1. A menu whopper
This new item features classic Whopper toppings—lettuce, pickles, tomato, chopped onions, ketchup and mayo—but replaces the burger patty with a hot dog, Fortune reports. Until the Whopper Dog’s debut, the chain offered just two varieties of Grilled Dog: classic and chili cheese.
Grilled Dogs, which debuted in February, have been a BK sales boon, helping drive Q1 comps growth of 4.6 percent.
The Whopper Dog sells for $1.99, or for $4.89 as part of a combo meal.
2. Fair treatment
Customers feeling nostalgic for corn dogs and cotton candy may soon find a fix at their local Popeyes. The chicken chain earlier this month debuted Southern Fair Tenders, an item it says delivers the “essence” of a day at the state fair. The tenders, which are served with Cajun Fries and a honey-mustard dipping sauce, sell for $4.99.
3. Pretzels for breakfast
As breakfast in the QSR sector heats up, chains are responding with more innovative morning items—including the latest breakfast sandwich from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, which substitutes bread with a soft pretzel from sister chain Auntie Anne’s. The Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich features an egg, a sausage patty and two kinds of cheese.
4. Bacon-stuffed blows up
Bacon is again having a big moment, as three chains recently announced they will debut an item stuffed with the cured meat and its favorite melty counterpart, cheese. Pizza Hut and Cicis are both bringing a bacon-stuffed-crust pizza on board, while Auntie Anne’s is adding bacon-cheddar-stuffed pretzel nuggets to its menu.