Wednesday, July 27, 2005

BK chick fries


say, how bout some chicken-like extrusions

Here’s what you get when portability is your priority: BK Chicken Fries, which Burger King actually has the balls to call "innovative." As if extruding chicken into a French fry shape is innovative. The chick sticks are coated in a "zesty, seasoned batter" and served in a cup that fits into your car cup-holder, w/ a well on the side for sauce (buffalo, BBQ, honey-must, sweet&sour, ranch). BK was already doing chick tenders, so this is just a mktg campaign to get young males on board (which is why the ads star a stupid fake band named Coq Roq – can you believe? on TV?) They're $1.69 / 6 or $2.69 / 9, but keep in mind that all this ultra-cheap chicken ain't cheap if you consider factory farms, the pathetic chicks themselves, the air/water pollution, etc. Somebody pays down the road.

53 Comments:

At July 27, 2005 12:20 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

a reminder to the beet fans: today's washington post has an article on beets and they are also discussed in front burner, the food section blog. some other interesting items, too, but the post has redesigned its web site, for the worse. (tg: i'm so excited we are going to be reading about extruded chicken!)

 
At July 27, 2005 12:24 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

hmmm. your home page shows you haven't posted the bk chick fries item yet, just the pic and teaser. but on the comments page, if you click to see the original post, you get the whole item, which shows a 9:59 posting time.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:25 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

ms.ery: i think you JUMPED the gun.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger TG said...

just "refresh" a few times. it takes a while for me to get all the links loaded, too. gasp gasp gasp. i think we're good to go now

 
At July 27, 2005 12:27 PM, Blogger Claire! said...

I saw the commercial for this for the first time last night. I couldn't figure out what they were selling until the very end. Eewww. Chicken French Fries or is it heart attack in your cup holder? This has got to be the weirdest, non-innovative product ever with a commercial to match.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:34 PM, Anonymous The "planO guy" said...

As always TG, your ALL OVER IT!!

 
At July 27, 2005 12:40 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I haven't tried these, but I heard about them more than a couple of months ago. Thought it was a dumb idea now and time hasn't been kind. I'll stick to my double whopper with cheese and a supersized bottle of nitro tablets.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:40 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

just another product to take us further down the only white meat, no skin, no bones chicken path. kids will grow up eating these and they won't recognize a chicken leg if they're handed one. today's chicken pieces are too darn big, too. i long for the old days when the butcher carved a wishbone piece (remember that) from the breast before splitting it. the wishbone was most kid's favorite (you had a pull-off with another kid to see who got the longer end and thus whatever he or she wished for) the breast pieces were a smaller and nicer size. a guy at central market said i could order a whole chicken carved this way, but i haven't taken them up on it.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:41 PM, Blogger TG said...

claire, yes that commercial is so lame and transparent. hardly selling a food product at all. it's more like an official OK to young males that they can eat chick tenders not to mention a new handle so that the YMs don't have to utter the femme-sounding "tender" when ordering.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:44 PM, Blogger TG said...

the capt. is razor-sharp. BK originally launched a test in june but just announced permanent roll-out on july 25. i woulda posted earlier but this week's been so damned bizzy what w/ the BM ciabatta, etc.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:46 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

my person and i went through a burger king drivethru yesterday and got a breakfast burrito. neither one of liked it much. usually we just get a small plain cheeseburger to share. i don't think she will buy me these chicken fries -- too much fat.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:48 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

"the capt. is razor-sharp."

Well I'm all about the food.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:52 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

"got a breakfast burrito"

You want one that's gonna put hair where ya ain't got none try the
SuperSONIC® Breakfast Burrito. Eggs, sausage, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, and TATER TOTS on a tortilla.

 
At July 27, 2005 12:56 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

As in Sonic? I'm a fan of Sonic. But I haven't been for breakfast.

 
At July 27, 2005 1:12 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

You should go. I've had one of their breakfast toasters too and it beats all hell out of an "egg" McMuffin (though I do love those McGriddles) or those NASTY croissanwich's that BK serves.

 
At July 27, 2005 2:05 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

can't you people boil (or fry) an egg? if i am too busy or lazy to make something for breakfast, i just have some bread or crackers and cheese

 
At July 27, 2005 2:24 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Sometimes there doesn't seem to be time. Now mornings like this one where my wife fried me an egg and three strips of bacon put on a wheat roll with tomato and a little Miracle Whip and I was a happy hubby. But the occasional foray to Sonic, Dunkin Donuts (God save me from Krispy Kreme or any other business that intentionally misspells their moniker), or Panera doesn't make me a layabout.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:02 PM, Anonymous miriam said...

capt.: doughnut is the preferred spelling and i think "dunkin" is supposed to stand for dunking. so i guess that's one place you'll be crossing off your list

 
At July 27, 2005 3:06 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

i interested in the cap's choice of "foray" as the verb to describe his visits to fast-food places. does he actually steal the food?

 
At July 27, 2005 3:15 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Dunkin is an abbreviation of dunking. NOT a deliberate misspelling. There's a difference. Donut is a common short-cut. Nothing like the pretentiousness of Krispy with a K. Besides, Dunkin Donuts' doughnuts are way better than the gross-out sugar-and-fat bombs they sell at KKK

 
At July 27, 2005 3:19 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

captain: when i checked out your blog, i noticed this category called "wrandom wramblings." please don't tell me you didn't intentionally misspell it.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:24 PM, Anonymous miriam said...

if dunkin is an abbreviation or short form of dunking, shouldn't it an apostrophe to indicate the missing letter.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:26 PM, Anonymous mrs. worth said...

are m.b. and capt. the same person? m.b. certainly writes like he is speaking for the captain.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:28 PM, Anonymous elsie said...

back to today's posting: elmer and i certainly hope that all of you eat more chicken fries and fewer whoppers.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:46 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Thanks m.b. for the clarification re: Dunkin' Donuts. Doughnuts may indeed be the prefered spelling but according to Webster donut is an acceptable variant.

Paula - I was being rather poetic. :-P

Red - It ain't a category, it's the title of my blog. It also ain't a business. Of course I intentionally misspelled it (though my typing is atrocious so please forgive any misspellings here) and thanks for the visit!

Miriam - Dunkin' Donuts does use the apostrophe. I failed to.

Mrs. Worth - mb apparently possesses a fine set of taste buds and is welcome to defend me anytime!

 
At July 27, 2005 3:50 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

well if you deliberately misspelled the title of your blog i've made my last foray there.

 
At July 27, 2005 3:53 PM, Anonymous miriam said...

m.b. also dropped the apostrophe on dunkin'. guess you are just two peas in a pod

 
At July 27, 2005 3:59 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Your loss Red! I just posted on 7up Plus and it's got a picture and everything!

And yeah Miriam I guess we are.

 
At July 27, 2005 4:20 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

not really, captain. 7-up is not my choice of mixer

 
At July 27, 2005 4:52 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I am certainly no captain, nor am I a male. But now mrs. worth has me wondering if she is also miriam? Else, why would the thought cross her mind? May i say "a-ha!"?

(And my omission of an apostrophe on dunkin was mere laziness.)

 
At July 27, 2005 5:44 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

tg: i can't believe you clog your blog with such disgusting items! i guess i expect culinary class here, and am horrified to read about extruded chicken!
capt e: i agree about the mis-spellings. there is a food chain here called "kash n karry" that i won't go into, and don't get me started on "chik-fil-a" !!!!!

 
At July 27, 2005 6:45 PM, Anonymous darth rader said...

so much the pot calling the kettle black.

 
At July 27, 2005 6:49 PM, Anonymous polar negri said...

ckairevoyant: your name is how your parents spelled it, so no problem with that. but why the hyphen in misspellings. you're like the captain, all high and mighty at what you percieve as other folks' mistakes and pretentioness ways, but FULL OF THEM yourself

 
At July 27, 2005 7:02 PM, Anonymous mrs. worth said...

m.b.: you ask why would the thought cross my mind that you and the captain are one. well, you posted as if you were pleading for him, not speaking for yourself. and now, i'm thinking how pleased he was that he didn't have to go to a drive-thru today because the GOOD LITTLE WOMAN made him a bacon and egg sandwich. then you tell me you are female. could you be that insignificant woman without the gumption to tell the idiot to rassle his own breakfast? i've seen a lot of changes in women's position in society during my years, and it pains me every time I see a doormat inviting us to be stepped on all over again. (twisted, and where in the hell are you today?)

 
At July 27, 2005 7:06 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

i'm with you m.b. i think some people posting here could be using more that one name.i'm keeping a log of who said what and when i find a pattern that shows deception, i'm going to JUMP on them.

 
At July 27, 2005 7:19 PM, Anonymous jim bond said...

i'm no expert, but i generally think one way you can tell when someone is pretending to someone other than his or herself is lf they speak out of character. for instance, you might look leery-eyed at me if i asked for my martini to be shaken not stirred.

 
At July 27, 2005 7:20 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

wow, mata's going to love today's postings.

 
At July 27, 2005 8:05 PM, Anonymous m.b.'s alter ego said...

some people don't make nice on nyce

 
At July 27, 2005 9:19 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

whoa, polar, i thought i was agreeing with the captain regarding the misspelling trends that are taking over our illiterate society! (the hyphen was inadvertent.) no "pretentioness" here. nor pretentiousness, neither. my refusal to frequent an establishment that cannot spell it's name correctly is my little way of protesting the decline of our beautiful language.

 
At July 27, 2005 9:48 PM, Blogger TG said...

clairevoyant, i'd suggest you ask polar negri why she can't spell perceive correctly but how could you when you've used the incorrect form of ITS! NO apostrophe! (unlike the one required for dunkin' donuts.) where'z my smartypants commenters!? the ones thet kin spayell! c'mon, i know you're out there!

 
At July 28, 2005 2:17 AM, Anonymous polar negri said...

i before e except after c or when pronounced as "a" as in neighbor or weigh....sometimes we goof, but unlike WRAMBLING MAN we don't act so high and mighty as to boycott businesses for making similar errors

 
At July 28, 2005 2:28 AM, Anonymous elvis said...

tg: you're the music pro. who did the original version of rambling man? the allman brothers? (if my momma hadn't misspelled my middle name on my birth certificate, i would be boycotting those idiot business, too, except for the ESSENTIAL ones like donut and burger places)

 
At July 28, 2005 9:40 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG, how about a post about Starbucks? I haven't been to one in weeks, so that'll be the next best thing.

 
At July 28, 2005 10:37 AM, Blogger TG said...

dean, you couldn't make a nicer, more appreciated (and may i say, more meritous!) request. i do have one ... tick tick tick ... coming soon ... tick tick tick ... very soon

 
At July 28, 2005 12:19 PM, Anonymous plain java joe said...

have you tried wolfgang's latte drinks that are self-heating in the can? i'd be more interested in your opinion on them than another "news" mention about over-rated starbucks. I am sipping one now, and they are not bad, though i probably wouldn't buy them again. when you add milk, sugar and flavorings, coffee is too much like a dessert

 
At July 28, 2005 12:36 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Polar you are taking me WAY too seriously. Of course since you don't know me that's to be expected. I actually don't boycott businesses based on spelling, I was being "cute" (and of course I never SAID that I would boycott them, miriam did).

Mrs. Worth - FYI my wife volunteered to make me breakfast. That made me happy. If you're too bitter (or something) to cook for your friends or Mr. Worth then I'm sorry. If you knew my wife (and you don't so all's forgiven) then you'd know she's not a doormat, but she loves to cook for her family (so do I for that fact).

 
At July 28, 2005 12:37 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Oh and if I didn't post under my own moniker how else could I pimp my FABULOUS blog?

 
At July 28, 2005 12:55 PM, Blogger TG said...

i don't care for any of wolfgang puck's products. i had high hopes, being a big fan (and '80s customer) of spago and of his wolfgang puck cafes. but he hooked up w/ some pretty mediocre partners. the canned soups suck. the frozen pizzas suck. the bottled coffee drinks suck. not that i won't write about sucky foods (some commenters would perhaps say that ALL i write about is sucky foods) but i try to focus on things that represent something, at least to me, in terms of news or trends. wolfgang puck's stuff doesn't represent anything except mediocrity.

as for those instant-hot canned things specifically? i saw them about a year ago, so they're not news to me. i also think it's a gimmick. i suppose they'd be acceptable if you were stuck somewhere (antarctica, a camping trip, etc) but they were certainly not created for people who appreciate good-quality coffee

 
At July 29, 2005 4:17 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG: You know, that Bistro Collection he hocks on HSN ain't half bad. And the clean up really IS that easy.

I thought some of Wolfgang's Cafes were coming here? Don't they have one in Houston?

Dean

 
At September 08, 2005 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for noting the prices we pay as others profit from cheap chicken products. (I'm not even counting its ubiquitous domination of dishes/menus in its various unnatural form factors. Caesar Chicken Salad -- ugh!)

 
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