I've seen the Big King advertised around the world. It's basically Burger King's take on the Big Mac. And BK's XXL burgers are double-whopper-patty sandwiches that are quite a mouthful. Put them together, as I did recently in Dubai, and you end up with the Big King XXL.
On paper, what's not to like? All the flame-broiled goodness Burger King is known for, plus a tasty thousand island-like sauce - times two. But as any long-time reader knows, there is an acceptable meat-to-condiment ratio and this sucker blows that ratio out of the water. My tastes tend toward a 0.8:1 ratio, meaning 20% more condiment than meat. At BK, because the meat is generally tasty, I might bump that up to an even 1:1. But I never enjoy sandwiches where the meat overwhelms the rest of the burger, which is what is happening here.
My solution? Remove one of the patties. Ahh. There. Now we have a Whopper-sized sandwich with toppings in appropriate proportion. The bottom line: the XXL is tasty but one X too many.
Who reads the fine print? Well, what do you think the odds are of coming across the $1 million instant-win game piece on the Big Mac box you order? According to the official rules, approximately one in 37,955,000. OK, so lottery odds. I can live with that.
But what do you think the odds are of finding both blue $1 million game pieces (Park Place and Boardwalk?) I admit I was shocked when I saw this number: approximately one in 3,050,412,898. That's over 3 billion with a "B". Just surfing the web, I founds lots of other unlikely things that are way more likely than this. You are over three hundred times more likely to become president of the U.S. And you are about eighteen times more likely to win a multi-state mega lottery than find both blue pieces. Even the odds of living to age 116 are only one in 2 billion.
It seems you are more likely to have just about anything else happen to you than come across both blue game pieces. And even if you went to some crazy great lengths to find the two pieces, the prize is only a million bucks, paid out in $50,000 annual installments. It almost makes the lottery look like a piece of cake.
One thing less likely than winning this game? Getting killed by a piece of falling space debris or a meteor. That's 1 in 5 billion.
I have never thought of Wendy's as having a bun problem. Nevertheless, I gave the new Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger a test drive.
The burger arrived in a nondescript generic red box, befitting its "for a limited time" lifespan. Opening the box, I am greeted by yes, a burger that appears to be on a bun made of pretzel bread. Talk about truth in advertising!
First, I tried to take a better picture but the crown wouldn't stay put on the top of the sandwich at the angle I had it positioned. But you can see all the ingredients. They are using that exotic leaf lettuce that Wendy's puts in their premium salads. Nice big tomatoes and thick bacon. This is the single above. They also offer a double, just like all of their other burgers.
The verdict? I feared the pretzel bun would be tough. It wasn't. Sturdy, pretty soft but somewhat chewy, the bun held its own. But again, I never thought Wendy's buns were an issue (I like that sentence). So is this a gimmick? Was Wendy's trying hard to come up with something unique and decided the bun would stand out? It does make for good pictures. But does anybody eat a burger and think "this is good, but what would be better is if I was eating pretzels simultaneously?" I think not. So I have to conclude Wendy's is solving a non-existent problem with a gimmicky bun that, while unique, will be soon forgotten.
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