Burger King is no stranger to culinary experiments. While constantly introducing new items, the chain also knows the power of bringing back beloved classics. In their latest offering, the restaurant is merging two irresistible favorites: tater tots and cheese! After a successful limited return to select locations in New York, Florida, Arizona, and Colorado in the fall of 2023, the highly anticipated Cheesy Tots are making a triumphant comeback at Burger King outlets nationwide. Originally making waves in 2016, this fan-favorite side dish made its comeback on December 7, 2023.
The Gooey Delight of Cheesy Tots
What makes Cheesy Tots stand out is their perfect combination of a crispy exterior and a warm, gooey, cheese-infused potato interior. While the official nationwide release was December 7, some enthusiasts were able to find the snack at their local Burger King before then.
Dedicated fans counted down the days until the return of Cheesy Tots. On a Reddit thread buzzing with excitement, users shared their anticipation and nostalgia. One user expressed how he remembered savoring these tots right before going to school, bringing back nostalgic memories. The return of Cheesy Tots is a trip down memory lane for many.
A Nationwide Treat
Unlike some previous releases confined to specific markets, Cheesy Tots hit nationwide at all participating Burger King locations. However, like all good things, their presence on the menu is temporary, adding a sense of urgency for fans to savor the gooey goodness.
Not to worry, though; Burger King has recently added another side dish to its permanent menu to make up for the loss. And for those who might miss out, the adventurous can always try their hand at crafting their own Cheesy Tots at home.
Pepsi has unveiled a tantalizing new condiment called Colachup, a Pepsi-infused ketchup, aiming to elevate the classic pairing of hot dogs and soda. Developed in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America Consulting, this unique creation promises a seamless fusion of flavors to enhance the enjoyment of hot dogs. With its vibrant citrus blend and distinctive taste, Pepsi Colachup offers a fresh twist on a beloved American tradition.
The Flavorful Collaboration
Jenny Danzi, senior director at Pepsi, explains that Colachup is invented to celebrate the harmonious combination of hot dogs and Pepsi. David Kamen, director of client experience at The Culinary Institute of America Consulting, highlights how the bright and tangy characteristics of ketchup are elevated by the distinct flavors and vibrant citrus blend of Pepsi.
Exclusive Availability and Offer
While eager consumers may be eager to try Colachup as soon as possible, it is currently available only in limited locations and for a limited time. Baseball fans, who attended games at select Major League Baseball stadiums on July 4th, got the chance to experience the Pepsi-infused ketchup at exclusive pop-up events. The lucky ML stadiums were Chase Field, Yankee Stadium, Target Field, and Comerica Park.
Alternative Offer for Others
For those unable to attend these games, Pepsi had another treat in store. Throughout the holiday weekend and until July 4th, customers purchasing a hot dog along with a Pepsi got a chance to receive a complimentary 20oz Pepsi product. By texting “FREEPEPSI” to 81234 and submitting a receipt that shows the purchase of a hot dog and Pepsi, lucky customers had the cost of the Pepsi product reimbursed via PayPal, Venmo, or Digital Retailer Gift Card.
Innovation in Culinary Collaborations
Last year, the brand partnered with CIA Consulting to introduce “Pepsi-Roni,” a cola-infused pepperoni, at a Manhattan pizza shop. These innovative collaborations demonstrate Pepsi’s commitment to delivering new taste experiences and adding excitement to their consumers’ culinary adventures.