Review: Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich from Carl’s Jr.
Carl’s Jr. has released yet another painfully creative limited time menu item, the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich. This sandwich features folded egg, American cheese, and your choice of sausage, ham, or bacon drizzled with maple syrup sauce and sandwiched between two slices of Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. Let’s do a GrubGrade review, shall we?
I have not tried any of the recent Carl’s Jr. breakfast sandwiches, but have typically enjoyed their limited time offerings. The price of $2.99 for the sandwich seemed reasonable compared to other breakfast options, especially for a premium item. I decided to choose sausage, as it was the protein pictured in promotional materials. I was not prepared to find a sweet and savory amalgamation like this so enjoyable and satisfying.
The sausage patty was standard fare, but well–seasoned and properly sized. The “folded egg” was your basic breakfast sandwich egg portion and had a familiar flavor and texture. When combined with American cheese, the sausage/egg combination is the pinnacle of breakfast sandwich goodness. But would this harmony be ruined by the sweeter ingredients? Surprisingly, not at all. French toast sandwiches have often had the drawback of soggy bread. However, the thickness of this bread with its cinnamon swirl keeps the sandwich from feeling limp in any way. In addition, the cinnamon flavor adds significantly to what could have been just a standard French toast sandwich. Combine this with the maple syrup sauce (which is actually just maple syrup) and you have an excellently sweet flavor combination. This grouping balances near perfectly with the previously discussed sausage, egg, and cheese to create a truly complete taste experience. The sandwich was heated properly, allowing the cheese to fill the gaps and link the ingredients into a cohesive unit.
I remember loving McDonald’s McGriddles when they were first released, and my feelings for the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich reminded me of that love. At $2.99 for the sandwich alone and $4.69 with hash browns and a drink at my local store, the value is reasonable compared to other premium breakfast items. That being said, there are certainly cheaper morning choices if you’re looking to value shop. This is a wonderful item to try if you want something unique and filling to start your day that is in no way healthy. Those who think they will enjoy it certainly will, and those who don’t may just be surprised. I know I was.Overall, I would say this is one of the best sweet and savory breakfast sandwiches I have ever tried. I was worried the sweetness of French toast AND cinnamon AND syrup would simply overpower the salty elements, leaving the sandwich inedible. However, these ingredients are less sweet than you would imagine and the size and flavor of the other components work to provide satisfying results in each bite.
Pros: Unique mix of sweet and salty flavors. Filling sandwich. $2.99.
Cons: Nutrition info. Sauce, egg and cheese are nothing revolutionary.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: carlsjr.com
Calories - 580
Fat - 34 grams
Saturated Fat - 15 grams
Cholesterol - 240 milligrams
Sodium - 1110 milligrams
Carbs - 50 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 17 grams
Protein - 20 grams