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KFC South Africa recently released a new burger offering: the Double Colonel Burger. It consists of two fried chicken fillets, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a sesame seed bun. By adding another chicken filled to the Colonel Burger, does KFC have a hit on its hands? The KFC Double Colonel Burger At first glance, the Double Colonel Burger is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. For R59.90 you get a burger that appears excessive. In reality, it’s a decently-priced option on its own. You see, the additional chicken fillet and an extra slice of cheese really add to the original Colonel Burger, which wasn’tRead More →

McDonald's SA potato wedges

Potato wedges may be one of the weirder items that McDonald’s South Africa has ever sold. While many fast food chains have dabbled with thicker, fried (or baked) potato slices, they’re not a constant menu item. Will the big M be able to peel the market? (sorry, I couldn’t think of a better pun) What were the potato wedges like? Costing R14.95 and served in a packet usually reserved for the small serving of fries, the wedges are… pretty good. In continuing the comparison between McDonald’s fries, the wedges are big slices of potato, skin and all. I was surprised the potato skin was actually leftRead More →

Cadbury Caramilk bar

Cadbury used to manufacture one of my all-time favourite chocolates: Caramilk. But a few years ago, the caramel and white chocolate combination disappeared from South African shelves. Now, Caramilk is back for a limited time, but does it live up to the delicious original? Why is Caramilk back? As part of an absolutely creepy and unsettling martians campaign, the confectionary company has created four new slabs of chocolate. These consist of Crunchie, Astros, 5Star, and Caramilk (based off of the PS bar). I said these slabs are new, but they’re more like re-releases of greatest hits. What is Caramilk? According to Wikipedia (yes, I’m sourcingRead More →

Score Energy Drink

Chances are you’ve had an energy drink at some point in your life. These beverages are generally marketed as ‘pick-me-ups,’ giving you a boost when you need it. Though, energy drinks generally ensure that I have insomnia for the next few nights. With so many caffeine-laden options on offer, is Score Energy worth a try? What is actually in Score Energy? Score is a guarana-based energy drink, not unlike Dragon [affiliate link], Red Bull, or Monster. Besides using extracts from the berry, it is loaded with caffeine and that sweet, sweet white powder (sugar, of course). According to the official Score website, an average 100mlRead More →

grand big mac

UPDATE 2016-06-04: McDonald’s Kenilworth addressed my concerns in this article and provided me with a new Grand Big Mac to try out. I am happy to report that it was a much better burger, but still a large Big Mac. To celebrate 50 years of the Big Mac, McDonald’s South Africa launched two new variants of the burger. I finally got my hands on the Grand Big Mac and the offering is quite underwhelming. What is the Grand Big Mac? Simply, it’s a bigger Big Mac. Instead of the burger’s standard size, it’s now more akin to the ‘Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.’ Both theRead More →

Big Mac promotion

On the 14th of May, McDonald’s South Africa (along with Australia) launched two new Big Mac variants: Mac Jr., and Grand Big Mac. As part of the iconic burger’s 50th Anniversary, there has been a lot of marketing surrounding the #BigMacYourWay campaign. The new Big Mac burgers The Mac Jr. consists of one patty, along with the standard garnish and sauce. The Grand Big Mac has two patties that are wider than the McFeast’s and burger contains all of the standard Big Mac trimmings. Both versions are on offer for a limited time. To my memory, SA received the Mac Jr. quite a few years ago. Though,Read More →

McDonald's V&A Waterfront

A Big Mac, fries, and a Coke – how iconic is that image? It’s one that conjures up memories of eating out with your family, getting that Happy Meal Toy you’ve been waiting for, or midnight burger runs. Let’s face it, McDonald’s is the face of the fast food burger not only in South Africa but the world over. Last year, Next Window Plz was invited on a kitchen tour of the McDonald’s branch in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. We had the opportunity to pick the brain of the company’s Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer, Jo Ann de Wet. Since 1995, McDonald’s hasRead More →

wimpy waffles

There’s something magical about waffles. It could be the numerous and concise indents, their roundness, or just how they are the perfect combination of soft and crispy. Regardless, in my opinion, Wimpy makes the best waffles – especially when paired with cream and syrup. A few years ago, I was a full-time business and technology journalist. When I needed to fly to a different part of South Africa for an event or story, I would always stop in at one of the Wimpy branches in the Cape Town International Airport for a pre-flight snack. And besides its glorious cheeseburgers, Wimpy waffles were always on order.Read More →

Frankie's Soft Drinks

Since 2006, Frankie’s Olde Soft Drink Company created some of the best beverages in South Africa. Its recipes for Original Cream Soda, Cloudy Lemonade, and Root Beer were fantastic.. Now, the company has made a change that has upset a lot of its fans. As with most soft drinks, Frankie’s created with sugar as a major component. Around February this year, the company changed to substitute 60% of its sugar for artificial sweeteners. It’s a move that Lucozade did last year. Unfortunately for Frankie’s, customers aren’t happy about the change. Fans voice their outrage Its Facebook page now contains several one-star ratings from angry customersRead More →

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And this would have implemented with specialised Coke vending machines around the end of the 1990s. How did they plan to do this? Apparently, the vending machines would be fitted with a thermostat and software that would raise the price on hot days. This would have been done in the US and other markets, though I doubt it would have reached South Africa. Generally, vending machines offer companies one of the highest profit margins. It’s easy to see why they would want to implement this “feature”. It didn’t end well for Coke Thankfully, it never came to pass. Though if you’ve ever purchased a drink fromRead More →

Dr Peppers

In South Africa, our soft drinks market is primarily dominated by Coca-cola and its products, with Pepsi and a few local brands fighting for a piece of the pie. But there may be a soft drink that you’ve never had the chance to try: Dr Pepper. You wouldn’t be blamed for not picking this up while shopping as it’s generally more expensive than other drinks. Why? Because Dr Pepper is imported and not manufactured locally in South Africa. Which is a bit odd since we have Snapple in SA (Snapple is a part of Dr Pepper in the US), but the country has a longRead More →

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I’ve decided to try something new for this review. Instead of the normal write-up, such as Backyard BBQ Pretzel from Mugg & Bean, I filmed a short video about the Big King. This will be the first of many so please excuse the amateurishness of it. Not too long ago, Burger King South Africa launched the Big King hamburger. And, yes, it looks incredibly similar to the McDonald’s famous BigMac. This means that I just had to try it out and see how the two compare. The burger itself consists of two beef patties, lettuce, gherkins, onion, cheese, and a mayo-type sauce. The medium meal isRead More →