Sunday, June 4, 2023

Major Chains Are Sharing Iconic Recipes for COVID-19

COVID-19 has rocked the entire world’s ability to live life as usual, and that includes the lives of restaurant franchisees. Being mandated to stay at home means that us foodies can’t indulge in our favorite chain meals, and for restauranteurs, that means profits are getting slashed left and right. 

The problem with COVID-19 is that there’s no easy and quick solution. It’s a disease, and the fastest way to get rid of it is to keep everyone quarantined. Most of the time, this would just mean that businesses keep their secrets mum, but a new trend has started. 

Companies are starting to offer up their own iconic recipe dupes as a way to encourage people to stay at home.

For the very first time in history, companies are starting to offer up their own recipe dupes as a way to encourage people to stay at home. Though most of the recipes aren’t exact replicas, people are saying that it’s damn good eating and worth a try. 

Want to get a taste of restaurants without having to worry about the price tag? I rounded up some of the better ones released so far for your convenience…

IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs
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  • IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs. Swedish meatballs and furniture shopping have been inextricably linked thanks to this infamous furniture chain. If you miss the savory taste of meatballs while shopping, their recipe will bring you a little closer. 
Disneyland Dole Whip
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  • Disneyland Dole Whip. This tasty pineapple treat has become a mainstay at the park. Now, you can make it at home without the ginormous price tag.
Disneylad Churros.
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  • Disneylad Churros. Disney’s executives actually released several famous park recipes, but their churros might be one of the most popular they’ve unfurled as part of their COVID efforts.
McDonald’s McMuffins.
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  • McDonald’s McMuffins. Though McD’s isn’t actually closed due to the virus, the fast food restaurant still sympathized with immune-compromised patrons and released the recipe for their classic breakfast sandwich on social media. Delicious, isn’t it?
  • The Hilton DoubleTree Cookie. If you are a frequent traveler, you already know that the Hilton DoubleTree gives each traveler a freshly baked cookie upon check-in. You can now bring that chocolate chip goodness home with their own recipe. 
  • Cheesecake Factory’s Korean Fried Cauliflower. Cheesecake Factory is famous for preparing all of its ridiculously vast menu in-house, so it only makes sense that they’d want to give fans a taste of it at home. They recently released their crispy cauliflower recipe to the public. 
  • Cheesecake Factory’s Cajun Jambalaya Pasta. We were floored to hear that Cheesecake Factory chose to release a whopping 20 recipes as part of their COVID quarantine assistance. This pasta is just plain decadent.
  • Shakey’s Mojo Potato. Most of us in the US have never heard of Shakey’s, but abroad it’s extremely popular. In an effort to encourage people in Asia to quarantine, Shakey’s released their Mojo Potato recipe for the first time ever.

What more can I say? Stay inside, and bon appetit!

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart is a food critic, writer, and at home culinary enthusiast!


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