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I expected Denny’s to come up with some outrageous holiday fare. After all, they’ve been hitting some gluttonous home runs this year with their Baconalia and cheese crazy menus. However, after looking at the new items on their Taste of the Holidays Menu, I’m disappointed.

The new items include: Red Velvet Pancake Puppies with Cream Cheese, Arthur’s Milk & Cookies Shake, and Arthur’s Christmas Cookie Pancakes. I don’t know about you, but when I look at that list, I think nothing stands out. Having reindeer meat as a Grand Slam option would’ve been sufficient.

The Red Velvet Pancake Puppies consists of six bite-sized pieces made with white chocolate chips, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a side of cream cheese icing for dipping. Arthur’s Milk & Cookies Shake is a blend of vanilla ice cream and sugar cookies. It’s also topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar cookie bits. Finally, Arthur’s Christmas Cookie Pancakes are three silver dollar pancakes with sugar cookies baked in. They’re topped with whipped cream and sugar cookie bits. The dish also comes with your choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links, one egg cooked to order and a side of syrup

Denny’s Arthur’s Christmas Cookie Pancakes have 660 calories, 21 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 265 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,210 milligrams of sodium, 97 grams of carbohydrates, 59 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 17 grams of protein. A 15-ounce serving of Arthur’s Milk & Cookies Shake has 790 calories, 41 grams of fat, 24 grams of saturated fat, 160 milligrams of cholesterol, 290 milligrams of sodium, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 75 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein.

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I look forward to the day when Denny’s creates a new menu that honors a vegetable and calls it something like Celery-bration. But until then, I’ll have to celebrate gooey cheese with Denny’s new “Let’s Get Cheesy!” menu.

The dishes include:

Mac ‘n Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt – a hand-pressed beef patty topped with new creamy Mac ‘n Cheese, melted cheddar cheese, and zesty Frisco sauce on grilled potato bread, served with a side of wavy-cut French fries. (Nutritional Facts: 1,690 calories, 99 grams of fat, 36 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 2,010 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of fiber, and 64 grams of protein.)

Cheese Please Omelette – a three-egg omelette with a blend of cheeses folded in, topped off with a creamy cheese sauce and diced tomatoes, served with hash browns and choice of bread. (Nutritional Facts: 800 calories, 57 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, 780 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,090 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.)

Winner Winner Cheesy Dinner – two golden-fried chopped beef steaks covered in pepper jack cheese sauce, served with a side of new creamy Mac ‘n Cheese, broccoli topped with cheese sauce and dinner bread. (Nutritional Facts: 1,520 calories, 101 grams of fat, 45 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of trans fat, 3,330 milligrams of sodium, 9 grams of fiber, and 73 grams of protein.)

The Cheesy Breakfast Sampler – featuring a cheddar smoked sausage, two eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese, hash browns topped with melted shredded cheddar cheese and choice of bread. (Nutritional Facts: 710 calories, 50 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 560 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,950 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of fiber, and 36 grams of protein.)

Say Cheese Sizzlin’ Skillet – a blend of diced cheddar smoked sausage, fire-roasted peppers and onions, grape tomatoes and seasoned red-skinned potatoes topped with shredded cheddar cheese, cheese sauce and two eggs cooked any way you like. (Nutritional Facts: 1,120 caloires, 84 grams of fat, 28 grams of saturated fat, 990 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,790 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of fiber, and 49 grams of protein.)

Big Cheese Country-Fried Steak & Eggs – featuring a golden-fried chopped beef steak covered in pepper jack cheese sauce, served with hash browns topped with melted shredded cheddar cheese, two eggs cooked any way you like and choice of bread. (Nutritional Facts: 1,210 calories, 84 grams of fat, 34 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of trans fat, 590 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,630 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of fiber, and 59 grams of protein.)

Each “Let’s Get Cheesy!” items does have a lot of cheese, but if your heart so desires (and if it’s weak, I hope it doesn’t), you can add even more cheese to any dish for an extra 69 cents. Also, you can substitute a serving of Mac ‘n Cheese to any entree for no extra charge.

The “Let’s Get Cheesy” menu is available all day, every day for a limited time only at prices starting from $4.99.

Actually, you know what? I no longer look forward to Celery-bration. I look forward to someday celebrating “Let’s Get Cheesy with Baconalia!”

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REVIEW: Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae

Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae

I’ve already written about my love for bacon a couple times on this site, so I’ve had to do more research and solicit more suggestions than usual to get new material for this review. (Friends’ proposed angles included Bacon the card game, Kevin Bacon, bacon-related April Fool’s jokes, and anti-Semitism. I’ve had such bad writer’s block that only one of those suggestions was categorically dismissed… and only because that new Kevin Bacon Google TV commercial really freaks me out.) During my extensive research of bacon, I discovered that, apparently, Bacon-mania is over! Evidently, bacon as national obsession is no longer relevant, interesting, or hip.

And to that I say, GREAT! Now that hipsters and the haute cuisine establishment are “over” bacon, maybe bacon need not be a statement of personality any longer and can once again be consumed simply for one’s own enjoyment. The reclamation of bacon by the Everyman has perhaps reached its completion: Denny’s, that most accessible of rest stop diners, recently introduced a new “Baconalia” menu, with bacon un-ironically added to such everyday items as meatloaf and pancakes.

Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae is probably the most eyebrow-raising dish on the Baconalia menu; our waitress certainly widened her eyes and expressed some skepticism when we ordered it. But as someone who’s always liked to dip his fries in his Frosties (wow, that sounds oddly dirty), I had no doubt that a bacon, maple syrup, and vanilla ice cream combo could absolutely work. Any concoction that hits so many dimensions – sweet and savory, creamy and crispy and gooey, hot and cold – has a lot of potential.

The Maple Bacon Sundae definitely lived up to my expectations. The first few bites were the tastiest, as the diced bacon was still slightly warm and was layered on top of an even coating of maple syrup. The flavor emerged in two distinct waves. First came the “maple crunch,” where the taste of ice cream and maple syrup was texturally supported by the crunchiness of the diced bacon. Then, as the ice cream began melting away in my mouth, the smoky bacon taste finally shined through. I suppose higher-quality bacon would be more flavorful and allow all three tastes to present themselves at once, but I kind of like having the bacon taste just be a smoky afterthought. You could describe the bacon flavor as the post-coital cigarette of the love-making session that is the ice cream/maple syrup. Or rather, I’ll describe it as such, and you can shake your head and pretend I didn’t just write that.

Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae 2

Maple syrup on its own is actually an underrated topping for vanilla ice cream, and I’d say it’s a viable alternative to chocolate syrup or caramel. But after I made it through the top layer of bacon, I was worried I would be stuck with just syrup and ice cream for the rest of the sundae. Just as I went to go scribble this concern into my notebook, BOOM, I found another layer of bacon! Is there a better surprise in life than surprise bacon? If you just compared eating a bacon sundae at Denny’s to having sex, then no, quite clearly there is not.

I do have two relatively small complaints. Much of the maple syrup was poured into the bottom of the sundae glass, leaving it hard to reach without destroying the structural integrity of the ice cream scoops. Since the density of the syrup causes sinking anyway, it would’ve been better to put more syrup on top and let it slowly make its own way down. Also, some of the bacon pieces were too large and threw the toppings-to-ice cream ratio on my spoon all out of whack. But like I said, these are minor issues.

Altogether, I really enjoyed Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae, and with this coupon, it’s even more affordable. I would definitely encourage you to try the sundae as well as any other dishes off the Baconalia menu that tickle your bacon fancy. Reclaim bacon for yourself! Vive la Bacon!

(Nutrition Facts – 810 calories, 40 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, 150 milligrams of cholesterol, 460 milligrams of sodium, 97 grams of carbohydrates, 85 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein.)

Other Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae reviews:
Grub Grade

Item: Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae
Price: $2.99
Size: 12 ounces
Purchased at: Denny’s
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Sundae hits many dimensions (sweet/savory, creamy/crispy/gooey, warm/cold). Maple syrup goes great on vanilla ice cream. Bacon adds crunchiness and smoky second wave of taste. Surprise layer of bacon. Bacon-mania being “over.” Dipping fries in Frosties. Coupons.
Cons: Too much maple syrup at the bottom of the sundae glass. Some bacon not diced small enough. Squeez Bacon not being a real product. Comparing sundaes to sex.

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Irwindale Liar's Club/Denny's sign

I could write about the BBBLT Sandwich, the Triple Bacon Sampler, Pepper Bacon with Eggs, and Ultimate Bacon Breakfast that Denny’s is rolling out for their bacon celebration called Baconalia, but those sound boring. (Yes, Baconalia is an actual festival.) I could also talk about their slightly unusual Baconalia dishes, the Bacon Flapjacks and Bacon Meatloaf. However, as odd as those two sound, the Baconalia menu item that stands out the most is their new Maple Bacon Sundae.

The dessert, or your drunken menu choice at two in the morning, brings together the Ernie and Bert of flavors, sweet and savory, topping a scoop of vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and pieces of bacon. Even though the taste of the Jones Bacon Flavored Soda still haunts me today, I might be willing to give the Maple Bacon Sundae a try and participate in Denny’s Bacon Fest, Baconival, Bacon Fair, Baconstock, Bacon Festival, Baconpalooza, or whatever they called it.

The Maple Bacon Sundae and the other bacon dishes will only be available for a limited time at participating Denny’s restaurants.

Source: Foodbeast