KH news Desk
Fast food giants McDonald’s (McD) and Taco Bell (YUM) are tapping into fan nostalgia to boost traffic.
Taco Bell announced its first-ever in-app voting experience, allowing fans to vote for either the Double Decker Taco or the Enchirito to return to menus for a limited time. The Double Decker Taco was introduced in 1995 as a limited-time offering before it became a 13-year menu mainstay from 2006 to 2019. It includes a soft flour tortilla layered with beans then wrapped around a crunchy shell with beef, lettuce, and cheese.
The Enchirito had a 40-year run. The soft flour tortilla filled with beef, beans and onions rolled up and covered with red sauce and cheddar cheese was first introduced in 1970 before being retired in 2013.
Beginning today, rewards members can cast votes daily in the Taco Bell’s app, until October 6. The winner will be revealed on October 7 and appear on menus at participating locations later. The fan offering comes after the mega success of the limited time offering of its Mexican Pizza earlier is now a permanent menu item.
In Taco Bell’s parent company’s third-quarter earnings call with investors, David Gibbs, YUM Brands CEO, noted, “Demand for the Mexican Pizza was seven times previous levels, reaching over 20 million pizzas sold nationwide, with some stores selling out within a week, creating a sustained positive halo for the brand.”
Simultaneously, McDonald’s is looking to appeal to fans with a different type of memorabilia — its collectible figurines. The Chicago-based chain unveiled a collaboration with the streetwear brand Cactus Plant Flea Market for a new boxed meal designed specifically for adults. Starting October 3, the box will be available in restaurant, via drive-thru, by delivery and can also be ordered through the McDonald’s App, while supplies last.