Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wendy's Bacon & Blue Burger

Wendy's new Bacon & Blue Burger has blue cheese crumbles and smoked bacon, with sautéed onions and steakhouse sauce.

"We've heard loud and clear that our customers love the new Applewood smoked bacon," says Ken Calwell, chief marketing officer for Wendy's. "This great bacon and real blue cheese crumbles takes the Bacon and Blue hamburger to a whole new level and offers gourmet taste for a value price."

The Bacon & Blue is available for a limited time and priced at $4.29.

The burger has 680 calories and 40 grams of fat. It proudly serves up 75% of your daily Saturated Fat intake (15 grams). Here are the complete nutritional facts:

I don't normally do this, but while I was checking to see if I could add this burger to our HFCS-free Fast Food list, I couldn't help but notice the rather extensive list of ingredients, so I decided to include them ALL right here. Seems like a lot... even for a 'fancy' burger! By the way, 3 elements of the burger have High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), the bun, the Creamy Steakhouse Spread and the ketchup; the mayonnaise just has regular corn syrup. Okay, here's all the parts of the burger and their respective ingredients...

Premium Bun
Enriched Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soy and/or Canola Oil, Wheat Gluten, Contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Dough Conditioners (contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono and diglycerides, DATEM, calcium peroxide, calcium sulfate, L-cysteine, enzymes), Yeast Nutrients (contains one or more of the following: ammonium sulfate, tricalcium phosphate, ammonium chloride), Modified Food Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Wheat Starch, Maltodextrin, Gum Arabic, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Propionate (preservative). Topped with Yellow Corn Meal. CONTAINS: WHEAT.

Hamburger Patty
Ground Beef. Seasoned with Salt.

Tomatoes, 1-2 slices


Applewood Smoked Bacon, 4 Strips
Pork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sugar, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

Creamy Steakhouse Spread
Soybean Oil, Water, Blue Cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), Egg Yolk, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Garlic (dehydrated), Onion (dehydrated), Shallots (dehydrated), Mustard Seed, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (preservatives), Glucono Delta Lactone, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect flavor). CONTAINS: EGG, MILK

Seasoned Sauteed Onions
Sauteed Yellow Onions (yellow onion, sea salt, maltodextrin, evaporated cane juice, potassium chloride, fractionated coconut oil, caramel color, spices, natural flavor, extra virgin olive oil, citric acid, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Onion Seasoning (maltodextrin, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, spice, garlic powder, onion powder, artificial flavors, less than 2% of each of the following: silicon dioxide and sunflower oil [processing aids]).

Real Blue Cheese Crumbles
Blue Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, mold, natamycin), Powdered Cellulose (to prevent caking). CONTAINS: MILK

Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolk, Modified Corn Starch, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Spice, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Natural Flavor, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect taste), Yellow 5 and 6. CONTAINS: EGG.

Dill Pickles (4)
Cucumbers, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Alum, Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80, Yellow 5, Blue 1.

Tomato Concentrate (made from red ripe tomatoes), Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring.

Water, Distilled Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric (color), Paprika, Spice.

Onion (4 rings)

American Cheese Slice
Cultured Milk, Water, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid (preservative), Artificial Color, Enzymes, Soy Lecithin. CONTAINS: MILK, SOY.

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Blogger David said...

Can we stop encouraging the HFCS hysteria?

Some folks claim that HFCS is evil because it has more fructose than sugar. First, that's only true for HFCS-55 or greater, and HFCS-55 isn't the preferred choice for baked goods. Moveover, agave nectar and the sugars in many of the fruits we eat have a similar fructose/glucose balance.

And even if being higher in fructose is worse, the HFCS used in baked goods is generally *lower* in fructose than regular sugar.

There are various reasons why fructose and glucose can be better or worse for you in different balances, but categorically associating HFCS with negative effects is silly considering how HFCS is on either side of sucrose, depending on the blend.

Overall sugar consumption has risen over the years, and that just happens to correspond with the development of HFCS and the existence of a crazy subsidy scheme that makes HFCS cheaper than sugar.

2/24/2010 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my husband and I went to Wendy's to have the bacon and blue burger. our comment on that burger...NOT GOOD!!!!
try again or stick w/ what u know.

2/25/2010 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried the Bacon and Bleu Burger today out of curiosity. I only got the burger and a water, as I am on a strict water-only diet (I've lost 25lbs, don't knock it). I wasn't overly impressed with this new burger as it was smaller then I thought it would be and of course, doesn't look like the promo picture on the drive-thru. My advice is to request that they make the burger fresh for you, on the spot. I saw no pickles on my burger either...and barely any onions to speak of. The burger cost too much ($4.81 w/tax). I know why I don't eat out hardly at all!

2/26/2010 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just so you know, bacon and blue cheese hamburgers don't have ketchup, or pickles or mayonnaise. id know, i work there. for regular condiments it only has lettuce and tomatoes.

2/26/2010 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had read this entry before I had the burger. It was expensive ($4.60 for me) and I agree, it wasn't very good. Not huge, but many calories and fat - not worth either from my perspective. They did a good job of selling it. - Hyped

3/02/2010 8:52 PM  

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