Burger King, Sonic and Nekter scare up specials for Halloween

Taste Tracker: Black Tap does a spooky shake; Wayback gets ghoulish with burgers; Jack-O-Lanterns glow at Paris Baguette and Papa Murphy’s; and lots more frightening menu news.
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Chains are pulling out all stops this year with Halloween-themed food and drink. And in some cases, they’ve moved over to the dark side, going beyond kid-friendly pumpkin shapes and trick-or-treat candies.

The Spooktacular trio at Nekter Juice Bar includes the new Frankenstein Smoothie, Smoothie of Darkness and Vampire Bowl. They all contain healthy ingredients, such as house-made cashew milk, spinach, dates, bananas, peanut butter and cacao. But their dark colors look downright frightening.

Black Tap, the chain known for its CrazyShake, also went dark, creating the chocolatey Graveyard. The almost-black shake includes crumbled Oreo cookies, gummy worms, chocolate shavings, orange and black sprinkles and a frosted tombstone-shaped cookie.

Sticking with sweets, customers can stop by Krispy Kreme for a dozen spooky doughnuts tempered by Scooby Doo’s smiling face. The box includes Mystery Machine Doughnuts, Spooky Monster Cookies ‘n Kreme Doughnuts and Jinkies. Paris Baguette also has a couple of doughnuts—the Halloween “Scream” filled with custard and topped with chocolate cookie eyes and cookie smile, and the Spider Mochi Donut drizzled with spider legs. But for guests who want to celebrate with cake, there’s a 3-D Chocolate Chiffon Jack-O-Lantern spilling candy corn when cut into.

Ready for some food that can make a meal? Wayback Burgers is offering up the Frankenburger for the apropos price of $10.31. The hot dog topping was inspired by Frankenstein, and it joins bacon, onions, pickles, jalapenos and condiments on a cheeseburger. And over at Burger King, heat seekers can score a Ghost Pepper Whopper and new Ghost Pepper Chicken Fries. The Whopper comes on a bright orange bun sprinkled with black sesame seeds.

Wings Over is also spicing things up for “Spooktober,” offering guests a witchy new flavor: Cajun Garlic. It can be ordered on tenders, wings, waffle fries and sandwiches. But Papa Murphy’s is going with its family-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Pizza, a tradition that fills the kids’ tummies before they gorge on candy. The take-and-bake pie is topped with red sauce and mozzarella and finished with a pepperoni smile and two olive eyes.

Back to the scary stuff. An eerie-looking new energy drink is on tap at Scooter’s Coffee. Called the FrankenSCOOOT, the beverage is a mix of raspberry and blue raspberry flavors with a shot of energy infusion.

Sonic takes care of candy freaks with its Trick or Treat Blast. Blended with chocolate or vanilla soft serve, the dessert shake features two favorite Halloween candies and one cookie: Heath bar pieces, M&M's minis and Oreo bits. And Jeremiah’s Italian Ice offers three frozen Freaky Flavorites: Witch’s Brew, a new ice flavor served with vanilla soft ice cream and rainbow sprinkles; Vampire Bite, featuring strawberry ice, vanilla soft serve, chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles; and Franken Frog, a scoop of Froggy Frog ice with chocolate soft serve and Oreo crumbles.

We dare you to take a look at this haunting video to get a head start on the scariest day of the year right now.


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