10 Best Secret Menu Items to Give a Try

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Most of us are aware of the best secret menu items at popular fast-food chains. Have you ever tried a Pink Drink from Starbucks? Or have you ever ordered an animal burger from In-N-Out? These special orders are actually secret menu items. When you are tired of ordering the same meal from your favorite restaurant, switching it up by ordering items from a secret menu is a great option. These ten secret menu items from different fast-food restaurants will, without a doubt, impress you.

1. McDonald's Apple Pie McFlurry

If you're not quite in the mood for a McFlurry, but still want a delicious dessert, give McDonald's Apple Pie McFlurry a try. The Apple Pie McFlurry is one of the most well-known secret menu items of McDonald's. To order the Apple Pie McFlurry, order a plain McFlurry with hot caramel. Make sure to order two separate applied pies. Then, crumble your applied pies into your McFlurry to enjoy a sweet treat that will stop you from ordering a plain McFlurry again!

2. In-N-Out's Animal Fries

Though In-N-Out has not done the best job of keeping their animal fries a secret, customers love these fries. Once you order animal fries, you won't go back to ordering In-N-Out's regular fries. Animal fries consist of fries topped off with melted cheese, caramelized onion, and, of course, In-N-Out's famous spread. Some customers even ask for the restaurant's "roadkill" fries, which are fairly similar to In-N-Out's animal fries, except for the addition of a crumbled hamburger on top.

3. Chick-fil-A's Frosted Dr. Pepper

You may have already tried one of Chick-fil-A's frosted drinks listed on their menu, such as their frosted lemonade and frosted coffee. Yet, most customers are unaware that they can ask for any soft drink to be frosted. With a taste similar to a root beer float, a frosted Dr. Pepper from Chick-fil-a will surprise you with its mouthwatering taste. It is important to note that some Chick-fil-A restaurants do not allow customers to order any frosted soda of their choice. However, in this case, simply order your favorite soda and Chick-fil-A's ice cream cone. The combination of soda and ice cream will create the same flavor as Chick-fil-A's frosted Dr. Pepper.

4. Jamba Juice's Pink Starburst Smoothie

Jamba Juice's Pink Starbust smoothie tastes just like pink-colored Starburst candy. The smoothie is composed of lemonade, strawberries, and raspberry sherbet, which never fails to remind customers of Starburst. The Pink Starburst smoothie is a perfect balance of sweet and sour and is most definitely one of the most popular secret menu items of Jamba Juice.

5. Starbucks' Cotton Candy Frappuccino

If you're someone who loves a sweet, creamy drink, the Cotton Candy Frappuccino is an order you need to give a shot. Fortunately, unlike most secret menu items of Starbucks, this drink does not have a complicated order. Simply ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with one or two pumps of their raspberry syrup, depending on how sweet you would like your drink to be.

6. Subway's Pizza Sub

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With marina sauce, spicy pepperoni, shredded cheese, and any other toppings such as onion or peppers that you may desire, Subway's Pizza Sub is adored by many. By ordering the sandwich toasted, you will be impressed with the sub's uncanny resemblance to a pizza. A pizza and a sandwich in one is a must-try!

7. Starbucks' Key lime Pie Refresher

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Most customers can agree that Starbucks' refreshers are hardly ever disappointing. But, even the refreshers on their secret menu are impressive. The key lime pie refresher is my new go-to order. In order to order the key lime pie refresher, ask for a Kiwi Starfruit Refresher, a drink already on their menu, with light coconut milk and one pump of funnel cake syrup.

8. Chipotle's Quesarito

Chipotle's quesarito is similar to a burrito, but instead of being wrapped with a regular tortilla, a cheese quesadilla is substituted as the shell. Unquestionably, Chipotle's quesarito is a secret menu that is worth trying. It will make for a satisfying meal, and serve as a break from your regular burrito or bowl order from Chipotle.

9. Dairy Queen's Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Consisting of cocoa fudge and Dairy Queen's classic vanilla soft serve, their frozen hot chocolate is a rich and creamy treat. The frozen hot chocolate is usually topped off with some whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. But, Dairy Queen's frozen hot chocolate is no longer a secret item, though it started off as one. The frozen hot chocolate has been added to Dairy Queen's menu, as a result of its popularity on the secret menu.

10. Sonic's Pickle-Os

If fries don't sound appealing to have with your meal, try Sonic's Pickle-Os. These fried pickles are perfect for when you are craving something salty to snack on.

Trying secret menu items is always a fun experiment. Though some items will disappoint you, others will immediately become your new favorites.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a freshman at Westridge School for Girls. She is the author of Stand Tall, a book that highlights women's rights issues, an editor for Polyphony Lit, and a Los Angeles Times High School Insider. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.