miami Herald.

The class-action lawsuit settled without acknowledging fault; however, Burger King claimed that customers who used a BOGO offer for a “modified Croissan’wich” (an order without egg, cheese and/or meat) indeed may have been charged an inflated price. Burger King claims this discrepancy occurred in less than 10 percent of all Croissan’wich purchases with BOGO coupons that took place between the class period — Oct. 1, 2015 to May 19, 2017.

The settlement is not just a big win for Anderson and her legal team. As part of the settlement, anyone with a receipt showing a higher-priced, unmodified Croissan’wich purchase between the class period will receive from Burger King a $5 payment or $2 gift card. Customers included in the settlement have until Jan. 19, 2018 to file a claim form.

As for Anderson, Burger King awarded her a $500 “service award” and paid Anderson’s $185,000 attorneys fees.

Sources: Foodbeast, The Daily Meal, Miami Herald / Featured Image: Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons

 

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Burger King’s Cheesy Tots Are Back! Yay!!! (Photo)

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Remember Burger King’s cheesy tots? The crispy fried potato snacks with ooey gooey cheese in the center?

If you so happened to get hooked on them while they made their limited edition run way back when, you’ll be overjoyed to know that THEY ARE BACK!

Yes, that’s right. THE CHEESY TOTS ARE BACK.

Unfortunately, they are again around for a limited time, so get them while you can. An eight-piece order will cost you around $1.99 in most locations, according to Business Wire.

“We know our guests love CHEESY TOTS, and we heard they want them for breakfast too,” said Alex Macedo, president, North America, for the Burger King brand. “These cheesy potato bites are the perfect addition to any meal, whether that be the WHOPPER sandwich, new Crispy Chicken Sandwich, CROISSAN’WICH meal or to just snack on its own.”

The warm, crunchy potato medallions were first introduced in 2013 but went away for a while until they made a comeback in November 2016. No word on how long they’ll be sticking around this time.

“Inside is the typical potato flavor of a tater tot and tastes as much as you’d expect,” a Brand Eating reviewer wrote of the snack in 2013. “The addition of melted American cheese adds a creaminess and a taste that reminds me of mac and cheese. The ones I got were piping hot; the cheese holds heat very well so I had to be careful eating them.”

The reviewer went on to say that the tots were “nice but not terribly exciting” and would be more fun with “something more like nacho cheese with bits of jalapenos thrown in instead of American cheese,” though many others enjoy the simple cheesy flavor. You might want to dip them in something like hot sauce if you like your food with more of a kick though.

Sources: Business Wire, Brand Eating / Featured Image: theimpulsivebuy/Flickr / Embedded Image: Business Wire

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Oh, Crap: Your Soda Just Might Contain Fecal Matter

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Remember when we told you about how there might be fecal matter in your Starbucks iced coffee? Well, those pesky poop particles have made their way into plenty of other drinks, a new BBC study reveals.

Traces of fecal bacteria were found in U.K. locations of three of the world’s largest food chains: McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC, where plenty of people go for supersize Cokes and Dr. Peppers. The BBC program “Watchdog” tested for disease-carrying fecal coliform bacteria in 10 drink samples at each chain, and the results were smelly, according to CNBC.

Six of Burger King’s and seven of KFC’s samples contained coliforms, which are banned at high levels in drinking water by the EPA, as they indicate the possibility of fecal contamination, according to ABC News. Several of the chains’ contaminated samples had “significant” levels of the bacteria.

If you’re in the US and think you’re safe from poo bacteria, don’t. ABC News reported on a study that found coliform bacteria in nearly half of all sodas dispensed from a sample of 30 machines in Virginia, and they guessed the problem is much more widespread.

“Wherever man is there will be representation of feces,” microbiologist Philip Tierno told ABC. “We’re basically bathed in feces as a society.”

Oh, what a lovely image. It’s pretty easy for soft-drink machines to become infested with bacteria, according to ABC News, as just one contamination of the soda nozzle can lead to more bacteria making their way through the tubing, into the machine and back out into our tasty sodas.

Sure, cleaning the nozzles daily and the machines monthly would be an effective solution, but experts doubt that restaurants are aware of the necessity.

“…my guess is that most restaurant owners wouldn’t have the vaguest idea about how to flush those machines, or that they would even need too,” biology professor Renee Godard told ABC News.

And there’s always the possibility that even if restaurants have cleaning measures in place, people aren’t adhering to them.

“We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results,” a KFC spokesperson said following the BBC study. “We have strict procedures for the management and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage holds, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business.”

Down to the nitty-gritty, though: You’re probably not going to die or get a serious disease from contaminated soda. But there is cause for concern if coliforms lead to more serious strands of bacteria, like E. coli, or fecal contamination-induced viruses, ABC News reports.

For now, order your iced coffees and Diet Cokes with caution, or sneak your own bottled beverages into restaurants.

Sources: CNBC, ABC News / Photo credit: Kurt Nordstrom/Flickr

Tags: Burger King, Contamination, fast food, fecal bacteria, KFC, mcdonald's, Poop
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Burger King’s Chicken Parm Sandwich: Snooki Loves It! (Video)

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Burger King’s Chicken Parmesan Sandwich has finally gone nationwide, and who better to promote the Italian-American fare than America’s sweethearts, the folks from “Jersey Shore”?

BK has offered the coveted sandwich for years, but it’s only been around for limited-time, limited-edition stints, until now, notes Brand Eating.

Wedged between two slices of a toasted potato bun on the big name menu item are a breaded and fried white meat chicken patty, melted mozzarella cheese, shaved parmesan and a slathering of marinara sauce, and it will be sold for around $5, depending on your location.

“We know our guests love bold Italian flavors,” Alex Macedo, Burger King’s North America president, said in a statement, according to The Street. “Now guests can enjoy a tasty chicken sandwich with the great flavor and juiciness of our Crispy Chicken Sandwich paired with classic ingredients, including shaved parmesan, melted mozzarella and rich marinara sauce.”

Speaking of bold Italian, Burger King enlisted the cast of “Jersey Shore” to film an ad for the sandwiches (video below). In the nearly six-minute commercial, Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the gang get together at a BK and enjoy a good ol’ family meal while catching up on their lives. From new families to new jobs to new cosmetic surgeries, as you’d expect, they spill the beans on all of it, while munching on the sandwich.

“We are totally desperate to hang out more that’s for sure,” Snooki tweeted after the ad’s release, teasing at more reunions. “But there’s more than just a bk commercial.”

But more important, how does the sandwich actually taste? Is it worth venturing away from the value menu?

According to a review from The Street, the sandwich was filling and “not bad” but was a little low on sauce, making it a bit dry. There also wasn’t much parmesan, but the sandwich was still plenty salty.

“The saltiness of the chicken was a delicious contrast to the sweet marinara sauce and burger bun,” reads The Street’s review. “The cheese also added a creaminess to the rough texture, as well.”

So maybe if you order it, get some extra sauce.

Sources: Brand EatingThe Street, Nicole Polizzi/Twitter / Photo Credit: cyclonebill/Flickr, The Street

Tags: Burger King, Burger King new menu item, Chicken Parm sandwich, chicken parmesan, Jersey Shore reunion
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Say Hello To Burger King’s Lucky Charms Milkshake

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If you weren’t lucky enough to score one of the 10,000 boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms, don’t fret. 

For fans of Lucky Charms marshmallows, there’s something even more magical coming your way. And you don’t have to win a sweepstakes to try it. 

Burger King has just introduced a second cereal shake to its menu, and, in my humble opinion, it beats the Fruit Loops Shake by leaps and bounds. Or loops and bounds. 

That’s right, I’m talking about the new Lucky Charms Shake. If you love milkshakes, Lucky Charms and Burger King, this is the drink of your dreams. 

The sweet new concoction blends Lucky Charms cereal with marshmallow cereal-flavored syrup and vanilla soft serve ice cream, according to Brand Eating.

The colorful shake is then topped off with whipped cream. Salivating already? 

“It definitely tastes like a really cold version of the popular cereal, if not a bit sweeter because of the ice cream,” reports Foodbeast.

Well, that sounds pretty darn delicious to us.

Starting on June 20, select Burger King locations will be selling the special milkshake, according to Eater. 

Better get it now, because it’s available for a limited time only. 

But you may want to avoid it if you’re on a diet or trying to eat healthy. The shake rings in at 740 calories and contains a whopping 107 grams of sugar (25 grams is the recommended daily intake for adults), per Brand Eating. 

Two months ago, Burger King released the Fruit Loops Shake. With the release of the Lucky Charm’s Shake, BK seems to be sticking with the cereal ice cream theme. 

Both Lucky Charms and Froot Loops are among the most popular cereals in the U.S.

In 2016, Lucky Charms ranked as the eighth best selling cereal, while Fruit Loops followed up in ninth place, according to Bakery and Snacks. 

Personally, I’d love to see Burger King put out a Cocoa Puff’s shake. 

Maybe BK should hold a vote like Oreo did, asking customers what flavor they’d like to see next. 

What do you think of this new creation? Does your local BK sell it? 

Sources: Brand Eating, Bakery and Snacks, Foodbeast, Eater / Photo credit: Sarah Mahala Photography & Makeup Artistry/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Burger King, lucky charms, lucky charms shake
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Free Whoppers From Burger King! But, There’s A Catch

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Your name has to be “grill.” That is, it has to be the Spanish word for grill: Parrilla. It’s an Argentinian last name, and those who’ve had to bear it all their lives now get a lifetime’s worth of free Whoppers. Finally, some payback!

According to Adweek, those with the last name Parilla (“grill” in English) have suffered bullying for the sake of having such a name. Jokes were impolite to say the least, and now those who carry the name can wear it with pride. Way to go, Burger King.

The announcement was made in Burger King’s latest ad, which is very real in describing the bullying that takes place against the Parrilla families. Some of the comments would include things like, “This weiner is for your grill,” or “Take care of my meat.” One vegan boy even mentioned that bullies would tell him he has no “eggs.” I will leave it up to you to decide what they’re actually inferring here.

The ad shows each of these unfortunate name-bearers receiving a note from Burger King (it kind of looks like a Hogwarts acceptance letter to me) explaining to them that the word “grill” is something they are proud of. “At Burger King we flame grill. And we are proud of it. It’s how we cook our burgers. So as of today, if your last name is GRILL, you get a lifetime supply of free Whopper sandwiches.”

As any of us would, each of the recipients of this generous gift have to take a second to get past the initial shock of the letter, and let it soak in that YES, this is real! Now, they can wear their name with a newfound pride (but what about the vegan name-bearers?).

Burger King’s new Parrilla promotion helps to drive the point home that the chain’s burgers are indeed flame grilled, and that they have a connection with grills, even people who bear the name grill.

“We are proud to belong to the Parrilla family for more than 60 years,” said Burger King’s marketing director in Argentina, “and the best way to put it is by recognizing for life those who bear that surname.”

Source: Adweek / Photo Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr

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Burger King’s New Steakhouse King Burger Is Extra Meaty

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Starbucks isn’t the only chain that released an over-the-top, limited-time menu option this week, because Burger King has just debuted its all new Steakhouse King burger, and it is sure to give all you bacon lovers out there a reason to dig into your wallets and shell out some cash for dinner.

The Steakhouse King sandwich comes with not one, but two whole quarter-pound, flame-grilled beef patties (which are actually just the same patties you can get on your Whopper, but still) as well as three half-strips of thick-cut bacon, a generous pour of A.1. Thick & Hearty sauce, crispy onions, gooey and melted American cheese, and then finally a serving of mayonnaise all on a sesame seed bun, according to Brand Eating.

Holy moly.

The Steakhouse King is set to retail at around $5 or $6, depending on where you pick yours up, and clocks in at a whopping 1100 calories, which is possibly more than half of your recommended daily intake, if you’re not getting in any exercise and are an adult human!

That’s not all: Each Steakhouse King also has 74 grams of fat, 1,620 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbs and 50 grams of protein from all of that meat.

Not exactly a health food, people.

If you’re in the U.K., and you really can’t pass up a burger with bacon, consider ordering Burger King’s very similar burger, the Steakhouse, which features most of the same ingredients, minus the mayo, one beef patty (do you really need two?), and with Western BBQ sauce rather than A.1.

If you order the plain old Steakhouse, you’ll save near to 400 calories, 400 milligrams of sodium and 30 grams of fat, but still get that indulgent, meaty sandwich you’ve been craving.

What do you think? Have you tried either of these two extra meaty Burger King offerings, or are you more of a veggie burger or chicken-fries type of fast food consumer?

Source: Brand Eating / Photo Credit: Burger King

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Burger King’s New Froot Loops Shake Looks So Dreamy

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By Cooking Panda

I’m not drooling — you’re drooling!

It’s no secret that one of McDonald’s biggest downfalls is that for some ineffable reason, its freaking McFlurry machines always seem to be broken. Whenever I’m with a friend who has a hankering for the iconic frozen treat, I know there’s about a 15 percent chance that they’ll actually get their hands on one.

So perhaps Burger King knows about the ubiquitous broken McDonald’s machines, and that’s why the fast food chain is stepping in and offering its own brand new frozen treat: A Froot Loops milkshake.

That’s right; Today reports that for a limited time starting on April 17, participating Burger King establishments will begin offering vanilla soft-serve with generous helpings of crushed-up Froot Loops cereal inside of it. The entire concoction will be mixed together with a sweet sauce, just in case it wasn’t indulgent and heavenly sounding enough on its own.

The $2.99 treat will also be topped with whipped cream, and looks like one of the most whimsical and delicious new frozen dessert options ever!

Are you interested in trying BK’s new shake once the weather gets all nice and sunny, or are you content to consume your cereal and your ice cream separately?

Source: Today / Photo Credit: Burger King via Today

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Burger King’s New Adult Happy Meal Comes With Adult Toy (Video)

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When we were kids, one of the most magical fast food experiences (lol) that we always looked forward to was the Happy Meal from good ol’ McDonald’s.

Receiving a small, cheap toy in the midst of our food never failed to put a smile on our faces.

Of course, there is something still charming about the entire notion, but as we aged, we found ourselves moving on from McDonald’s to other dining establishments, replacing that little toy with a different kind of treat to make us smile. If you’re us, we’re talking about a glass of wine with dinner, but to each their own.

That hasn’t stopped different fast food chains from trying to play on that sense of nostalgia, however. For instance, one of McDonald’s biggest competitors has stepped up to the plate to try and appeal to an older audience this Valentine’s Day (video below).

As a special that will only occur on Feb. 14, Burger King Israel has decided to offer a sort of play on the Happy Meal. The chain is calling it a kids-meal-style Adult Meal, and it will also feature an “adult toy” rather than a little trinket for kids.

Ooh la la.

Adweek reports that the Adult Meal will include:

  • 2 Whoppers
  • 2 French fry orders
  • 2 beers
  • A single “romantic adult toy”

You can only get the Adult Meal after 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, and the meals will only be sold to customers who are 18 years of age or older.

Check out the promotional video below to get an idea of what Burger King Israel has in store for those who decide to buy the Adult Meal:

Sources: AdweekLeo Burnett Israel/YouTube / Photo Credit: Burger King Israel via Adweek

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Burger King Brings Back Jalapeno Chicken Fries! Yay!

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If you like Burger King’s chicken fries, make sure you check out the jalapeno kind! They’re back and as good as ever.

Brand Eating reports that the return is only for a limited time, so you might want to jump on this opportunity. These fries have returned in a new box and everything! They’re breaded and feature a nice jalapeno flavor to add some spice to your favorite chicken fries. What’s not to love?

One Brand Eating writer offered a very helpful review on the fries for those of us who want to know what they’re like before we buy. First of all, it’s pointed out that the fries are made of ground white meat chicken and shaped into the fry shape we get them in. You can order a pack of nine for $3.19 (or something along those lines, depending on the pricing in your area).

As for the spiciness, the reviewer says that it’s sort of a mild flavor, but a burn builds over time. If you like the saltiness and spices of the original chicken fry, you’ll be happy to know you get plenty of that in these as well. It appears there’s no shortness of flavor!

The fries are reported to be plenty crispy, as would be expected when ordering them. Glad to know there’s no disappointment there. It’s actually mentioned that the breading comes first and the chicken second. Interesting notion. If you consider that when ordering these, I guess you won’t be disappointed. My first time trying Burger King’s regular chicken fries was a surprise in that area. Of course, I didn’t realize that I just wasn’t focusing on the right part!

The one thing our reviewer does caution against, however, is using sauce with the fries. As the jalapeno taste is said to be mild, it could potentially be drowned out by the sauce. However, if you enjoy the first couple of fries without sauce and allow for that slow burn to take place, you might opt-in for the ranch dressing after all. It’s all according to just how spicy you like your food.

Source: Brand Eating (2) / Photo Credit: Brand Eating

Tags: Burger King, chicken fries, Jalapeno Chicken Fries, limited time
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Burger King Promises To Stop Using Antibiotic Chicken

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What comes to mind when you think of the word “antibiotic”? Probably something medically related, right? Certainly not chicken.

As it happens, the two popular fast food chains owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc., Burger King and Tim Hortons, have announced plans to bid adieu to the antibiotic chicken they have been using, citing their decision to switch over to chicken that was raised without antibiotics as a “‘critically important” element to human medicine.

We didn’t even realize these brands were using that kind of meat anyway, so the announcement to discontinue the practice comes as a double surprise.

Restaurant Brands hopes to institute the changes in U.S. stores in 2017, while stores in Canada should be expected to make the switch in 2018 — a whole year from now.

“We believe that it is important to reduce the use of antibiotics important for human medicine in order to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine,” Restaurant Brands said in a statement.

Essentially, around 70 percent of antibiotics that human beings need in order to fight off infections are sold for use in meat and dairy production, rather than going toward ensuring our safety. This sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth.

Scientists, consumers, shareholders and public health experts have been decrying this practice, saying that using these antibiotics for animal agriculture is increasing our risk of contracting untreatable infections from bacteria dubbed “superbugs” that are actually resistant to antibiotics.

Yikes.

About 2 million people in the U.S. are estimated to be infected with drug-resistant bacteria every year according to the CDC, while 23,000 of those 2 million ultimately end up dying as a result.

We certainly hope all restaurant and food chains take this threat extremely seriously and do their part in eliminating the use of drugs that are important to human medicine.

Sources: Reuters / Photo Credit: Burger King/Instagram

Tags: antibiotic chicken, Burger King, restaurant brands, superbug, tim horton
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Burger King Is Swapping Your Unwanted Gifts For Whoppers

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Burger King has come up with a creative idea for relieving you of your unwanted Christmas gifts this year. Now, you can exchange that (unintentionally) ugly sweater for a Whopper, with Burger King’s Whopper Exchange campaign!

What else were you going to do with it, anyway? Thrillist reports that the exchange will take place in a few specific locations around the globe on Dec. 26. More specifically, locations in Miami, London and Brazil will be participating.

The point of this campaign isn’t convenience (since most of us don’t live in those areas). Rather, it’s about making good use of these gifts. They will be donated to charities, which is better than spending a day in the exchange line or searching for gift receipts. Do something more valuable with these items!

According to a Burger King press release, the hours this offer will be available in Miami are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call your Burger King to double check the hours if you’re living in London or Brazil.

The thought behind this campaign is admirable, to say the least. “At Burger King Restaurants, we are always looking for ways to surprise our fans, no matter if they were good or naughty,” says spokesman Fernando Machado. “The Whopper Exchange will offer our guests the chance to get a flame-grilled gift in exchange for an unwanted one. Because this holiday season, we want everyone to receive something they will love.”

As awesome as this is, what about those of us who don’t live in those areas? Burger King has at least given us a good idea for what we could be doing with our unwanted gifts. Just because we don’t like them doesn’t mean someone else won’t, after all. We also get another chance to get something from the King. The first 100 fans to post a picture of their unwanted gift on Twitter with the hashtag #WhopperExchange will receive a surprise from BK.

Then again, that would mean publicly posting a picture of a gift you don’t like … for your family and friends to see. I guess if you choose this route, you can’t make a secret of not liking your gift!

Sources: Thrillist, Burger King Press Release / Photo Credit: McKinley Hill/Facebook

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Burger King Is Offering A Ketchup Donut Burger

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At first, a ketchup donut burger sounds kind of weird and gross. But, once it is explained, it will be easier to open your mind up to it.  And honestly … it’s probably delicious.

Ynet News reports that Burger King restaurants in Israel are using this new burger to celebrate Hanukkah. The reason it’s considered festive is because part of the Hanukkah tradition includes eating fried and oily foods. With the Jewish diet being as healthy and nourishing as it is, this holiday presents a very fun cheat week.

Usually foods such as fried potato latkes, jelly donuts, brisket and short ribs are enjoyed, according to the Huffington Post. Is the new burger starting to make sense, yet? The donut for the bun is clearly a shout out to the holiday. The ketchup on top represents the jelly that would normally be in a donut, except that jelly would be gross on a Whopper (or would it?).

The burger itself is actually a Whopper. The only difference is the new bun and the ketchup on top. It’s got a new name during this season, though, and that’s SufganiKing. The name is a play on words, with “sufganiyah” being the word for “donut” in Israel. Get it?

Those who’ve already tried the festive new burger say it tastes delicious. Of course, these are Israeli Burger King employees, so they could be a bit biased. Either way, the rest of the country will know for itself starting Dec. 25, when the burgers will become available to the public. This is also the first day of Hanukkah. Burger King will continue selling them until the last day of Hanukkah, Jan. 1, 2017.

Eight days isn’t a very long window of time to reach a Burger King to try one of these, so I hope everyone who wants one gets the memo in time. Especially those who are particularly orthodox and eat very healthy for the rest of the year.

The CEO of Burger King in Israel seems especially pleased with this invention, saying, “We’re proud to be able to end 2016 on a creative, festive note.”

Sources: Ynet News, Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Ynet News

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Burger King Gets ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ To Hawk Tater Tots (Video)

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Remember Burger King’s cheesy tater tots? It’s okay if you don’t … since they’re back!

If you didn’t get a chance to try them before, now’s your chance. You don’t need me to tell you to try them, since, as Eater reports, Burger King got Napoleon Dynamite to do that for all of us. Actually, he doesn’t quite tell us how good they are, as much as he just reacts after taking a bite, dang-it. See his reaction for yourself in the video below.

According to Brand Eating, the tots come as a side dish consisting of eight pieces. They are your traditional round tots of diced potatoes, but with American cheese melted into them. Honestly, do we even need anyone telling us that bite-sized fried pieces of cheesy potato are delicious?

I’m glad, at least, that it was Mr. Napoleon Dynamite himself. There’s really no one better to market tots. If you’ll recall, in the original scene from the 2004 movie, Napoleon takes a handful of his best friend Pedro’s tots and keeps them in his pocket to munch on during class. I’m sure that would have come next had the ad been just a bit longer. Pedro is so generous to allow those cheesy tots to make their way off his tray … and out of his hand. What a good best friend!

Burger King is known for trying some different, kind of wacky things … like the Whopper burrito, or the Cheeto’s Chicken Fries. Remember the time they even changed their chicken nuggets to resemble those of McDonald’s? They’ve been changed back, by the way.

Clearly, it’s the cheesy tots that have been successful — since they are coming back. A Whopper made into a burrito was never really that appealing to me. The cheesy tots originally debuted in 2013. I wonder if they’d have stuck around the first time had Burger King thought to invite Napoleon and Pedro to help advertise them. Time will tell, anyway.

Head to your local Burger King to try some. They start at $1.99 for an order of eight.

Sources: Brand Eating, Eater / Photo Credit: Brand Eating

Tags: Burger King, Cheesy Tots, Napoleon Dynamite, Tater Tots
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Burger King’s New Cheeto-Coated Chicken Fries Are Coming Soon (Video)

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At this stage of my life, I feel there are few things of which I can be certain.

One: If I don’t pay my utility bills in time, my electricity will shut off; two: I feel better when I call my grandparents at least once a week; and lastly, number three: I can count on Burger King to churn out some new culinary monstrosity on a semi-occasional basis (video below).

As it turns out, I’ve been proven right (so far) because Burger King has recently announced its latest absurd combination of foods for fans to try: Chicken Fries and Cheetos.

According to the company (and per Business Insider), “The chicken fries are cooked to crispy perfection so that they have a dangerously cheesy outside and made with juicy white-meat chicken inside.”

The new menu item will be available starting Sept. 14 for a limited time, and is launching with a recommended price of $2.89 for a nine-piece order.

If you’re a fan of chicken or Cheetos, but weren’t into the whole mac-and-cheese-Cheetos chimera (earlier this year, the fast-food chain introduced a combination product of mozzarella sticks, macaroni and cheese, and Cheetos), then this is surely the Burger King hybrid product for you. I guess.

Check out the chain’s promotional announcement for the product below:

Sources: Burger King/YouTube, Business Insider / Photo credit: Burger King via Business Insider

Tags: Burger King, cheetos, Chicken, chicken fries, mac and cheetos
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It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! No, It’s Just Burger King’s Latest Steakhouse-Dorito Burger

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By Cooking Panda

With Burger King’s long history of pumping out frankenfoods, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

After unveiling the Whopperito on innocent Americans, Burger King is now reinforcing that it is, in fact, the king of culinary monstrosities.

Allow us to formally introduce you to Burger King’s latest foray into unnecessary food hybrids: a steakhouse burger topped with Doritos.

Per The Street, the folks manning the test kitchens at Restaurant Brands International — incidentally, also the owners of Burger King — are testing out their new burger on unsuspecting customers in Spain.

The burger comes with two meat patties generously smothered in American cheese. Not only does it come with all the usual fixings (think lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise), but it is topped with a handful of classic Doritos, which somehow manage to maintain their crunch and resist getting soggy under the weight of tomatoes and lettuce.

While a spokeswoman for RBI did not return a request for comment, The Street reports that an alternate source close to the matter said that the new burger is actually a limited-time offering, and will be available at all Burger King establishments in Spain until Nov. 21.

As it happens, Spain is actually one of Burger King’s largest European markets, which explains why the chain has decided to run its promotional offer over there; however, I don’t think any of us would be surprised to see the steakhouse/Dorito chimera making its way over to U.S. soil if the test run goes well.

This is the land of the Mac N’ Cheetos, and home of the Whopperito, after all.

Source: The Street / Photo credit: Burger King via The Street

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Burger King Tries Its Hand At Tex-Mex With Its New Whopper-Burrito Hybrid

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By Cooking Panda

First it began serving up hot dogs all over the United States; then it had the nerve to introduce Mac N’ Cheetos to the fast-food scene. If you’ve been keeping up with Burger King’s new menu, you’ve probably come to the well-founded conclusion that the fast-food mega-chain has lost its mind.

Not so fast, mindful eaters! There’s another offender to add to the list. While it’s perfectly normal (and even exciting) for food chains to innovate and try to cater to a more demanding public, somebody has to draw the line. Who, for example, decided to let Burger King dip its ever-expanding toe into Tex-Mex, and roll out a new cheeseburger-burrito chimera nationwide on August 15?

The Whopperito is coming, and it’s coming fast, folks. Try not to panic.

For what it’s worth, Burger King’s decision to adapt a kind of fare traditionally linked to Chipotle is actually a smart marketing move, considering the burrito chain has been reeling from a string of foodborne illness outbreaks. Chipotle’s previously loyal customers may transition their allegiance over to Burger King, if the fast-food chain manages to roll out a satisfying enough item.

“It’s certainly one of the first times that we’ve tapped into the Tex-Mex category,” Alex Macedo, North American president at Burger King, said in an interview, per Bloomberg. “It’s one of the fastest-growing categories — consumers like the freshness of it. They like the mix of flavors.”

The Whopperito isn’t as revolutionary an item as you may think; Burger King has instead basically chosen to deconstruct its Whopper, taking its main ingredients — beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles — and wrapping them in a tortilla, rather than its standard sesame-seed bun. The components will be bound together by a queso sauce, rather than the mayo, ketchup or mustard you might typically enjoy on a burger.

For now, the Whopperito is being promoted as a limited time offer. If it proves to be popular among fans, it could earn a permanent place on the Burger King menu. If not, you can still snag one in the next three to four months for $2.99.

Source: Bloomberg / Photo credit: Burger King via Bloomberg

Tags: Burger King, burrito, Chipotle, Tex Mex, Whopperito
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Meet The Chef Accusing Burger King Of Ripping Off His Mac N’ Cheetos Recipe

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Everybody has an opinion about Burger King’s notorious new offering: the Mac N’ Cheetos.

Whether you love them (or hate to love them), not many people questioned that the cheesy-food hybrid was the deranged brainchild of a corporation like Burger King — but according to one popular food blogger, that is simply not the case.

Meet The Vulgar Chef (real name: Kyle Marcoux), the man who is claiming to be the actual creator of the Mac N’ Cheeto (among other culinary monstrosities for which he didn’t receive due credit).

“At first I was like what the f*ck? Like…you’re f*cking Burger King,” he told Foodbeast. “It actually is a little flattering that a company as large as BK would take an idea from a fat, drunk, illiterate food blogger who is basically an Internet food troll. Kind of sad if you ask me.”

As you can see if you visit The Vulgar Chef’s food blog, he posted a recipe for “Cheetos Crusted Mac N Cheese Fries” late in September 2015. Here’s his original photo of the creation:

Nine months later, Burger King released its version of the artery-clogging snack, only the burger magnate’s iteration was scaled for national release, and included no mention of The Vulgar Chef’s initial post.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first infraction. Per Foodbeast, The Vulgar Chef now maintains a running tally on a number of people he suspects have been plagiarizing his recipes.

“There was actually some c*** working for Buzzfeed that was ripping myself and Nick from DudeFoods off almost every fucking week,” he said. “I was able to email the dude making the rip-off recipes on behalf of myself and other food bloggers and let him know how much of a f****** hack and pile of sh*t he was. Vulgar Chef – 1, Buzzfeed – 0.”

“After that, any Buzzfeed recipes videos posted would tag appropriate food bloggers who inspired their s***** videos,” added The Vulgar Chef.

“I’ve submerged myself entirely in the brand, creating something entertaining for the food world that lets me be myself, and allows me to tell those who aren’t onboard to f**** off,” he concluded.

Credit: Foodbeast, The Vulgar Chef / Photo credit: The Vulgar Chef, Burger King via Nerdist

Tags: Burger King, food blogger, Mac N Cheetos, recipes, vulgar chef
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