There's a rumor spreading across the interwebs about Burger King's latest sandwich. What rumor? We'll get to that in a minute. But first, what is a "Halloween Whopper"? Burger King is getting into the spirit of my favorite holiday nice and early with this interesting fast food menu item. First, they started with the guts of a basic Whopper (beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, onion) and added A-1 Steak Sauce. Then they took the bun and, through some freaky mad science experiment, turned it BLACK. The bun is really really dark.
The Halloween Whopper arrives in a fun "mummy" wrapper as you can see below. Clever. The taste is distinctly Whopper, except for the addition of the A-1, which I found to be a distraction. I guess Burger King thought just putting a black bun on a regular Whopper wouldn't be unique enough so they felt the need to plus it up. Me, I would've been happy just given the choice between black bun or regular. The A-1 sauce, everyone knows, is salty. Not necessary on a fast food hamburger. In fact, it is so salty it ups the sodium count 21% from 1260mg to 1530mg. Cholesterol is also rated higher at 105mg vs 85mg. Interestingly, the Halloween Whopper (with cheese) has 20 fewer calories than the regular Whopper with Cheese. Saturated fat on both sandwiches is the same at 15g.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers offers a pretty good selection of hand-smashed patty burgers, hot dogs, and the previously-reviewed Chicken Tenders. The Freddy's Original Double is their featured Number One combo. The sandwich consists of two "steakburger" patties, American cheese, mustard, onion, and pickles. The Bacon & Cheese Double ups the ante with the addition of bacon. As you can see, it's not a dinky fast food burger.
Last year, I reviewed the 1/3 pound Angus Burger at McDonald's in Montreal. Going back recently I found they are now advertising Le Grand Angus, which is advertised in English on the mcdonalds.ca web site as the Mighty Angus. Not sure I like that name. Nevertheless, I took the latest model for a test drive.
Last year's Angus was a third pound patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese, fried onions, and BBQ sauce on a sesame seed bun. This year, Le Grand Angus offers what appears to be a third pound patty (more on this in a bit), bacon pieces, lettuce, tomato, cheese, grilled onions, on a sesame and poppy seed bun. There was also a "smoky Angus sauce" that was a sort of cross between a BBQ and Special sauce. Tangy, smoky, and right for this burger.
After lots of rumors and teasing by McDonald's, the fast food chain has finally announced that October 6 will be the day when breakfast starts being offered all day. McDonald's said they had to wait until the group of owners operating the U.S. franchises approved the decision. The announcement was made over Twitter and McDonald's has yet to post an official press release to their website. However, several outlets are adding details that we can expect hotcakes and hash browns to be available nationwide, with individual breakfast items up to local restaurants. Expect sandwich items (muffin and biscuit items) to be the most typical selection.
Culver's is known primarily for two things: Frozen custard and ButterBurgers. Like Kansas-based Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Wisconsin-born Culver's has a generous and tasty menu to represent its Midwestern roots and appeal to the masses. But while Freddy's sticks to the basics, Culver's ventures into more varied territory with menu items like fried chicken dinners, Reubens, and pot roast sandwiches.
Regular readers of FastFoodSource know that, apart from seeking the best burgers, I am forever on a quest for the best fast food chicken sandwich. So far, nothing has beat the Carl's Jr. Chicken Club for the best tasting chicken breast coupled with delicious toppings in the proper (to my tastes) 0.9:1 meat:condiment ratio. In that spirit, I was eager to try Culver's offering.
At first I thought this was a joke. And maybe it's nothing more than a clever way to grab the spotlight. Nevertheless, Burger King appears to be proposing that they team up with McDonald's to offer a special McWhopper that combines the best of both fast food chain's signature sandwiches for one day, Peace Day, September 21. Here's the pitch:
And here's how the McWhopper would be constructed:
What do you think? I'm a bit skeptical that anything will come of this. Maybe a lot of people will go out and build their own McWhoppers but I am not sure I can expect to see pop-up stores open up for one day just to sell this. It is clever though.
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