We’re now entering the dead heat of the fast food summer, which means that restaurant chains around the country are desperately trying to come up with something new to engage your taste buds. Can McDonald’s grab your attention with new seasoned French fries, or has Arby’s finally locked into your wallet with their cheaply-priced chicken sandwiches? Honestly, it doesn’t really matter, because Burger King has now entered the ring with their latest concoction: The Mac n’ Cheetos.
Burger King is no stranger to dabbling with the bizarre, having recently introduced Grilled Dogs to their menu, not to mention their solidified stamp in the fast food history books with their introduction of Chicken Fries to the world some years ago. Now, they’re taking a step back and injecting a little creativity (and lots and lots of cheese) into their latest deep-fried creation.
The Mac n’ Cheetos may initially sound like the worst idea ever, but let me be the first to tell you that they’re easily one of the best cheese-centered items to hit the master of “having it your way.”
For starters, the Mac n’ Cheetos are filled with a deliciously gooey cheese sauce, mixed with a fair amount of tendered macaroni noodles. Then, they are coated with a light, yet crispy and crunchy layer of batter that’s not quite as seasoned as a mozzarella stick, yet not as heavy or as greasy as a traditional cheese curd. Finally, Burger King has somehow managed to fuse together the blasting flavor of a Cheetos Puff into the batter, which is of course deep-fried.
This is where Burger King comes out on top as the reigning champion of fast food artistry. They’ve managed to capture the bold and punchy taste of Cheetos without ever overpowering the finger-sized sticks of heaven. The Cheetos powder isn’t simply sprinkled on for flavor, but instead merged within the batter itself to provide a bite that’s full of flavor and texture. For added visual appeal, Burger King has smartly decided to package the five-piece Mac n’ Cheetos in a unusual-shaped box that’s colorful and attention-grabbing.
The Mac n’ Cheetos are currently available at participating Burger King locations and can be purchased in packs of five for $2.50. They make for great little side add-ons, but don’t quite hold up when it comes to vetoing traditional French fries or onion rings as a full-on substitute. This is mainly due to the size of the actual Mac n’ Cheetos, which are about as long as an average-sized pinky finger. They’re small, but they’ve definitely got it all.
They’ve got great potential and if marketed right could end up being a stable part of Burger King’s snack-sized menu, which once featured the gone-but-never-forgotten cheesy tots and the widely-popular crown-shaped chicken tenders.
Hats (or crowns) off to Burger King for going out of their way to invent a snack that’s exciting and different, not to mention addicting and delicious. The Mac n’ Cheetos are reasonably priced for what they are and are best consumed with ketchup nearby for dippage. Fast food connoisseurs like myself will surely want to make a stop at their nearest BK sometime soon before these cheese-filled delights are gone for good.