Like all wars, the fast-food arms race heating up between chains like Burger King and Taco Bell will almost certainly end in destruction, chaos, and widespread human degradation. So far this year, BK and its team of mad scientist have already turned a Whopper into a burrito, topped a burger with Doritos, and deep-fried bits of macaroni and cheese in Cheetos dust. But now, the company may have finally gone too far, dropping the proverbial snack-food atom bomb this week after announcing it was adding “Cheetos Chicken Fries” to its menu on Monday.
Burger King—the same company that shaped pieces of fried chicken like rings and then called them “Chicken Fries Rings”—is not one for subtlety, and the new item is exactly what it sounds like, with the company’s classic Chicken Fries now getting a crunchy, Cheetos-flavored makeover.
“The chicken fries are cooked to crispy perfection so that they have a dangerously cheesy outside and made with juicy white-meat chicken inside," the company said in a statement to Business Insider.
A single order of the item comes with nine, nuclear orange strips of chicken, and will run customers roughly $2.89, depending on location. Available for a limited time only, the Cheetos Chicken Fries will hit stores beginning on Wednesday.
Chicken Fries originally launched as a special item in 2014, but eventually became a staple of the Burger King menu due to consumer demand. If sales of the Cheetos Chicken Fries are strong—and Taco Bell keeps upping the ante with creations like fried chicken chips and Cheetos-stuffed burritos—perhaps the Cheetos Chicken Fries will stick around longer than expected.
Either way, hopefully Taco Bell and Burger King reach a truce soon, because our stomachs can’t take much more of this.
[via Business Insider]