What is in this article?:
- Menu Tracker: New items from Popeyes, Jamba Juice
- More new menu items
KFC, Taco Bell, IHOP, Carl’s Jr., Chick-fil-A, Dave & Buster’s, Gordon Biersch, Hooters and The New Miami Subs Grill also introduce new menu items.
KFC has extended its line of bite-size chicken items with the introduction of Hot Shot Bites. The new menu item, introduced a year after the 17,000-unit chain introduced Original Recipe Bites, are pieces of chicken breast seasoned with a hot and spicy marinade and coated in its Extra Crispy breading. Prices vary by location, but the suggested price is $2.99 for six pieces and $4.49 for 10 pieces. Hot Shot Bites also are being promoted for an unspecified limited time in a $3.99 six-piece combo with a side and a medium drink.
Taco Bell has debuted a Smothered Burrito at its 5,695 domestic locations. The new item is available stuffed with beef for $2.99, or steak or chicken for $3.99. The burrito is a warm flour tortilla filled with premium Latin rice and creamy chipotle sauce, smothered in red sauce, a melted three-cheese blend and reduced-fat sour cream. The item is also being offered as a combo with a Crunchy Taco and a large drink for $4.99 for beef and $5.99 for chicken or steak.
Popeyes has introduced Chicken Waffle Tenders at its 1,679 locations for four weeks starting July 29. A meal of three tenders, a side and a biscuit is priced at $4.99. The new item, an extension of the Atlanta-based chain’s Hand-Crafted Tenders, which rolled out last September, are made with a lighter, crispier, waffle-style batter with a vanilla-maple scent. They are accompanied by a honey maple sauce.
IHOP has introduced three varieties of Sweet Cream Topped Belgian Waffles to its 1,589 restaurants nationwide until Sept. 8. Prices vary by location.
• Berries and Cream Belgian Waffle: Topped with vanilla cream, whole blueberries, sliced glazed strawberries and powdered sugar
• Cherries and Cream Belgian Waffle: Topped with vanilla cream, black cherries, dark chocolate sauce and powdered sugar
• Bananas and Cream Belgian Waffle: Topped with vanilla cream, sliced banana, honey-roasted pecans and powdered sugar
Carl’s Jr. has added a co-branded Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich to its 1,391 locations. The dessert is vanilla ice cream scooped between a halved strawberry Pop-Tart. The item is priced at a recommended $1.49 and available for an unspecified limited time.
Chick-fil-A will introduce a Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake on Aug. 5 for a limited time. The shake is made with the 1,669-unit chain’s signature Icedream ice cream, Oreo cookie crumbles, coffee and Hershey’s chocolate syrup, topped with light whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. The item is priced at $2.65 for a 14-ounce cup and $3.09 for 20 ounces. The Atlanta-based chain said the shake would be available through mid-October or while supplies last.
Jamba Juice is using coffee cherries, the fruit that grows around coffee beans, in two new menu items. The Kona Berry Blast Smoothie is made with a beverage derived from dried coffee fruit and other juices, pineapple juice, soy milk, raspberry sherbet, strawberries, blueberries and the 820-unit chain’s Charger Boost. The Kona Berry Blast Bowl is made with the same coffee-fruit-based beverage, soy milk, bananas, strawberries and blueberries topped with organic granola and banana slices. Prices vary by location.
The menu items are available for a limited time, while supplies last, potentially until Sept. 30. Prices vary by location.