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Sure, it’s probably easier than ever to get fast food during coronavirus, but a number of these chains want to give you the chance to make your favorite menu item at home.
These prepackaged meal kits aim to help you cure both your hunger and boredom during quarantine.
Make Blaze Pizza at Home with DIY Pizza Kits
Blaze Pizza has introduced new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Pizza Kits, which let you make Blaze at home. The kits come as one individual pizza ($8.95), two individual pizzas ($15.95), and a “family fun” four-pack ($18.95) — although prices may vary by location.
The kits can be ordered for pickup and delivery via blazepizza.com (and delivery is free for orders of $15+).
While ordering online, you can choose from some of their popular pizza types (The Meat Eater, The Red Vine, The White Top, etc.) or choose “Build Your Own” to customize your pie. And once you get the kit, there’s even a handy how-to video to help you make it.
The kits give you all you need:
- Dusting flour
- Pizza sauce
- Up to 7 different toppings you choose (they have a lot to pick from)
Auntie Anne’s Has Brought Back DIY At-Home Pretzel Kits
After a successful trial run around National Pretzel Day last month, the DIY At-Home Pretzel Kits from Auntie Anne’s are back.
Choose between original or cinnamon sugar pretzel kits. The kits have everything you need to make 10 pretzels, including ingredients and instructions. All you need is your oven and some butter.
At $20.00, the kits make each pretzel cheaper than posted Auntie Anne’s prices ($3.29/each). The kits typically take 2-3 days to ship and may be ordered through Auntie Anne’s online.
Cold Stone Creamery Introduces DIY Ice Cream Cupcake Kit
Cold Stone is making it easy for you to make ice cream-filled cupcakes at home with their DIY ice cream cupcake kits. Prices vary by location, but expect them to be in the $14.99 range, and come with:
- Two Rich Chocolate Cups filled with moist Yellow Cake and Sweet Cream Ice Cream
- Two Rich Chocolate Cups filled with moist Red Velvet Cake and Cake Batter Ice Cream®
- Two Rich Chocolate Cups filled with moist Devil’s Food Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream
- Choice of two Toppings
- Choice of Frosting
Make Shake Shack at Home with ShackBurger Kits
Meal kit service Goldbelly has introduced ShackBurger Kits, allowing you to make the much-loved cheeseburgers at home. (We wrote more about it here.) The kits aren’t cheap ($49, plus $25 – $35 in shipping), but for areas that don’t have a Shake Shack, they provide the opportunity to enjoy a ShackBurger from home.
Each kit comes with:
- 8 fresh patties of Shake Shack’s angus beef
- 8 non-GMO Martin’s Potato Rolls
- 8 slices of American cheese
- 4 oz. of Shake Shack’s custom ShackSauce™
Add your own lettuce, tomato, butter, salt, and pepper to complete the ShackBurger, plus any creative extras you’d want to add.
Make Chick-fil-A Chicken Parmesean at Home
Chick-fil-A has dabbled in meal kits before, but as of May 4 they’ve gone nationwide with Chicken Parmesean Meal Kits, which can be ordered via drive-thru, the Chick-fil-A app or third-party meal delivery partners including DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.
Starting at $14.99 each, the meal kits take 30 minutes to make, are designed to feed 2 adults, and include the following:
- 2 seasoned, breaded Original Chick-fil-A Chicken filets
- Marinara sauce
- Italian-style cheeses
- Creamy garlic and lemon pasta
Some Dunkin Donuts locations have DIY Donut Kits
You’ll need to check with your local Dunkin Donuts location, but a San Francisco-area franchise has started a trend that’s catching on bigtime — DIY Donut Kits. These kits include donut rings, different types of frosting and a variety of sprinkles. It gives kids (or kids-at-heart) the joy of donut decorating.
Make a Baskin Robbins Sundae at Home with DIY Sundae Kits
Baskin Robbins is making it pretty convenient to have ice cream sundaes at home by putting together a package of everything you could possibly want or need. The Baskin Robbins DIY Sundae Kits are for in-store pickup only and cost $24.99 (cost may vary by location) each, but delivery is free (orders of $15+). The kits serve approximately 4 people each and have a number of customizable options on the Baskin Robbins website.
Ice cream lovers can choose:
- 2 pints of ice cream (pick between 14 different flavors)
- A topping sauce (7 different options)
- 2 toppings (pick from 11 types)
- 1 can of whipped cream
- A bowl of cherries
Other Fast Food You Can Make at Home
With these restaurant chain-approved recipes, you can assemble your own meal kits to recreate menu faves.
Make McDonald’s McMuffin at Home
McDonald’s UK tweeted out the recipe for this signature breakfast menu item. Serves 1.
- English muffins
- 75g (2.64 oz) sausage meat
- American cheese slices
- A metal ring about as large as the English muffin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toast English muffin until golden brown.
- Season sausage meat with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Shape sausage meat into balls.
- Flatten sausage balls into patty shapes.
- Cook patties on a preheated grill for 6 – 7 minutes on each side.
- Brush the inside of the metal ring with oil and place in small frying pan.
- Pour in enough water to cover the base and bring to a boil.
- Crack the eggs into the rings.
- Cover the pan and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Assemble your McMuffin by layering the patty and egg on top of a slice of cheese.
Make Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme at Home
Rather than release recipes themselves, Taco Bell has shared 9 “copycat” recipes on their website that they approve of, including Jessica Pinney’s how-to for the much-loved Crunchwrap Supreme.
- 1 lb ground meat
- 1 packet taco seasoning mix
- 6 burrito size flour tortillas
- 6 tostada shells
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 2 cups of shredded lettuce
- 1 diced tomato
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Nacho Cheese
- In a skillet or large cooking pan, cook and crumble the ground beef over medium-high heat until brown, then drain.
- Place meat back into the pan and stir with water and taco seasoning mix.
- Warm up the nacho cheese sauce in the microwave and set aside.
- Warm flour tortillas in the microwave on a plate for about 20 seconds.
- Spread a couple of tablespoons of nacho cheese in the middle of the tortilla.
- Place ½ cup of taco meat on top of the nacho cheese.
- Add the tostada shell, a thin layer of sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and shredded Mexican cheese.
- To fold into the actual crunchwrap, start with the bottom of the tortilla and fold the edge up to the center of the fillings, folding as tight as possible, as you work your way around the tortilla.
- Spray another skillet or cooking pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
- Place the crunchwrap supreme, seam-side down, onto the skillet.
- Cook for 2 – 3 min., or until golden brown; flip over and repeat on the other side.
Make Burger King Whopper at Home
In April, Burger King made social media waves as their French account published a series of images simply laying out ingredients that make up some of their most popular sandwiches, including the Whopper. The “Quarantine Whopper,” as the image was labeled, doesn’t include cooking instructions, but we’ll fill in the blanks here. Makes 1 Whopper.
- ¼ lb grilled beef patty
- Sesame seed bun (Sarah Lee seeded buns work well)
- 1 white onion, sliced
- 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
- Iceberg lettuce, chopped
- Dill pickle slices
- Salt and pepper for taste
- Season beef with salt and pepper and roll into patties.
- Flame-broil patties on grill, medium-high heat until medium-well (melted American cheese slice is optional).
- Place grilled patty on bottom bun.
- Place three pickle slices on patty and a squirt of ketchup on each pickle.
- Add 3 or 4 onion ring slices.
- Add 2 – 3 tomato slices, depending on size of tomato.
- Add lettuce.
- Spread mayonnaise on the top bun.
- Put it all together.
Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich at Home
Chick-Fil-A has been rolling out its “Nightly Nuggets” where would-be chefs can make new dishes using existing menu items. This isn’t that, but this recipe is one CFA fans have missed from the restaurant’s menu since 2017. If you’re hankering for a no-longer-available item off the menu, Chick-Fil-A has you covered with the official chicken salad sandwich recipe. Makes 3 cups.
- 4 chicken breasts (fried or grilled), cooled & cut into 1″ cubes
- 2.5 oz. celery (approximately 1.5 full stalks, washed, trimmed & cut into 1″ pieces)
- 1/3 cup of sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 hard-boiled eggs (cooled & peeled)
- Using a food processor, mix chicken, celery, mayonnaise, and relish on low/medium for 5 seconds.
- Begin adding eggs 1 at a time and continue processing for up to 10 additional seconds or until salad is chopped to desired consistency. (Total food processing time needed is 10 – 15 seconds.)
Make IKEA Swedish Meatballs at Home
Complete with IKEA’s familiar assembly instructions! The Swedish home goods store shared the recipe for its famous meatballs on Twitter. This makes 16 – 20 meatballs.
- A little over 1 lb ground beef (500 grams)
- A little over ½ lb ground pork (250 grams)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 crushed/minced clove of garlic
- 3.5 oz breadcrumbs (100 grams)
- 1 egg
- 5 tablespoons of whole milk
- Salt and pepper
- Cooking oil
- Combine the ingredients to make the meat mixture.
- Shape the meat into small, round balls.
- Place them on a clean plate and refrigerate for two hours.
- Use a frying pan and the oven to cook the meatballs.
- In a frying pan, heat cooking oil on medium heat.
- Add meatballs to the hot oil and brown on all sides.
- Put the browned meatballs on a covered, oven-proof dish in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- If you want to add the cream sauce, we wrote about that, too.
Make DoubleTree Hotels Signature Cookie at Home
The Hilton-owned hotel chain loves to tout that everybody gets chocolate chip cookies when they check in, and now they’ve revealed the way they make their special dessert perk. Makes 26 cookies.
- ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
- ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch cinnamon
- 2 ⅔ cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 ¾ cups chopped walnuts
- Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar with a stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds (don’t overmix).
- Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
- Preheat oven to 300°F, bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.
- Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.