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  • Fries may be the standard fast food go-to, but  Burger King has been offering customers an onion  

  • ring option for years. These onion rings aren't  without controversy, though, and are actually  

  • missing a major component. Here's what you  should know about Burger King's onion rings.

  • Burger King understands the moment of panic at  the drive-thru window when you're frantically  

  • trying to decide between fries and onion  rings, wishing desperately that you could  

  • have both without paying double the  price or consuming double the oil.  

  • As it turns out, you can. Burger King's  secret hackable menu includes Frings - an  

  • order made up of both fries and onion  rings so you don't have to choose.

  • An order of Frings gets you a container  half full fries and the other half full  

  • of Burger King's infamous onion rings. Though  Frings aren't on Burger King's regular menu,  

  • they are popular among those in  the know - and for good reason.

  • While Burger King's onion rings are among the  best in the fast food world, their fries can  

  • hold their own against many of their deep fried  competitors, and it would be something akin  

  • to heresy to order fast food without fries  on the side. The king is a benevolent one.

  • Like many items on Burger King's menu,  

  • onion rings are not the healthiest  food you could put in your body.  

  • While the onion rings lack the excess fat and  calories that larger Burger King meals contain,  

  • their vegetarian status does not exempt them  from other health hazards, particularly sodium.

  • While some sodium is necessary for the body  to perform certain important functions,  

  • most Americans consistently take in far more  sodium than needed. The average recommended amount  

  • of sodium is less than 2,300 milligrams per dayand most Americans consume more than 3,400 daily.

  • Each small serving of Burger King onion rings  contains 840 milligrams of salt, which accounts  

  • for about 37 percent of the daily recommended  sodium intake - in a side dish. Add a burger  

  • to the order, and one meal quickly goes above and  beyond the recommended sodium intake for the day.

  • While many fast food joints have different menu  items depending on where you are in the world,  

  • Burger King onion rings remain a constant no  matter what corner of the planet you're in.  

  • Burger King serves Spicy Shrimp Whoppers  in its Japan locations and TaroPie,  

  • a turnover-style dessert stuffed with taro, a  root vegetable similar to a potato, in Malaysia.

  • Burger King classics, however, are  consistent among the franchise's nearly  

  • 19,000 restaurants scattered across the world. So  

  • no matter where you are in the worldBurger King onion rings won't be far.

  • Although Burger King onion rings may taste  like onion, these deep-fried treats do not  

  • actually contain full slices of onion  inside. Burger King has managed to get  

  • away with it by using a kind of powdered  onion flavor instead of the real thing.

  • The result of BK's dehydrated onions is, according  to some, a paste-like texture whose flavor is  

  • onion-adjacent but not nearly intense enough to  be mistaken for an actual onion. Others claim the  

  • onion flavor makes for an unnatural tasteas though some onion powder sprinkled into  

  • the batter was the extent of the effort made  to legitimize the onion of the onion rings.

  • Though Burger King was not the first  fast food joint to create a dollar menu,  

  • it jumped on the bandwagon in 1998 withmenu that featured seven items for $0.99 each.  

  • On that original menu, which was deemed  the Great Tastes menu, were onion rings.

  • While the Burger King value  menu has changed over the years,  

  • providing diners with new and improved options  that have remained at or around $1 per item,  

  • onion rings have remained a permanent fixture  among a rotating cast of ingredients and combos.

  • Though Burger King was in competition with several  other fast food locations that boasted value menus  

  • with a variety of dishes, very few of those  chains included onion rings. To this day,  

  • Burger King still stands out from the crowd  by simply giving the people what they want:  

  • deep-fried onion flavor that won't break the bank.

  • "We getting the onion rings? Hell  yes we're doing the onion rings.""Cool wife."

  • Burger King offers six sauces with their meals,  

  • all of which can be put to good use with an  order of onion rings: buffalo, BBQ, ranch,  

  • sweet and sour, honey mustard, or BK's famous  zesty sauce, a creamy, horseradish-based dip.  

  • While everyone has their personal sauce  allegiances, Burger King's zesty sauce is a  

  • company specialty whose tangy, oniony taste pairs  perfectly with the onion rings it was made for.

  • Still, if you're looking for a more traditional  dip, Burger King's ranch is a top-rate option,  

  • according to Thrillist, who ranked  condiments from across a variety  

  • of different fast food stops and found  BK's ranch earned a spot in the top 20.

  • Melissa starts slurping down ranch and says,  

  • "I'm getting strawberry. I'm getting kiwi… I'm  getting … , man I'm getting a big hit of kiwi."

  • In November 2019, many people were forced to eat  their onion rings naked due to a shortage of zesty  

  • sauce across stores. Due to an early snowfallit became impossible to harvest much of the  

  • horseradish crop. Eric Rygg, president of Silver  Springs Food, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

  • "We think these are new weather  patterns that will not go away."

  • Climate change has made it necessary for many  farmers - from huge factory farms to smaller,  

  • locally owned and operated ones - to  adjust how and when they plant, harvest,  

  • and distribute the food they produce. But just  because climate change demands these adaptations  

  • does not mean consumers will be happy about  it. Zesty sauce fans complained on Twitter,  

  • decrying Burger King's neglect. Howeverplenty of onion rings continued to be consumed.

  • Burger King's Rodeo products have gone through  various transformations over the years.  

  • What started as a limited-time  Rodeo Cheeseburger became,  

  • after a few years, the Rodeo Crispy  Chicken and the Rodeo Burger,  

  • the latter of which made a comeback  in June of 2019. But through it all,  

  • these specialty options have stayed true to the  ingredient that makes them unique: onion rings.

  • We're assuming the smoky BBQ sauce  is what gives this special its name,  

  • and when paired with the onion ringsthe burger certainly has a Western flair.

  • Guy from City Slickers says, "Yaaaah-hoo!"  Cowboy replies, "It's a good yah-hoo, son."

  • The crispiness of the rings give this burger  great texture, and the BBQ sauce's sweetness adds  

  • a new dimension to Burger King's classic pattyThough we wouldn't necessarily recommend ordering  

  • onion rings alongside the Rodeo Burger due to  all the extra sodium you're sure to consume,  

  • we certainly wouldn't dissuade you from itIt's important to follow your onion-happy heart.

  • June 22nd is National Onion Ring DaySo, in solidarity with all onion ring  

  • eaters dismayed to discover their  local fast food joint does not serve  

  • their favorite deep fried side, in 2018,  Burger King offered free onion rings to  

  • their customers in exchange for a carton of  french fries from their fast food competitors.

  • Whether Burger King employees kept the  fries for themselves or threw them out  

  • in support of the superior side was not  determined. Burger King's promotional  

  • move made clear the company's dedication to  their onion rings, and to the people who love  

  • them. Though this offer was valid in only  select locations in Chicago; Los Angeles;  

  • New York, and Lynn, Massachusetts, the  message was clear: onion rings for the people!

  • There are few joys as simple and  pure as the phenomenon of the ringer.  

  • Urban Dictionary definesringer in the following manner:

  • "At Burger King when you order  a side of fries sometimes you  

  • accidentally get an onion ring in  there. This is called a ringer."

  • Imagine driving away from Burger King, a  burger and fries in the bag beside you.  

  • You wonder briefly if you should have ordered  onion rings instead, but it's too late now.  

  • As you snack on fries and drive with one handyou come across something unexpected in the bag  

  • of fries: a small onion ring, separated from  the others to find its way into your bag.

  • It's a tiny miracle, as well asnecessary reprieve from the monotony  

  • of one fry after another. It is truly an  experience not to be taken for granted.  

  • So the next time you come across a stray  onion ring in your fries, say a prayer,  

  • do a dance, and thank that big-headed King of  burgers while you savor this moment of ecstasy.

  • In 2017, Lorde admitted to being the mastermind  behind the now-defunct Instagram account,  

  • OnionRingsWorldwide, which rated onion rings from  different locations on a scale of one to five.  

  • Burger King scored on the low  side - very low. Lorde wrote,  

  • quote, "They are not good." She then said  that she was glad she hadn't known Burger  

  • King served onion rings because of  how disappointing they ended up.

  • Lorde gave them a whopping one point. The pop  star will not be fooled by Burger King's fake  

  • onion filling, and she's not afraid to say itTo voice her dismay, the pop star wrote on an  

  • Instagram caption of the King's rings, quote,  "Characteristics were a mulched onion filling."

  • Apparently a big fan of onion rings, Lorde was not  impressed by Burger King. While other restaurants  

  • received high praise, the overall flavor of  BK's onion rings was described as having, quote,  

  • "a distinct bitterness." Harsh criticismbut if Lorde says it, it must be true.

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    賴德謙   posted on 2020/11/03
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