Monthly Archives: March 2009

Food News: Create Dunkins Next Donut Contest

Written by Cari, GrubGrade Contributor

It’s time to make the donut!

Is there a hole in your life … a hole that only a donut could fill?  Well, Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a contest.  The chain is urging customers to create the “next donut” and a lucky winner will get the chance to have his/her creation produced as a limited-edition pastry.  

Homer and Donut

What’s better than that?  The winner also receives $12,000.  Twelve finalists receive $1,200 and a years worth of free donuts.  To enter you can visit the Dunkin’ Donuts fun online donut designer.  It lets you choose everything from the shape of your donut to fillings to toppings.  (I made the French cruller topped with strawberry icing and white sprinkles shown above.  Mmmm sprinkles)

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Karate Kid Bear Silber and Pizza Party on the News

Nice work my friend.

Polls: Does Carl’s Jr Cross the Line?

There have been a good number of comments here at GrubGrade concerning one of the more recent, controversial Toasty Torpedo Quiznos commercials.  Some people feel that it crossed the line, while others believe sex sells and there is nothing wrong with it.  While Quiznos was trying to be funny,  Carl’s Jr has gone in another direction with their new Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger commercial.  Check it out.

Does Carl’s Jr go over the line by using sex to sell product or is it just a useful marketing tool?  Let us know what you think.

Jack in the Box Mini Sirloin Burgers Commercial

A little while back we posted news of the new look and changes at Jack in the Box.  Along with new menu item, the Mini Sirloin Burgers comes a new commercial.  Ok…so it doesn’t feature a creepy talking oven but check out the mini cows and cowboys.  Enjoy.

Starbucks Contest on Everyview

Hey everyone, I wrote a review for the Mocha Starbucks DoubleShot Energy+Coffee drink and it’s posted over at Everyview.Wordpress.com.  Check out the site…lot’s of good reading to be found.

-Ryan

Click Here for the Review

Mocha Starbucks DoubleShot

Fast Food Review: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Written by Heather, GrubGrade Contributor

The Chick-fil-A slogan is “EAT MOR CHIKIN” and that’s exactly what I did.  Chick-fil-A is known for their “Classic” Chicken Sandwich and delicious breakfast Chick-n-Mini’s, but they do have healthier options that are pretty tasty too.  Introducing the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

It seems that Chick-fil-A offers healthier choices than most fast food restaurants.  The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich is a good example of one of those offerings.  With only 260 calories and 3 grams of fat, you can watch your caloric and fat intake while still enjoying a scrumptious sandwich. The sandwich consists of a grilled boneless chicken breast which is marinated in special seasonings and served on a toasted golden wheat bun.  It is complimented by two dill pickle slices (which seem to be a standard at Chick-fil-A), a heap of fresh green leaf lettuce and sliced tomato.  It is served with a packet of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A (open)

The packaging is a styrofoam carton that barely holds the sandwich.  Upon opening it, the first thing you notice is the wheat bun.  The fresh wheat bun is very lightly toasted and it held the sandwich together well.   It had a nice heartier flavor that your ordinary buns don’t have.  You also notice the over-abundance of lettuce.  Although the lettuce was fresh and crisp, there was so much of it that I had to take half of it off.  The two slices of tomato didn’t provide much flavor and didn’t seem quite as fresh.  That could be chalked up to the fact that we aren’t really in prime tomato season.  The two dill pickles chips are placed on the bottom bun underneath the chicken breast (as is the case with most CFA chicken sandwiches).  The pickles are not overpowering, but add a nice touch of flavor to the sandwich.   As for the chicken breast, it is very tasty and is a good size, actually hanging over the bun.  There isn’t really any grease with this sandwich and it has a very clean, fresh taste to it.  The chicken was very moist and could really be eaten without adding any kind of sauce.  I’m not a big fan of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce so I chose to eat my sandwich with their special “Chick-fil-A” sauce (which is a Honey Mustard/BBQ sauce that is made for their Chick-n-Strips).  Obviously, the sauce made the sandwich a little messier.  

Sauces: Just 2 of many Chick-fil-A has to offer

Sauces: Just 2 of many Chick-fil-A has to offer

I’m not sure that this would be a good on-the-go sandwich as the condiments tend to slip off as you are eating it.  Overall it is a healthy, filling sandwich.  Too plain for some?  Chick-fil-A also offers a “Chargrilled Chicken Club” that adds cheese and bacon to the mix.

  • Pros:   Good size chicken breast packed with flavor.  Fresh tasty bun.  Healthy choice.
  • Cons:  Chicken breast shaped so that it hangs over the bun.  Bun isn’t as “toasty” as I had expected.  An over-abundance of lettuce.  A little pricey.  Not a good selection for grubbing on the go.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from CFA (collage)

Taste:   8.75/10

Value:  7.75/10

Grubbing on the Go:  6.50/10

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GrubGrade:  8.50/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $3.39

ChickfilA.com

Nutrition Facts:

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Food News: Auntie Anne’s Pepperoni Pretzel

America’s favorite pizza topping will soon be joined with Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels.  On April 6, the Auntie Anne’s franchise will add the Pepperoni Pretzel to it’s menu for a limited time.  

The Pepperoni Pretzel features an Auntie Anne’s hand-rolled, freshly-baked soft pretzel topped with pepperoni slices, covered in a savory three cheese blend, and then baked to golden brown perfection.

Auntie Anne's Pepperoni Pretzel

The hybrids continue.  First the hot dog teams up with the soft pretzel.  Now pizza meets pretzel.  

What’s next?