Total calories: 790. Fat grams: 50.
Wow! A few of these babies and President Jackson would have looked like America's current boss.
The Hickory Smoked Whopper is highly reminiscent of last year's Western Whopper, which substituted a jolt of barbecue sauce for the mayonnaise and American for Cheddar.
Either way is fine by me. I'm mainly a bacon guy. Nothing beats a juicy, messy, slobbery bacon cheeseburger. Except maybe a double bacon cheeseburger.
But the best thing about the Hickory Smoked Whopper, or any Yadda Yadda Whopper that Burger King concocts, is the core sandwich. When the ground level is a flame-broiled Whopper, it's hard to go wrong. The Whopper is undeniably the gold standard of quickie burgers.
But here's where the Hickory Smoked Whopper runs into trouble. The suggested price is $2.49.
A regular Whopper is only 99 cents.
So Burger King essentially is charging us $1.50 for a skinny slice of cheese and four half-pieces of bacon. And what's a half-piece, anyway? Why can't they say two slices like normal people?
For my money, I'd rather buy two regular Whoppers and get enough change to call the paramedics for my inevitable heart attack.
Anyway, Burger King plans to bring out a bigger and better version of McDonald's bellwether sandwich, the Big Mac, only the biggest-selling burger in the history of indigestion.
Burger King is calling its clone the Big King (that's original), and it'll have two all-beef patties, lettuce, special sauce, etc., etc., etc. Burger King's patties will be flame-broiled, of course, and 75 percent bigger than those at McDonald's.
Yeah, they can steal the Big Mac blueprint, but let 'em try and duplicate McDonald's delicious french fries. Then we'll talk.
Chain Reaction ``But the Whopper is only 99 cents''
What: Hickory Smoked Whopper
Where: Burger King