Are you tired of the same old Big Mac for lunch? Why not try a Monster Mac, featuring eight all-beef patties? Don’t remember seeing it on the menu? That’s because it isn’t! It is one of the many hidden or secret menu items available at your favorite fast food chains. You only have to know to ask for it.
Secret menu items buzzing on social media
It is a trend picking up steam, mostly driven by buzz on the social media. Most of the major fast food chains now have such hidden items. Panera Bread bakery-cafes, for instance, offers bread-less “Power Bowls” for its customers on low-carb diets.
Ron Shaich, founder of Panera, said, “Secret menus allow us to speak to one audience without the investment and infrastructure of putting an item on the menu.”
For the health conscious and the… not
California’s In-N-Out Burger may have started the trend, also catering to the carb-free crowd, by offering its burgers “protein style” — that is, sans bread, but wrapped in lettuce leaves.
Not all secret menu items are aimed at the health-minded, however. Burger King also has its coronary-risking “Suicide Burger,” with four burger patties and cheese slices, as well as a heap of bacon.
The “Mc10:35″ is a McDonald’s secret that can be had only at the time the restaurant is changing shifts from breakfast to lunch menus — or approximately 10:35 a.m. It consists of everything that goes in a regular McDonald’s hamburger, but stuffed inside the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.
The website Ranker lists many of these hidden items, at http://www.ranker.com/profile-of/secret-menu-items. Here are just a few.
Taco Bell, Starbuck’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen
Taco Bell’s “Superman” may well not be on the menu to avoid lawsuits from DC Comics. It is a tortilla-wrapped monster that begins with the franchise’s double beef burrito, then is further stuffed with potatoes, sour cream, guacamole and tortilla strips.
The Starbuck’s Crunch Berry Frappuccino mimics the “Crunch Berries” of Cap’nCrunch cereal fame. Actually, its a strawberry-and-cream Frappuccino with hazelnut flavoring added.
Can’t decide if you want fries or onion rings with that Burger King Whopper? Why not ask for Frings? That’s half an order of french fries and half an order of onion rings, mixed together in the same bag. Or you can add those onion rings and some barbecue sauce to your Whopper: call it the Rodeo Burger.
Dairy Queen’s Blizzard is a confection that blends soft serve ice cream with crushed candies and other tasty tidbits. One variation you won’t find on the menu is the Banana Split Blizzard. But you can have one if you know to ask for it. It’s everything you get in a DQ banana split, but blended in a cup.
These are just the tip of the iceberg of secret fast food menu items available. Bon appetit!