Taco Bell is launching breakfast nationwide March 27.
The new menu is expected to challenge McDonald’s morning offerings. The breakfast selections will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at most Taco Bell locations.
We got the chance to try the Waffle Taco, A.M. Crunchwrap, and Cinnabon Delights at a special testing event in New York.
First, we tried the much-touted Waffle Taco. This item has received the most media attention and hype.
Scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese are wrapped inside a waffle shell for a total of 370 calories. The chain gave us syrup to pour on top. A bacon version will also be available in stores.
In general, we liked the taste of the Waffle Taco. The waffle itself is savory, so definitely add syrup if you want the sweetness. The egg-to-waffle-to-sausage ratio was perfect. No one flavour dominated the experience, and they melded together nicely.
The item held together pretty well — an impressive feat considering how delicate waffles generally are.
Our only tip is to have plenty of napkins on hand. The taco was somewhat messy and left some grease on our fingers.
The Waffle Taco is probably best to eat in the restaurant, at your desk, or at home. It’s a little too messy for eating in the car.
Next, we tried the 660-calorie A.M. Crunchwrap, which consists of bacon, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, crispy hash brown, and creamy chipotle sauce grilled in a tortilla.
The result? Delicious.
The A.M. Crunchwrap was our favourite by far. The crispy hashbrown and grilled tortilla provide nice textures, while the cheese and sauce provide the right amount of richness.
This mix of flavours was consistent throughout, thanks to the quesadilla-like format. You never end up with a bite of just egg, hashbrown, or cheese that you might get with a breakfast burrito.
Here’s a deconstructed view of the product.
The item is also incredibly neat and portable and we weren’t left with any grease on our hands after eating. We would feel comfortable eating this item one-handed in the car on the way to work. The grilled tortilla stays together nicely, and the crunchwrap is delicious up to the last bite.
Definitely order this.
Finally, we tried the Cinnabon Delights. These are the only new items that are available all day.
The Delights come in packs of four, totaling 310 calories, and are about the size of traditional doughnut holes. The outside is covered in a cinnamon and sugar mix, while the inside is filled with a gooey, icing-like substance.
We can vouch that these were indulgent and delicious. The filling tastes more like custard (think of a creme-filled doughnut), than Cinnabon’s icing.
A tip — eat the entire Delight at once. If you take a bite, you’ll probably end up with the filling on your face and fingers.
We loved the Cinnabon Delights with coffee, but they were so rich that it was difficult to eat more than two. We suggest sharing this dessert with a friend.
Overall, Taco Bell’s breakfast menu is a likely challenger for McDonald’s. The items are innovative, fun, portable, and delicious.
We definitely recommend trying it next week.
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