Chick-fil-A is spreading its wings with much-anticipated, new menu items.
This week, the chicken chain debuted two items, Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich and Caramel Crumble milkshake. So, I hit the drive-thru to find out what all the fuss is about.
First up, the sandwich. It features an original chicken filet topped with a custom-made cream pimento cheese and mild pickled jalapeños served on a warm, toasted bun drizzled with sweet honey.
All I can say is, Chick-fil-A nailed it. The creamy pimento cheese, honey and pickled jalapeno combo is sublime and, if I do say so myself, the perfect accompaniment to the breaded chicken. In fact, I’ll take a quart of that pimento cheese to go. (If you don’t know, pimento cheese is a southern thing.)
Partly why it’s so good might have to do with the fact Chick-fil-A makes its own pimento cheese using a combination of sharp cheddar, green chilis and red pimentos. And, here’s one for the history books – it’s the first time the chain has used jalapenos in an entree. Hopefully, not the last.
When devising the sandwich, Chick-fil-A said it was prompted to put a seasonal spin on its original chicken sandwich after the successful introduction of seasonal entrées such as the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich.
Let’s hope the Honey Pepper Pimento stays in rotation. I’d order this again.
Next up, the seasonal Crunch Crumble milkshake. I adore blondie brownies, so I had high expectations. Kudos to Chick-fil-A for taking an anti-pumpkin spice route this fall.
The shake is made with butterscotch caramel flavors, Chick-fil-A Icedream and blondie crumbles. Chick-fil-A said the shake was “inspired by the flavors that caramelize at the bottom of a blondie pan.”
Unfortunately, all I can taste is artificial butterscotch and caramel flavors with a toasted aftertaste. I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, this is a fast food shake. It came topped with the obligatory whipped cream and a cherry. I detected some tiny brownie pieces, small enough to create some texture.
I’m not saying don’t try the shake. Plenty of people will love the flavor combination, but it just wasn’t for me. I’ll stick to a regular blondie brownie.