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Why Are People Eating Jack In The Box’s Gross Tacos?

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By Cooking Panda

Most fast food chains have certain items that they are known for — and in general, they want those items to be regarded as tasty so that they can cultivate a loyal fanbase.

For instance, if you want tacos or crunch-wraps, Taco Bell is probably a stop on your list. Looking for a burger? Perhaps you’ll count on the King. And nobody does french fries like the golden arches, although that is a heated debate.

It appears that Jack in the Box is also known for its tacos; unfortunately, however, it is known for its tacos being terrible, rather than delicious.

Per Grub Street, a writer named Russell Adams spoke to some adamant Jack-in-the-Box-taco fans, and asked them why in the world 554 million of this commonly reviled menu item are sold every single year.

If you were wondering, that equals approximately 1,055 gross Jack in the Box tacos purchased per minute.

“Jack in the Box now sells more tacos than any other item on its menu thanks to a legion of fans who swear by the greasy vessels even as they sometimes struggle to understand their appeal,” Grub Street reports Adams as writing.

“The first time Heather Johnson tasted a Jack in the Box taco, she was at a drive-through in Cincinnati … 

“She took two bites, threw the rest on the passenger seat and kept driving. ‘It was stale, greasy, spicy, crunchy, saucy and just plain strange … Who puts a slice of American cheese in a taco?'”

You might think that that would conclude Johnson’s foray into Jack in the Box tacos. Astonishingly, however, you would be mistaken. Not only did Johnson pick the taco back up off of her seat and finish the dang thing, she even decided to return and eat the other one later! Adams writes her saying:

“I was like, ‘I must have more. This is vile and amazing.’”

We guess the revolting combination must have some sort of magical secret ingredient that prompts people to continue buying them, even though nobody seems to enjoy them very much!

Sources: Grub Street / Photo Credit: Jack in the Box/Instagram

Tags: fast food, gross food, Jack in the Box, russell adams, Taco
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Jack In The Box Is Going After McDonald’s By Offering Brunch All Day (Video)

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Well, after weeks of speculation that Jack in the Box was working on something to blow McDonald’s socks off, it’s officially been announced that Jack in the Box will be offering brunch all day, all week long (video below).

Jack in the Box, according to Business Wire, sold the fast food industry’s first breakfast sandwich in 1969. Since then, McDonald’s has risen up and pretty much owned them in the breakfast category. Now, after a year of planning, Jack in the Box is releasing their Brunchfast menu in an effort to strike back.

This is happening just after McDonald’s has expanded their all-day breakfast menu to include biscuit sandwiches, McGriddles and Egg McMuffins in all markets. The Orange County Register reports that Jack in the Box, which has offered all-day breakfast for 25 years already, feels like McDonald’s is moving in on them.

“It’s no secret breakfast news is all around. Everyone is in our space,” said Iwona Alter, Jack in the Box’s vice president of product marketing and innovation. “It’s the continuous pushing of the envelope.”

The new all-day Brunchfast (I love that name) menu, which is being tested in Southern California, will include menu items such as the fried chicken sandwich, featuring a fried egg, bacon and cheese on an English muffin; cranberry-orange muffins; a scrambler plate with bacon and homestyle potatoes; mini-pancakes; and a blood orange fruit cooler.

So far, the test market has appreciated the fried chicken sandwich the most. It has become one of the top-sellers from the menu.

“Brunch enthusiasts no longer have to wait until the weekend to satisfy their brunch cravings,” said Alter, according to Business Wire. “With Brunchfast, we’re giving our guests 24-7 access to the distinct, craveable flavors of brunch whenever they want it and wherever the hunger strikes.”

Check out the new Jack in the Box commercial below to learn more about their new brunch options, which are mix-and-matchable so that you can put together just the meal you want.

Sources: Business Wire, Orange County Register / Photo credit: jackinthebox/YouTube

Tags: breakfast, Brunchfast, fast food, Jack in the Box
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McDonald’s Is Going To Start Serving Its Full Breakfast Menu All Day!

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McDonald’s all-day breakfast has been such a hit that the menu is going to expand, giving customers even more choices to enjoy throughout the day.

In October 2015, McDonald’s started offering some of their breakfast items throughout the entire day. However, the exact items that were offered depended on the local market.

Depending on customer preference, restaurants offered a menu that was based either on McMuffin or Biscuit products. Most locations offered Hotcakes platters and various entrees and side dishes along with either Biscuit sandwiches, such as Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Sausage Biscuit with Egg, and Sausage Biscuit sandwiches. Other locations offered McMuffin items, including Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffins with Egg, and Sausage McMuffins.

Earlier this year, the fast food chain started offering McGriddle sandwiches at restaurants in selected locations. However, ever since the all-day breakfast initiative was introduced nationwide, customers have complained that not all items were available all day, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. As the menu expansion added various complications, the chain limited the breakfast items that were offered as part of the all-day menu.

The initiative has played an essential role in increasing revenue after years of lackluster sales. In fact, competitor Jack In The Box implied that McDonald’s all-day breakfast contributed to a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit for the chain, according to Fortune.

“We believe a competitor’s messaging around its launch of all-day breakfast had some impact on our results, particularly in the 10:30 a.m. to noon period,” stated Jack in the Box in a press release. “Jack in the Box sales in the last part of the quarter were lower than we anticipated as several competitors began promoting aggressive value offers.”

McDonald’s management has also seen the success of its breakfast offerings.

“All-day breakfast has been, clearly, a very strong catalyst for momentum,” said Kevin Ozan, McDonald’s CFO, according to CNBC.

The new breakfast menu will include Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffin with Eggs, Sausage McMuffin, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit sandwiches, Sausage Biscuit with Egg sandwiches, Sausage Biscuit sandwiches, Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, Sausage McGriddles, Hotcakes, Hotcakes and Sausage, Sausage Burrito, Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait and Hashbrowns.

Sources: McDonald's, Chicago Tribune, Fortune, CNBC / Photo credit: McDonald's

Tags: all-day breakfast, biscuits, breakfast, Jack in the Box, mcdonald's, McGriddles, McMuffin
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Restaurant Employees Destroy Windows Following Prank Calls (Video)

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Various Burger King restaurants were the victims of odd prank calls that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars of damages (see video below)

According to Grub Street, Burger King restaurants in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and California received prank calls claiming that the building would explode unless employees smashed the windows.

In Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Burger King employees received a phone call from someone who said he was from the local fire department, as reported by WTVC. The caller said the employees needed to relieve the pressure of the restaurant by breaking the windows.

“Officers arrived and found that the manager and employees of the Burger King were smashing out the windows,” said Sgt. Rick Boone. “The manager explained they’d received a phone call from a male who identified himself as a fireman who said there were dangerous levels of gas in the building and they had to break out all the windows to keep the building from blowing up.”

“It is a little upsetting that they would try to give the fire department a black eye,” said Thomas Larman, with the Shawnee Fire Department. “We would never do anything like that. We’re here to serve the public, protect the public.”

Employees said the situation was very strange indeed, but they merely followed the manager’s orders after receiving the phone call.

“I guess I was a little scared,” said Burger King employee Ethan Grewe. “My other coworkers were doing it.”

Other fast-food restaurants have experienced similar pranks, such as Jack in the Box restaurants in Tucson, Arizona, and a Wendy’s in Phoenix. At a Burger King in Morro Bay California, in addition to employees breaking the windows, a manager also crashed his car into the restaurant.

It is uncertain if one person is to blame for all the prank calls.

Sources: Grub Street, WTVC / Photo Credit: The Telegraph

Tags: Burger King, Jack in the Box, prank calls, property damage, Wendy's
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