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‘The King’ has been around since Burger King’s earliest days
5 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Burger King'
You’re most likely familiar with Burger King’s “The King,” the creepy mascot wearing the big king mask who popped up in the majority of Burger King’s ad campaigns between the years of 2003 and 2011. But did you know that his roots actually go back as far as the chain’s earliest days?
He Was Voiced by a Legendary Voice Actor in His Earliest TV Appearances
During The King’s time as a cartoon character, he was voiced by legendary voice-over actor Allen Swift, who supplied voices for some of the most legendary cartoons to ever air, including Underdog, Tom and Jerry, The Popeye Show, and Howdy Doody.
He Once Ruled the ‘Burger King Kingdom’
A whole cast of Burger King characters was introduced to compete with the McDonaldland characters, including Sir Shake-a-Lot, the Burger Thing, the Duke of Doubt, and the Wizard of Fries.
He Was Shelved in Favor of Showcasing Ingredients
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The King was somewhat of a hit with young guys when his new commercials debuted in the early 2000s, but even executives at the chain itself recognized that he was creepy and scared away women and kids. He didn’t help with sales much, either, so in 2011 he was retired in favor of a campaign that focused on the chain’s use of fresh ingredients.
His Recent Appearances Have Been Quite Unpredictable
While he hasn’t appeared in many Burger King commercials since 2011, The King has appeared in several guerrilla marketing campaigns this year. In May, Burger King paid $1 million to have him included in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s entourage during his recent fight with Manny Pacquiao, and horse trainer Bob Baffert was paid $200,000 to allow The King to stand behind him during the Belmont Stakes. He made his first commercial appearance since 2011 in June 2015 to help promote the chain’s chicken nuggets.
The Masks Have Sold for Hundreds of Dollars
In 2005, King masks went on sale on bkmasks.com, and even though they weren’t promoted anywhere they quickly sold out. They appeared on eBay for hundreds of dollars, but today they cost slightly less than that.
5 Things You'll Relate to If You Love Burger King
Whether it be the convenience of a meal that is ready in what seems like seconds or simply the fact that it's cheap, it's no surprise that Americans love fast food. One time at McDonald's, my friend said, "the golden arches are the greatest thing this country's ever seen". The numbers certainly don't lie. Yet Burger King is not far behind Mickey D's in terms of raking in those precious greenbacks and has recently employed innovative strategies to revitalize its franchise. It's safe to say that Burger King is home to a lot more than just its famous Whopper.
When I was young, I went to Burger King almost every night after hockey. I admit it was mostly for the toys in the kid's meal, but I enjoyed the food as well. In the spirit of nostalgia, here are five things you can relate to if you love BK.
7 Foods You'll Never See at Burger King Again
You can't mess with classics like the Whopper or chicken fries. But for every iconic menu item at Burger King, there are more failed ideas that didn't stand the test of time. We're not sure why BK thought bacon ice cream was a good idea, but they did.
Some of these discontinued Burger King foods sound great, while others sound like mistakes that should never have happened. If you didn't get to try all of these, you weren't missing out on much. (Except Cini-Minis. Those were the best.)
2. The KFC owner trusted Thomas to turn his business around
Here’s another fun fact that we bet most of you were not aware of. Harlan Sanders had so much faith in Dave Thomas that he asked him to help him in turning around four of the chicken franchises in Columbus, Ohio which were on the brink of failure. The businesses were failing to thrive and after becoming acquainted with Thomas and his ability to run a restaurant, Sanders believed that if anyone could save the four failing KFC locations, it would be him. His instincts proved to be correct because, within just a few years, Thomas who was granted franchise rights and shares in the four failing restaurants was able to sell them all back to Sanders for a whopping price of over $1.5 million.
Will Burger King Be Crowned Winner of the Chicken Sandwich Wars?
The culinary world is one of mystery, intrigue and secret spices. Take the fried chicken sandwich. By the looks of it, there shouldn't be anything remotely controversial about such a simple sandwich of bread, chicken and toppings.
But instead there's a war that's been raging over who has the best, and now another contender is joining this battle of the burgers, ahem, sandwiches — Burger King. The chain announced its new Ch'King sandwich — a direct competitor to Popeyes' fried chicken sandwich — will be available beginning June 3, heating up the chicken sandwich wars yet again. Here's how it all started.
Who's the First?
There have been a lot of rumors swirling around the origins of the first fast food fried chicken sandwich. Most believe the honor goes to a guy named Truett Cathy, who in 1946 stuck a piece of chicken between two hamburger buns and called it Chick-fil-a. This cute, but unfortunately totally unsubstantiated, claim tells a nice tale, but it's now widely regarded as marketing propaganda. Fun story, though!
Regardless of its origins, a chicken sandwich — whether it be fried, grilled or chopped — is a fast food staple that's recently exploded in popularity since the 2019 drop of Popeyes now famous fried chicken sandwich.
Not only did Popeyes' new menu quickly make the rounds on social media, it also garnered the attention of YouTubers and news publications like Time — who said the sandwich lived up to the hype. Because of its popularity, Popeyes saw a whopping 38 percent spike in same store sales as reported during the fourth quarter of 2019, recontextualizing the simple four-ingredient sandwich as a cash cow (chicken?). Naturally, other brands wanted in on the action and so began the fast food fried chicken wars.
The Best Beef Begins on Twitter
Widely considered the opening shots of war was an interaction on Twitter between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A when the latter released a suspiciously well-timed tweet touting love for its chicken sandwich. Popeyes commented on the brand's celebratory tweet with the infamous ". y'all good?", signaling to Chik-fil-A that the Louisiana chain was onto them.
According to HuffPost, Google searches for "Popeyes chicken sandwich" skyrocketed nearly 1,000 percent after the wry tweet, opening the proverbial floodgates for a new era of fast food. Soon, the debate started making the rounds, prompting this generation's fast-food version of Letterman versus Leno: Who made the best chicken sandwich? Popeyes or Chick-fil-A? But the fun didn't stop there.
"The media really branded it a war," says Restaurant Business & FoodService Director senior editor, Pat Cobe. "Now every chain that enters is adopting that tag. But I think it's longer lasting than a skirmish. There are now over 30 chains that are vying for 'chicken sandwich supremacy,' and new entries are coming on the market almost every week. Most try to differentiate their sandwich with a signature sauce or 'hand-crafted' breading, but the basic elements are the same: a breaded chicken breast filet, fried crispy and topped with pickles and mayo or a sauce on a brioche bun or potato roll. Some chains do two versions: a classic and spicy, like Nashville Hot."
By January 2021, it's estimated that more than two dozen fast food chains had their own version of the fried chicken sandwich — from KFC's double-breaded extra-crispy chicken fillet to Shake Shack's Korean-style Fried Chick'n Sandwich. It wasn't too long before some of the other fast food giants would notice.
McDonald's Gets in on the McGame
Enter McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich. In February 2021, the renowned burger joint bet it all on a new sandwich that would make the McChicken look like McGarbage.
A February 2021 story in The New York Times spoke about McDonald's contribution to the fried chicken wars, calling this current altercation "the fiercest food-world fights in recent years." Fried chicken sandwiches were the second most requested item on DoorDash (just behind chicken fingers), with an estimated 65 percent of the U.S. population having ordered a breaded chicken sandwich in the last six months.
Back in 2019 and 2020, it wasn't just an influx of delicious sandwiches fueling this gruesome battle for white meat supremacy, but rather a decline in the beef industry prompted by coronavirus as well as a spiked interest in chicken.
"Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food," Cobe says, "and that's what consumers were seeking during the pandemic. Plus, chicken sandwiches are portable, delivery-friendly and relatively inexpensive. All these attributes add up to their popularity. But the increase in demand by restaurants and consumers is pushing chicken prices up, especially with breasts and wings, and making it hard to find supply."
Cobe also says both Popeyes and Chick-fil-A have a hand in raising the popularity of fried chicken as well as the so-called war.
"Chick-fil-A was really the first out with a premium fried chicken sandwich," Cobe says. "It's been on the menu for years, so it's a tossup between that chain or Popeyes for ownership, but the current war was definitely started by Popeyes. It created a lot of buzz on social media, caused long lines to form outside locations, and sold out in several areas. Meanwhile, other chains had been working on their own upgrades, including KFC and McDonald's, but Popeyes was first out of the gate."
With brand after brand releasing sandwich after sandwich, it's hard to know when this war will end. At the very least, we'll have plenty of delicious fried chicken sandwiches to snack on while we watch the action.
Alvin C. Copeland Sr., originally opened Popeyes in 1972 as "Chicken on the Run" in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi selling traditional friend chicken. After several months, the restaurant was not performing well, so Copeland rebranded the restaurant as "Popeyes" and changed the menu selling spicy, New Orleans-style chicken.
A few years ago, Burger King offered donut holes, which were really popular as a breakfast option.
The Donut Holes were basically what you would think: small round donuts similar to Dunkin’ Munchkins. They came in an order of five, and were covered in a sweet, light glaze. Unfortunately, the Donut Holes didn’t come in any other flavors or with any other toppings, and maybe that’s why they ultimately didn’t stick around. But they were still delicious as little glazed donut treats!
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A McDonald's in Las Vegas. Image source: McDonald's. The first McDonald's location was in Fresno, California, and franchised by founder Ray Kroc. Today more than 30,300 McDonald's are operated by franchisees.
When you have as long and as storied a history as does McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) , you're bound to revolutionize how your industry operates. For example, although the Chicken McNugget was invented in the 1970s, scalable production wasn't available until 1983, when the company was able to replace the slow-selling Onion Nugget, and boneless chicken bites suddenly became a huge thing.
And while it may be known that its famous Golden Arches were not representative of the letter "M" in the McDonald's name until five years after they debuted, but rather signified the restaurant's architecture, there are dozens if not hundreds of interesting facts about this iconic and ubiquitous fast-food chain.
Below are 13 more fascinating things you probably didn't know about the hamburger king.
- The first food McDonald's served was hot dogs, not hamburgers.
- The chain operates some 36,000 restaurants -- many more than Burger King (15,100), Wendy's (6,500), and Sonic (3,500) combined.
- According to its operations and training manual, McDonald's sells "more than 75 hamburgers per second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day of the year."
- Ronald McDonald was first introduced in 1966, and the clown character is by some reckonings the second-most recognizable character in the world behind Santa Claus, with one survey finding that 96% of all U.S. schoolchildren knew him.
- The Big Mac was first introduced in Pittsburgh in 1968.
- There are four Chicken McNugget shapes: the Boot, the Ball, the Bow Tie and the Bell.
- There are 2,400 quality checks involved in a single day's beef-patty production at the company's beef supplier, Cargill.
- Keystone Foods (which also helped create the Chicken McNugget) was created as a result of demand from McDonald's for its Individual Quick Freeze process, which kept beef patties fresh-tasting. The process is used by burger makers worldwide today.
- Cargill takes only about 21 days on average to process its beef and deliver it to a McDonald's restaurant, meaning a typical hamburger you eat at the restaurant was likely a cow chewing its cud just three weeks prior.
- McDonald's famous french fries are "peeled" via high-pressure steam at supplier McCain's facility, then shot through a slicer at about 40 mph to achieve the uniform shape for which they're known.
- In the U.S., McDonald's purchases more than 13 million cage-free eggs each year, or about 10% of the 130 million eggs the chain uses annually. It promises to be 100% cage-free by 2025.
- It's estimated McDonald's has served well over 300 billion hamburgers since its founding, but the company officially stopped keeping count somewhere around 1994, which is why the restaurant signs say either "Over 99 Billion Served" or "Billions and Billions Served."
- McDonald's sold its 100 millionth burger in 1958 and surpassed 400 million two years later. It hit 700 million burgers by 1962, and the billionth burger was served in 1963 on the Art Linkletter TV show. By 1983, McDonald's had sold 45 billion hamburgers, and then it grew by 5 billion burgers a year through 1993, when the 100 billionth burger never seemed to materialize.
A multiyear slide in sales may have stalled reaching the next milestone, whatever that happens to be. Yet McDonald's seems to have gotten itself back on track with three straight quarters of rising same-store sales. Investors are looking for four in a row when the company next reports earnings.
It's true: Burger King had the audacity to put bacon atop its soft serve in 2012. We'll stick to plain vanilla, thanks.
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5 Signs You Have Dementia and Aren't Aging "Normally"
What are the signs you have dementia and it's not just "normal" aging? There are a few and they're important to know. For although you may joke, at times, that you had a "brain fart," or struggle to remember so-and-so's name, a certain pattern of behavior can be more alarming. "Normal aging may include weakening muscles and bones, stiffening of arteries and vessels, and some age-related memory changes that may show as: Occasionally misplacing car keys. Struggling to find a word but remembering it later. Forgetting the name of an acquaintance," says the CDC. But read on to see the signs of actual dementia we've listed 7 key signs. 1 You're Forgetting Recent Events or Information Perhaps you can remember exactly where you went on your first big date…but can't remember what you did last week, or if you did a recent grocery shop. "One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same questions over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own." 2 You Bought Things You Have No Memory of Buying Tales of folks with dementia ordering Amazon packages—or in one case, a car—and having no memory doing so is becoming more common now that purchases are a click away. This kind of errant spending can be a sign of money issues in general. "In time, it may become apparent to a carer that, even with support, the person with dementia is struggling to cope," says the Alzheimer's Association. "For example, they may fail to understand what needs to be paid, overpay for some things, or leave money unaccounted for."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 3 You Repeat Yourself Over and Over in a Short Period of Time One grandmother with dementia was watching her granddaughter come in and out of a room. "Oh, she's so beautiful," sheɽ say when the toddler ran past. "Whose is she?" Then the child would run into the room again. "Oh, she's so beautiful," said the grandmother. "Whose is she?" And again and again—each time, she could not remember who the child belonged to, and repeated herself. Another time, at a diner, a grandfather told a raucous story about a time heɽ had with old friends at a bowling alley. When finished, he got up to use the restroom, leaving the table laughing. Upon returning, he sat down and proceeded to tell the exact same story, beat for beat. 4 You Misplace Items You Use All the Time It's completely natural for the Scotch tape to go missing in a busy household, or for you to forget which of your dozen pockets the car keys are in. But if you use an item consistently—like, say, a medication, or eyewear, or, yes your car keys—and misplace them in strange places, like, say, in the soap dish, or on the stove, then this is cause for concern. RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 5 You Do Not Know the Date or Time During the pandemic, it's been a common joke to say the days have gone by in a blur and time doesn't matter. But even the most socially distanced of us know when and where we are, if we are in our right mind. Those with dementia do not always feel this way. They may not be able to come up with the date or time, or think that it is a different date or time. 6 You May Experience a Change in Mood or Interests In one of the more disturbing threads of the recent film The Father, about a gentleman (Anthony Hopkins) who has dementia, the man veers from charming and loquacious to quiet and sullen to bursting with red-faced anger, depending on the day, and depending, sometimes, on the hour. This is common, as the stress of forgetting life's simplicities would lead anyone to run the emotional gamut. If you feel any of these symptoms are happening to you, feel no shame instead, simply reach out to a medical professional for a diagnostic test. And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.
You Have to Try This Protein-Packed Summer Lunch Spread with Farro Salad, Ricotta Dip, and Eggs
If you don't follow us on Instagram yet, you might have missed Shelly Westerhausen Worcel, cookbook author and recipe developer, show us the most lavish lunch spread on our Instagram Stories. The spread she displayed came from her newest cookbook Tables&Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts. The book is all about easy entertaining, small gatherings, and recipes for weeknight meals. The book was inspired by responses and suggestions from Worcel's first book, Platters and Boards.Worcel's Farro Salad, Simple Ricotta Dip, and Cacio e Pepe Eggs are all a part of this quick, easy, and delicious protein-packed lunch spread. (Related: 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make)The Farro Salad is a perfect and refreshing way to add protein and fiber to your meal. Its pecans add crunch and roasted leeks pack vitamin K the apples and raisins add some natural sweetness, blue cheese lends a savory balance, and a simple dressing rounds out the healthy fats and flavor. Plus, the eggs are full of protein, meaning this lunch spread will cover all the bases.Once all these recipes are done, grab a board and place your Ricotta Dip in the center, add your Cacio e Pepe eggs, along with any veggies youɽ like with this dip. Worcel recommends adding toasted bread, red cabbage leaves, cucumbers, assorted nuts, tri-colored cherry tomatoes, some halved organic purple and orange carrots, halved beets, mini peppers, halved snap peas, and watermelon beet slices.For more snack board ideas, check out this recipe for 6 Healthy Dip Recipes to Make at Home.Farro Salad You'll Need For the dressing1/4 cup olive oil1 Tbsp white wine vinegar1 tsp chili garlic sauce, or your favorite hot sauce1 tsp honey1/2 tsp salt1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepperFor the salad1 cup farro, rinsed1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more for seasoningOne can chickpeas, drained and rinsed2 Tbsp olive oil1 small leek, trimmed, washed, halved, and sliced into 1/2 in half-moons1/3 cup pecan halves1 tart apple, cored and diced1/4 cup yellow raisins1/4 cup crumbled blue cheeseFreshly ground black pepper How to Make It To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, honey, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl.Set aside.To make the salad, first, boil the farro until it's tender. Drain any excess water and set it aside.Bake your chickpeas on a baking sheet tossed in 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and 1/2 tsp of the salt for 10 minutes in the oven.On another baking sheet spread an even layer of leeks tossed in the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt.Once your chickpeas are done pour them on top of the leeks and place them in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until both the leeks and chickpeas are brown. Then use a spatula to push the chickpea mixture to one side of the baking sheet and add the pecans.Let it all bake for another 3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove them from the oven and set them aside.Once the pecans are cool enough to chop, roughly chop and place them in a large mixing bowl.In the same large mixing bowl, add the cooked farro, chickpeas, leeks, apple, raisins, and blue cheese and mix to combine. Drizzle in the dressing and mix again. Taste and add more salt or pepper, as needed.Author note: This salad can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let the salad come back to room temperature when serving.Simple Ricotta Dip You'll Need 1 cup of ricottaHerbs from your fridgeSalt and pepper to tasteOlive oil to drizzle How to Make It Simply add your ricotta to a small mixing bowl for dipping and add some fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.Once it's mixed, drizzle a little olive oil on top and a pinch of herbs for decoration.To now you're going to add some herbs from your fridge to some ricotta and a dash of salt and pepper.Cacio e Pepe Eggs You'll Need 2 eggs2 tsp mayonnaise2 cups cantaloupe, sliced2 oz. shaved Parmesan cheese2 tsp grated Parmesan cheeseFreshly ground black pepper How to Make It Bring some water to a rapid boil over high heat. Using a slotted spoon, lower 2 eggs into the water and lower the heat to medium or medium-low and let that simmer for 7 minutes. When the eggs are done, transfer them to an "ice bath" (2 cups of water and ice) and let your eggs cool for at least 2 minutes.Crack and peel the eggs then slice them in half and smear 1/2 tsp of the mayonnaise on the cut side of each half.Top each egg half with 1/2 oz shredded Parmesan, 1/2 tsp grated Parmesan, and a half-turn of pepper. Serve right away.Author note: Eggs can be cooked and stored, unpeeled, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving. Peel and assemble them right before serving.You can buy the full cookbook on Amazon and don't forget to follow Shelly on her Instagram page @vegetarianventures for more recipes and vegetarian inspiration.Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!
We Tried Popular New Fast-Food Summer Items and This Is the Best One
The expectations for this summer are high, with terms like "renaissance" and "return," and superlatives like "best" or "craziest" being thrown around. And, as an industry that's especially skilled in leaning into national marketing opportunities, the fast-food space is not one to ignore such an exciting time. As the hype around this summer keeps growing, so do the fast-food menus.From ridiculously celebratory to more practical and refreshing, chains have been rolling out new menu items that'll go hand-in-hand with hot summer days. They look beautiful and promisingly refreshing, but which of these new drinks and sweet treats are worth the hype of their own?I tried six of the buzziest new summer releases to find out—here's how they ranked. For more, check out We Tried the Most Popular New Iced Coffees and This Is the Best One. 6 McDonald's Strawberry Watermelon Slushie This slushie, which recently made its debut at Mickey D's, looks to be a classic in every sense. Bright red, it comes in a cone-topped plastic cup that allows for its entire grandeur to be taken in at once. I was eager to taste the strawberry and watermelon combo, and had high expectations from that first slurp. But then it just tasted . . . red.Unfortunately, beyond the clear cup with McArches etched on, there's really nothing that sets this slushie apart from a gas station staple. While it wasn't bad per se, I simply can't validate any hype on this one.RELATED: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox. 5 Taco Bell's Baja Blast Colada Freeze I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the first experience of a new fast-food item largely depends on how well it was executed by the specific location you ordered from. In the case of this Baja Blast, the Taco Bell I ordered from under-delivered. I get it—things are busier than ever, especially in the newly-maskless New York City. But this Baja Blast filled only three quarters of the cup and looked a little worse for wear.That said, the flavor of this bad boy made up for any initially lackluster impression. While still ultimately just a slushie, the Baja Blast has a slightly carbonated kick that sets it apart, making for a memorable and unique tasting experience. Definitely worth grabbing for a park hang this summer. 4 Dunkin's Berry Powdered Donut If you're a fan of Dunkin's classic powdered donuts, you'll love this summery upgrade. The Berry Powdered Donut looks appealingly modern—apparently lavender is an "it" color right now—and its taste does not disappoint.Every bit as buttery and textured as a regular Dunkin' powdered donut, the berry flavor packs a subtle punch from the moment it hits your mouth. Of course, the reigning flavor here is still Dunkin's classic donut taste, so quite a bit hinges on individual feelings about that. For me, while this new delicacy was good, it was still a bit too heavy to rank much higher on a summer round-up. 3 McDonald's Caramel Brownie McFlurry I know, I know: talk about heavy. A McFlurry is in no way light or healthy, but honestly, for the moments in which you're looking to indulge and cool off, this guy does the trick.The new McFlurry flavor makes a strong first impression, with chunks of brownie and caramel visibly dotting the top. The Mickey D's vanilla ice cream flavor is a nice compliment to the dense add-ins, and for the first seven or eight bites, this dessert is pure heaven. The reason it didn't rank higher? All the bites thereafter. As is commonly an issue with McFlurries, the bottom becomes plain vanilla ice cream pretty quickly. Still good! But definitely less enticing than we were originally led to believe. 2 Starbucks' Dragon Drink There's no other way to put it: this drink is cool. Literally—it's an iced, caffeinated beverage made with real dragonfruit and coconut milk—but also figuratively. The name, the fresh fruit floating on top, the color! I can't get enough.While slightly on the sweet side for my taste, the Dragon Drink is definitely worth all of the summer 2021 hype. It's refreshing and tropical and tastes truly hand-crafted. I give it a 10/10 and will be bringing it to the beach on summer afternoons. 1 Shake Shack's Strawberry Salted Limeade Don't walk, run! Shake Shack's limited-edition Strawberry Salted Limeade is one of three new flavors the chain rolled for a limited time. It's only available until June 30, which means we have exactly one month to enjoy this bad boy.Unlike the other summer creations, Shake Shack's Limeade is more refreshing than just plain sweet. Its taste is just as layered as its name would lead you to believe, and while it's great on its own, we can also picture it making a mean mixer for beginning-of-summer cocktails.For more, check out the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.
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Stop doing these things immediately—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor. 1 Don't Neglect Your Vitamin D Levels—or Your Iron, Riboflavin and More "Vitamin deficiencies can be an issue at any age, particularly with the common American diet," says the Burgess Health Center. "However, as women age, vitamin deficiencies become even more common and can be the cause of many symptoms and conditions. Vitamin D deficiency is particularly prevalent and can contribute to increased bone-mass loss (over the age of 40, this happens to women naturally, but a deficiency in vitamin D accelerates the problem) and osteoporosis. Low vitamin D has also been linked to depression and seasonal affective disorder. Other potential deficiencies include iron, riboflavin, and vitamin B." 2 Stop Eating Right Before Bedtime—It Makes You Gain Weight Too Fast You used to be able to down an entire pizza or pint of Ben&Jerry's while binging a Netflix marathon, or maybe have a few beers at the bar till midnight, but now…you can't. Or at least, you shouldn't. "Eating before bed can cause the body's metabolism to slow," say the experts at Amerisleep. "The body slows down its functions at night to prepare for sleep, but consuming foods, especially those high in carbs, can make it harder to digest and result in weight gain." It's already harder to lose weight after 40 don't make it more so. 3 Stop Obsessing Over Your Hair Loss. Accept it Or Do Something About It. A receding hairline, baldness or thinning hair are a natural part of aging for men and women, as ordinary as your hair going grey. Rather than waste years fretting over how badly you look as a result, do one of two things: 1) Accept it. You don't look like you used to. And that's OK. 2) A far more expensive option is to try hair growth products, some of which actually do work. Look for products with minoxidil—shown to grow hair faster in women—like in Rogaine.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 4 Pump Iron, and Eat Iron "At this time of life many people take their good health for granted and healthy eating and exercise are often put on the back burner," says the BBC. "But as we grow older, good nutrition and regular exercise become even more important. A diet rich in antioxidants may help protect against some health problems such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, cataracts and certain types of cancer." Not to mention: "After the age of 40, the metabolic rate (the speed at which the body burns calories) drops, but the drop is very modest and the real reason many people in this age bracket start to suffer from middle-aged spread is due to a change in hormone levels and poor dietary choices, combined with a lack of exercise. Excess weight, particularly around the 'middle' is a risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis and the longer you wait before you tackle the problem the harder it becomes – nip any weight gain in the bud now before it becomes a serious problem." 5 Don't Think You're Too Cool for Therapy Some of us ignore psychological pain even more than physical pain, especially men. "Men in their 40s have the tendency to ignore their emotional needs, which leads to an increase in stress and stress-related illness," says Haley Neidich, LCSW, a therapist based in New Haven, Connecticut. "Acknowledging when you need support and seeking out the right mental health counseling for your needs is essential."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 6 Don't Skip These Essential Health Screenings According to Beaumont Health, "the screenings in the 18 – 39 age group should continue to be completed annually, or as recommended by your physician, which include:a cholesterol check should be completed in your twenties, and then annually once you turn 35 it will be checked every five years if normal, annually if you have risk factorsfull body skin check to examine for suspicious moles or skin lesionswomen: exam for breast lumpswomen: pelvic examwomen: pap smear should be conducted every three years starting at the age of 21men: testicular exam"And if you're over 40, add these in, says Beaumont:"women: mammograms start the age of 40 and should be done annually if breast cancer runs in your family or you have other risk factors, you may need to begin regular mammograms at an earlier agemen: prostate screenings start at the age 50 unless you are a high-risk individual then you start at the age of 40full body scan for suspicious moles or skin lesions should be completed annually, as well as fasting blood sugar levels for signs of diabetescolonoscopy should be completed at age 50 or ten years earlier than the youngest family member with colon cancer with normal results, colorectal cancer screenings should be completed every 10 years." 7 You Can Think You're Young. But Don't Exercise That Way. Says the Cleveland Clinic, when it comes to exercise:"Warm up: 'It's important to warm up your muscles before strength training,' says Tom Iannetta ATC, CSCS, a senior athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. ɿive or 10 minutes on the elliptical machine or stationary bike gives you a good light warmup before lifting weights.'Get stretchy: 'Incorporate a good flexibility program alongside your strength training program,' he says. Whether it's yoga or a simple stretching routine, it will help you stay flexible and decrease the risk of tendon tears and other injuries.Try machines: If you're used to lifting free weights, consider switching to weight machines. These can be safer and help you avoid injuries when aging brings on a loss of muscle tone.Listen to your body: That's true at any age, but especially as you get older. If you have muscle pain that lasts the better part of a week, or joint pain that lasts more than a day or two, that's a red flag."And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.
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13 Ways to Hack the Burger King Menu, According to an Employee
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In about six hours, I'll be waking up to go work at Burger King, which I do six days a week. Since Burger King consumes my life, I decided to just accept it and write this article with some lifesaving hacks. These hacks are so amazing that they may have you running back to Burger King six days a week, just like me.
Most Burger Kings have transitioned to using Freestyle Coke machines. In these machines, there are over 100 different combinations you can make. If you dine in and use the freestyle machine, there are secret flavors. "Secret Santa" is a flavor during the holidays, and let me tell you, it is the bomb.
And even better? You can customize your milkshakes, frappes, and smoothies, too. Just ask whoever is working to combine your flavors and they will happily do it.
I am going to get straight to the point on this one. Half onion rings, half fries, one container. No additional charges, either. Make sure to ask for a side of zesty sauce, too.
Ever hear of the saying, "you can't have your cake and eat it too?" Well in this case, you can. This is probably one of my favorite &mdash and best tasting &mdash hacks. ICEE floats are made by taking your favorite flavor of ICEE and adding in ice cream. It's two desserts in one&mdashcan you say yum?
Burger King's chicken sandwich debut in Michigan delayed by pickle shortage, operator says
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The home of the Whopper is the latest chain to enter the chicken sandwich wars, but the item’s dramatic debut in Michigan is being delayed by a pickle shortage, a local restaurant operator has claimed.
BK’s hand-breaded chicken sandwich was supposed to hit the Wolverine State on March 23, but a dearth of special pickles – or more specifically, the jars they come in – is holding everything up, WOOD-TV reports.
"We have pickles for Whoppers but these are very special bigger, crunchier, zesty pickles [for the new sandwich,]" Jim MacDonald, vice president of operations for Burger King Grand Rapids explained. (Burger King)
"We have pickles for Whoppers but these are very special bigger, crunchier, zesty pickles," Jim MacDonald, vice president of operations for Burger King Grand Rapids, told the outlet in a Thursday interview. "The problem was we couldn’t get the pickles because they couldn’t get the jars during the pandemic. They couldn’t make the jars to put the pickles in… so they couldn’t make enough to get them where we needed them."
MacDonald runs 26 Burger Kings in Holland, Grand Rapids, Greenville and Ionia, among other nearby areas, and said that his restaurants,owned by Factorial Holdings, wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand that Burger Kings in nearby states Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois have seen for the hot new sandwich.
Despite the delay, there’s no ruffled feathers. The operations vice president told MLive.com that about $80,000 was spent at each restaurant on new equipment to best prepare the raw chicken for the sandwich. Restaurant workers are also completing special training through online "chicken chats" to study best practices for preparing the dish.
"It’s a lot of work," he said. "The raw chicken has a lot of food safety issues than what we are not used to dealing with, so it’s been some very aggressive training."
Looking ahead, the crispy chicken sandwich is finally set to debut at six of MacDonald’s 26 locations on April 14, with plans to expand from there. Though local ownership may affect debut days, MacDonald added that the new white-meat sandwich should grace all Michigan Burger King menus by May 5.
Though the competition is fierce among the fast food set, Burger King isn’t chickening out of the craze, he said.
"It’s better than Popeyes," MacDonald wagered of BK’s recipe, pointing out that both chains are owned by parent company Restaurant Brands International.
"[Burger King] has some information on how Popeyes makes their sandwiches," he alleged. "In my opinion, it’s better than Popeyes and Chick-fil-a. That’s of course when you do it right."
A spokesperson for Burger King was not immediately available to offer comment to Fox News on the pickle problem in Michigan.