Starbucks today announced the launch of their latest menu offering, the S’Mores Frappuccino, which will be available from 5 January across all branches for a limited time. The S’Mores Frappuccino consists of marshmallow-infused whipped cream, chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and biscuits in a milk, ice, and coffee frappuccino blend. It is based off the American dessert, which is traditionally made out of fire-roasted marshmallows and chocolate in between a layer of graham crackers. The move to launch a s’mores product is an interesting one as the treat has never been a South African tradition. This could mean that Starbucks is testing how its more American offerings will fare in this newRead More →

McDonald’s SA is changing things up with their summer offerings adding three new burgers to its line-up for a limited time. All of the new burgers take on a stronger taste by including Peppadews, red onion, rocket, and jalapeños. “As a business, we are constantly evolving. Menu innovation is key for us as we strive to be able to offer our customers a greater range of choice in our offering,” says chief marketing officer of McDonald’s South Africa, Daniel Padiachy, in a press release. The Grand Chicken with Peppadew offering contains a crispy chicken fillet, red onion, rocket, cheese, tomato, Peppadew peppers, and jalapeño sauce. There are also twoRead More →

The US elections are in full swing with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling it out. Even though this doesn’t have much to do with SA, local build-your-own-burger restaurant chain, RocoMamas, has launched an #ElectionBurger campaign. “RocoMamas is putting the power of choice and flavour back into the hands of the people, by letting them vote for the next Leader in Taste of the Free World, in the first ever #ElectionBurger campaign,” reads the press release. RocoMamas is offering customers three different specially crafted burgers for the campaign. The Donald consists of “a double cheese beef burger, with nothing Mexican in sight,” while the HillBill is aRead More →

Soft drink company, Coca-Cola (Coke), has relaunched their product range with a new, unified look. It has been a few years Coke had a re-brand. All Coke products will adopt a full red look for the bulk of the product (cans and bottles). Each flavour will then have their own colour to signify which product they are. The original Coke will be fully red, while Life will have a green label, Zero Sugar and black one, and finally Light will be silver. “People have been enjoying our beverages for 130 years because they love the taste, it’s important to us to make sure that consumers have a choice aroundRead More →

While South Africa may be a bit sparse on secret menu items, the US has an incredible amount of them. In fact, almost every restaurant chain has some sort of hidden item not listed on the menu. Daily listicle website, WatchMojo.com, has rounded up (in their opinion) the best secret menu items available in the US. These items are available country-wide and you’re able to order them today. All of these only serve to make us incredibly jealous and wishing we could sink our teeth into them. Watch the full video here: For those unable to watch the video at work — or for anyRead More →

Restaurants are currently raging all out war for your wallet (and stomach) on the breakfast battlefield. Wimpy has launched their own offensive with the ‘All-Day Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ breakfast promotion on Mondays. Customers will be able to purchase two breakfast specials every Monday for only R45. Each special consists of two eggs, two rashers of back bacon, two pork bangers, toast, and a grilled tomato. “That’s two for only R45.00. The Double Up breakfast has been a popular and well loved meal for years now and we believe our Wimpy consumers will love this promotion,” says brand manager at Wimpy, Luise Peters, in a press releaseRead More →

Japan’s McDonalds restaurants are becoming PokéStops and Gyms for Pokémon Go players. This new collaboration marks the game’s first official sponsorship. The deal allows players to collect items and battle against peers at McDonalds’ 2 900 restaurants across the country. The announcement triggered a spike in shares in the Japanese unit of McDonalds, despite the fact that the game had not even been released in Japan when this announcement was made. According to the Wall Street Journal, this forms part of a wider “speculative frenzy”  over companies that will possibly profit through the location-based game that has recently taken the world by storm. The game,Read More →

Steers is holding a design competition for all of those graphic designers out there. It’s an interesting concept from a fast-food chain. Entrants stand a chance of winning R20 000 towards their studies, as well as an intern position at a “top South African advertising agency” based in Johannesburg, though it hasn’t been named. In order to enter, you’ll need to design a burger and include any of the food ingredients listed here — such as tomato or cream cheese. Entries can be designed using any media (think paint, marker, etc.), A2 in size, 300dpi (RGB), and have a maximum file size of 500MB. EntryRead More →

Fast food chain, Burger King, has opened its first Eastern Cape location today in Port Elizabeth. The restaurant is located at the Sasol service station on 92 Pickering Street. “We’re excited to continue growing the Burger King brand throughout South Africa. We know that PE locals have been longing to sink their teeth in to the famous 100% pure beef flame-grilled Whopper for some time, and we’re sure they will enjoy it as much as the rest of the country,” writes CEO of Grand Foods, Alan Keet (Show Me). “By expanding to yet another province, it allows us to continue growing our footprint and serveRead More →

With Winter hitting South Africa in a hard way, restaurant chain Mugg & Bean is introducing a range of ‘smokey flavour’ items to their menu. The new menu items include Chipotle Rump, Koren Rump, and Honey & Ginger Wings. “The new additions will see use of smoked paprika, chipotle and other smoky sauces,” says Marketing Executive for Mugg & Bean, Lee-Ann Cullingworth, in a press release to Next Window Plz. “Our new-product development team is constantly adapting our menu to the latest trends while ensuring our food is always generous, made-from-scratch and authentic,” she goes on to say. These means will include side-salads to complimentRead More →

Fast-food chain, Romans Pizza, has tweeted asking if customers want gluten-free pizzas. This will allow the chain to cater to a wider-range of consumers. Gluten-free products have seen a boom over the last few years, whether consumers have a gluten allergy, Celiac disease, or are simply adopting the lifestyle. Romans offers a two-for-one pricing system for their pizzas where customers pay for the most expensive one. Their pepperoni and seafood are my favourites, but it’s not often possible to get them, due to my fiance having a gluten allergy. If the chain starts selling gluten-free bases (even for an additional price), then everyone wins. WantRead More →

New Diet Pepsi is officially a flop and the soft drink company is going back to the contentious and scary-sounding aspartame to sweeten up its beverages. It will be selling the good ol’ Diet Pepsi again alongside the new in US stores from September. The new drink, introduced in April 2015, substituted aspartame – said to cause wide-ranging health effects from headaches to Alzheimer’s – with sucralose, a noncaloric sugar derivative. The problem? Sucralose apparently didn’t taste as great. PepsiCo spent a reported two years researching their decline in Diet Pepsi sales before making the switch, discovering through a range of surveys that American consumers were droppingRead More →