Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt Subway has introduced a new Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt with corn chips on it. The sandwich has pulled chicken in enchilada sauce on a choice of bread. The item is priced at around $5 for a six-inch sub or $7.50 for a Footlong, depending on the location. The sandwich is available for an unspecified limited time.

McDonald’s newest McCafé Frappé is Chocolate Covered Strawberry, available through March 23. The beverage combines chocolate chips, strawberry flavor and mocha, topped with whipped cream and a strawberry drizzle.


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The chain also has brought back its seasonal Shamrock Shake through April 15, or while supplies last. The mint-flavored shake is made with reduced-fat ice cream and proprietary syrup, topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Prices vary by location.

Jack in the Box has introduced The Bacon Insider, a burger featuring a beef patty with bacon pieces mixed in, topped with six half-slices of hickory-smoked bacon, bacon mayo sauce, lettuce, tomato and American cheese, served on a brioche bun. The sandwich, priced at a suggested $4.99, was introduced in advance of the Super Bowl, and will be offered for about two months.

McDonald’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry McCafé FrappéThe 2,250-unit chain also has introduced two new flavors of its extra-large Monster Tacos, which rolled out in October. The Bacon Ranch Monster Taco has spiced ground beef, American cheese, shredded lettuce and taco sauce, topped with ranch sauce and bacon, and the Nacho Monster Taco has nacho cheese sauce and jalapeños. Each taco has a suggested retail price of $1.69.

Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are offering a Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich for an unspecified limited time at participating restaurants in their more than 2,800-unit domestic systems.

Jack in the Box's Bacon Ranch Monster TacoThe item is made with a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two soft cinnamon-sugar cookies. The dessert, priced at $1.49, is also available for free with the purchase of a Philly Cheesesteak combo.

The rollout follows offerings of ice cream sandwiches made with Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies and strawberry Pop-Tarts.

Sonic Drive-In has brought back its Original Pretzel Dog and introduced a new Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog, topped with chili and melted cheese, for a suggested price of $2.69. The Original Pretzel Dog, introduced in July, is topped with mustard and priced at $1.99. The Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog, also introduced in July, is topped with bacon, grilled onions and cheese sauce, and priced at $2.69.

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Snickerdoodle Ice Cream SandwichSonic also has introduced a new Red Velvet Molten Cake Sundae dessert. The item features molten red velvet cake on cheesecake topped with ice cream, priced at an average $4.49. The dessert and the pretzel dogs are available through Feb. 23.

IHOP has introduced a new line of Sweet Cream Cheese Crepes, available through April 6 at its more than 1,500 locations. The three varieties — Blackberry, Raspberry and Peach — are all filled with sweetened cream cheese and topped with fruit. Prices vary by market.

Dairy Queen is featuring Red Velvet Cake as its Blizzard of the Month for February at its 6,400 locations. It combines red velvet cake pieces and cream cheese frosting with vanilla soft-serve ice cream.

Boston Market, Del Taco and more

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Boston Market's Bacon Mac & CheeseBoston Market has added a new chicken preparation and a premium side dish to the menu at its 460 domestic locations through the end of March.

• Parmesan Tuscan Chicken: Rotisserie chicken made with Tuscan-inspired herbs including oregano, rosemary and sage, as well as garlic, black pepper, red pepper, nutmeg and a creamy Parmesan garlic sauce. The chicken is priced the same as its regular rotisserie chicken, which varies by market.

• Bacon Mac & Cheese: Cavatappi noodles baked with a blend of four cheeses and bacon. The side dish is available during dinner, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., for an extra 50 cents for a regular size, and an additional $1 for a large size.

Cousins Subs is introducing two new sandwiches to its 130 restaurants on the chain’s new rye hero rolls.

• Reuben: Corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing, priced at around $6.99, depending on the location

• Rachel: Turkey breast, Swiss cheese, cole slaw, lettuce and Thousand Island dressing, priced at around $5.99.

Del Taco's Crispy Shrimp TacoBoth sandwiches are available until April 1 and are being marketed around St. Patrick’s Day.

Del Taco has brought back its Crispy Shrimp Tacos and Burritos for the Lenten season. Both items are made with cabbage, pico de gallo and the chain’s secret sauce. The burrito also has lime rice, and the tacos come with a lime wedge.

Wienerschnitzel is offering a seasonal Cake Batter Dipped Cone. The 340-unit chain is offering Tastee-Freez vanilla soft-serve ice cream in a cone dipped in cake batter and coated in rainbow sprinkles. The item is priced at $1.29 for a small cone or $1.89 for a regular size, depending on the location.

Contact Bret Thorn at bret.thorn@penton.com.
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