Wendy's – You Can't Fake Real

In their new advertising campaign, Wendy’s says You Can’t Fake Real.

Well, alrighty then.

A fast food company that has turned over a new leaf and is going to start making “real” food.

Like this:

Wendy’s 10-Piece Spicy Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Breast, Water, Seasoning (salt, spice, spice extractive), Sodium Phosphates. Battered and Breaded with: Wheat Flour, Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Spice, Wheat Gluten, Egg White Solids, Gum Arabic, Paprika, Extractives of Paprika, Yellow Corn Flour, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), Spice Extractives, Yeast. Cooked in Soy, Corn, Cottonseed & Hydrogenated Soy Oil. Note: May be cooked in the same oil as Fish Fillets (where available). CONTAINS: EGG, WHEAT.

  • Spice Extractives in products like this are often created by combining Oleoresins with solubizing agents (Polysorbate 80, mono and diglycerided and water soluble gums) to create a liquid seasoning.
  • Oleoresins are derived by a solvent-extraction of whole spices.
  • Sodium Phosphates are used to help the leaving process in breaded foods like nuggets

And lets not forget where fast food poultry comes from.

image: National Geographic

Now…moving on to the Frosty

Wendy’s Medium Original Chocolate Frosty™

Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cream, Whey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Cocoa (processed with alkali), Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Disodium Phosphate, Artificial and Natural Flavoring, Vitamin A Palmitate. CONTAINS: MILK.


Hmmmmmm…that doesn’t seem fake at all.

Until you compare it to my Mom’s recipe for a basic Chocolate Milk Shake

Chocolate Ice Cream + just enough milk to make it drinkable.


So, whaddaya think…Can Wendy’s Fake Real?



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  2. Just more hyperbole and ‘greenwashing’ from a company jumping on a bandwagon.

    Simple as that.

    You can’t provide food in this type of ‘resturant’ at a price the Americans are willing to pay for it without cutting corners.

    Food processing is necessary, for example butchery, but it has now been taken to the nth degree as it streamlines production and increases profit – I should know I lecture this subject at university. ‘Food engineering’ for lower costs and ‘hyperpalatability’ (google those terms if you haven’t heard them before) is huge now, it simply is the biggest area of development in the industry.

    Unfortunately it is killing us, every dollar saved in fast food equates to more money lost on health bills

    Bottom line: you will never get ‘natural’ quality food in restaurants like these, despite how they try and market it.

  3. Unfortunately it is killing us, every dollar saved in fast food equates to more money lost on health bills

    That’s the biggest irony of all. And then there’s the impact on the environment. Fast food is evil, and as pointed out is as fake as can be, it’s amazing how they get away with their BS claims

  4. Wendy’s has some food I don’t trust but most of the time it’s good.You just eat MCDonalds and you’ll see.

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