Foodservice locations bring back fan-favorites.
Popeyes brought its ghost pepper wings back to menus nationwide for the first time in three years.
The menu item features six chicken wings that have been marinated in a ghost pepper spice blend, then battered, breaded and served with Popeyes buttermilk ranch, according to the company.
Applebee’s is bringing back its all-you-can-eat boneless wings, riblets and double crunch shrimp, each coming with endless fries, according to the company. Available for a limited-time, consumers can choose one of the three options, but can refill with a different option.
Little Caesars added new toppings to its Slices-N-Stix, which combine pizza slices and breadsticks. Slices-N-Stix features four pepperoni pizza slices and eight cheese breadsticks in one box. Now, consumers can add jalapeños or bacon as a topping to the cheese breadsticks.
“What’s better than the iconic combination of delicious pepperoni pizza and cheesy breadsticks?” said Greg Hamilton, chief marketing officer at Little Caesars. “We think the option of savory bacon or spicy jalapeño will really heat things up for pizza fans this winter.”
Pizza franchise Donatos added two varieties of pull-apart bread to its menus, available in pepperoni cheese and bacon cheese flavors.
The pull-apart bread is baked in the oven, then topped with provolone cheese and either diced pepperoni or hardwood smoked bacon. The new offering also comes with marinara or ranch for dipping.
Panera Bread added three sandwiches on toasted baguettes. The three new options include green goddess caprese, pepperoni mozzarella and smoky Buffalo chicken.
The green goddess caprese melt features Peppadew peppers, mozzarella, grated Parmesan, basil, arugula, green goddess dressing, garlic aioli and salt and pepper. The pepperoni melt has pepperoni, mozzarella, and a fontina and mozzarella blend with market sauce. Lastly, the smoky buffalo chicken melt is topped with smoked chicken, American cheese, red onions and Buffalo sauce.
New entree options hit menus.
Chicken sandwiches remain a popular addition to foodservice menus across the United States.