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  • Harry: From calorie count to portion sizes,

  • we wanted to find out all the differences

  • between Wendy's in the UK and the US.

  • This is "Food Wars."

  • In the UK, Wendy's iconic Frosties come in three sizes,

  • junior, regular, and large.

  • In the US, we actually have four Frosty sizes,

  • junior, small, medium, large.

  • We're going to pour out the largest Frosty

  • to see how big it is compared to the US's.

  • The classic hamburger at a Wendy's

  • is called a Dave's,

  • named after the founder, Dave Thomas.

  • Ours come in singles, doubles, and triples.

  • Our burgers are the same in the UK.

  • They also come as singles, doubles, or triples.

  • Joe: Now we're going to weigh a US triple.

  • Pretty close. 14 ounces for our triple.

  • Now, while a triple might be the official limit

  • on burger sizes at Wendy's,

  • Wendy's enthusiasts have come up

  • with something called a Meat Cube.

  • This is a secret menu item

  • where you actually take an extra meat patty

  • and add it to this,

  • so you get four patties,

  • which I think adds up to around a pound.

  • Joe, I'm officially challenging you

  • to a Meat Cube showdown.

  • The fastest person to eat the entire Meat Cube wins.

  • You think you got it?

  • I accept your challenge, Harry.

  • Let's do this.

  • Harry: Three, two, one.

  • Joe: Start.

  • This is a lot of beef.

  • I see why the triple is the limit now.

  • Time?

  • Conner: 1:07.

  • I wish I had more time to chew it.

  • [coughing]

  • Need the sauce. Need some moisture.

  • [grunts]

  • The buns!

  • Harry: Oh, God.

  • [Joe stammering]

  • Joe: How'd I do?

  • Harry: Done.

  • Yeah!

  • Woo!

  • USA, baby!

  • Conner: How do you feel?

  • Oh, terrible.

  • I feel absolutely terrible. [coughs]

  • And yet elated that I won.

  • Well, now we know why the US has such an obesity problem.

  • OK. That's quite enough of that.

  • Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

  • Another iconic Wendy's menu item is the Baconator.

  • In the UK, these just come in one size, as a regular.

  • Of course, in the US we also have the Baconator,

  • but we have a smaller Baconator

  • known as the Son of Baconator.

  • Something incredibly unsettling about

  • a burger having a child that's also a burger.

  • This Baconator giving birth to that Baconator.

  • Harry: And, of course, we're going to weigh

  • the regular Baconators to see whose is bigger.

  • The highly regarded Wendy's nuggets

  • that come in regular or spicy. Love the spicy.

  • They come in units of four, six, and 10.

  • Nuggets in the UK only come in two portion sizes,

  • four and eight.

  • Wendy's, of course, has fries,

  • and those fries in the US come in four sizes,

  • junior, small, medium, large.

  • Our fries also come in four sizes,

  • value, small, medium, and large.

  • Let's weigh our large fries to see who's getting more.

  • Ours is way less.

  • Hmm.

  • What's that all about?

  • Another side that is probably unique to Wendy's,

  • I can't think of any other fast-food place that does this,

  • is Wendy's chili.

  • It has been on the menu since it opened back in 1969.

  • In the US, you can get your chili,

  • ugh, for whatever reason,

  • in two sizes, small and large.

  • In the UK, we only have one size of chili,

  • which is this one.

  • We're going to weigh it against the largest size

  • in the US to find the difference.

  • Finally, let's compare drinks.

  • In the US, you can get three sizes of drink,

  • small, medium, and large.

  • On the internet, it does not specify

  • how much fluid ounces are in any of these.

  • If I had to guess, too much; way too much;

  • way, way too much.

  • In the UK, drinks come in three sizes,

  • small, medium, or large.

  • And these are advertised as being

  • 12, 16, and 20 ounces, respectively.

  • Let's measure the largest drinks

  • to see which country's is bigger.

  • So, our large drink actually came out as closer

  • to 18 ounces than closer to 20.

  • I will say that in the UK

  • you fill up your own drink,

  • so maybe I just needed to fill a bit more.

  • OK, so their large is 18 ounces.

  • What is our small?

  • 20 ounces. So our small is bigger than their large.

  • Man, we love drinking our calories in this country.

  • We love drinking our calories.

  • For this episode, we thought it might be fun

  • to compare some prices from Wendy's in the UK and the US.

  • Let's use this Baconator as a basis for comparison.

  • In the US, a Baconator on its own, no combo,

  • would cost $7.39.

  • The same burger in the UK will cost you

  • £6.29, which, at the time of recording this,

  • was around $8.90, which is a 20% increase.

  • However, if you were to turn this into a medium combo,

  • yes, this is the medium,

  • the price would go up to $11.19.

  • Whereas in the UK, adding a Baconator to a combo meal

  • will only increase the price to £7.09.

  • So, actually, a US meal is now 11% more expensive.

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, Harry, don't get ahead of yourself.

  • Wendy's in the US has an ace up its sleeve,

  • the 4 for $4 promotion.

  • [clears throat]

  • You can get your choice of a junior bacon cheeseburger;

  • a junior cheeseburger, seen here;

  • a double stack; or a crispy chicken sandwich

  • along with junior fries, four nuggets,

  • and a value drink. All of this, 4 bucks.

  • Sadly, Wendy's has not replicated that deal

  • here in the UK, not even in the form

  • of a 4 for £4 deal.

  • If you were to buy all the components

  • of a US 4 for $4 here in the UK,

  • it would cost you £6.36, which is about $9.

  • That's a 125% increase on the US price.

  • The real damage here is done by the nuggets,

  • which cost £2.99 on their own in the UK.

  • That's around $4.24,

  • aka more than the entire 4 for $4 combo in the US.

  • So it looks like the US provides more value

  • if you're a little smart about what you order

  • and how you order it.

  • Say you walk into a US Wendy's

  • and you want to get the Baconator combo meal.

  • Just how unhealthy is it, you ask?

  • Well, I will tell you. OK.

  • The burger, 960 calories.

  • Fries, 360 calories.

  • And the drink, medium, right? Coke, OK,

  • it's going to be 370 calories.

  • This whole shebang, 1,690 calories.

  • That's 84% of your daily allowance.

  • What about the same meal here in the UK?

  • Well, our Baconator is actually more calorific,

  • as it comes in at 1,010 calories.

  • However, the fries are just 239 calories,

  • and the Coke, just 200,

  • leaving the total at 1,449.

  • That's a 16% decrease from the US.

  • What, you ask, is the most calorific thing

  • on the Wendy's US menu?

  • It is this burger in front of me.

  • The pretzel bacon pub triple.

  • Look at this thing.

  • Goodness.

  • 1,520 calories.