A new year brings new food. And in a time when a lot of people are focusing on health and working out, fast food places are ready to pull out all the stops to keep you coming back. And that is what they are doing in this iteration of January fast food news. This week brings announcements from a variety of fast-food restaurants. From burger spots to pizza to a new Texas Toast side. And of course some good deals.

I often have the intent to try new items but most of the time I never get around to it and then they are gone. But there are a few on this list that I may prioritize (or at least I’ll attempt to!) First up- McDonald’s Dessert. It’s the return of a favorite (and no not a milkshake or ice cream because well you know). It’s the Strawberry & Crème Pies. They are already available at some restaurants and will replace the Holiday Pie. Though they aren’t available at all restaurants. The pies are you guessed it, strawberry and vanilla-flavored creme pies coated in a sugar crust. You can check availability on the McDonald’s app.

Keep reading to see some of the other January fast food news for 2024! What new item are you most excited to try?

  • Wendy's Baconator Burrito

    If you love bacon then Wendy’s has the breakfast menu item for you. The fast food chain is launching new breakfast burritos to it’s morning lineup. The burritos include two eggs, and six strips of bacon, which is the same amount of bacon on the daytime menu item the Baconator. But that’s not enough! There are also breakfast potatoes and both American cheese and Swiss cheese sauce all wrapped in the tortilla.

  • Heart Shaped Hardee's

    A Valentine’s Day favorite is returning to Hardee’s. It’s the heart-shaped biscuits! And you’ll have two weeks this time to get them!  Heart-shaped biscuits will return Thursday, February 1 through February 14th. Previously they were only available the week of Valentine’s.

  • New Subway Treats

    We all know and love Subway cookies. But now the sandwich chain has some new “footlong” treats on the menu.  Subway is offering three new 12-inch-long snacks including a chocolate chip cookie, a Cinnabon churro, and an Auntie Anne’s pretzel.  If these are served warm count me in!

  • Free Shake Shack!

    What’s better than a Shake Shack shake? How about a FREE Shake Shack shake? The chain is offering a buy one get one free offer on milkshakes now through March 27. The offer is valid at participating locations during the hours of 2 pm-5 pm. You’ll need the code TWOFORFUN.

  • Papa John's Bites

    Papa Johns is adding a new item to its ‘Papa Bites’ lineup – Cheesy Calzone Papa Bites.  The new menu item has soft launched for Papa Rewards loyalty members and will be available for everyone to try on January 29. The cheesy calzone bites include a blend of mozzarella and garlic herb ricotta, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and green peppers inside fresh dough. They are served with a side of original pizza sauce. The menu already includes Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites, Jalapeño Papa Bites, Oreo Cookie Papa Bites and the dessert Twix Papa Bites.

  • Dickey's BBQ Texas Toast

    What’s better than warm, buttery Texas Toast? Not much. And that’s what is the latest side item at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.  Texas Toast will now be included with the chain’s signature pit-smoked meats. They describe the toast as  “cooked to perfection” with a “buttery crunch”.

  • Burger King Crowns

    You’ll notice a change at Burger King as employees have been ordered to tell customers “You rule” and to offer them a cardboard crown.  This is a “thanks for ordering from the menu” gesture.  The fast food chain will be sending monitors to its restaurants to enforce the new policy. The last time I tried to go to Burger King they wouldn’t even take my order at the drive thru even though the sign said they were open and there was someone there. I’d take being able to just place an order over a crown any day.

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