If you’re looking for a sign that the world is getting back to the old normal, all you need to do is go to the drive-thru at McDonalds or Chick-fil-A or most fast food outlets.
While some fast food chains still keep their dining rooms closed, the big guys have started to launch new products, a sign of (relatively speaking) good times ahead. This is if you plan on driving to work with a bag of McMuffins between your legs and a large Diet Coke in your cup holder like good times.
It won’t help us get rid of the COVID-15 that we packed up during hibernation.
Fast food burgers are a reliable indicator of how a country’s economy is changing. It’s called The Big Mac Index, which lists the price of a McDonalds Big Mac sandwich in over 100 countries. It’s the ultimate apple-to-apple comparison of the strength of foreign currencies against the US dollar.
These chains create new products to optimize their results. Remember last year when Popeyes introduced a new chicken sandwich that caused traffic jams in their drive-thru aisles and panic disorder when they ran out?
Here’s a list of some of the latest and greatest from your favorite fast food stores.
The hamburger boss recently introduced his Travis Scott Meal. The Houston Rappers Takeout Order includes a cheese quarter pounder topped with bacon, lettuce, and tomato, plus medium fries with barbecue sauce and Sprite with lots of ice cream. It’s a good deal for $ 6 with some of the proceeds from the charity.
This is the first McDonalds partnership with a celebrity since the Michael Jordan Meal in 1992. His airness loved his burger with cheese, barbecue sauce, onions, mustard and pickles.
The Scotts-McDonalds deal goes way beyond burgers and fries. When you visit McDonalds online, you’ll find 90 different Scott-inspired products, from t-shirts to boxers, ski caps to rugs, socks to slippers. Here’s the stunner, every item is sold out.
The Scott connection sparked protest from some franchisees who were dismayed that McDonalds is going to bed, so to speak, with a hip-hop artist whose lyrics are interwoven with noted lyrics R. Madison Avenue is on the bump with rappers as endorsers, however. DJ Khaled appears in a GEICO spot and Snoop Dogg seems to endorse everything else including Corona beer, Monster energy drink, 7-11 convenience stores, EA Sports, Pepsi, Adidas, Chrysler, Dunkin Donuts, Tostitos snacks, general auto insurance , and more.
Here’s a drive-thrus tour for more new products.
You wouldn’t know from our 90 degree temperatures, but it’s fall, and the cabin has a new pumpkin to celebrate. It has Libbys pumpkin enriched with cinnamon, nutmeg, marshmallow and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and toasted pumpkin.
The poultry palate adds fondant chocolate brownies filled with semi-sweet crisps and pieces of rich fondant. Oh great, now I’ll be torn between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. You may have seen a new batch of ads asking what the A means in Chick-fil-A. It just means that Chick-fil-A uses A-plus ingredients.
Yeah, it’s fall alright, bring anything made with pumpkin. The 24-hour American diner features pumpkin-pecan pancakes loaded with pecans and pecan pie sauce. You can get them in a Slam Breakfast that includes eggs, hash browns, and your choice of bacon or sausage.
Kudos to Caramel Apple for being named Blizzard of the Month for September. Its famous DQ soft vanilla portion is spun with an apple filling, pieces of pie and caramel coated truffles. DQ also hosts a new pumpkin butter milkshake, mixed with cookie butter (I have no idea what that is), pumpkin and milk, a whipped topping topped, and a dash of nutmeg.
The new Slices-N-Stix is a round pizza crust, divided in half. One side is regular ol pepperoni pie, the other is Italian cheese bread. The pepperoni side is cut into traditional triangular wedges, the bread side has strips.
Ready for the indulgence? The new Cheeseburger Bretzel Bacon Pub has a pound of never-frozen beef, Muenster cheese, three slices of applewood-smoked bacon, smoked honey mustard, hot beer cheese sauce, crispy fried onions and pickles on a pretzel bun. It should be served with a painters protective canvas. It’s a dry cleaning bill waiting. And, like Kramer’s portrait, I can’t look away.
Hard to believe a place with F in its name didn’t sell fries, but now KFC is joining the parade. KFC fries are sprinkled with a secret blend of spices, yadda yadda. They are a bit thicker than most fast food fries. They are fine, I guess.
The Cali-based chain has a new Double Cheeseburger A-1, but ever since Carls Jr. left and left Houston, they’ve died for me.
Animal of the week
Last name: Cinnamon like the spice and all the adult Houston dancers.
Date of Birth: February 7, 2020 I am a youngster, ready to become the perfect animal.
Ethnicity: I am a Basenji mixed girly girl. I weigh 28 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal (a tip of the Hatlo hat to Ric Flair). I am a bundle of energy and love to play and jump. If you don’t want to jump on it on the way home, let me know. I am flexible on boring habits.
My previous owner kept me outside all day, but I really prefer to be inside and walk around. I am curious and obedient, just need a home right now.
Pick me up: If you are interested, send an email to [email protected]. I’m sterilized and glazed, so let’s do this!