Between 2009 and 2013, the sodium levels of this KFC meal actually increased by 11%, according to the CSPI survey.

While Other Restaurant Chains Cut Down On Sodium, KFC Meals Have Been Getting Saltier

With an increased concern about the role high sodium levels play in high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health issues, a number of restaurant chains have been attempting to cut back on the salt in recent years. A new review of meals from 17 of the nation’s most popular fast food and family eateries shows that most chains are slowly reducing the amounts of sodium in their food (though it’s still very high), while a small number of others have actually gone the other direction. [More]

Sbarro Is The Worst Fast Food Chain In America Because Its Food Doesn’t Taste “Fresh”

Answer: Sbarro.

Whether you’re a burger guy or a burrito gal, you’ve probably got your favorite fast food joints. But in the interest of finding a culinary consensus, our best buds at Consumer Reports decided to make it official with a new survey of readers who chowed down on 96,208 meals at 65 chains. And um, we’ve got some bad news for you, Sbarro (clears throat awkwardly). [More]

McDonald’s, Taco Bell Bring Up Rear In Latest Customer Satisfaction Survey

McDonald’s, Taco Bell Bring Up Rear In Latest Customer Satisfaction Survey

While McDonald’s may be the most well-known fast food company in the world, it’s also the least-loved by American consumers. For the fifth year in a row, and for the 18th time in 19 surveys, the Golden Arches has come in dead last among its competition in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. [More]

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Funny How Cops Don’t Like It When Drunk, Unruly Taco Bell Customers Impersonate Police Officers

It’s Tuesday, which must mean it’s the day that all the bad consumers come out to play in the news with tales of their inebriated shenanigans at fast food restaurants. In this installment, police say a guy in a Mercedes refused to roll forward to pick up his order at the Taco Bell drive-thru, telling cops who arrived on the scene that it was fine, see, because he’s a cop, too. Except not. [More]

Idea For Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco Came From Facebook Photo Of A Folded Waffle Sandwich

Idea For Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco Came From Facebook Photo Of A Folded Waffle Sandwich

When you’re posting things on the Internet, you never know where they’ll end up eventually. So it goes with one Facebook user’s photo of a folded over waffle sandwich at a California restaurant, which ended up morphing into Taco Bell’s waffle breakfast taco. [More]

(photo: Twitter user @JohnTaylor84)

Taco Bell Goes Smaller For A Change, Testing Crunchwrap Sliders

In recent years, Taco Bell has had a tendency to go large with many of its menu items, slapping XXL on its burritos and nachos, and selling “Big Box” combo meals along with 12 packs of tacos. But it looks like the fast food chain is now testing Shrink-Rayed “slider” versions of its Crunchwrap thing. [More]

Here Come Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos

Here Come Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos

Do you find the Doritos Locos Taco intriguing, but don’t care for beef (or Taco Bell’s version of beef)? Great news for you: tomorrow, the chain introduces a new member of the DLT family: Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch tacos. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and the “spice” in the name comes from a spicy ranch sauce. Spicy ranch? [More]

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This Hack Squeezes The Most Calories You Can Get Out Of Taco Bell For Your Money

No one has ever said, “I’d like to get the least amount of stuff for my money.” So when you’ve only got a few bucks and need to fill up the old stomach hole with food, you want to stretch those spare dollars as far as they can go, toward the most calories you can shove in there. And of course, there’s a hack for that, if you don’t mind eating Taco Bell. [More]

The Consumerist Quiz: Test Your Fast Food Calorie IQ

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Earlier this week we told you about the most calorific appetizers, entrees, and desserts at the nation’s biggest sort-of-but-not-really Italian chain restaurants. While most of those dishes were well into 4-digit territory, most of us chow down on fast food more than we do at casual dining restaurants. [More]

Taco Bell Explains What All Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Its Beef Are

Taco Bell Explains What All Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Its Beef Are

I don’t know about you, but I love a hearty meal made of trehalose, torula yeast and maltodextrin, so please excuse the drool covering this post. What’s that, you don’t know what those things and a slew of other ingredients listed in Taco Bell’s beef are? No one does, so Taco Bell has taken it upon itself to explain in detail with a newly launched explanation page. [More]

Taco Bell To Break From Its Authentic Mexican Roots With New American-Inspired Taco Joint

Taco Bell To Break From Its Authentic Mexican Roots With New American-Inspired Taco Joint

As everyone knows, Taco Bell’s deeply authentic Mexican roots go back to the company’s humble beginnings in 1843 as Taco Campana, a family business selling flatbreads to hungry travelers outside of Hermosilo. For more than 150 years, the Bell has been a leader in bringing the finest in Mexican cuisine — from the Meximelt to the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Loaded Griller to the Crunchwrap Supreme — to U.S. diners aching for the exotic flavors one can only find south of the border. So it’s surprising that the company has announced a new initiative to create a chain serving “American-inspired” tacos… and booze. [More]

McDonald’s Is Sending Ronald McDonald To Work On Twitter In A New Outfit

McDonald’s Is Sending Ronald McDonald To Work On Twitter In A New Outfit

Let there be no doubt about it — just because there’s some “taco shop” out there using guys named Ronald McDonald to talk breakfast smack, the true Ronny McDonny has only one master and that is McDonald’s. The chain is dusting off the 51-year-old Ronald McDonald character, giving him a new outfit and sending him out to spread the chain’s message on social media. [More]

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McDonald’s CEO Not Worried About Breakfast Competition From “Sandwich” Or “Taco Shops”

You know what they say about if the breakfast kitchen is too hot you should get out, something like that? Well, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson sounds like he’s not even breaking a sweat when it comes to any competition from Taco Bell or Subway breakfast offerings. [More]

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Perhaps you had a good chuckle over those Taco Bell ads starring men named Ronald McDonald where the gag is — can you believe this? — they actually prefer the Bell’s new breakfast over McDonald’s. It’s funny because of their names. And while some are calling Starbucks a copycat for its Seattle’s Best Coffee spots with testimonials from men named Duncan pledging their love (because Dunkin’ Donuts!), the company is stressing that its ads came first. [More]

Taco Bell Employee Guilty Of Threatening Co-Worker With Knife In Front Of Customers

Taco Bell Employee Guilty Of Threatening Co-Worker With Knife In Front Of Customers

Dear Taco Bell employees: If you’re going to threaten one another with knives (which, for the record, we do not recommend), kindly do so out of the view of customers; and certainly don’t threaten your fellow employee while he or she is in the middle of taking an order from a customer. [More]

Taco Bell Breakfast Arrives Today With Endorsements From “Ronald McDonald”

Taco Bell Breakfast Arrives Today With Endorsements From “Ronald McDonald”

Did you have Taco Bell for breakfast this morning? Well you could’ve, if a waffle taco is your kind of thing (no judgment) — the chain officially launched its breakfast menu nationwide today, just like the signs foretold. Or the announcement a few weeks ago that today would be the day 5,500 chains started offering breakfast. Same thing. [More]

Taco Bell Wraps Chili Cheese Fries Up In A Tortilla, Calls It Delicious in Canada

Taco Bell Wraps Chili Cheese Fries Up In A Tortilla, Calls It Delicious in Canada

Have you ever craved fries with chili and melted cheese, but been in such a hurry that you had no choice but to eat them while walking or driving? Yeah, us either. But Taco Bell’s Canadian outposts are prepared for exactly that situation with their Chili Cheese Fries Griller. [More]

Taco Bell Sends 1,000 People Burner Phones With Secret Breakfast Missions

Taco Bell Sends 1,000 People Burner Phones With Secret Breakfast Missions

Do you harbor a secret desire to live inside a spy movie, but with nothing important at stake? Do you also like waffles? If so, it’s too bad that you weren’t one of the 1,000 fast-food influencers on the list to receive Taco Bell’s “breakfast phone.” It rings with secret, breakfast-related missions for the bearers to fulfill. The phone is not shaped like a waffle taco.  [More]