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Friday Franchising News - June 10

Fast Food Friday Franchising

Summer is just around the corner and food franchises are rolling out their latest creations. Testing new products to fit what customers crave is key in a highly competitive industry. Fresh, daring flavors are what is on the menu this week in Friday Franchising!

Cold Stone Creamery Celebrates Shark Week

Cold Stone Creamery once again continues their celebration of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week with the return of their Shark Week-themed desserts. Shark Week officially begins June 26, 2016 but Cold Stone has already unleashed the Shark Frenzy Creation and The Great Blue Cupcake in stores. The Shark Frenzy Creation channels sharks swimming in the ocean with blue Sweet Cream ice cream mixed with a graham cracker pie crust and gummy sharks. The Great Blue Cupcake is a chocolate cup filled with a layer of yellow cake and blue Sweet Cream ice cream complete with blue frosting and a gummy shark. Both desserts will be available through July 5, 2016.

Taco Bell Tests Latest Cheesy Chalupa Creation

Select Taco Bell locations in Texas have spotted a new variation of the Cheesy Gordita Crunch appearing in restaurants. The cheesy version features a fried Chalupa shell instead of the soft flatbread gordita. Another difference is that the two shells are held together by nacho cheese instead of a three-cheese blend. The Tex-Mex franchise is also testing a new line of Double-Decker style tacos dubbed “Double Stacked Tacos.” Residents of Toledo, Oh have spotted the concepts in the wild. The Crunchy Taco is folded in a flour tortilla that comes in three varieties: Cool Habanero, Nacho Crunch and Spicy Sweet.

Captain D’s Debuts New Jumbo Coconut Shrimp

Captain D’s is going big with their summer menu. The seafood chain has launched their new D’s Jumbo Coconut Shrimp that is available for a limited time this summer through July 24, 2016. The tropical dish stars six coconut-crusted, deep fried shrimp along with accompanying sides and a sweet pineapple dipping sauce. For more summer flavor, the chain is also serving up North Atlantic Lobster Rolls and Fried Pickles, along with a new Strawberry Limenade and Coconut Cake.

Burger King Rolls Out Whopper Burrito

Burger King is no stranger to getting creative with their menu items. Reports are surfacing from Hermitage, Pa that Burger King  is testing a Whopper-burrito mashup. This inception of the fast food favorite may be dubbed either the “Whopperito” or “Whopperrito” and will feature a flame-grilled beef Whopper complete with American cheese and all of the vegetables rolled into a flour tortilla with mayo. The Miami-based chain is also experimenting in select markets with a Whopper in hot dog form, aptly called a “Whopper Dog” which comes as a limited addition to the grilled hot dog that launched in February.

McDonald’s Salads Receive Colorful Upgrades

It’s no secret that McDonald’s is working hard to re-imagine their brand image as one that promotes quality products. A recent example is the testing of garlic fries with locally-sourced garlic from Gilroy, Ca. Now the fast food giant is upgrading its salads by adding red leaf lettuce and curls of carrots. The salads departed from iceberg lettuce last year to include chopped romaine, baby spinach and baby kale. McDonald’s seeks to create a more colorful and nutritious salad, with vibrant products to follow the industry trend of nutritional-based salads.

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