KFC is running a social media ad campaign right now and is giving away free lunches at at least 50 U.S. restaurants on June 17. To win, here's what KFC says you have to do:
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In an era of throwback logos and throwback branding, Taco Bell adds a new twist: throwback corporate synergy.
Up until 1997, PepsiCo owned Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and a few other fast food chains in addition to its soft drink and snack chip (Frito Lay) empires. At that time, PepsiCo spun off the restaurants to newly-formed Tricon (which formed Yum Brands) and I feared the beginning of the end of delicious Pepsi in some of my favorite fast food eateries. After all, there was a time in the not-too-distant past that Burger King served Pepsi over Coke.
Now Taco Bell is rolling out a new $2 meal that includes one menu item, a fountain beverage, and a bag of Doritos. Taco Bell, you never cease to amaze me with your efforts to keep costs low to offer cheap prices. I mean, I thought the meatless potato taco was extreme, but this beats all.
I'm still not sure how I feel about this admittedly clever idea. My first reaction is that Taco Bell already has a side of nachos that hopefully won't be going anywhere. But then I have to say Quiznos and Subway have been getting away with bags of chips as sides for years so it would be hypocritical of me to pan Taco Bell for doing the same thing.
In this, our fifth stop on the fast food European McDonald's tour, we visit scenic and inviting Italy. Like Spain, France, Greece, and Croatia before, Italy offered a pleasing mix of new treats and familiar favorites.
It's funny to see the mix of English and local language and how sometimes they just make stuff "fit". For instance, here's the "CBO" again. But only the "B" for bacon actually matches the word in Italian. But the locals still love it, after all, "E tornato il mix perfetto!"
Checking the main menu:
At this point there's nothing new for you seasoned travelers who have been on this journey with me. But wait, what about the "Il Mac" advertised above? My wife bought one, and here is what it looks like:
She reports the sandwich as bland and quite dry. The heavy duty bun was interesting but did not add to the flavor or the experience. I thought it was too funky looking so I got my old standby:
Ahh, even thousands of miles from home this tasted like I hoped. MMM. And look at the careful assembly! And while I am happy, let's check the Happy Meals:
It's a party for the Italian kids on this festive menu board. Hey look! It's "McToast" once more. And the veggie of choice is baby carrots, which are so exciting they are jumping out of their container.
On the "whaaa?" menu, I present:
Fried shrimp living in harmony along side a plate of "McNuggets". Wow, very progressive. And speaking of progressive, lots of European cities had the full McCafe coffee houses inside, but none served up tea in real cups and saucers:
I hope you enjoyed touring with me through the McDonald's of Europe!
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