REVIEW: Torani Chicken ‘N Waffles Syrup

Torani Chicken 'n Waffles

The story of Torani’s Chicken ‘N Waffles syrup presents internet marketing at either its best or most contrived (quite possibly both). To recap:

March 26, 2012:

Torani announces they’ll be releasing a chicken & waffles flavoring syrup. The Internet collectively says, “That’s disgusting. I MUST HAVE IT.”

April 1, 2012:

Torani reveals the new flavor was an early-April Fools’ prank and simultaneously launches a social media campaign to generate support for the creation of the “potential new cult favorite”.

The Internet expresses outrages over the prank, rolls its eyes at a corporation raising grassroots support for its own non-existent product, and goes back to watching Call Me Maybe parody videos.

November 20, 2012:

“Due to unprecedented demand,” Torani announces actual debut of Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup.

January 1, 2013:

Due to a need to immediately sabotage his resolutions of losing weight, not wasting money on novelty food items, and writing less often in the third person, Jasper tries the Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup.

January 14, 2013:

Due to the syrup being awful, Jasper waits two weeks before working up the spirit to actually write down all the awfulness.

The bar for the Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup was set pretty low – since it started as a marketing gimmick that was likely rushed through development and production, its best-case outcome was always going to be “gag gift that’s actually serviceable.” Alas, the syrup can only serve as another cautionary reminder against buying novelty foods.

I first tried a spoonful of the syrup on its own. It smelled very sweet and a little bit malty, which is about as positive as I’m going to get in this review. As expected, it tasted incredibly sweet, but the malty-ness was really a yeasty-ness, and there was a lingering aftertaste that was yeasty and greasy (presumably to reflect the fried chicken component) and nearly induced my gag reflex.

Torani Chicken 'n Waffles in Spoon

Of course, syrup isn’t meant to be consumed by its lonesome, so I added it to other meals. I had a brief, almost-ontological debate with my girlfriend on whether you could, in fact, eat Chicken ‘n Waffles syrup with the dish from which its essence is distilled. Since the Torani bottle recommends you eat it with biscuits, we figured waffles were close enough and ordered some waffles and chicken fingers.

Torani Chicken 'n Waffles On Waffles

To establish a fair baseline of comparison, we first ate the chicken and waffles with regular Aunt Jemima maple syrup. It goes without saying that I loved that combination. It probably also goes without saying that the Torani syrup didn’t measure up in the least. The Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup was still too sweet and so thin that it seeped into the waffles and made them soggy. The yeasty and greasy aftertaste was only more prominent and artificial in the face of the actual dish.

I then followed a recipe on the Torani website for a bourbon drink, and I tried it in my coffee the next morning. I had similarly negative impressions in those settings, though I suppose I’d find the syrup more tolerable if my palate were compromised by the dulling effects of alcohol or the tongue-burning effects of coffee.

Even the price felt dissatisfying, at $6.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling. Just don’t buy the Torani Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup, not even as a gag gift or as a novelty food item for yourself. And hey, Internet: let’s avoid demanding that any more April Fools’ 2012 jokes be developed into real products.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 fl oz – 90 calories 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 40 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 22 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.)

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Item: Torani Chicken ‘N Waffles Syrup
Purchased Price: $6.95 (plus $5.95 S&H)
Size: 375 mL
Purchased at: Torani website
Rating: 1 out of 10
Pros: Smelled mostly OK. Call Me Maybe parody videos. Clever April Fools’ Day gags. Aunt Jemima maple syrup with chicken and waffles. I would use Catblock.
Cons: Tasted yeasty and greasy. Gross, lingering aftertaste. Bad by itself, bad and too thin to have with waffles (and probably biscuits), bad with bourbon and coffee. Pricey. Contrived internet marketing. Immediately breaking my New Year’s resolutions. Ontological debates about syrup.

NEWS: Torani To Release Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup Fo’ Reals This Time…Maybe

IHOP Chicken & Waffles

Hey! Remember earlier this year when syrup maker Torani tricked the internet into thinking they were going to release a Chicken ‘n Waffles syrup.

I certainly remember being duped by that April Fool’s Day prank on March 26th.

I don’t know if there are rules for April Fool’s pranks, but doing your prank five days before April Fool’s Day is probably breaking one of them. Even if it’s not an actual rule, doing that was as douchey as dumping someone via a text message.

Anyhoo, Torani decided to make their Chicken ‘n Waffles syrup a reality. It combines three different flavors — buttermilk waffles, fried chicken, and maple syrup. So get ready to make your lattes taste a bit weird.

Of course, if they were willing to trick everyone five days before April Fool’s Day, what’s stopping them from tricking us five months before April Fool’s Day? Well, we will find out starting on November 26 when Torani Chicken ‘n Waffles bottles become available while supplies last on Torani’s website for $6.95.

Source: Business Wire

NEWS: Torani To Release a Chicken ‘N Waffles Syrup To Make Your Lattes Odd Tasting

IHOP Chicken & Waffles

Update: Torani got us good. Their Chicken ‘N Waffles syrup was an April Fool’s hoax. Yup, they got us real good. It should’ve been obvious since they were going to release it in April. Well, it’s fake, so no chicken ‘n waffles syrup for us.

Next month, Italian syrup maker Torani will make it possible for you to enjoy(?) cocktails, coffee, and sodas flavored with their new Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup. Yes, a sweet and savory syrup that will partially have an artificial fried chicken flavor.

Torani’s Chicken ‘n Waffles Syrup follows their bacon-flavored syrup, which was used in Jack in the Box’s Bacon Shake earlier this year. I look forward to getting my hands on some of this syrup and making some chicken ‘n waffles milkshakes, chicken ‘n waffles margaritas, or chicken ‘n waffles cappuccinos…and then maybe regretting it.

Two tablespoons of the Torani Chicken N’ Waffles Syrup has 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 110 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

Source: CHOW