4 Item Shake Shack Just Added To Menu For Fall – Eat This Not That
Shake Shack is no stranger to flavor-packed foods. From the chain’s namesake shakes, which include flavors like the Apple Cider Donut Shake and Choco Salted Toffee Shake, to their Bacon Cheese Fries to Shake Stack, this restaurant has grown huge before. But they’ve never gone so big on spice before. The chain is rolling out “the spiciest item ever for Shake Shack” on September 16, the restaurant’s culinary director Mark Rossati said in a video posted to First We Feast’s YouTube channel.
Why was it posted there? Because the four new fall menu items just added to the Shake Shack lineup were developed with the brains behind First We Feast’s wildly popular “Hot Ones” video. And as you will soon learn based on our firsthand experience, yes, these are spicy foods.
The heat of these items with “The Last Dab: Apollo” sauce can be taken up to 11. This sauce was made with a new chili developed by Smokin’ Ed Curry, a professional pepper breeder, the man behind the colorfully named Puckerbutt Pepper Company.
But note that most of these new menu items are quite spicy—in fact, we’ve only added Last Dub to one, as you’ll see. While we love spice, we also love taste buds that remain functional.
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This is a satisfying burger all around. It’s not big enough that you face any existential crisis when you eat it, nor is it small enough to leave many eaters hungry, especially if fries are also ordered. The Hot Ones Burger is made with an Angus beef patty topped with applewood smoked bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, and of course, there are plenty of Hot Ones™ Spicy Shakesauce.
The cheese balances the heat of the sauce and the smoky flavor of the bacon finds its way through the heat as well. It’s like the bacon cheeseburger from the chain, albeit with a patty and a lot more heat. The burger costs $8.29 in most places, which is on the upper end of a good price, but it’s still worth it.
The Hot Ones Chicken Sandwich was the real standout of the four new Shake Shack menu items for us. It’s made with a crispy, fried white-meat chicken patty topped with Hot Ones Spicy ShakeSauce, crispy applewood smoked bacon, and a slab of Monterey Jack cheese. It’s all tucked between a toasted potato bun. The bun, cheese, and chicken all together make a pleasant backdrop for hot sauce, so in this sandwich we added some extra heat in the form of “Last Dab: Apollo” hot sauce.
Per Shake’s blog: Those looking to turn the heat up a notch can buy a pack of ‘The Last Dab: Apollo’ made from Apollo Pepper, which was developed by renowned chili breeder, Smokin’ Ed Curry. The Last Dub: Apollo, Hot Ones™ the most unique and hottest sauce ever, will be available for a limited time at Shakes.”
And according to our experience, this added hot sauce took things into the zone of sweat and regret, so spread it carefully and in moderation.
Hot Ones Cheese Fries are, clearly, the least exciting of the four new menu items. Sure, they taste great thanks to a dusting of vibrant red Aleppo pepper (lighter than cayenne pepper, though comparable), but they just aren’t that special.
Instead, they’re really just classic Shake Shack crinkle-cut cheese fries with a hot sauce on top, and that’s it. While they are still quite tasty and all, these fries are nothing new or interesting. After all, you can pour hot sauce over your fries at any time, there’s really no need to treat them as anything new.
That said, if you like spicy food and you like big, crunchy french fries, you can order these as your side too. But a better idea? Get the Hot Ones Bacon Cheese Fries.
Why are Hot Ones Bacon Cheese Fries more appealing than regular Hot Ones Cheese Fries? Because by some kind of weird sorcery, pieces of applewood bacon adhere to these fries better than we’ve ever seen with other bacon-topped fries. There’s apparently some perfect edible adhesive created by blending hot sauce and cheese that really helps glue the bacon pieces to each fry, so each bite is just sublime.
Well, to be fair, by the time you’ve eaten half the fries, most of the bacon will be gone as it was slathered on top of the fries, but then at least you can finish your side while enjoying the spice. can.