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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Tacos All Day - October 4, 2021

WHAT:

Bacon  Egg & Cheese Taco Breakfast Taco copyOn National Taco Day – Monday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both)!

Enjoy your tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a FuzzyRita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. Special National Taco Day pricing is valid when you dine in, and will be available for takeout and online orders** placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app at select locations.  

Fuzzy Taco Shop’s signature Baja tacos are served on the guests’ choice of tortilla, and are made with choice of protein including shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, shredded brisket, spicy pork, grilled veggies, and the new fried avocado, and their signature garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro and feta. Fuzzy’s breakfast tacos feature the guest’s choice of eggs, cheese, bacon, chorizo, and potatoes.

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of tacos. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 140 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 18 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com. 

Baja Shredded Chicken Taco copy*Promotion excludes fajita, shrimp, or Mahi, including California Heat, Citrus Heat Mahi, and Queso Shrimpico.

**Online ordering, where available, will be limited to a 10-taco maximum; quantity limits may apply for dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid on third-party delivery orders or with any other discounts.

WHEN:

Monday, October 4, 2021

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here.

ABOUT:

Seasoned Ground Beef Taco copyFounded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 140 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was recently awarded “Top Food” and “Best Franchise Culture” by Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Franchise Satisfaction Awards. Additionally, Fuzzy’s was recognized in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking, Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, and was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


Food Review: Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake

By Mike Thayer

20210803_101639While out and about running some errands yesterday, I decided to pull into a Chick-fil-A and get a peach shake.  I've never had a peach shake before and I've heard about how good the Chick-fil-A shakes are, so it was time to find out just how good.

Here's the description from the Chick-fil-A website: Hand-spun the old-fashioned way, this refreshing milkshake features Chick-fil-A® Icedream® dessert and peaches, topped with whipped cream and a cherry (except when served via delivery). Available seasonally for a limited time.

Suffering through the Chick-fil-A drive through, have you ever been in their drive through when their tablets go down?  It was hurry up and wait.....  But the wait was worth it!

The shake was quite tasty!  A perfect blend of ice cream, milk and oh my that peach!  The shake was LOADED with chunks of peach, Chick-fil-A doesn't hold back on this seasonal treat.  Topped with the whipped cream and cherry, the frothy goodness really hits the spot! 

Costing me $4.25, it is a bit pricey compared to other fast food shake offerings, but it is a very good shake.  I'm giving the Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price holds it back from being a 5 star shake and it's worthy of being a repeat buy but perhaps not as often as I'd like while it's available.

4 stars

Chick-fil-A Peach Shake
Peach shake minus the cherry which was inhaled pre-pic

Reap the health benefits of green tea by drinking Bigelow green tea with Pomegranate

By Mike Thayer

20210802_125908Some people are coffee drinkers.  Some people are tea drinkers.  Some people are both.  I fall into the latter category.  I'll have two cups of hazelnut coffee to get me jump started in the morning before work.  Then come mid-morning, I make the switch to tea.

I've been a coffee drinker for years, I only started to get into a daily tea regimen - and just green tea mind you - about six months ago or so.  I started doing the green tea thing for the many health benefits, to include but is not limited to reduced blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, it lowers blood sugar, stabilizes cholesterol and reduces body weight.  Just look at all those benefits, I'd be drinking the stuff even if it tasted bad, but that's not a problem!  Bigelow makes some GOOD tea.   

There are A LOT of great green tea flavors out there and I've tried several, but my go-to is Bigelow's Green Tea with Pomegranate.  From the box:  Delicate green tea with the added touch of sweet pomegranate.  True statement!  I really do enjoy this tea, especially with a splash of Italian Sweet Cream (Kudos to Vicki S. for introducing me to that!).  So although the health benefits is why I initially started drinking green tea, it flat out tastes good!

I'm drinking 3 - 4 cups of tea a day and I'm experiencing the health benefits.  Combined with a better diet and exercise, I've lost weight, my cholesterol levels are doctor 'thumbs up' approved, my blood pressure is under control and my blood sugar is in check.  I honestly believe green tea has played a role in a healthier me.

A 20 count box of Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate costs me $3.49 at my local grocery store.  That's about 17.5 cents per bag and SO much better for you than that soda and it costs far less too!  I'm giving Bigelow Green Tea 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and it continues to be a repeat buy!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Realgood Italian Cheese Cannelloni is Low Carb and Tasty

Grande Ricotta Cheese CannelloniBy Mike Thayer

Looking for some quick meals I can pop in the microwave when I don't feel like cooking, I came across a box of Grande Ricotta Cheese Cannelloni made by Realgood Italian while making my last shopping trip to Costco.

I love Italian food, I mean who doesn't, right!?  But what made me reach for the box was the protein and carb stats big and bold on the front.  Those are good numbers, 17 grams of protein and just 5 net carbs!  How Realgood Italian gets there is by making the 'pasta' out of chicken and Parmesan cheese instead of flour, they call it a 'shell', but it's much like a cheese wrap.

Realgood Italian
Prepared in the microwave

I fixed that first tray in the microwave per the box instructions and they came out perfectly heated up, no microwave adjustments required.  In taking that first bite 'as is', these things didn't disappoint.  The Ricotta cheese filling was creamy and seasoned nicely, providing that nice 'tangy-sweet' cheese flavor that sheep's milk delivers.  The 'shell' was also quite tasty, you definitely pick up the chicken and Parmesan notes, but the 'shells' as prepared in the microwave were a bit too al dente, not quite having a pasta texture to it.  The marinara sauce was good, not all that thick but surprisingly rich in flavor with little chunks of tomato like a good marinara should have.

CannelloniIn a second meal I prepared the cannelloni per the oven directions on the box.  Like most all foods, this product comes out better looking and tastes better done in the oven.  The sauce thickened up a bit in the oven heat and the shells were much more like a pasta.  Although I bought the cannelloni with the intent of nuking these for quick lunches, the oven preparation is convenient too.  It's low maintenance, just take the film off the tray and place on a sheet pan in the oven.  In 35 minutes, you've got a tasty meal that requires very little effort, I added a bit of Mozzarella per the serving suggestion on the box.

The third meal I had was the best, I doctored the cannelloni up a bit, placing them on a bed of sausage and a little onion, topping it all with Mozzarella cheese and a bit of parsley.  It was another dose of YUM!

Costing me $12.49 at Costco, that's $2.08 per cannelloni, or $4.16 per meal (2 cannelloni) making it Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.  It's filling, it's satisfying, it's good prepared in the microwave, it's delicious prepared in the oven.  I'm giving Realgood Italian Grande Ricotta Cheese Cannelloni with Marinara Sauce 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and it's definitely worthy of a repeat buy.  Bonus points - It's low carb!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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Sam's Club vs. Costco Wholesale: Which membership is the best? - The price difference is SHOCKING!

By Mike Thayer

Sam's Club
A few groceries purchased at Sam's, how much will the same things cost at Costco?

My Costco membership is up for renewal and I like Costco, it's conveniently close to where I live and I've saved a lot of money buying there vs. a typical grocery store or retail outlet.  Another benefit to a wholesale club membership is the HUGE savings in the purchase of gas through the course of the year.  Savings at the pump alone makes the membership worthwhile, you don't even have to step inside and buy groceries, clothes or printer cartridges to realize the benefit of a membership! Costco and Sam's are typically FAR below local area gas prices, usually about 25 cents per gallon if not more cheaper.

But is Costco THE best wholesale membership club to belong to?

A club membership is a very good thing to have, you really can save A LOT of money buying in bulk and both Sam's Club and Costco offer a lot of advantages/benefits to having a membership vs. shopping at the mainstream grocery store or chain retail store.  

I also have a Sam's Club membership, I recently got one because there was THAT much savings in purchasing a kayak there.  In getting a Sam's Club membership so I could get the savings on a kayak purchase - even after paying the membership fees - I STILL saved huge on the kayak purchase price at Sam's vs. buying that same kayak at places like Academy Sports or Dick's Sporting Goods!  Thank you Cindy!  

But I don't need two wholesale club discount memberships......

So is one club better than the other?

I say yes.

Last Tuesday, I purchased a few groceries from Sam's Club and again, I got a nice assist from Cindy.  Sam's has 'Scan & Go', you can scan items as you put them in the cart!  On Saturday I visited Costco for a price comparison on those same items.  I can see a downside to that already, Cindy won't be "Checking me out".....   See what I did there?.....

UPDATE:  Shopping at Costco on 07/31

Just LOOK at the price differences below, Sam's Club wipes the floor with Costco!  Costco may be cheaper than the mainstream grocery stores like Kroger, but there's no doubt they're more expensive than Sam's Club!

Sams vs Costco

So even though I'll be losing the convenience of location - Costco is just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live - I will NOT be renewing my membership with Costco.  The cheaper prices at Sam's clearly show I'll save more money there.  They have a larger variety of product offerings, they don't push (a.k.a. limit you to) the organic crap and the discounted price of gas is virtually the same for each wholesaler.  Thank you Cindy for showing me the value!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Mission Gluten Free Tortillas

Mission Gluten Free Tortillas
How do they compare to traditional flour tortillas?

By Mike Thayer

I've been on a gluten free kick as of late, trying to keep my intake of wheat down.  It's not that I'm gluten intolerant, but I do seem to feel better when I'm not eating so much regular bread, pasta or crackers.

Today I'm reviewing Mission brand gluten free tortillas.  I love tortillas, if you ask me they're better than sliced bread.  There are SO versatile and are a great alternative to any food item requiring sliced bread or a bun in the prep.

Mission Gluten Free Tortillas aren't bad, but they just aren't as good as regular flour tortillas, there's an obvious difference in both the taste and texture.  They're also not as pliable, especially straight out of the package in having soft tacos or a sandwich wrap.  These tortillas tend to break apart and have a bit of a chewy factor to them.  To make them more tolerable, they either need to be warmed up in the oven or microwave, or slightly browned in a skillet and even better yet, pressed.  I enjoyed these tortillas best in making breakfast burritos and browning them.

Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast burrito deliciousness

Costing me about $5.57 for a package of 6 tortillas, I'm giving Mission Gluten Free Tortillas 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  They are over-priced (gluten free foods usually are) and NOT worthy of a repeat buy.  I'll continue to look for other gluten free tortilla options.

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich
Nice initial visual, good meat to bun ratio

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, their sandwich is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich. 

So how does Braum's - a regional fast food joint with 300 stores in 5 states - and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich stack up against Popeye's?

Scoring:  In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63. 

Braum's Chicken Club
Nicely stacked sandwich

I like Braum's, there's a restaurant just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment and I eat there fairly regularly.  I've never had a bad meal there and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich did not disappoint.  There was good visual appeal, the chicken was crispy and juicy, good meat to bun ratio, the bacon was crisp and in overall taste the sandwich scored well.   It is a Club sandwich so it's dressed with lettuce, tomato and comes with a slice of cheese.  The cheese however, doesn't do much for this sandwich, especially since it's a slice of American Cheese, which in my humble foodie opinion, doesn't pair well with fried chicken.  The sandwich would be better without it and could use a few pickles....  There's just something about the tartness of pickle and fried chicken, now THAT's a pairing!  But I digress, my adjustments would mean renaming the sandwich, it would no longer be a 'Club'.  And while Braum's makes a pretty good chicken sandwich, I'd rather have one from Popeye's.

Inside look at Braum's chicken sandwich
A look under the lid...

Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich combo meal cost me $8.05 which is a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly price.  Scoring 51 out of a possible 63 points I'm giving the sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it's repeat buy worthy, if you can't make it to Popeye's. 

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

Related: Who makes the best chicken sandwich in fast food?


Who makes the best chicken sandwich in fast food? They are listed here from worst to first

By Mike Thayer

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Shots fired!  Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield that year by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.  

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich has been so popular, it is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich.  So how do all the other fast food joints stack up?  In the name of 'food science' (cough), I aimed to find out. 

In this Bachelor on the Cheap Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches were evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63.  I went through a restaurant list of national chains in my neck of the woods, tallied scores on a spreadsheet, one meal at a time, sampling chicken sandwiches.  I sampled the classic versions, not the spicy or kicked up offerings, those are next.

Here is "The List" of fast food joints I visited and evaluated - a total of 14 - during the course of this challenge:

Done in the name of "food science"....  From Worst to First:

DQ Chicken Sandwich
THIN Chicken!

#14 Dairy Queen:  Scoring just 39 out of a possible 63 points, DQ makes THE WORST Chicken Sandwich in fast food.  And what?  No pickle?  Every good chicken sandwich comes with pickles!  And check out the thin chicken breast fillet, the SMALLEST portion of chicken of any sandwich sampled in this challenge.  The chicken also lacked flavor, it was under-seasoned and it shouldn't be called a 'Crispy' Chicken Sandwich because the crunch factor was missing.  The lettuce, tomato and bun were all fine, but all rather ordinary and there was a bit of mayo overkill.  This wasn't a balanced sandwich either, there wasn't tomato in every bite, there wasn't lettuce in every bite.  Overall, an under-seasoned chicken breast and no pickles makes for a rather boring sandwich.

BK Chicken Sandwich
Over-fried, didn't get pickle in every bite

#13 Burger King:  The chicken was over-fried and I'm thinking the fryer temp was not where it needed to be (not hot enough) because the breast was NOT crispy, it was chewy.  The meat itself was dry and stringy.  The chicken portion was also a bit small compared to the competition - especially Popeyes - with the chicken breast failing to really reach beyond the borders of the bun, a sub-par meat to bun ratio.  The bun itself was quite nice and the deli pickles and savory mayo were spot on, in fact, the bun, pickles and mayo were the best parts of this sandwich and that's a sad statement.  A chicken sandwich that fails to highlight the main ingredient....  The Burger King Hand Breaded Crispy Chicken Sandwich scored 44 out of 63 points.

Hardee's Chicken Sandwich
Sloppy fast food prep, didn't get pickle in every bite

#12 Hardee's:  For a "New" sandwich in this Chicken Sandwich War, Hardee's needs a new weapon. This sandwich just doesn't get the job done. There's TOO MUCH BUN! The meat to bun ratio is not good, the chicken was NOT crispy at all, a bit dry and under-spectacular in the seasoning department. The mayo was average and the only thing giving this sandwich some life were the pickles, which in typical fast food fashion were applied in a very sloppy, uncaring way, all centered together and not providing pickle in every bite. The bun was good, but IT WAS TOO MUCH! The chicken, which SHOULD have been the star, was not.  Score:  44 out of 63 points.

Slim Chickens Chicken Sandwich
Breading fell apart

#11 Slim Chickens:   SALTY!!! Three exclamation points SALTY.... Slim Chickens might as well call this a salt lick sandwich!  I've never eaten at a Slim Chickens before and the visual appeal of the sandwich had me licking my chops, but my first bite into this sandwich was a big salt lick disappointment. The breading on the chicken fell apart and lacked crunch. And while the ranch mayo, pickle and toasted bun were all on point, that overdose of salt just overpowered anything that was good about this sandwich.  Slim's 'Crispy' Chicken Sandwich scored 45 out of a possible 63 points.

McDonald's Chicken Sandwich
Not crispy, no mayo

#10 McDonald's:    The 'New' McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich has a typical fast food preparation 'appeal' - slapped together - with more thought going into the packaging than the sandwich.  There wasn't much of a crunch in the chicken and the pickles were 'eh'.  The bun, a potato roll, was dry, there's no mayo on this sandwich and the buttering of the bun didn't register.  McDonald's has missed the mark with this latest attempt to compete with Chick-fil-A and Popeye's and only scored 45 points of a possible 63. 

Sonic Chicken Sliders
The ONLY reason I got pickle in every bite is because of the slider size...

#9 SonicSonic's sandwich is a pea shooter in the Chicken Sandwich War.  The sandwich had a decent visual appeal and I was looking forward to that first bite but in taking it, I was like, "Looks better than it tastes."  The chicken was kind of boring, the breading was under-seasoned, although the meat itself was juicy.  The biggest downer was the lack of crunch.  The Brioche bun was nice, providing that desired 'pillowy' element to the sandwich and the meat to bun ratio was slider ration good.  But in continuing the lack of flavor, the mayo and pickles were unspectacular.   In the overall taste factor, this was a very average chicken sandwich.  Score:  46 points out of a possible 63.

Wendy's Chicken Sandwich
Over-dressed sandwich

#8 Wendy'sThis is a good sandwich, but not great.  It had a decent visual appeal aside from the oversized leaf of lettuce, the chicken breast was a good size but thick on one end, kind of thin on the other.  With that in mind the meat to bun ratio was OK but the crunch just wasn't there despite the nice visual.  And the sandwich was over dressed.  There was too much mayo, with the lettuce and tomato not really adding much to the sandwich, in fact, they took away from the tartness of a good pickle, which in writing, Wendy's needs a better pickle.  Overall, not a bad chicken sandwich, but there's better out there.  Score:  51 points out of 63.

Arby's Chicken Sandwich
Lacks pickle

#7 Arby's:  Not bad! The sandwich had pretty good visual appeal, there was a nice crunch to the breading, the chicken was seasoned well and juicy, the meat to bun ratio was on point but the sandwich was missing the tartness of pickle. Arby's puts lettuce, tomato and mayo (not enough mayo either) on their sandwich, which is a classic alternative to a chicken sandwich with mayo and pickle, but in my humble foodie opinion, chicken sandwiches are SO much better with pickle!   The Arby's Classic Chicken Sandwich scored 52 out of 63 possible points.

Freddy's Chicken Sandwich
pickle in every bite!

#6 Freddy's:  Freddy's makes good burgers, a good fish sandwich and their Crispy Chicken Sandwich does not disappoint! The sandwich scored well in all categories, juicy, nicely seasoned chicken, crunch in the breading, good meat to bun ratio, nicely toasted bun and pickle in every bite!   Score:  53 out of 63 possible points.

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
You have to order mayo if you want it

#5 Chick-fil-A:  Two things that make this sandwich work are that the chicken is seasoned well and the meat to bun ratio is spot on. Two things that need work: You don't get pickle in every bite and you have to order mayo or sauce, this sandwich comes 'naked' otherwise. Overall, it's a good sandwich, but not a great sandwich. It's prepared efficiently, chicken is juicy, tender, but there's no 'WOW' factor to it. Let me put it this way, if the state fair had a chicken sandwich contest, Chick-fil-A would not earn a blue ribbon.  What makes Chick-fil-A THE top chicken restaurant in fast food, is their customer service and I will say this was the best seasoned chicken in the challenge.  Score:  53 out of 63 possible points.

A&W Chicken Sliders
Best pickles of the challenge

#4 A&W: In taking that first bite I was hit with how juicy the chicken was and coupled with the tartness of the pickle it was a splash of flavor in the mouth! The crunch however, was missing. The chicken was nicely seasoned, but the lack of crunch in the breading was a downer. The slider buns were 'pillowy' and dressed nicely with mayo. The meat to bun ratio - excellent. These are good sliders, but they would be great with some crunch! I will say these were the best pickles of the challenge.  Score:  The A&W Chicken Sliders scored 55 out of 63 possible points and kicks Sonic's slider offering butt.

KFC Chicken Sandwich
Repeat buy

#3 KFCThe KFC Chicken Sandwich has a nice visual appeal with that 1/4 pound chicken breast fillet breaking the borders of the bun which was a standard bun by the way, NOT brioche.  The pickles are nice and thick, a perfectly tart element to compliment that extra crispy chicken.  And the sandwich isn't over dressed, the amount of mayo was just right.  KFC may have entered the sandwich war late, but they did their sandwich right.  The KFC Chicken Sandwich scored 55 out of a possible 63 points.

Church's Chicken Sandwich
THICK, juicy chicken breast

#2 Church's:  Church's puts a big dent in Popeye's armor! Church's has put together a very fine sandwich, it's got excellent visual appeal, the chicken was juicy, tender and had a nice crunch. The meat to bun ratio was good, there was pickle in every bite and that bun!.... The brioche bun brushed with Church's honey butter makes this sandwich bun the best of the challenge.   Church's Chicken sandwich scored 60 out of 63 possible points.  That chicken, the honey buttered bun, it was another does of YUM!

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich
THE best fried chicken sandwich in fast food!

And THE best fried chicken sandwich in fast food at #1 is.....  (drum roll)....  Popeye'sThis sandwich flat out ROCKS!  It had a great visual appeal, just look at the size of that chicken breast!  The meat was crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and seasoned perfectly.  Wrapped up in that puffy Brioche bun and complimented by tart pickle and creamy mayo, this sandwich combination is genius in it's simplicity and packs all that flavor in just a few ingredients.....  And it's only $3.99!  The Popeye's Chicken Sandwich scored a perfect 63 out of 63 points!  If you're going to have a fried chicken sandwich, this should be your go-to, it's the best in the business.

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 


Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: Freddy's Crispy Chicken Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

Freddy's Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Freddy's Crispy Chicken Sandwich

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Shots fired!  Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield that year by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.  

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich has been so popular, it is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich.  So how do all the other fast food joints stack up?  In the name of 'food science' (cough), I intend to find out. 

20210428_191121In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63. 

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers cranks out some good fast food chow.  I've never had their chicken sandwich before this challenge however, I usually order a double cheeseburger when I visit.  Their fish sandwich, sold during the season of Lent is a repeat buy, so let's see how their Crispy Chicken Sandwich stacks up against their fast food competitors.

Freddy's Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Pickle in every bite!

Freddy's makes good burgers, a good fish sandwich and their Crispy Chicken Sandwich does not disappoint!  The sandwich scored well in all categories, juicy, nicely seasoned chicken, crunch in the breading, good meat to bun ratio, nicely toasted bun and pickle in every bite! 

I paid about $10.00 for a combo meal, a bit on the higher end of fast food pricing, so not the cheapest fast food eats in town.  The Freddy's Crispy Chicken Sandwich scored 53 out of a possible 63 points and is worthy of a repeat buy.  With that score of 53 on the spreadsheet, I'm giving the sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

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Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: A&W's Chicken Sliders

By Mike Thayer

A&W Chicken Sliders
A&W Chicken Sliders wrapped up like baked potatoes?

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Shots fired!  Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield that year by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.  

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich has been so popular, it is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich.  So how do all the other fast food joints stack up?  In the name of 'food science' (cough), I intend to find out. 

20210624_184306In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63. 

Today I sampled A&W's Chicken Sliders.  Known for their draft root beer and root beer floats, let's see how their hand breaded chicken sliders stack up against their fast food competitors.

A&W Chicken Sliders
Tasty pickles!

In taking that first bite I was hit with how juicy the chicken was and coupled with the tartness of the pickle it was a splash of flavor in the mouth!  The crunch however, was missing.  The chicken was nicely seasoned, but the lack of crunch in the breading was a downer.  The slider buns were 'pillowy' and dressed nicely with mayo.  The meat to bun ratio - excellent.  These are good sliders, but they would be great with some crunch! I will say these were the best pickles of the challenge.

I paid $4.99 for the two sliders, which equates to a regular sized sandwich.  The A&W Chicken Sliders scored 55 out of a possible 63 points, a much better score than competitor Sonic's Chicken sliders.  With that score of 55, the sliders get 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and is worthy of a repeat buy, but there are better chicken sandwich offerings out there.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

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