29 September 2010

Whataburger’s latest stomach expanding treat, the Chocolate Brownie Pie

The fast food industry’s pure genius at finding new ways to present cheap health wrecking foods is astounding. A day barely goes by without news of an innovative—and usually grotesque—way to peddle the same old fare with a novel twist. Today is no exception.

Whataburger, the same franchise that brought us the BBQ Cheddar Burger containing 1050 calories and 2017 mg of sodium, is at it once again. The Texas-based restaurant chain announced the launch of its newest scale annihilating menu item, the fried Chocolate Brownie Pie.

The company’s newest dessert selection features “warm” chocolate brownie filling surrounded by a hot flaky (i.e. fried) crust and of course it costs only 99 cents.

"The warm, sweet and flaky Chocolate Brownie Pie is a great addition to our dessert menu," said Rich Scheffler, Whataburger Restaurants, LP Group Director of Marketing. "Our customers have grown up on our fried pies, and our newest pie offers a rich, delicious chocolate option."

Unfortunately those who have “grown up” on those fried pies have probably outgrown the waist of their Levis on a regular basis as well.

A quick check of Whataburger’s nutritional information reveals that the Chocolate Brownie Pie—actually I could only find a chocolate pie so I am not sure if this is the same item—contains 280 calories, 100 calories from fat, 6 grams of saturated fat and 16 grams of sugar. The pie alone seems innocuous enough but couple that with a main course selection like the 1140 calorie, 1749 mg of sodium and 68 grams of fat containing Whataburger with triple meat and you have quite the deadly combination, literally.

The good news, the Chocolate Brownie Pie is only available until the end of this year. But we know it will be replaced and most likely it won’t be with a kale salad with sprouts and garbanzo beans.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney
Eric is the co-founder & executive editor of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his TDIV work, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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