Taco Bell's new line of beveragesTaco Bell is expanding its partnership with PepsiCo and Mountain Dew with six new drinks.

The 6,000-unit Yum! Brands Inc. subsidiary now offers Manzanita Sol, an apple-flavored soda owned by PepsiCo that is popular in Mexico, as well as a diet version of Taco Bell’s tropical lime-flavored Mountain Dew Baja Blast. The chain also is introducing citrus-flavored Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast. Sangrita is a beverage often drunk with tequila in Mexico.

Additionally, the chain has introduced three non-carbonated drinks: a tropically-inspired Brisk Mango Fiesta; Brisk Iced Tea and Lemonade, which combines those two drinks; and zero-calorie SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate.


The drinks are priced at a suggested $1.39 for 16 ounces, $1.49 for 20 ounces, $1.69 for 30 ounces and $1.79 for 40 ounces.

On its food menu, Taco Bell is adding Chipotle Ranch Chicken and Chili Cheese Fries to its line of portable Loaded Griller snacks. They join Beefy Nacho and Loaded Potato Grillers.

• Chipotle Ranch Chicken Loaded Griller: Grilled chicken, chipotle-ranch sauce and sour cream, wrapped in a tortilla and grilled

• Chili Cheese Fries Loaded Griller: Cheese fries, chili, crispy potato bites and warm nacho cheese sauce, wrapped in a tortilla and grilled.

Loaded Grillers are available all day for $1 through February, after which they will be priced at $1.49, except during Taco Bell’s Happier Hour, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., when they will be offered for $1.

Reel Big Fillet fish sandwichArby’s has brought back its Reel Big Fillet fish sandwich, introduced in 2008 during the Lenten season.

The sandwich is battered and fried Alaska pollock with tartar sauce and shredded lettuce, served on a sesame seed bun. The recommended menu price is $2.99, but a spokesman for the 3,400-unit chain said many markets were offering two sandwiches for $5. The item will be available through the end of April.

Chili’s has introduced a line of eight Fresh Mex menu items, including two bowls, four enchiladas, a tostada and a taco.

• Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl: Marinated grilled chicken, corn and black bean salsa, rice, and chipotle pesto layered with Cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, field greens, chopped cilantro, tortilla strips, sliced avocado and cumin-lime sour cream

• Margarita Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl: Marinated grilled chicken, salsa, rice, pico de gallo, field greens, cilantro, tortilla strips, avocado, black beans, and a citrus-based, tequila-spiked Margarita sauce.

Dunkin' Donuts' Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coffee and LatteThe chicken used in the menu items is marinated in the Margarita sauce. Both items are available as part of a Lunch Combo served with soup or salad and priced at $7.

The other menu items are part of the 1,557-unit chain’s new Southwest Pairings, which start at $8 and are available for lunch and dinner. They include two or three of the items below, plus beans and rice.

• Green Chile Enchilada: Filled with seasoned chicken and Monterey Jack cheese, topped with green chile sauce, melted three-cheese blend, chopped cilantro and corn and black bean salsa

• Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada: Similar to the Green Chile Enchilada except with sour cream sauce instead of green chile sauce

• Beef Enchilada: Filled with taco-seasoned beef, three-cheese blend and onion, topped with ancho sauce, melted three-cheese blend, chopped cilantro, and corn and black bean salsa

• Cheese Enchilada: Filled with three-cheese blend and diced onion, topped with ancho chile sauce, melted three-cheese blend and chopped cilantro

Dunkin' Donuts' heart-shaped doughnuts for Valentine's Day• Tostada: A crispy corn tortilla dusted with Southwestern spices and topped with taco-seasoned beef or seasoned chicken with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, three-cheese blend, black beans, chopped cilantro, avocado slices and cumin-lime sour cream

• Crispy Taco: Taco-seasoned beef or seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce, three-cheese blend, pico de gallo, chopped cilantro and sliced avocado in a crispy corn tortilla dusted with Southwestern spices.

Dunkin’ Donuts is adding a new coffee flavor and a new heart-shaped doughnut to its annual line of Valentine’s Day fare.

Through February, the 11,000-unit chain will offer a new Cookie Dough Donut, a heart-shaped doughnut with cookie-dough-flavored filling, chocolate icing and chocolate chips. The treat joins the heart-shaped Brownie Batter Donut, filled with brownie-batter-flavored filling and topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles, which has been brought back to the menu.

Dunkin’ Donuts is also introducing a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coffee and Latte, available hot or iced, at participating locations through February.

The doughnuts and beverages are priced in line with other Dunkin’ Donuts items.