Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Burger King's Turkey Burger

News story from NBC about Burger King's new, limited-time Turkey Burgers:

Monday, March 04, 2013

Whataburger's Spicy Ketchup is Back... for awhile.

In (mostly*) Texas-only fast food news...

Whataburger's much loved and longed for Spicy Ketchup is back starting today, for a limited time.

Their jalapeno-infused Spicy Ketchup was introduced in January 2012 and didn't stay around nearly long enough.

Time to stock up!

*Although the vast majority of Whataburger restaurants are in Texas, they do have some in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Steak 'n Shake 7x7 Steakburger. Yes, It's Real!

There it is.  Right off their website.  The Steak 'n Shake 7x7 Steakburger.  Those 3x3's got nuthin' on this!

Monetary Cost:  $7.77.

Health Cost:  Much higher!

Nutrition Info (with the fries):

1570 Calories, 980 Calories from Fat.

Total Fat:  109 grams.  168% of daily value.

Cholesterol 290 mg.

Sodium 4570 mg.  190% of daily value.

Green or Gross: McDonald's Re-Using Cups

Is it saving space in our landfills and reducing plastic production, or is it just gross?

A McDonald's employee has uploaded a photo of his restaurant cleaning used soda cups.  He says that cups thrown away or left out in the restaurant are washed and re-used to serve drinks to customers.

A lot depends on the actual cleaning process, but if that process is adequate for sanitizing the cups, it is really no different than a restaurant that serves drinks in glasses and washes them, right?

Your thoughts?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A McDonalds Pro-Tip For Broke Students

The great idea in the photo below was posted to the sub-Reddit r/LifeProTips today.  It's a great way to save some money when you're craving a chicken salad from McDonalds.

Prices vary, but Reddit user 'HungLikeHamster' points out that at their McDonald's a "Premium" chicken salad is $5, but you can get a McChicken and a Side Salad for $1 each.  And ta-da...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

McDonalds Taking Advantage of the Mathematically Challenged?

Hmmm?  Steak and Egg Burrito, 2 for $4.  Small print: $1.69 each burrito.

And if you did happen to know that $4 is more than $3.38, and that you weren't getting a bargain by buying 2, but you wanted 2, how would you order.  Would you need to make to separate orders to get the $1.38 price?!?!  A mystery for the ages.

Clearly a mistake, but still....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Why Is a Big Mac Cheaper Than a Salad?

Between the arrival of 'dollar' menus at fast food restaurants and the rising cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, we've reached an era where it is actually cheaper to feed your family at McDonald's than to go to the produce department, buy raw vegetables and cook a healthy meal at home.

There are many and varied reasons for this trend.  One, of course, is that McDonald's has more control over the market than the individual consumer.  But government policy comes into play as well; in particular the Farm Bill and the subsidies that support different types of food production in vastly different amounts.  The Farm Bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies primarily to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops for animals, which, in turn is a subsidy for meat and dairy production.  Fruit and vegetable farmers on the other hand receive less than 1 percent of total government subsidies from the Farm Bill.

This and much more information on this disparity is nicely presented in an article from Good Medicine magazine, a publication of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Also from the article:

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cannibalistic Chicken McBites TV Ad

Did anyone else notice the cannibalistic scene in one of McDonald's TV ads for their new Chicken McBites?

It's suggestive of feeding chicken to a chicken!

Sure it's just a car that looks like a chicken, but couldn't something similar be said of Chicken McBites themselves?

You can watch the whole ad below, but first, a little about the new Chicken McBites...

First, here's the complete nutritional facts:

Serv. Size 85g Servings 1
Calories 310
  Fat Cal. 170
Total Fat 19 g 29% Total Carb. 22 g 7%
  Sat. Fat 3 g 14%   Fiber 1 g 6%
  Trans Fat 0 g   Sugars 0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg 11% Protein 14 g
Sodium 490 mg 20%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

And second, here are the ingredients: Chicken breast chunks with rib meat, water, maltodextrin, modified rice starch, yeast extract, sodium phosphates, salt, modified tapioca starch, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, spices, carrageenan, natural (botanical and animal source) and artificial flavors, chicken broth, citric acid, spice extractive, gum arabic, lactic acid, chicken fat. Battered and breaded with: bleached wheat flour, water, wheat flour, food starch-modified, wheat gluten, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, spices, garlic powder, dried onion, dried garlic, maltodextrin, onion powder, citric acid, natural (plant source) and artificial flavors, lactic acid, yellow corn flower, extractives of paprika and turmeric (color).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Burger King Begins Delivery Experiment

As part of continuing attempts to catch up to the market share of McDonald's and Wendy's, Burger King has begun to experiment with delivery.

That's right, you can get a Whopper delivered to your door!

Well, if you live in the Washington DC Metro area, within 10 minutes of 16 specific restaurants.

BK claims to have formulated new packaging that will get your burger and fries to your door hot and fresh.

If the pilot program works out, BKdelivers.com could be rolled out nationwide.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New "Spicy Ketchup" coming to Whataburger

I was just sent this Whataburger advertising image for "Spicy Ketchup" :

Whataburger's New Spicy Ketchup
 I don't know where the image came from, but it looks like an official Whataburger marketing piece.  I can't find any official information about when Whataburger's Spicy Ketchup will be available, but I found a couple unofficial references to it being available in January 2012 (update: this is confirmed; see below).  I've asked Whataburger's PR agency for clarification.

Regardless, this is exciting news for Whataburger fans.  Whataburger's "Fancy Ketchup" has a cult following and to add this spicy version to the mix is inspired.  I'm hoping it's as good as the ketchup/srichacha mix I've had at some indy burger joints.

UPDATE:  The Spicy Ketchup ad is from Whataburger's own Twitter feed (I should have found that!) and it will be available starting January 2, 2012!

If you see Whataburger's Spicy Ketchup in the wild, try it out and let us know about it:  tips@foodfacts.info

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Our McRib Photo Featured on Fox News

If you happened to catch Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News last night, you'd have seen our photo of a 'naked' McDonald's McRib from our "Deconstructing McRib" feature from a few years back.

The hosts and panelists of the show discuss the varied ingredients of the McRib and whether or not that makes them not want to eat it.  When they flash Fast Food News' photo of the McRib up again, one of the panelists, Bill Schulz asks if anyone notices that it looks like a McDonald's Apple Pie.

The segment of the show on the McRib is below and, once again, here's that great 'naked' McRib photo:

But, really, that's not as gross as what's on the inside when you slice it open:

The rest of the photos from our McRib 'expose' are here.  And here's the video from last night:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

McDonald's Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon

McDonald's has jumped on the Chipotle flavoring bandwagon with their new Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger.

It features a 1/3 pound Angus patty 'smothered in sensationally sweet 'n smoky Chipotle BBQ saude," with red onions, pickles and 2 slices of American cheese, and bacon on a sesame seed bun.

It is the highest calorie burger in McDonald's Angus line yet at 800.  Also, like the other Angus burgers it has 2 grams of those pesky Trans Fats.  The rest of the nutritional info is below.
"The new Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder deliciously combines the bold flavors of tangy barbecue, smoky Chipotle peppers, premium toppings, and the Angus beef our customers have come to love—now offered with the great value, quality, and convenience they have come to expect from McDonald's," says Marta Fearon, director of U.S. Marketing for McDonald's USA. "And by offering consumers a Snack Wrap or Third Pound burger option, customers can choose how they experience this new bold Angus flavor."


Serv. Size 294g
Servings 1
Calories 800   Fat Cal. 350
Total Fat 39 g 60% Total Carb. 66 g 22%
  Sat. Fat 18 g 90%   Fiber 4 g 16%
  Trans Fat 2 g   Sugars 16 g
Cholesterol 145 mg 48% Protein 45 g
Sodium 2020 mg 84%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Hardee's New Breakfast Platter, 860 calories for $2.50

Hardee's new Breakfast Platter supplies the cheap calories... only $2.50 for 860 calories and 55 grams of fat! (complete nutritional info below)

It has scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon, hash rounds potatoes and biscuits covered with sausage gravy.
“Hardee’s has many breakfast classics on its menu, and people often mix-and-match them to get the best of everything,” said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for Hardee’s Food Systems. “Well, now we’ve done that for them with the new Hardee Breakfast Platter. It’s got it all: eggs, bacon, potatoes, a buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy. Normally, people would have to go to a sit-down restaurant or a breakfast diner to get a meal like that and would end up paying a lot more. Our new platter is, indeed, a ‘Hardee’ breakfast for people with hearty appetites on a budget.”


Serv. Size 372g
Servings 1

Calories 860
  Fat Cal. 490
Total Fat 55 g 85% Total Carb. 9 g 3%
  Sat. Fat 13 g 65%   Fiber 3 g 12%
  Trans Fat ? g   Sugars 4 g
Cholesterol 200 mg 67% Protein 19 g
Sodium 1860 mg 78%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

El Pollo Loco Introduces Fish Tacos

from El Pollo Loco:
Beginning Saturday, January 29 through mid April 2010, El Pollo Loco will offer two fish tacos-- the Classic Baja Fish Taco and the Spicy Avocado Fish Taco. Both tacos feature crispy beer battered Alaskan white fish tucked into warm corn tortillas and topped with shredded cabbage and fresh cilantro. The Classic Baja Fish Taco is drizzled with yogurt sauce mixed with El Pollo Loco’s signature house salsa recipe; the Spicy Avocado Fish Taco is topped with yogurt sauce combined with El Pollo Loco’s popular avocado salsa recipe. A slice of fresh lime adds a burst of citrus flavor to each taco. El Pollo Loco’s new limited time fish tacos are available individually and as a combo with a choice of any two fish tacos and a small drink.
Both are priced at a recommended $1.99 each. A combination meal is available featuring two tacos and a small drink for $5.29.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Taco Bell Responds to "Ground Beef" Claims

Per our previous post, Taco Bell has been accused, in a lawsuit, of serving Ground Beef in their tacos that does not contain enough 'real beef' to legally be called "Ground Beef."

Taco Bell's President has now responded in a video (below) and a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal.

Here's the full statement from Taco Bell's President, Greg Creed:
"The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts. Our beef is 100% USDA inspected, just like the quality beef you would buy in a supermarket and prepare in your home. It then is slow-cooked and simmered with proprietary seasonings and spices to provide Taco Bell's signature taste and texture. Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef and 12% seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients that provide taste, texture and moisture. The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products. There is no basis in fact or reality for this suit and we will vigorously defend the quality of our products from frivolous and misleading claims such as this."
What is in Taco Bell's recipe for seasoned beef?

"We're cooking with a proprietary recipe to give our seasoned beef flavor and texture, just like you would with any recipe you cook at home.

"For example, when you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef. We do the same thing with our recipe for seasoned beef.

"Our recipe for seasoned beef includes ingredients you'd find in your home or in the supermarket aisle today:
88% USDA-inspected quality beef
3-5% water for moisture
3-5% spices (including salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, cocoa powder and a proprietary blend of Mexican spices and natural flavors).
3-5% oats, starch, sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the quality of our product.

"Our seasoned beef contains no "extenders" to add volume, as some might use. For more information about our ingredients go to http://www.tacobell.com."

Greg Creed
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
Here he is in a video Taco Bell posted on YouTube:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lawsuit Disputes Taco Bell's "Ground Beef" Claims

An Atlanta Law Firm, Beasley Allen, has filed a consumer rights class action lawsuit against Taco Bell claiming that what Taco Bells advertises and serves as "Ground Beef" can't legally be marketed and sold that way because it doesn't contain enough 'real beef.'

In their words, the lawsuit:
"challenges Taco Bell's practice of representing to consumers that its restaurants serve 'seasoned ground beef' or 'seasoned beef' filling in its products, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef. The lawsuit seeks to require Taco Bell to properly advertise and label food items, and to engage in a corrective advertising campaign to educate the public about the true content of its food products.

"According to standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the meat filling in Taco Bell's products does not meet the minimum standard requirement to be labeled and advertised as 'beef,' seasoned or otherwise."

Taco Bell has responded, via spokesman Rob Poetsch, but not directly denied the claims set forth in the suit:
"Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican-inspired food with great value. We’re happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jim Gaffigan Talks Fast Food on Letterman

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was on the Late Show with David Letterman and he talked about his love of food and fast food in particular.

You can watch it here:

My favorite bit is when he's talking about his love of Popeye's chicken and his understanding of the name: Popeye is a sailor and their chicken goes through me like a torpedo!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Taco Bell Intros New Cantina Tacos

Taco Bell says their new Cantina Tacos are "based upon authentic-style Mexican street tacos."

Their Cantina Tacos included grilled, warm corn tortillas, 'premium' meats and a chopped onion and cilantro blend with a freshly sliced lime wedge.

In equally big news, for the first time Taco Bell is offering pork in one of their menu items.

The Cantina Tacos are available with chicken, steak or carnitas shredded pork.  They have 170, 160 and 200 calories respectively.  (Complete nutritional data for the pork taco is below.)

Taco Bell's new Cantina Tacos

"Our Cantina Tacos are based upon authentic-style Mexican street tacos, which are designed using simple, fresh ingredients, that customers regard as high quality," says David Ovens, chief marketing officer for Taco Bell Corp. "Not only are they a great-tasting addition to our menu, and one that was mainly found in Mexican-style restaurants, but they're also a great value that we know our customers love from Taco Bell."
Complete nutritional info for the Carnitas version of the Cantina Taco:


Serv. Size 113g
Servings 1
Calories 200
  Fat Cal. 60
Total Fat 7 g 11% Total Carb. 26 g 9%
  Sat. Fat 2 g 10%   Fiber 3 g 12%
  Trans Fat 0 g   Sugars 1 g
Cholesterol 35 mg 11% Protein 9 g
Sodium 260 mg 11%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Jack's New Breakfast Pita Pocket

Jack in the Box has a new breakfast item called the Breakfast Pita Pocket.

It is a whole grain pita pocket stuffed with scrambled eggs, sliced ham, bacon, and melting American cheese. It is served with a side of 'fire-roasted' salsa.

It can be had for $2.69.

Jack's Breakfast Pita has 424 calories and 22 grams of fat.

I've e-mailed Jack in the Box for verification, but according to their nutrition data, the Breakfast Pita has 438 mg of Cholesterol. That is a lot! It is 146% of the USDA recommended daily amount!

The complete nutrition facts are below.

"Jack in the Box has one of the most varied breakfast menus in the quick-serve segment of the restaurant industry, with products ranging from sandwiches and biscuits to croissants and burritos," says Tammy Bailey, division vice president of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box Inc. "With the addition of our new Breakfast Pita Pocket, which features a pita bread made with whole grain, we're able to offer our guests even more variety when it comes to this important daypart. And because we serve our full menu all day every day, guests can order the new Breakfast Pita Pocket any time."
Here's the complete nutritional info for Jack's Breakfast Pita Pocket:

Serv. Size
Servings 1
Calories 424   Fat Cal. 193
Total Fat 22 g 34%Total Carb. 31 g 10%
  Sat. Fat 8 g 40%  Fiber 2 g 8%
  Trans Fat 0 g   Sugars 0 g
Cholesterol 438 mg 146%Protein 27 g
Sodium 1369 mg57%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

UPDATE: Jack in the Box got back to me and they confirmed: "The cholesterol in our Breakfast Pita is 438 mg." Um, wow!

Whataburger Celebrates 60 Years Today

Today, August 3, 2010, Whataburger celebrates their 60th Anniversary.
Harmon Dobson opened up the world’s first Whataburger on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had a simple goal, to serve a burger so big that it took two hands to hold and so good that with one bite customers would say, “What a burger!”

In celebration of their anniversary, you can get a free Whataburger by wearing orange to a Whataburger restaurant today, August 3, between 5pm-8pm.

Note:  As was pointed out in the comments, I mistakenly put the date in this post as Aug. 6.  It has been corrected.  The anniversary and the free burger promotion are August 3, 2010.