Fast Food established have changed over the past couple year. What’s new? A lot! They are now doing a lot of new things to satisfy the needs of a fat-obsessed and economically-challenged society. Here’s what’s going on.
1 – Calorie Posts
Want to know how many calories are in a Big Mac? You can find out easily now without picking up a book or searching online. McDonald’s and other fast food joints are posting the amount of calories in their food items on boards right next to the menu or on the menu underneath the item. They haven’t come out and said exactly why yet. However, it probably has a lot to do with a few lawsuits and diet-conscious consumers.
2 – Smaller Meals
Remember when $5 could buy you a HUGE meal on any fast food menu? Because of inflation, this reality changed over the past few years. However, to accommodate people who are struggling just to pay their mortgage, fast food restaurants are now offering mini-meal for adults. They are best-selling meals scaled down to meet prices at about $3.50. This way, a family of four can still feed everyone for only $20.
3 – Free Giveaways
In order to pull people into their establishments during a rough economic time, many fast food places are giving free coupons away for a free meal. One of the most popular ones for the year was hosted by Oprah Winfrey. She joined forces with KFC to give people a free piece of skinless chicken. It created a frenzy and put KFC in the forefront of the news. Other places have since followed suit, like Starbucks. Keep your eyes open for special announcements over the news and from your favorite celebrities. They are the ones who usually break the new about these special deals.
4 – Dollar Menus
Sometimes the only thing you have in your pocket is a dollar and some change. Don’t fret. These days, you can even use that amount of money to get a bite to eat. Fast food restaurants like Wendy’s have dollar menus. They list items you can purchase without breaking the bank. So, if you have a late night craving for grease and sugar, you can indulge yourself without feeling guilty about the amount of money you spent on it.
5 – Classic returns
Even fast food restaurants realize when they’ve made a mistake. For this, they are now bringing back oldies, but goodies they once dropped from their menu. These classic returns include ones like the teriyaki chicken bowl at Jack-In-The-Box. It reappeared a few months ago after it’d been dropped for over a year. This time around, it is even more of a hit than before.