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Fast food’s best kept secrets


All cashiers are used to hearing the typical menu items: Quarter-pounder, Whopper, Baconator. I think we should all start making their nine-to-fives a little more interesting; a list of a few unlisted and secret menu items has been compiled below. So go on, be a little rebel. Order that Monster Mac. I dare you.

Approximately 20 years ago, a popular west coast fast food restaurant chain, In-N-Out Burger, began a movement that many other chains have now picked up. In order to increase business and boost customer satisfaction and loyalty, the chain started producing a “secret menu” full of items not on their official menu. Now, several other fast food joints have started their own secret menus. These popular restaurants include McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s among many others.

When it comes to Wendy’s, they have the Grand Slam. This is a burger with four square patties, making it a cube. It’s the ultimate carnivorous delight.

Everybody loves Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza, but many prefer the availability and price of Little Caesar’s more. Now you don’t have to sacrifice your ooey gooey stringy cheese crust; Little Caesar’s will stuff your crust with all the cheesey goodness you want, as long as you give them a small heads up.

Dairy Queen has always been a favorite for late night ice cream runs, but they have some secret items as well. There’s a Banana Split Blizzard, which combines all your favorite goodies from a banana split into an easy to eat, upside down treat. There’s the Lavender Blue sundae, which is a simple blueberry sundae mixed with marshmallows. The Jack and Jill sundae is a classic sundae made with hot fudge and marshmallow.

Next on the list, we have Starbucks. This famous coffee joint has an extensive list of secret menu items. You can order the Cake Batter Frap. It’s a vanilla frappuccino with vanilla bean and almond flavorings. It’s supposed to taste exactly like cake batter, hence the name. You could also request a mix of white chocolate and normal regular chocolate mochas to create the Zebra Mocha. As a second option you can add raspberry flavoring making the Red Tux Mocha. This is also called the Bleeding Penguin.

Burger King has an assortment of greasy, cheesy, crinkle paper delights, but there are a few more items that impose a little more health risk than the others. The Suicide Burger takes it to new extremes with four patties, four slices of cheese, bacon, and secret sauce all nestled between two buttery buns. For those of us who can’t decide between fries and onion rings, the King created Frings; an order of fries and rings combined into one fried box of perfection. Now you really can have it your way.

Finally, we come to the mother of all fast food restaurants, the one and the only McDonald’s. It’s no surprise that this grease trap of a restaurant would have their own stomach-curling secret menu for the braver people to try. For the less adventurous, Biscuits and Gravy would be a good first option. This is the classic Southern style biscuits smothered in rich, creamy gravy. Another option, the Monster Mac, certainly deserves its name. This is simply a classic Big Mac, with eight hamburger patties. However, if you’re looking for something to make you sick enough to miss school, or possibly kill you, the Land, Sea, and Air Burger might be your best choice. This is made by taking a beef, chicken, and filet-o-fish patty all stuffed between two pieces of bread smothered in tartar sauce.

Secret menus have definitely gained popularity within the last few years, especially by word of mouth and social media. If you’re looking for an adventure, think about trying a few of these restaurants secret menu items.

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Ashley Tyson, Video Media Editor/Photographer
Ashley is a senior staff member in the photography program and the school newspaper. She is also a fifteen year dance student, and has enjoyed participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade during her four years in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys baking a multitude of treats, snuggling her cat, thinking up incredibly unrealistic decoration schemes, Skyping her long-distance boyfriend, bowling, and making new boards on Pinterest. Ashley plans on attending Texarkana College to receive her associates degree before moving to Dallas to attend The Dallas Institute of Funeral Services.
Amanda Hackleman, Staff Writer
Amanda Hackleman is a senior at Texas High School, as well as managing editor for the Tiger Times Newspaper. She has a fun and quirky personality, but this is generally overshadowed by her introverted tendencies. She has a strong belief in all humanitarian issues, such as feminism, race issues and the gay rights movement. Amanda hopes to someday change the world through her writing, and she is currently working on a novel. She is an actor and techie with the Tiger Theatre Company while aspiring to be a high school theatre teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys shows such as Doctor Who and Orange is the New Black. Amanda works to be true to herself and make sure she leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of those who know her.  

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