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Church's and Dunkin' roll out new menu items

Church’s Chicken and Dunkin’ Donuts introduced new additions to their menu on Monday aimed at their on-the-go customers.

The 1,700-unit Church's Chicken debuted a Crispy Chicken Taco, made with seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce and Cheddar cheese in a crispy taco shell. The new item — which is priced at 99 cents each or $3.99 for a combo meal with two tacos, fries and a drink — is targeted to consumers looking for portable and value-oriented options, Church's said.

“Our new Crispy Chicken Taco was developed to be more relevant and meet the needs of younger and more mobile consumers,” said Tony Lavely, Church’s chief marketing officer. “This portable product is the first on our new menu board, but it certainly wont be the last of its kind.”

Also on Monday, Dunkin' Donuts said it had reintroduced a Maple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich as part of its fall menu. The $2.99 sandwich consists of a scrambled egg, maple-flavored sausage patty and melted white Cheddar cheese on a croissant.

The Canton, Mass.-based chain also debuted a Caramel Apple Latte featuring a combination of red and green apple flavors mixed with a hint of caramel. The new drink is available in select markets, and a 10-ounce size sells for $1.99.

“Our new and returning fall menu items capture the flavor of the season in a fresh, affordable and delicious way,” said Stan Frankenthaler, executive chef for parent company Dunkin' Brands Inc. “From our popular Maple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich to the new Caramel Apple Latte, our guests can celebrate fall to the fullest and keep themselves running any of time of day all throughout October.”

Also back for fall at Dunkin' Donuts are Fall Munchkins, which are glazed old-fashioned cake doughnut holes dipped in autumn nonpareils that are priced at $4.79 for a 25-count box or $6.99 for 50, as well as a series of pumpkin-flavored snacks and beverages, including pumpkin coffee drinks and pumpkin muffins and doughnuts.

The more than 9,000-unit chain plans to roll out Halloween treats later this month, such as its “Boston Scream” Donut and Trick-or-Treat bag of 50 Munchkin doughnut holes. The Trick-or-Treat Munchkins will be offered starting Oct. 18 and the “Boston Scream,” a variation of Dunkin’s Boston Kreme doughnut, will be available Oct. 25-31 for 89 cents.

Contact Elissa Elan at [email protected].

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