I heard a commercial on the radio yesterday for the fast food chain Wendy’s. The radio ad went on to say that many fast food bacon is subpar, (Something that we have been saying for years). But that Wendy’s finally had the solution. Wendy’s is now claiming that their new Apple wood Smocked bacon is “crispy, twice as thick as before,” and that this is “the way bacon ought to be.”
The new bacon is available on their breakfast menu in the bacon egg and cheese biscuit and the Bacon Morning Melt Panini. Now I’m that guy that likes fast food breakfast but can never seem to get up before 10:30am, but today I made a sure my alarm was set for 6 am so I would have plenty of time.
I rolled up to the drive thru at about 7 and ordered the number 2. It came with the Bacon Morning Melt Panini (BMMP) a side of tots and a drink choice (I chose a vanilla iced coffee). The bill was a little over 5 bucks; I paid, got my food and was off to work.
During the couple minute commute all I could think about was crispy thick apple wood bacon. I wanted it so bad, I think I was driving at least 80MPH. A small part of my mind was saying “calm down, you’ve been tricked by fast food bacon claims before,” but I pushed that thought out of my head and started to drive even faster.
I ran into work BMMP in hand. When I got to my desk I opened the bag like a kid on Christmas. As I pulled the BMMP out one thing I noticed was the smell or the lack there of. I could smell the cheese, the egg, and even the vanilla from my coffee but not the bacon; this was not a good sign.
I took the BMMP out of its wrapper and could not see any bacon sticking out but I still had high hopes. I slowly lifted the bread and to my horror couldn’t see any bacon. All I saw was yellow egg. Then I realized the sandwich was upside down. I flipped it over and slowly lifted that slice of bread. Under it was a slice of tomato cheese and three slices of bacon. The bacon was longer than most fast food bacon but definitely not thicker. As for the claim of being crispy, that was a bald faced lie. Not one bit of the bacon had any crisp on it. It was all limp and chewy.
I ate one of the slices to see if I could taste the apple wood but unfortunately it wasn’t really there. There was a very faint flavor of it, and tasted like the flavor was added later not smoked into the meat.
Once again Wendy’s has disappointed me with bold claims and poor execution. It’s true that this bacon is a step up from the bacon used on the Baconator, but I still would not call this good bacon. So unfortunately I must continue the boycott of Wendy’s bacon products.
On a side note, I must also start a boycott on Wendy’s iced coffee. My vanilla iced coffee had a strange after taste that made me gag. The best way I can describe the taste is kind of like a rotten burnt vanilla, Wendy’s is starting to become by far the worst fast food chain in the game.
By Sean Brett