Pringles Wendy's Baconator Chips

New & Removed Fast Food Menu Items During COVID-19

During these crazy COVID-19 times, fast food chains have been adding new items and quietly removing old ones.

If you’re like me you check out the giant signage whenever you’re driving by your local fast food joints to see what’s new.

But what about dishes that have seen their last days publicly?

I’ve compiled a few from each column for you.

FAST FOOD ITEMS REMOVALS

I’m sure that you could rattle off a bunch of favorite things missing from the fast-food restaurants that you frequent but can’t quite pinpoint exactly when they disappeared.

I’m pouring out a little bit of my super-sized drink in the memory of Checkers (& Rally’s) Fried Apple Pie, KFC’s Potato Wedges, and McDonald’s Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel.

CHECKERS & RALLY’S

Checkers & Rally's Fried Apple Pie
Checkers & Rally’s Fried Apple Pie

I’m not sure why I was so shocked about the removal of Apple Pies from the Checkers & Rally’s Menus.

It’s probably cause I’m still reeling all these years later from McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies replacement for baked ones.

At least one other national chain still has fried pies, Popeyes.


KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN

KFC Potato Wedges
KFC Potato Wedges

I thought Kentucky Fried Chicken was moving in the right direction with some of the more recent menu additions like those Nashville Hot Tenders.

Then I hear that they are adding some Secret Recipe Fries dusted with their 11 herbs and spices, which didn’t sound like too bad of an idea.

It didn’t sound too bad until the casualty of this addition was the revered KFC Potato Wedges.

Goodbye, delicious friend.

KFC Secret Recipe Fries
KFC Secret Recipe Fries

MCDONALD’S

McDonald's Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel
McDonald’s Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel

My favorite McDonald’s item, the Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel, isn’t the only loss on their new so-called limited menu.

All-day breakfast, along with McGriddles, and another long time staple, the big breakfast is gone.

We can be thankful that at least the Sausage Egg & Cheese McMuffin made the cut!

“Our temporary limited menu has helped us provide the best possible customer experience while simplifying operations in our kitchens and for our crew during the pandemic,” the company said in a statement to Fox News. “We are partnering closely with our franchisees to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on restaurant operations and evaluate the best path forward for our national menu.”

Official word from McDonald’s

INTERESTING NEW FAST FOOD ITEMS ADDITIONS

A bunch of our old favorites are gone temporarily or permanently, depends on who you believe.

The fast fooders have been working overtime with new dishes to tempt us.

I listed a few of them below. The KFC Chicken Sandwich is testing only in the Orlando, Florida market.

I’ve only tried Wendy’s breakfast, and you can read my thoughts near the bottom of this post.

BURGER KING

Burger King Impossible Croissanwich
Impossible™ Croissan’wich
RESTAURANTBurger King
DISHImpossible™ Croissan’wich
INGREDIENTSFeatures an Impossible sausage patty, fluffy eggs, and American cheese on either a buttermilk biscuit or a croissant.
PRICE$3.99

CARL’S JR & HARDEE’S

Carls Jr. & Hardee's Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger
Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger
RESTAURANTCarl Jr’s & Hardee’s
DISHSpicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger
INGREDIENTSA charbroiled beef patty, topped with BBQ sauce, jalapeños, onion rings & pepper jack cheese on a sesame seed bun
PRICE$5.19 for a single and $7.79 for a combo

CHECKERS & RALLY’S

Checkers Mother Crunchers Chicken Sandwich
Mother Crunchers Chicken Sandwich
RESTAURANTCheckers & Rally’s
DISHMother Cruncher Chicken Sandwiches available in Bacon BBQ & Classic
INGREDIENTSFeatures a chicken breast coated in mega crunch breading, topped with pickles, iceberg lettuce and a slice of tomato on a toasted bun with the Squawk Sauce®
PRICE$3.99 for the Classic, & Bacon BBQ is $4.99

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN

KFC Chicken Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich
RESTAURANTKentucky Fried Chicken
DISHKFC Chicken Sandwich
INGREDIENTS Extra-crispy Chicken filet topped with pickles & spicy or classic Mayonnaise on a buttered brioche bun
PRICE$3.99 for a sandwich, $6.99 for a Medium Combo Meal

SONIC

SONIC Chicken Slingers
SONIC Chicken Slingers, Spicy & Classic
RESTAURANTSONIC
DISHChicken Slingers
INGREDIENTSThe Classic Chicken Slinger is topped with mayo, while the Spicy Chicken Slinger is topped with a spicy ranch. Both have pickles, & are served on a brioche slider roll.
PRICE$2.49

WENDY’S

Pringles Baconator Chips

Pringles Wendy's Baconator Chips
Wendy’s collab with Pringles, Baconator Chips

Pringles Baconator chips are out at select markets like Walmart, Target, and some supermarkets like Publix in Florida.

These sound like a great idea, and I’ll be buying one in the next few days, but a few friends of mine have told me I’m better off sticking to the regular Pringles.

When you’re craving all the flavors of a Wendy’s® Baconator in a one bite Pringles crisp. Each Pringles Baconator crisp tastes like a half-pound of fresh, never frozen beef, American cheese, six strips of crispy Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup, and mayo. The only thing missing is the Frosty®. Look under the lid to unwrap an exclusive Wendy’s® offer!

Pringles Baconator description from their site

Breakfast

Wendy's Breakfast
Wendy’s Breakfast

When I noticed that Wendy’s had breakfast I decided to go through the drive-thru and check it out.

  1. You can get your sandwiches on either a croissant, a biscuit, or a “breakfast” roll.
  2. Protein wise, there is bacon, a fried chicken patty, or a square sausage patty.
  3. All come with egg and cheese, normally American but Swiss on the croissants.
  4. I went with the Classic Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich with seasoned potato wedges.

☑️My verdict? For a quick breakfast option, it was good. In the fast-food breakfast space, McDonald’s is still king, but Wendy’s breakfast easily tops Burger King and Taco Bell.


THOUGHTS?

How do you feel about these changes? Let me know in the comments area.

One Comment

  1. I love the bacon, egg & cheese croissant from Wendy’s – – the sauce tastes like a hollandaise. Beats out my prior favorite, the Burger King croissandwich (sp) for sure.

    I am glad the potato wedges are gone from KFC – not a potato wedge fan. Can’t wait to try their fries!!

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