FAST FOOD NEWS: Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken

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Do fast food chains know the U.S. is in the middle of the hottest months of the year? I’m not sure they do because they keep releasing products that can burn out mouths. So far it’s been Sonic Reaper pepper slushes, Taco Bell Reaper pepper sauce coated fries, and now Panda Express’ Sichuan Hot Chicken.

The menu item features breaded all-white meat chicken tossed in a spicy, Sichuan-inspired sauce and topped with a sprinkle of a spice blend. The entree first made its appearance as a test item late last year.

Sichuan Hot Chicken is available for a limited time at participating locations.

A serving has 400 calories 26 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 910 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Panda Express.)

FAST FOOD NEWS: Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

Update: We tried it! Click here to read our review.

Krispy Kreme is turning 82 years old and I imagine it will celebrating the occasion by dining on the early bird specials at an Olive Garden. Okay, maybe not, but I know for sure it’s honoring its birthday with the new Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut.

The treat features an Original Glazed Doughnut filled with birthday cake batter that’s dipped in strawberry icing and topped with party sprinkles. It is available for one week beginning today, Monday, July 15 until Sunday, July 21 at participating locations. Click here to see a list of participating shops.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Krispy Kreme.)

FAST FOOD NEWS: Taco Bell Steak Reaper Ranch Fries Supreme and Burrito

News Taco Bell Steak Reaper Ranch Fries Supreme

It appears this summer is shaping up to be the fast food coming out party for one of the world’s hottest peppers — the Carolina Reaper.

Sonic has its Reaper Spicy Margarita and now Taco Bell has Steak Reaper Ranch Fries, available as loaded fries or in a burrito form.

Steak Reaper Ranch Fries Supreme features marinated grilled steak, nacho cheese sauce, reduced fat sour cream, tomatoes, and reaper ranch sauce on a serving of Nacho Fries. The burrito version has everything the loaded fries has except it’s all wrapped in a tortilla.

Steak Reaper Ranch Fries Supreme has 470 calories, 29 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 950 milligrams of sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.

The burrito has 490 calories, 24 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 1060 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein.

Both are available for a limited time at participating locations.

If you’ve tried either one, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Taco Bell.)

FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Crispy Tacos

FFN Burger King Crispy Tacos

Update: We tried it! Click here to read our review.

Burger King is now selling tacos nationwide. That is not typo. And, it’s selling them for $1 each. That is also not a typo.

BK’s Crispy Taco features a crunchy tortilla stuffed with seasoned beef, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and a savory taco sauce. They’re similar to what Jack in the Box offers in that the whole thing is deep fried. Yes, that sounds awful and I wasn’t a fan of Jack’s tacos at first, but I have joined the cult of Jack in the Box taco fans.

The taco has 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 360 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Technically, it’s not a new product. It appears it’s been available at some West Coast locations for a while.

Burger King’s Crispy Tacos are available for a limited time. Price and participation may vary.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Burger King.)

FAST FOOD NEWS: Starbucks Tie-Dye Frappuccino

News Starbucks Tie Dye Frappuccino

Update: We tried it! Click here to read our review.

The latest Instagrammable beverage from Starbucks is the Tie-Dye Frappuccino.

It’s made with a tropical Crème Frappuccino with yellow, red, and blue powder (which are made from red beet, turmeric and spirulina) that make the tie-dye swirls. The Frappuccino is also topped with whipped cream and a dusting of more colored powder.

A grande with whole milk has 400 calories, 15 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 58 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

The blended beverage is available starting today at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada for a very limited time (a few days), while supplies last.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Starbucks.)

FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Pulled Pork King

Burger King Pulled Pork King

Update: We tried it! Click here to read our review.

With Burger King’s new Pulled Pork King, I learned the “King” moniker is not exclusive to burgers with flame-grilled beef patties. But the student will now be the teacher as I share the fact that this is not Burger King’s first attempt at pulled pork. It’s not even the second.

Back in 2012, there was the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. And, in 2015, there was the Extra Long Pulled Pork Sandwich.

This latest version features pulled pork, topped with crispy onions, pickles, and a Hot and Spicy BBQ sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. The sandwich has 690 calories, 25 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1190 milligrams of sodium, 82 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 34 grams of sugar, and 35 grams of protein.

Burger King’s Pulled Pork King is available for a limited time at participating locations.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Burger King.)