In a rare move, the brand is testing mac and cheese in select markets starting today.
Chick-fil-A has been the southern-style chicken sandwich leader in the quick service restaurant league for some time now. As competitors such as Popeyes and McDonald’s hint at or innovate their own take on the chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A has remained fairly steadfast in their consistent menu offerings—until now.
Starting today, Chick-fil-A is testing mac and cheese in four states: Texas, Maryland, Tennessee and Georgia. For anyone unlucky enough to live in one of the other 46 states, tune in to social media (like these tweets featured in Business Insider) for what is sure to be an impending storm of reviews.
The privately-owned chain takes new menu additions very seriously and tested several recipes before settling on the blend on cheddar, parmesan and romano featured on the new noodles.
“We have a very high bar when it comes to adding a menu item, but the feedback from our customers in the test markets made this decision easy,” said Chick-fil-A’s head of menu and packaging Amanda Norris. The recipe closely replicates the mac and cheese served at Chick-fil-A’s 12 Dwarf House locations, full-service diner-style iterations of the restaurant which serve a special menu.
This is the brand’s first permanent menu addition since 2016. Coincidentally, 2016 is also when Beyoncé dropped Lemonade. Just saying.
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