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Wendy’s Unveils Newest Addition to Baconator Family

Wendy’s Unveils Newest Addition to Baconator Family

Bacon Fries? Bacon Fries!

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These new fries will be available starting June 29 for a limited time.

As we all know, this country loves bacon. In fact, 65 percent of Americans would support making bacon our national food, according to a survey conducted by pork supplier Smithfield.

Fortunately for them, Wendy’s Baconator family is welcoming the Baconator Fries into the fold.

Starting June 29, Wendy’s newest bacon-fueled dish will take its place alongside the Baconator and Son of the Baconator.

Wendy’s is taking their natural-cut fries, drizzling them with cheddar cheese sauce, then topping them with apple-wood smoked bacon and shredded cheddar to create this new bacon-lover’s side dish.

Unfortunately for bacon enthusiasts, these fries aren’t a permanent menu item and will only be around for limited amount of time.

The Baconator, introduced in 2007, was brought on permanently in 2009 is one of Wendy’s most popular menu items.

“It’s a bacon nation, and we just live in it,” declares The National Provisioner, a trade publication that tracks the meat business.

We’ll have to wait and see how the Baconator French fries go over, but with the popularity of bacon right now, they seem set to succeed.

What Wendy's Menu Looked Like The Year You Were Born

Wendy's is often seen as the "other" fast food chain, behind behemoths like McDonald's and Burger King. But this restaurant, founded by Dave Thomas, has pioneered many of the most popular and long-lasting menu items in the fast food world.

Wendy's was the first fast food eatery to introduce things like value menus, salad bars, and spicy chicken sandwiches. Even more surprisingly, the restaurant has had very few items that were notable flops. Sure, some meals have come and gone, but even those that were discontinued were popular during their time. The most impressive fact may be that Wendy's has had several items remain on its menu since its opening in 1969, including a unique side dish and a famous dessert still beloved today. Clearly, the restaurant has known how to put together a menu since day one.

So what did Wendy's fast food menu look like the year you were born? Let's find out.

Wendy’s offers free Breakfast Baconators with a catch

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Wendy’s wants you to eat a burger for breakfast.

That’s why the fast food chain is giving away free Breakfast Baconators for customers who make a purchase between Nov. 30 and Dec. 27.

To redeem this offer, customers will need to make their order through the Wendy’s Mobile App or they can access a QR code from the app that they can get scanned when they visit a Wendy’s location, a spokesperson told Fox News.

Wendy’s added its Breakfast Baconator to menus in early March as part of its nationwide breakfast rollout. The sandwich is said to be inspired by The Baconator, which was introduced to the public in 2007.

However, this burger has been slightly adjusted for morning palates and switches out the beef patty for a square breakfast sausage patty. Other additions include fresh-cracked eggs, six strips of Applewood smoked bacon, two slices of American cheese and Swiss cheese sauce sandwiched between two buns.

Wendy's Breakfast Baconator has been available for purchase nationwide since March 2, 2020. (Wendy's)

Wendy’s free Breakfast Baconator promotion comes at a time when fast food chains have seen a decline in morning foot traffic due to Americans having more opportunities for remote work and schooling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The national chain appears to be actively promoting its breakfast offerings as a result. Two days before it kicked off its conditional free Breakfast Baconator deal, Wendy’s was running a limited-time discount that took $5 off for breakfast orders made through GrubHub, which has since expired.

And a month before that, the company offered free breakfast croissant sandwiches for customers who made a purchase through its app.

In the third quarter of 2020, Wendy’s shared it had spent $6.2 million on breakfast advertising. This amount was up from the $2.2 the fast food chain spent in the quarter before.

A month prior to the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders that were issued in the U.S., Wendy’s had reportedly planned on spending $70 million to $80 million on breakfast advertising, according to Reuters.

The chain has tried to launch a breakfast menu several times in its 51-year history. Its four previous attempts were in 1985, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Wendy’s unveils new chicken sandwich week ahead of McDonald’s

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McDonald’s has been hyping its new chicken sandwiches that it will release next week, and Burger King just announced that it’s also launching a new chicken sandwich sometime this year.

Wendy’s just beat them both to the punch.

The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food chain unveiled a pair of new menu items on Wednesday, including a flavorful jalapeno popper chicken sandwich.

The new sandwich features a spicy chicken fillet served with jalapeno cream cheese and jalapeno slices, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and shredded pepper jack cheese on a toasted bun.

Wendy's unveiled a pair of new menu items on Wednesday, including a flavorful jalapeno popper chicken sandwich. (Wendy's)

It’s the latest move in the fast food "chicken sandwich war" that has seen chains trying to outdo each other since the tremendous popularity of the sandwiches Popeyes launched in 2019 caused the restaurant to sell out of them for several months.

Carl Loredo, chief marketing officer at The Wendy’s Company, said in a press release that the new sandwich "casts a big shadow across the competition."

"While everyone else is playing catch up and distracting consumers with stale sandwich drops, we are listening and bringing exciting flavors and bold ingredients forward to help fans avoid the McStake of settling for the same boring chicken sandwiches from other fast food joints," Loredo said.

Carl Loredo, chief marketing officer at The Wendy’s Company, said in a press release that the new sandwich "casts a big shadow across the competition." (iStock)

Wendy’s also added a new jalapeno popper chicken salad with romaine and spring mix lettuce blend, tomatoes and jalapeno and cheddar croutons, plus jalapeno ranch dressing.

John Li, the company’s vice president of culinary innovation, said in a written statement that the menu additions were "inspired by classic jalapeno poppers fans know and love."

The menu items’ "premium" ingredients also mean a premium price. The jalapeno popper chicken sandwich will sell for $5.99, while the salad will cost $6.79.

McDonald’s three new chicken sandwiches, which are due to launch about one week after Wendy’s new sandwich on Feb. 24, will be priced between $3.49 and $4.69, Reuters reported.

Burger King's hand breaded chicken sandwich is launching "later this year," the chain said. (Burger King).

Burger King hasn’t announced a definite release date or price for its upcoming chicken sandwiches, but its largest franchisee previously said it’s anticipating a May release and a fast food reviewer who tracked down a location testing the sandwich wrote that it was priced at $3.89.

To entice fast food aficionados to try its new sandwich, Wendy’s said it would offer one for free to customers view Grubhub with delivery on orders of $15 or more from Feb. 18-21, or until supplies last.

Wendy’s New Breakfast Menu Is Coming Soon — Here’s What You Need to Try

Stay calm, square-shaped burger fans — it’s finally happening.

In case you haven’t heard the good news, Wendy’s is rolling out a full breakfast menu this year. The fast food joint teased its breakfast lineup back in October 2019 and promised a number of mouth-watering new additions, including a Breakfast Baconator. The restaurant has since been hush-hush on when the breakfast menu will unveil nationwide, but at long last we officially have a launch date: March 2.

In true Wendy’s fashion, the fast food company announced its nationwide breakfast rollout on Twitter. “Hey @McDonalds, roast us,” the chain wrote. “Yeah, we wouldn't wake up for your breakfast either. Don’t worry, on 3/2 there will be something worth waking up for.”

Wendy’s also let it slip that in order to differentiate themselves from other fast food breakfast options, each signature breakfast sandwich will be prepared with a fresh, hand-cracked egg.

The full breakfast menu will feature nine sandwiches: three croissant sandwiches (Sausage Egg & Swiss Croissant, Maple Bacon Chicken Croissant, Bacon Egg & Swiss Croissant) three biscuit sandwiches (Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit) and three classic sandwiches (Breakfast Baconator, Sausage Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich).

It’ll also offer a number of sides, including an Oatmeal Bar, a Honey Butter Biscuit and Seasoned Potatoes. And customers in the South can start their mornings with a Sausage Gravy & Biscuit, Wendy’s portable take on traditional biscuits and gravy. Those looking for a jolt of caffeine can grab a cup of coffee or try one of the chain’s highly anticipated Frosty-ccinos (cold brew mixed with smooth vanilla or chocolate Frosty cream).

So, what should you order when the big day arrives? We’ve got you covered. Wendy’s invited us to a special preview of its new breakfast selection, and although we didn’t have the opportunity to sample the entire menu, we were able to test out a few of its greatest hits.

We took a bite (okay, maybe more than one bite) out of three sandwiches — the Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit and Bacon Egg & Swiss Croissant.

Overall, we were pretty impressed with Wendy’s new breakfast sandwiches. The Bacon Egg & Swiss Croissant and the Breakfast Baconator were topped with a creamy swiss cheese “hollandaise sauce” that was unlike anything we’ve tried for breakfast at a fast food restaurant before. Be warned: The Breakfast Baconator is huge. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of indulging in a hearty burger first thing in the morning, you now have the chance.

Our absolute favorite sandwich of the bunch was the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. It hit all the marks — a juicy white meat chicken breast sandwiched between a flaky buttermilk biscuit. But the real star of this sandwich was the maple-flavored whipped honey butter slathered on the chicken. It added a layer of sweetness on top of the salty chicken, and the honey butter oozed into the crevices of the biscuit, making it moist and soft.

We also added the Seasoned Potatoes to our meal, and, of course, washed it down with two Frosty-ccinos. Yes, two.

The Seasoned Potatoes (which are sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning, minus the sesame seeds and poppy seeds due to seed allergies) were a flavorful and crispy alternative to a hash brown, and the Frosty-ccinos are worth a stop in the morning. The vanilla version looks like any ol’ iced coffee but tasted like rich, coffee ice cream.

Check out the full menu for yourself when it launches nationwide on March 2. Now, if only Wendy’s can find a way for us to have spicy chicken nuggets for breakfast…

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Bacon lovers rejoice! The masters of flavor at Pringles® have done it again — this time in partnership with the queen of hamburgers, Wendy’s®. The new limited-edition Pringles Baconator® packs all the delicious layers of flavor found in the fan-favorite, Wendy’s Baconator, into one perfectly delicious bite.
When it comes to delivering on a mouth-watering, delicious hamburger, Wendy’s doesn’t cut
corners, with a half-pound of fresh, never frozen beef, American cheese, six strips of crispy
Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup and mayo of a Wendy’s Baconator. Replicating those delicious,
layers into one single Pringles crisp? No challenge is too large for Pringles, who packed all these
flavors into one perfectly crunchy, extremely convenient bite– the Pringles one-bite Baconator.

“The Pringles brand delivers insanely accurate flavor combinations that are both delicious and
convenient,” said Gareth Maguire, senior director of marketing for Pringles. “With such a strong
fanbase, we knew we had to nail that fresh, never-frozen Wendy’s flavor perfectly. Luckily, our flavor
experts were up to the task! The Pringles Baconator crisps are the perfect way to enjoy the savory
goodness, all in one bite.”

Indulging in a Wendy’s Baconator craving has never been easier, just break open a can, pop a crisp
and experience the wonders straight from your pantry. Want to compare to the flavors of a
Baconator? Each can comes with a code on the seal that can be used to score a free Wendy’s
Baconator, Son of Baconator®, or Breakfast Baconator with purchase when you order through the Wendy’s app.

So, take it up a notch and pile Pringles Baconator on top of a Wendy’s Baconator or even dip the crisps in a Frosty® for a sweet-and-salty treat. “At Wendy’s, the Baconator has long been an iconic Bacon Cheeseburger like no other. With stacked fresh beef, oven cooked Applewood smoked bacon and piping hot cheese, we knew it was going to be a challenge to get all that flavor and goodness into one bite,” said Carl Loredo, Wendy’s U.S. chief marketing officer. “We’re excited to work with the flavor experts at Pringles to deliver the taste our fans know and love in a unique way. We know our Baconator fanatics will be in for quite a treat when they taste how insanely accurate Pringles made this delicious crisp.”

Pringles Baconator will be available for a limited time beginning June 2020 in the snack aisle of
grocery stores nationwide. For more information, follow @PringlesUS on Instagram, @Pringles on
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best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef4

, freshly-
prepared salads, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty® dessert. The

Wendy's Introduces the Most Bacon-y Sandwich Ever

In the US, dreaming up bacon-infused burgers and other bizarre recipes is practically a national pastime. But it would appear that our American appetites aren’t the only reason pork belly prices are sky-high these days. Whether the product of one upmanship or the desire to stake its claim as an international bacon destination, Wendy’s New Zealand is putting the country on the map with the launch of what it’s already dubbed “the most bacony burger ever.”

Built from the template of the chain’s popular “Baconator,” the Ultimator is baconalia carried to its logical conclusion. In addition to the obvious inclusion of bacon, the burger also features baconnaise and a bacon jam for the ultimate in fatty pork flavoring.

Each of these elements comes courtesy of local New Zealand suppliers. And with bacon fever spreading among the Kiwis, local pork product purveyors were more than happy to get on board. MIke Jeffries, director of Big Smoke BBQ describes the opportunity to add his bacon jam to the Ultimator as “a career highlight for me… we’ve had to try and up production to prepare for this, but it’s definitely a game changer.”

This isn’t the first time the locals have put their own spin on the tried-and-true baconator. "We've taken the Baconator and tried to branch out every year,” said Wendy’s New Zealand CEO Danielle Lendich at a promotional launch event . While their past attempts like the “Spicenator” garnered attention, there’s no denying the Ultimator is an attempt to take things to the next level. “We have a couple of tons of sauces in anticipation of the high demand we[‘ll] see.”

As of now, the burger will retail for a limited time (though Wendy’s admits this could be extended due to popular demand) and retails for $12.90 (

$9.46 US). There are no plan to import the Ultimator to American Wendy’s locations yet, but you can bet that someone, somewhere is already dreaming up a way to top New Zealand’s latest creation.

Wendy's goes big on breakfast with new and loaded Breakfast Baconator

This week, I reached out for a Breakfast Baconator, one of the greatest names in drive-thru history, and headline-grabber on the new breakfast lineup at Wendy's, the square burger folks, with 6,500 restaurants across the U.S., and Guam — but not America Samoa.

Fun fact: there are 419 Wendy's in Texas, second only to 520 Wendy's in Florida.

Wendy's entered the fast food breakfast wars earlier this month, billing its morning fare as "America's Favorite Breakfast." I guess you can say anything — it's a free country (for now). Back in reality, McDonald's leads the breakfast bunch by a wide, wide margin. We love us some Egg McMuffins.

If you think McDonald's is going to sit back and let Wendy's waltz onto the breakfast scene, you don't know Ronald. McDonald's is offering two morning sandwiches for $4, which happens to be the price of one Breakfast Baconator. It's not a coincidence.

Here's the Breakfast Baconator breakdown: a grilled sausage patty, two slices of American cheese, six strips of Applewood-smoked bacon, a freshly cooked egg, and Swiss cheese sauce on a soft breakfast bun.
Total calories: 730. Fat grams: 50. Sodium: 1,750 mg. Carbs: 36 g. Dietary fiber: 1 g. Protein: 34 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $3.99. Not cheap, but this is a massive sandwich on your way to work. It may hold you all the way to dinner.

Wendy's went whole hog with its new breakfast lineup, with a dozen options, including a Maple Bacon Chicken Croissant, Classic Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Honey Butter Biscuit Biscuit, Sausage, Egg & Cheese Burrito, Oatmeal Bar, Breakfast Potatoes, and Frosty-ccino.

But clearly the spotlight falls on the Breakfast Baconator, even if it's just because it's fun to say, especially in your best outdated Arnold Schwarzenegger voice. It's more fun to eat, however.

Big points to Wendy's for using freshly cracked Grade A eggs in the morning, none of that yellow, pasteurized glub-glub poured from a wax carton like at some fast food joints. Wendy's bacon is tops in the drive-thru, thicker and smokier than the other guys' see-through strips. You get a lot of bacon, too, six strong pieces.

Everything else pulls the Breakfast Baconator across the finish line. All together, this is an altogether different kind of breakfast sandwich, bigger, bolder, meatier … and more expensive. We're worth it.

Here's something weird about Wendy's entry into the breakfast segment. Wendy's serves breakfast only it its drive-thrus from 6:30 am to 9 am, when Wendy's opens its dining rooms. Breakfast will continue to be served both in its drive-thrus and dining rooms until 10:30 am. Meanwhile, most McDonald's open their dining rooms at 5 am, and Chick-fil-A opens theirs at 6 am.

Let me see if I have this straight. Newcomer Wendy's is competing for customers at breakfast by offering less service than its more established and highly successful rivals down the street. It's a novel concept. Good luck with that, Wendy's.

Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know on Twitter.

Krystal's Country-Fried Menu

Krystal is a fast food slider-style burger concept restaurant that's only available in nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Because its range is relatively small, the launch of its Country Fried Menu in 2016 really spoke to its target demographic. The concept started with a Country Fried Steak Krystal that was developed as part of a partnership with the National Cattleman's Beef Association, but the ideas kept coming, according to QSR Magazine.

The limited-time menu was released with several items, including the Country Fried Steak Krystal, Country Fried Chik, Country Fried Chik Biscuit, and Country Fries, which were Krystal's standard fries topped with gravy and crumbled bacon. After an enthusiastic customer response, the chain brought Country Fried offerings back for a three-month period in 2017.

For now, the Country Fried Menu at Krystal is unavailable, but as the brand's former VP of Marketing told PRNewswire, "as a Southern company, we know and love Country-Fried food, and we've been thrilled at the enthusiastic response to our Country-Fried menu." Based on how closely the concept ties in with Krystal's Southern heritage, we wouldn't be surprised to see Country Fried options on the menu again.

What is your favorite Wendy’s menu item?

Megan: I love Wendy’s salads. My favorite is the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. But you can’t go wrong with a chocolate Frosty®.

Leili: Son of Baconator® and a chocolate Frosty!

Karla: Frosty. That will never change.

Lesley: Dave’s Double® with Side of S’Awesome® sauce – on the side because I like to control the amount of sauce in my bites.

Cory: My favorite is the Spicy Nuggets!

Yupian: I love the Homestyle S’Awesome Bacon Chicken Sandwich!

But it wasn’t all work! The Wendy’s Intern Class of 2019 found time to have hangout together outside of work and have a little fun at the bowling alley.

Watch the video: Wendys Baconator REVIEW! (December 2021).