Chick-fil-A has rolled out mac & cheese to its more than 2,300 locations, the Atlanta-based quick-service chain said Monday.
The side dish is made with pasta and a cheese blend that includes cheddar, Parmesan and Romano. It’s baked in each restaurant daily, according to a press release from the company.
The side is Chick-fil-A’s first new permanent menu item since it rolled out its Superfood Side, a blend of kale, broccolini, dried fruit and nuts, in early 2016.
That side replaced Chick-fil-A’s more indulgent coleslaw.
The Mac & cheese is $2.49.
The chain also has introduced the latest iteration of its Frosted line of sweet treats on Monday. The new Frosted Caramel Coffee combines Chick-fil-A’s Icedream soft serve with its cold-brewed coffee and caramel syrup. Frosted Coffee, which combines Icedream and cold brew, and Frosted Lemonade, which is a blend of Icedream and the chain’s signature lemonade, are already on the menu and are priced starting at $2.39.
The limited time treat will be available until Nov. 9 or while supplies last, the chain said.
“Mac & cheese is the quintessential comfort food, and something we are so excited to offer our guests at Chick-fil-A,” the chain’s executive director of menu and packaging, Amanda Norris, said in a statement, adding that it can be paired with its signature chicken sandwich and other entrées, or as a snack on its own.
The new side item was tested in five markets before the systemwide rollout, according to Chick-fil-A.
According to Nation’s Restaurant News Top 200 data, Chick-fil-A had $10.4 billion in annual domestic sales in 2018, making it the third highest grossing chain in the country, behind McDonald’s and Starbucks.
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