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As a wrap up to the Taco Bell breakfast menu, I thought I’d do a quick ranking/recap, along with links to each individual post. And now that we’re done with this project, look for me to attempt to get back on my regular posting schedule, which was to be once a week. (And also maybe stay away from Taco Bell in a bit. This is my 21st overall post, which excludes my introduction, and 11 have been on Taco Bell.) 

 

1: A.M. Crunchwrap: One of the unique Taco Bell options, and the best tasting. A meal unto itself.

2: Waffle Taco: If this ranking was based solely on taste/experience, the Waffle Taco would be towards the bottom. However, the concept is fantastic, and if they work out the issues (i.e. make it correctly), this has the potential to be #1.

 

The top two are clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the items. They’re unique to Taco Bell (at least amongst fast food establishments. I’m sure someone has made and serves a waffle taco) and different from everything else on the breakfast menu. These last items, are interchangeable, in addition to having glaring flaws in their original form. While the flaws can be fixed (sauce!), they are apparent, and there’s no special reason to go to Taco Bell for any of these items.

 

3: Breakfast Burrito with Bacon: This really isn’t much different than the Steak & Egg Burrito. IT supposedly has a double portion of eggs and contains a non-premium meat. Thus, the lower price point. Because I’m usually not hankering for steak in the morning, I ranked this higher, but they’re essentially interchangeable depending on your meat preference. 

4: Steak & Egg Burrito: See above.

5: A.M. Grilled Taco: Nothing special here, but I like the combo of eggs with sausage and cheese, plus the tortilla wasn’t too heavy for a morning snack.

6: Sausage Flatbread Melt: Mine was a little overdone, which didn’t help matters. I just don’t see myself eating this again. It’s heavy and boring and dry.

  

And here were the hash browns and Cinnabon Delights, which were reviewed but aren’t really comparable to the above sandwiches. I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I had eating/writing about it. Next up will be a McDonald’s burger that I ate four months ago but is still being touted as new!

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I was going to lead this off with some lyrics from The Doors “The End,” but that seems a little hacky, right? I’m glad I held off.

Anyway, the time has finally come. I have reached that oasis on the horizon which has been taunting me for the past three plus months. This post will complete my running series on the Taco Bell breakfast menu, allowing us to finally move on into new territory. These are exciting days my friends, so join me as I recount my experience with Taco Bell’s Cinnabon Delights.

Unlike the last one, this post features photos!

Unlike the last one, this post features photos!

Cinnabon Delights are available on their own, or as a compliment to a meal. With a meal, you can have two of these delightful balls instead of a hash brown. If you order them on their own, they come in packs of two, four and twelve.

Slightly kidney shaped, but look at that sugar.

Slightly kidney shaped, but look at that sugar.

Cinnabon Delights are “warm, golden bite-sized pastries filled with Cinnabon frosting and covered with Makara cinnamon sugar.” Think warm cinnamon Munchkin/donut holes with frosting in the middle. Does that make you happy? Because it should. There’s not much to analyze here. These were tasty as hell. The frosting was great, and didn’t ooze out. There was a good crunch to the Delights and the cinnamon sugar (excuse me, Makara cinnamon sugar), mixed really well with the frosting.

So good.

So good. 

As with the hash brown, these were eaten last, but even after sitting for twenty minutes, they were still fantastic. The only downside to these is that they’re a little heavy to be eating in the morning. Luckily, as an intrepid food blogger, I planned this meal so I had nothing else to do that day, so my laziness/food coma didn’t prevent me from engaging in any activities. While I generally prefer hash browns/fried potatoes as my side, if you’re only going to Taco Bell for the novelty aspect of their breakfast, do yourself a favor and get these instead of the hash brown (besides, you’ll already be having a hash brown in your crunchwrap).

For the sake of completion, now that we’ve run through all of the sandwiches on the Taco Bell breakfast menu, I figured I may as well do quick posts on the sides. First up, the hash brown! 

In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I love fried potatoes in all forms and the fast food hash brown, when done right, is a great disc of crispy potato goodness. Taco Bell’s retails at $1 (once again, using Google for that price), which is actually pricy for a hash brown. I seem to remember McDonald’s offering two for $1, though I can’t currently say if that deal is still on the table. Regardless, this is a decently large hash brown, and if you don’t want to pay $1 for it, it is an option as the side when you order a breakfast meal.

Taco Bell PR really let me down with this description. All we get is “a crispy, shredded potato patty?!” No flowery language, describing the virtues of the potatoes, or how its fried to a perfect crisp and is a perfect compliment to a meal or snack on the go? For shame Taco Bell! Hash browns deserve respect!

Now that I’ve defended the honor of hash browns, how about I actually talk about the eating experience? One of the downsides of ordering so many foods at once is that some things wind up sitting around for a bit before they can be eaten. I’ll be reviewing the hash brown on a curve because it sat in a bag for fifteen minutes before I could eat it (Fast food tip: if you like crispy non-soggy fries but they need to sit in a bag before you can eat, open the top of the bag and ensure that the fries are under the opening to let some of the hot air escape. They won’t be as hot as possible when you eat, but the ventilation prevents them from becoming a disgusting soggy mess).

The hash brown smelled fantastic, which reminded me of McDonald’s, which is my standard for best fast food hash brown. As I mentioned in the AM Crunchwrap post, this was a broader, flatter hash brown. This allowed for more surface area for crunchy batter, so I’m not complaining. And it did remain crunchy even after sitting for fifteen minutes. Luckily, even with it being flat, it still retained some potato taste. It could have used some salt, but that’s my only complaint here. This is a solid hash brown, and it definitely will be the side item I order for any future Taco Bell breakfast purchases.

Slowly, but surely, we’re completing this journey through the Taco Bell breakfast menu. We’re finishing the sandwich portion with the simplest item they offer: the A.M. Grilled Taco with sausage. Upon first glance, this looked like the flatbread melt, except slightly smaller. It’s priced at $1, and also falls into the value menu option for breakfast.

Looks like there's nothing in the wrapper

Looks like there’s nothing in the wrapper

Taco Bell describes the A.M. Grilled Taco with sausage as “fluffy scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese and flavorful sausage crumbles folded in a warm tortilla and grilled for portability.” Normally, I don’t spend too much time on the food description, but since this whole review is not covering much new territory here, let’s analyze this a bit. First, this whole menu is designed for portability, so I’m not sure why the taco is being singled out here. Other than the A.M. Crunchwrap, everything can be eaten whilst driving. Even weirder, sausage crumbles? Really? I don’t think of sausage as something that can crumble, and if I encountered crumbling sausage, I’d likely want to avoid eating it. Just call them nuggets or chunks!

Slightly burnt...

Slightly burnt…

Anyway, random tangents aside, let’s talk about taste. The taco was layered so that the egg and cheese were at the fold, with the sausage on top. This is the proper sandwich construction. I note this only because there was some crazy confusion in the kitchen after I placed my order, and based on my eavesdropping, it was centered around how to make this taco. So I doff my cap to the manager who straightened things out back there.

Paper thin

Paper thin

The tortilla was left in the press too long, so the slightly burnt flavor dominated my first few bites, which didn’t have any sausage anyway. When I got some sausage towards the middle, this tasted better because the sausage crumbles had the most flavor. However, once again, a lack of sauce dooms the taco. It didn’t really become good until I put some fire sauce in there. So this is another breakfast item that’s too dry on its own. I’m really having a hard time understanding how Taco Bell green lit so many items that were dry. Are they just banking on everyone using sauce? If so, maybe say something, as opposed to leaving anonymous bloggers such as myself to question your sandwich design skills.

Taco guts!

Taco guts!

The real comparison here is between the A.M. Grilled Taco and the Sausage Flatbread Melt. The flatbread was more filling, due to its size and the inclusion of a sausage patty, and not crumbles. But… this was less of a gut bomb because there was less bread. I don’t see myself ordering either of these items again, but I probably lean towards the taco.

Taco Bell offers two burritos on its breakfast menu. I decided to split them up by day, just so I wouldn’t have burrito overload. You can read about the Steak and Egg Burrito here. This post will talk about the Breakfast Burrito with Bacon. Eating them over two days was a good idea since they were fairly similar in taste. 

Burrito Time

Burrito Time

As with the Steak and Egg Burrito, the size was striking: this thing looked pretty small. Luckily, this was factored into the cost, as it was only $1.69 (once again using Google for pricing here). It was wrapped in the standard burrito packaging, so nothing special here. 

Lots of tortilla in that bite

Lots of tortilla in that bite

Taco Bell describes the Breakfast Burrito with Bacon as “flavorful bacon, a double portion of fluffy scrambled eggs and lots of warm, melted cheddar cheese, all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla.” Of course my first bite was all tortilla. I expect that when dealing with fast food burritos, and usually try and guess which end will contain real ingredients, but obviously I was wrong here. My second bite got some eggs and cheese. Like the Steak & Egg Burrito, this wasted good. It was like a plain breakfast burrito. You can’t go wrong with that.

Looks like its about to explode

Looks like it’s about to explode 

At the third bite, I finally got some bacon, and that helped to tie everything together. I don’t want to go through the individual ingredients again (at this point I’ve written about all of them), but this was a solid breakfast burrito. It could have used some more bacon (same complaint as the AM Crunchwrap), or, it could have used a sauce and/or some spice. Something to add a bit more flavor and make it less dry. The creamy jalapeño sauce on the AM Crunchwrap would have also worked here. I wound up dipping the burrito into Fire Sauce, and that worked wonders. And to tie up the experience, somehow my last bite was also just tortilla. Someone needs a burrito wrapping lesson. 

Burrito guts!!! (And the only slightly normal photo I took of this)

Burrito guts!!! (And the only slightly normal photo I took of this)

Short post, but not much to say. This isn’t an exotic offering, it’s just a workmanlike breakfast burrito. I’d be intrigued to try this with sausage, though the sauce complaint would still stand. This is another case where Taco Bell could have a really good item, with some small tweaks. Overall though, while this is fine, no one is going to Taco Bell for a regular breakfast burrito. This is something to complete a meal with one of the weirder options. 

Also, as a quick comparison to the Steak and Egg Burrito: there really wasn’t much difference. Every ingredient is the same other than choice of meat, and the portion size is the same, so unless you’re really hankering for some steak, you’re better off saving some money and going with the cheaper option.

I have been away for too long, and for that, I apologize. For readers who don’t know actually me (there are a few!), there were legitimate reasons why I have not posted recently. HOWEVER, the blog is not, and has never been dead. I have been continuing to eat new items whenever I have the opportunity, and I have some good stuff coming down the pipeline, even if it’s no longer timely. We’ll be finishing off the Taco Bell breakfast menu, then I’ll get to McDonald’s, Del Taco, and White Castle. As always, suggestions on things to do next are always welcomed, but I still have a list that’s at least 10 deep, so I’m not hurting for ideas at the moment.

 

The AM Crunchwrap

The AM Crunchwrap

Next up on our tour of the Taco Bell breakfast menu is the A.M. Crunchwrap. I’ve had the regular crunchwrap supreme and wasn’t a huge fan of it. The proportions always seemed off, there was too much tortilla, and I’m not a big fan of sour cream, and it was piled with that. However, this was sour cream free, and it looks like a flat breakfast burrito. What could go wrong?

The A.M. Crunchwrap comes with your choice of meat: bacon, sausage or steak. Unfortunately, since it’s been about three months since I ate this, I have lost the receipt. However, using the handy Google machine, the price for bacon or sausage is $2.49 before tax (which sounds familiar), while steak costs $2.99 pre tax. I opted for the bacon for a little variety.

Looks like a cartoon UFO door

Looks like a cartoon UFO door

Upon first glance, this was smaller than I thought it’d be. I don’t know if I was misremembering the regular Crunchwrap Supreme, or if they made it smaller for breakfast, but I expected a larger sandwich. Now, this wasn’t a problem since I was eating half the breakfast menu for the second time in three days, but if you’re just stopping in, maybe you’d want something larger.

Taco Bell describes the A.M. Crunchwrap as “all the classic breakfast tastes like fluffy scrambled eggs, a golden crispy has brown, real cheddar cheese, flavorful bacon and creamy jalapeno sauce wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and grilled.” So basically, this is meant to be your complete breakfast shoved into a tortilla. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Slightly odd seeing a sandwich so condensed

Slightly odd seeing a sandwich so condensed

The first bite was great: I managed to get all of the ingredients. Compared to some of the other offerings, the staff was trained very well on making these. The jalapeno sauce really shines through here. First, it’s just damn tasty. It gives some heat without either overpowering the other ingredients, but the taste is strong enough that it doesn’t hide. Second, considering most of the other offerings were dry and needed some Fire Sauce to really get going, the fact that this actually comes with its own sauce shows that Taco Bell really can pull off this breakfast thing.

Let’s talk about the hashbrown in a sandwich. This is a phenomenal idea in concept, but frequently risky in execution (note: I’m also including fries in that assessment). The problem with putting fries/hashbrowns in sandwiches is that they tend to get soggy, which means they aren’t crispy, so the sandwich loses texture, and you’re stuck with a greasy, soggy potato slab that really just weighs everything down. Not the case here. The hashbrown stayed crispy throughout the whole eating experience. And I mean the whole experience. They cut the hashbrowns so it covered the whole tortilla. There were no hashbrown-less bites.

Well proportioned

Well proportioned

The bacon seemed like large bacon bits. They were chewy and had a smoky flavor when isolated, but frequently took a back seat to everything else. Maybe there needs to be more bacon here (though I think this is a problem in general with breakfast sandwiches. There’s usually not enough bacon, so you’re always getting more bang for your buck if you just choose sausage).

As the eating continued, the jalapeno sauce started taking over and the eggs and cheese faded in the background, while the bacon wasn’t substantial enough to override the spicy flavor. This is definitely a case where sausage would have stood up better to the sauce and made this even better. Lastly, this was a very clean sandwich. It wasn’t messy, and everything stayed in the wrapper without falling or dripping off the sides. As regular readers know, this is something I very much appreciate.

Still a lot of sandwich to go!

Still a lot of sandwich to go!

I love fried potatoes. Any sandwich that incorporates fried potatoes, and does it well, is a sandwich I’m going to enjoy. Despite its small stature, this was surprising filling, and it would be even more so with sausage, as opposed to the bacon. Taco Bell got the sauce right, and the tortilla isn’t too thick. This may not be the lightest sandwich, and I’m not sure I’d recommend it for someone in a hurry, but it is a quality sandwich, and I’d definitely eat it again.