1. DQ Bakes Snacks
Bidding for the business of on-the-move millennials, Dairy Queen this week launched a snack extension of its DQ Bakes line, featuring such items as soft pretzels with cheese, potato skins and two varieties of snack melts: Buffalo chicken and chicken-bacon barbecue.
DQ emphasized that these new items, each of which sell for less than $2, are not merely bite-sized versions of the chain’s current offerings, but unique items in their own right.
2. Doughnut ice cream sandwiches
For customers whose sweet teeth won’t be satisfied by a donut or ice cream alone, Baskin-Robbins has debuted its solution: a new line of customizable doughnut ice cream sandwiches. The combo treats, which feature carriers from sister brand Dunkin’ Donuts, are available in such flavors as pumpkin cheesecake and Very Berry Strawberry.
3. Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
Dunkin’ Donuts has released its answer to the savory-sweet McGriddle—its Belgian Waffle breakfast sandwich. The all-day item breathes new life into Belgian waffles, which are “typically saved for a sit-down meal,” Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ vice president of product innovation, said in a statement. The item sandwiches cherrywood-smoked bacon, American cheese and egg between two small waffles.
4. Chocolate and banana oatmeal
Starbucks has added a rare spin on its hot oatmeal prepared to go: a dark chocolate and caramelized banana version that debuted earlier this month. Topping traditional oatmeal with chocolate and banana compote, the product’s taste calls chocolate chip banana bread to mind, noted Taylor Fernandes, Starbucks’ product development manager.