Taco Bell booked a 5% sales increase last year, surpassing Burger King as the country's fourth-largest restaurant brand, according to Technomic. McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway maintained their spots in the top three.
Subway will roll out a revamped loyalty program next month in a push to drive more frequent visits and reverse slowing sales. The revised program will give members $4 to spend on any menu items once they've spent $100 and reward frequent customers with "surprise" perks, including chips and cookies.
Cream-based cocktails offer unique flavors that come alive as after-dinner sips, Annaliese Griffin writes. The brandy Alexander, Colorado bulldog and White Russian are among the mixed drinks that rely on cream for their depth, she writes.
McDonald's will start serving Szechuan sauce again at its US restaurants on Monday, with plans to distribute 20 million packets. The sauce soared to pop-culture status after it was featured in an episode of the animated series "Rick and Morty," and a limited release last fall frustrated fans when restaurants quickly ran out.
Wendy's plans to grow to 7,250 restaurants around the world over the next three years, with new designs that can fit into smaller spaces, Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. The chain also expects to grow sales through delivery partnerships with DoorDash and other third-party providers, as well as expanded mobile ordering capabilities.
Universal, free breakfasts now will be available at a Wisconsin middle school. The district currently serves universal, free breakfast at the elementary-school level, and about 32% of students participate.
A bipartisan group of Minnesota state lawmakers is creating a child-hunger caucus to increase awareness of childhood hunger in the state. The group will aim to connect organizations and programs that are working to reduce childhood hunger, including farmers and the food industry.
Lawmakers in Rhode Island are proposing a tax on video games to help fund counseling and mental health services in the state's schools. The law would apply a 10% sales tax to video games rated "M" for mature or higher.
Inspired by a free-form souffle, chef Amalia Marino created her own modified take on the dish that also borrows a technique from the egg dessert sabayon. Whipping egg yolks with goat cheese over simmering water thickens the mixture, and egg whites folded in before baking on a sheet pan give the finished product an airy texture.
Early recipes for lemon bars from the 1960s contained fewer eggs, which resulted in thinner, more delicate bars, writes Jessica Reed. For her modified recipe, she also toned down the sweetness and added lemon zest for a curd that is lemony without being cloying.
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