Pretzel Crust Pizza Coming to Little Caesars on September 1st

The Soft Crust Pretzel Pepperoni Pizza is Coming to Little Caesars on Monday, September 1st.  Priced at $6 as part of the Hot-N-Ready carryout special between 4-8pm. This pepperoni pretzel crust pizza features a salted and buttered soft pretzel crust with a cheddar cheese sauce base and topped with a cheese blend that includes Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan and White Cheddar.

Pretzel Crust Little Caesars

McDonald’s Testing Shakin’ Flavor Chicken McNuggets

McDonald’s started testing Shakin’ Flavor Fries earlier this year and now they’re moving on to Shakin’ Flavor Chicken McNuggets.  In and around the Sacramento, California market is where you might come across these.  Here’s a pic from @SacontheCheap.

Shakin' Flavor McDonald'sThe idea is simple… toss your Chicken McNuggets in the bag, sprinkle in your Shakin’ Flavor seasoning (Spicy Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Zesty Ranch), shake… now you’ve got Shakin’ Flavor Chicken McNuggets. Need a visual?  Follow closely:

Shakin' Flavor Chicken McNuggets

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Review: Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche from Wendy’s

There are a couple of sure-things I’ve come to expect from Wendy’s… bolder, more sophisticated ingredients and fast food sticker shock.  The latest premium priced Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche oozes with so much pretentiousness that it doesn’t even bother to use the word “sandwich” in its title.

Smoked Gouda Chicken Brioche WendysWendy’s describes their Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche like this:

Time to bring your taste buds to attention with our new Smoked Gouda on Brioche. Our lightly breaded chicken breast topped with Dijon aioli, caramelized onion sauce and gouda cheese all atop a buttery Brioche bun. Something so Gouda is only around for a limited time so try one today!

I love Wendy’s for their efforts, but are they trying a little too hard to separate themselves from the quick-serve industry?  Sometimes less is more and that is exactly where I feel Wendy’s has dropped the ball in recent years.  The Smoked Gouda on Brioche is the latest example of a sandwich that seems impressive on paper yet the actual experience ends up falling short.
… continue reading “Review: Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche from Wendy’s”

Pumpkin is Back at Dunkin’ Donuts on September 1st

There’s no official press release at this time, but the return of pumpkin-flavored everything will soon be hitting Dunkin’ Donuts.  On various social media platforms, Dunkin’ Donuts has proclaimed, “Pumpkin’s back at Dunkin’ Sept 1st! Who’s exciteDD?”  Expect to see the usual suspects of pumpkin drinks and donuts… and I’ve heard rumblings of limited markets offering Pumpkin Pie Munchkins.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Steak ‘n Shake Brings Back Oktoberfest Steakburger and Fall Favorites Shakes

The Oktoberfest Steakburger from Steak ‘n Shake is back for a limited time.  The Oktoberfest Steakburger features two Steakburger patties topped with Swiss cheese, onions sautéed in tangy mustard, and Black Forest ham on a toasted pretzel bun.  Priced at $5.49 and served with fries.

Oktoberfest Steak n ShakeAlso back on the menu and available for a limited time are the Campfire S’mores and Caramel Apple Shakes.  The Campfire S’mores Shake features toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and graham crackers in a blended hand-dipped milk shake.  The Caramel Apple Shake is an apple milk shake covered with caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.  Priced at $3.49.  When you purchase $10 worth of Steak ‘n Shake gift cards, you’ll receive a Fall Favorites milkshake for free on your next visit.

Caramel Apple Smores Steak Shake


Wendy’s New Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche

The latest newcomer to the Wendy’s menu is the Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche.  This is the first nationally advertised promo product from Wendy’s to offer Gouda cheese (I think Burger King was the first major fast food chain to offer Gouda).  Back in January we brought you news that select Wendy’s locations were testing a Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger on Brioche.

Smoked Gouda Chicken Brioche Wendy'sThe Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche carries a suggested price tag of $4.79 and the sandwich is described like this:

The new Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche is packed with flavor, including a thick, creamy Dijon aioli with a tangy mustard finish paired with double-smoked, mild and rich Gouda cheese. The sandwich also features a sweet caramelized onion sauce made from puréed caramelized onions. A warm, lightly breaded chicken breast is topped with sliced red onions and fresh spring mix, served on a toasted brioche bun.

The Mystery Disappearing Slush from Sonic Available For One Day Only, Thursday, August 21st

Sonic’s Mystery Disappearing Slush is only available Thursday, August 21st. Half price between 2-4pm for Happy Hour.

A Mystery Disappearing Slush is coming to Sonic. And then it’ll be gone. Get one, only on Thursday, August 21st. Watch now to spot clues to help detect the mystery flavor.

Sonic Mystery Disappearing Slush

McDonald’s Testing Mozzarella Sticks in Select Locations

Thanks to GrubGrade reader Justin for sending over a glimpse of what he’s got at his local McDonald’s… Mozzarella Sticks.  

Earlier this evening I stopped by my local McDonald’s and found that they had mozzarella sticks! The location was in northern New Jersey, just outside of New York City. This was the first time I ever heard/seen them anywhere. They were available at 3 mozzarella sticks for $1.00 and marinara sauce was included.

McDonald's Mozzarella SticksAnd thanks @DanMader … w/ photo below credit to @melarenass

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The Nosh Show Episode 36: Looks Like Underwear

In episode 36 of The Nosh Show we tackle important world matters such as Candy Apple M&M’s and Cookie Butter Ice Cream from Trader Joe’s.  We also dive into all the new Do Us A Flavor chips from Lay’s during the show.

Nosh Show logoYou can download the episode or subscribe to The Nosh Show on iTunes or Stitcher.  Thanks for listening!

Chick-fil-A Offering Chicken & Waffle for Breakfast in Select Markets

Last summer I posted a look at Chick-fil-A’s expanded breakfast menu being offered in test market locations.  While the rest of us wait for the expansion to have a wide release, the breakfast test menu has changed a little.  The latest look at the test menu includes a Chicken & Waffle entree and an egg whites option.  The Chicken & Waffle isn’t really entirely new considering the original test products included the Maple Waffle… so now they are just pairing it with breakfast portion of their hand-breaded chicken.  Available in Middle Georgia, Inland Empire, CA, Greater Philadelphia, PA and Memphis, TN.   Take a look:

  • Chicken & Waffle: The perfect sweet and savory start to the day. A breakfast portion of our famous boneless breast of chicken, seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served alongside a warm Belgian-style waffle with a unique caramelized sugar crunch. Baked with maple syrup inside – no additional syrup required. Served with choice of honey or Buffalo Sauce.  440 calories, 21 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 grams of carbs, 820 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, 17 grams of protein

Chicken & Waffle from Chick-fil-A

  • Egg White Chicken GrillA breakfast portion of grilled chicken with a hint of citrus flavor, stacked with freshly grilled egg whites and American cheese, served on a toasted multigrain English muffin.  300 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 29 grams of carbs, 1040 milligrams of sodium, 1 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 29 grams of protein

Egg White Chicken Grill Chickfila

Review: Dollar Cravings Menu from Taco Bell

When I found out that Taco Bell was doing a value menu facelift, I spent way too much time trying to decide what I wanted to review.  In the end I figured, why not review it all… everything.  The commitment to cover the entire Dollar Cravings Menu isn’t too daunting when you figure it’s just 11 bucks plus tax.  What is kind of intimidating is that I’d be consuming approximately 2840 calories for lunch.

Dollar Cravings Menu fullBut is 2840 calories really all that scary?  Nah, I had a slice of cheesecake the other day that was around 1400 calories so how bad could it be?  I guess the fear of growing sick of eating all that Taco Bell is something on my mind.  Because of this I decided to leave most of the products I’ve encountered in the past for the end.  There are 11 items on the Dollar Cravings Menu… a bunch of them were already on the old Why Pay More value menu and some are brand new. We’ve covered at least four of these products on GrubGrade before, but let’s revisit them anyway and tackle this menu in its entirety.    Time to eat!  … continue reading “Review: Dollar Cravings Menu from Taco Bell”

Five Guys Testing Milkshakes in Select Locations

Five Guys has been testing milkshakes in select locations over the last three to four months.  Check out the current list of  “Official Milkshake Testing Locations” to see if your local Five Guys is participating.  BurgerBusiness is reporting that a participating Five Guys in Alexandria, VA is offering the milkshake for $4.49.

Five Guys Milkshakes

A promo started earlier this month for those seeking to be recognized as an “Official Five Guys Milkshake Tester”:

Create your own milkshake at a participating store and share it with us by uploading your photo by clicking here and captioning it with the #ShareYourShake hashtag. Every Friday, we’ll spotlight one submission and reward this shake master with a special t-shirt. Entries must be received between Monday, August 4th, 2014 @ 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) and Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM (ET), (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Click here for official rules.