New Flavor Sticks from Pizza Hut

Thanks to GrubGrade reader Justin for the heads-up that Pizza Hut has rebranded their breadsticks as Flavor Sticks.  The Pizza Hut menu makeover happens nationwide on Wednesday, but Justin’s local Pizza Hut in Nashville, TN has Flavor Sticks on the menu now.  Since there are a bunch of new flavored crust choices with the upcoming menu change, it’s not surprising to see the bread sticks get the treatment too.

Pizza Hut Flavor Sticks

Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche is Back

Wendy’s has brought back its Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche for another limited time run.  This burger was first introduced in 2012 (review) and reintroduced in 2013 with the Broche bun.  The Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche features a quarter-pound hamburger patty, sautéed portabella mushrooms, a slice of American cheese, cheddar cheese sauce and Applewood Smoked Bacon on a French-style brioche bun. Recommended price $4.99.  610 calories, 35 grams of fat, 1400 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of protein

Bacon Portabella Wendy's

Chicken Tortilla Soup Returns to Chick-fil-A

Along with the return of the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake, Chick-fil-A has brought back their Chicken Tortilla Soup for a limited time.  This is fast food soup worth getting.  The Chicken Tortilla Soup features shredded boneless chicken breast, a trio of navy, northern and black beans in a white creamy base with a blend of vegetables, spices and topped with seasoned corn tortilla strips.

Chick-fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jack in the Box Gift Card Winners

$10 Jack’s Cash cards go to the following winners:

  • Roberto #7
  • Cm8000 #18
  • NamebranD #23
  • Annie #32
  • Henry #34

Email me (GrubGrade at Gmail) with your info and I’ll mail out your prize.  Enjoy!

Jack Ca$h Card

New Chestnut Praline Latte Joins the Holiday Drink Line-up at Starbucks

Starbucks has a new holiday drink to join Peppermint Mocha and Caramel Brûlée Latte… new Chestnut Praline Latte.  The new drink features espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts, spices and is topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.

Starbucks Chestnut PralineTake advantage of a Buy One, Get One Free offer through Sunday, November 16th.  From 2-5pm My Starbucks Rewards Members get a free holiday drink with a holiday drink purchase.

Starbucks BOGO Free Holiday

Jack in the Box Promotes Spicy Sriracha Burger and Peppermint & Oreo Shake

The Spicy Sriracha Burger has been in select Jack in the Box locations for weeks, but it’s now getting some promotional push.  This burger features a beef hamburger with hickory smoked bacon, sliced jalapeños, Swiss-style cheese, shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes with a creamy Sriracha sauce toasted sourdough bread.  The burger clocks in at 691 calories, 46 grams of fat, 1612 milligrams of cholesterol, and 33 grams of protein.

Spicy Sriracha Burger Jack in the Box

Also available for the holiday season is the Peppermint & OREO Real Ice Cream Shake.  This shake features layers of cool peppermint blended with OREO cookie pieces and a 16 oz. size will set  you back 881 calories and 45 grams of fat.

Peppermint Oreo Jack Box

Interested in trying the new Spicy Sriracha Burger or Peppermint & OREO Shake?  Leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw some winners for $10 Jack in the Box gift cards.  Good luck!

New Sugar Cookie and Snickerdoodle Cookie Flavored Coffees and Lattes at Dunkin’ Donuts

The Dunkin’ Donuts holiday drink menu this year includes two cookie-flavored choices… Sugar Cookie and Snickerdoodle Cookie.

New Sugar Cookie Lattes offer the traditional taste of frosted holiday sugar cookies, topped with festive red and green sugar, while Snickerdoodle Cookie Lattes bring together the sweet taste of sugar and spice of cinnamon, and are topped with real cinnamon. Both flavors are available in hot or iced coffees and lattes at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

Dunkin Sugar Cookie CoffeeDunkin’ Donuts has also brought back the Peppermint Mocha coffees and lattes as well as seasonal hot chocolates like Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and S’mores.

Review: Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC

While it’s definitely not pretty, I guess you could say the “Bowl” idea at KFC kind of works.  You get a big base of mashed potatoes with various toppings piled on… grab your trusty spork and dig in.  The latest is the Loaded Potato Bowl and it’s not too different from those that came before it.

KFC Loaded Potato BowlThe Loaded Potato Bowl features mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hand-breaded and diced extra crispy chicken tenders, and topped with new bacon cheese sauce, green onions and a three cheese blend.  It’s priced at $3.99 for the bowl alone or as a $5 Fill Up which comes with a chocolate chip cookie and a drink.  … continue reading “Review: Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC”

Veterans Day Food Deals for 2014

Here’s a rundown of some of the Veterans Day food deals going on this year.  If I missed any or you’d like to share a regional deal in your area, please leave details in the comments below.

Veterans Day Food Deals 2013

  • Applebee’s:  Free entree for veterans and active duty military from the Veterans Day Menu.
  • Bob Evans: Free All-You-Can-Eat Hotcakes for veterans and active military personnel
  • Burger King:
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Free entree for veterans and active duty military from the Veterans Day Menu.
  • Chili’s: Free for veterans and active duty military, the Veterans Day Menu consists of: Oldtimer with Cheese, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chipotle Chicken or Margarita Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl, Sour Cream, Beef or Green Chile Enchiladas, Southwest Pairings-Pick 2, Any full size Flatbread, Any Lunch Combo, and Any Soup & Salad Combo.
  • Denny’s: Active, non-active or retired military personnel, Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5am-noon.
  • IHOP: Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 am. to 7 pm at participating locations.
  • Krispy Kreme: Veterans or active duty military personnel (no ID required), Free Doughnut (any variety) and a Small Coffee to all Veterans at participating Krispy Kreme locations. No purchase necessary. (link)
  • Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage (link)
  • Red Lobster: Free select appetizer with military ID or proof of service through 11/13.
  • Red Robin: All veterans and active-duty service members free Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries. (link)
  • Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer (link)
  • Starbucks: Veterans, active duty service members, and spouses— free tall (12 fl. oz) hot brewed coffee.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from the Veterans Day menu (link)
  • TGIFriday’s: Free lunch for all vets and active duty military from 11am-2pm on select menu items.  See restaurant for details.

All-New Menu Coming to Pizza Hut on November 19th

Pizza Hut is about to go through a huge menu makeover and it’s happening Wednesday, November 19th.  The title “The Flavor is Now” tops the new menu details with the promising line of, “Trust us, it’s worth the wait.  11.19.14″.  The updates include new toppings, sauces, crust flavors, and sauce drizzles.  Pizza is all about customization and the new-look Pizza Hut menu is focused on that.  Take a look:

New Pizza Hut LogoLet’s start with the 5 new toppings:

  • Peruvian Cherry Peppers: Sweet and spicy peppers harvested from the highlands of Peru.
  • Fresh Spinach: Crisp and sprinkled on top of the pizza as it comes out of the oven.
  • Premium Salami: Cured and seasoned with a traditional Italian blend of red pepper, anise and fennel.
  • Sliced Banana Peppers: Pickled and sliced to add a mild tang.
  • Classic Meatballs: Seasoned pork and beef combined with onions, mushrooms and bread crumbs.

New Ingredients Pizza HutThe 6 sauce choices to layer your pizza:

  • Classic Marinara: Classic tomato.  Robustly seasoned with garlic, black pepper and Italian herbs.
  • Premium Crushed Tomato: Bright and slightly sweet.  100% vine-ripened California-grown tomatoes crushed and lightly seasoned with garlic and onion.
  • Creamy Garlic Parmesan: Creamy and white.  Combines Parmesan and Romano cheeses, butter and a hint of garlic.
  • Honey Sriracha: Sweet heat. A fusion of real honey with intense red chilies.
  • Barbeque: Sweet and smoky.  Made with real honey and molasses.
  • Buffalo: Spicy and bold.  A classic medium Buffalo sauce.

… continue reading “All-New Menu Coming to Pizza Hut on November 19th”

New Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC

The latest limited time offering at KFC is the new Loaded Potato Bowl (pretty similar to the Cheesy Bacon Bowl from a few years back).  Priced at $5 with a cookie and drink as part of the $5 Fill Up menu, the Loaded Potato Bowl (review) features mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hand-breaded and diced extra crispy chicken tenders, and topped with new bacon cheese sauce, green onions and a three cheese blend.

load-potato-bowlAlso being promoted at KFC is the return of Festive Feast.  Last year the Festive Feast was an 8-piece family meal which had a nationally advertised price of $19.99, this time around there’s no promoted price and a trio of size options. The Festive Feast comes with KFC’s new Pumpkin Cake, but the Double Chocolate Chip Cake is also available.

KFC Festive Feast 2


The Nosh Show Episode 42: One of the Ingredients is Bubbles

In episode 42 of The Nosh Show we discuss a new potato bowl from KFC, Lay’s Dark Chocolate Covered Chips, Taco Bell’s mobile ordering app and a bunch more.  It’s a super-sized Nosh or Not episode so tune in to hear about the latest new products.

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