QUICK REVIEW: Jack in the Box Bacon Ranch Monster Taco

Jack in the Box Bacon Ranch Monster Taco

Purchased Price: $1.99*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Contains the longest fast food bacon slice I’ve ever seen. Buttermilk ranch sauce goes surprisingly well with the seasoned ground beef. Parts of the taco shell that aren’t soaked in grease are crispy. Shell does a good job of preventing the lettuce from falling out. I’d probably buy it again drunk or sober.
Cons: The flavor of the bacon gets lost behind the seasoned beef. The obligatory Jack in the Box taco grease patch. Could’ve used a bit more buttermilk ranch sauce. Bacon isn’t crispy; its texture is more like bacon that has been sitting for a while at a Courtyard by Marriott hot breakfast buffet. Lots of pale lettuce. It might be a Monster Taco, but eating just one isn’t filling.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

Jack in the Box Bacon Ranch Monster Taco Innards

Nutrition Facts: 335 calories, 215 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 663 milligrams of sodium, 293 milligrams of potassium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 11 grams of protein.

QUICK REVIEW: Jack in the Box Sweet Potato Fries

Jack in the Box Sweet Potato Fries

Purchased Price: $2.49
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Exterior remained crispy after the five minute drive home. Crisscut fries are a nice change of pace if you’re tired of plain old straight fries. A serving provides four grams of fiber. Probably a good source of beta-carotene. Can get it with a combo (but there’s an upcharge).
Cons: Sweet potato flavor is a bit too mild for my liking. Not very salty or sweet. Available in only one size (comes in sleeve for regular large fries). When you pour them out of the sleeve, it doesn’t look like much..

Jack in the Box Sweet Potato Fries Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 395 calories, 182 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 977 milligrams of sodium, 381 milligrams of potassium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich

Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich

Jack in the Box’s Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich is a weirdo!

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

I thought it was going to have a turkey sausage patty or maybe some turkey bacon, like a normal breakfast sandwich, but it doesn’t. Instead it uses the same turkey found in Jack in the Box’s Grilled Sandwich.

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

And it’s not layers of turkey, it’s just one slice that significantly sticks out from under the bun, making it look like the sandwich is sticking its tongue at me.

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

The breakfast sandwich also comes topped with a tomato slice. What!? Tomato on a fast food breakfast sandwich?

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

However, even though Jack in the Box’s Egg White & Turkey Sandwich is a weirdo, I love this little weirdo. And if loving this weirdo makes me a weirdo, then so be it! I’ll point my finger at myself and yell…

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

The combination of turkey, American cheese, tomato, and egg with a toasted regular bun seems like something overnight Jack in the Box employees developed out of boredom during some downtime between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Thank you bored Jack in the Box employees (or a chef in Jack in the Box’s test kitchens), because I think it’s a wonderful way to start my morning.

Or afternoon.

Or evening.

Or end my night of debauchery, since this breakfast sandwich is available 24 hours a day.

What I like most about the sandwich are the egg whites, an #FFFFFF glob of protein with a noticeable buttery flavor. They have a nice, soft texture and I prefer it over Jack’s regular fried egg. Thankfully, egg whites can be substituted for the regular fried egg in any other breakfast sandwich at no extra cost. So get ready Jack in the Box employees for all my special breakfast orders.

Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich Closeup

The sandwich doesn’t have a sauce, but the cheese melts to the point where it looks and gives the sandwich flavor like a sauce. Because there’s only a slice of turkey, it doesn’t really stand out flavor-wise, but it’s noticeable. As for the tomato slice, it’s still weird seeing it on a breakfast sandwich, even after having three of these within the past week. I can’t think of any other fast food place that does that, but I hope others follow because the lone tomato slice does add flavor and a slight crunchy texture to the sandwich.

I have to say, I find it funny I’m writing about the American cheese and tomato in a positive manner, because I usually write stuff like “the cheese was there only to prevent the other ingredients from falling out” or “the tomato was there only so you could say you ate veggies today.” Times have changed.

Last year, I gave the McDonald’s Egg White Delight a positive review. But I have to admit Jack in the Box’s Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich is better tasting, especially the egg whites. Also, thanks to the American cheese and tomato, it’s more colorful than the Egg White Delight, which looks like someone used a sepia photo filter on it.

It’s definitely weird looking.

Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo! McDonald’s Egg White Delight is a weirdo!

(Nutrition Facts – 248 calories, 52 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 22 milligrams of cholesterol, 833 milligrams of sodium, 241 milligrams of potassium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.49
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Tasty way to start my morning. Buttery egg whites, American cheese, and tomato slice make this a yummy sandwich. Cheese and tomato actually add flavor. Lower in fat and calories than Jack’s other breakfast sandwiches. Available all day. Proud about being a weirdo as an adult.
Cons: Tomato on a breakfast sandwich is weird. Not much fiber compared with the McDonald’s Egg White Delight, which uses a whole grain muffin. Only one slice of turkey. Still high in sodium. Being called a weirdo as a kid.

QUICK REVIEW: Jack in the Box Southern Style Biscuits (Bacon, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Egg & Cheese)

Jack in the Box Southern Style Biscuits (Bacon, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Egg & Cheese)

Purchased Price: 2 for $4.00*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Bacon, Egg & Cheese)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Sausage, Egg & Cheese)
Pros: Reasonably priced at 2 for $3 (or $4, if you live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean). The biscuits are tasty and have a nice, mild buttermilk flavor. It’s available all day. The Sausage, Egg & Cheese is better than the Bacon, Egg & Cheese because the sausage does a better job of trying to get its flavor past the biscuit. Biscuit doesn’t have a lot of trans fat like a particular fast food chain’s does.
Cons: I understand the biscuit is the highlight, but it shouldn’t overwhelm the other ingredients, especially the sausage and bacon. Jack in the Box bacon is subpar and wasn’t spread evenly on my sandwich. Egg flavor and it’s butteriness isn’t there thanks to the biscuit. Biscuit falls apart a bit too easily.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

Jack in the Box Southern Style Biscuits Sausage, Egg & Cheese

Jack in the Box Southern Style Biscuits Bacon, Egg & Cheese

Nutrition Facts: Bacon, Egg & Cheese – 410 calories, 227 calories from fat, 25 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 242 milligrams of cholesterol, 1176 milligrams of sodium, 188 milligrams of potassium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein. Sausage, Egg & Cheese – 534 calories, 340 calories from fat, 38 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 264 milligrams of cholesterol, 1240 milligrams of sodium, 228 milligrams of potassium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 18 grams of protein.)

REVIEW: Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt

Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt

CHRISTMAS CHICKEN SANDWICH!!!

That’s what I would like to call Jack in the Box’s Fajita Ranch Melt.

If you look at the sandwich’s promotional photo, it screams, “CHRISTMAS!” It has red and green bell peppers, white ranch sauce, red taco sauce, white pepper jack cheese, white onions, and seasoned chicken in between a toasted sourdough bun. Seeing those colors together makes me want to sing 80s Christmas songs.

Last Christmas
I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away.
This year
To save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special.

However, in real life, the Fajita Ranch Melt doesn’t look as festive. If Jack in the Box didn’t already have a sandwich called the Hot Mess, I would’ve called this new one a hot mess. Instead, I’m going to have to say it’s messy.

Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt Topless

It’s messy mostly because of the sourdough bun, which barely stayed intact as my mouth made its way through the sandwich. Wait. Did I say, “sourdough bun”? I meant to say, “ranch and taco sauce sponge.” Too bad the bun wasn’t also a bell pepper and onion sponge because that would’ve prevented the veggies from falling out.

For those of you familiar with Jack in the Box, you may know they offer a Chicken Fajita Pita, which is one of their “Healthy Dining Choices.” The Fajita Ranch Melt is what I wish the Chicken Fajita Pita would taste like and is nowhere close to being a “Healthy Dining Choice,” which is obvious since it has buttered buns and a creamy ranch sauce.

Speaking of the ranch sauce, it was hard for my taste buds to notice it because they were distracted by the slightly spicy taco sauce, which I didn’t mind. Surprisingly, the sauces were light enough that I could taste the ever-falling, slightly crunchy bell peppers and onions that I had to regularly stuff back into the sandwich. The easy-to-chew seasoned chicken was more like salty chicken, but the veggies, taco sauce, and melted pepper jack cheese did a great job of masking the chicken’s saltiness.

Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt Clucking Delicious

But was the Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt “Clucking Delicious”?

Yes, it clucking was. It made my taste buds happy. But it would’ve been clucking better if it was called the Jack in the Box Christmas Chicken Sandwich.

(Nutrition Facts – 579 calories, 288 calories from fat, 32 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 88 milligrams of cholesterol, 1658 milligrams of sodium, 357 milligrams of potassium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.)

Item: Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt
Purchased Price: $4.99*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Great flavor. Taco sauce was a tasty addition. Promotional picture looks like Christmas in a bun. Bell peppers and onions surprisingly provided flavor and texture. 80s Christmas songs.
Cons: Ranch sauce wasn’t noticeable. Salty chicken. Messy sandwich. Only available in California, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Not as heart healthy as Jack’s Chicken Fajita Pita. It’s not called the Christmas Chicken Sandwich.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay $3.99.