Photo: Brianna Wellen
There’s a monotony to fast food sides that needs to be challenged. French fries are all well and good, but there’s only so much potato a person can stand. While we wait for every fast food joint to catch up to those that are serving things like rice dishes and fried pickles as sides, we can at least take comfort in a new offering from White Castle that’s raising the bar on non-potato-based bites: Mac and Cheese Nibblers. To add even more excitement to the menu addition, White Castle debuted a new soda collaboration with Twitch streamer Captain Puffy to wash it all down.
What are White Castle’s Mac and Cheese Nibblers and Sprite Puffy Mix?
The Mac and Cheese Nibblers are just what they sound like: bite-sized nugget-like “nibbles” filled with creamy cheddar cheese and macaroni and coated in a crispy batter. You can swap these out as your side with any meal or get them on their own in varying sizes: small (five Nibblers) for $1.99, medium (12 Nibblers) for $3.99, or a sack of 20 Nibblers for $5.99.
Like many other fast food chains, White Castle has introduced new site-specific drinks (think Baja Blast, Hi-C, etc.). In September, the chain debuted Sprite Midnight and Powerade Midnight, both a mix of citrusy lemon-lime and grape flavors. According to QSR Magazine, Sprite Puffy Mix, so named because of its association with Twitch streamer Captain Puffy, mixes the traditional lemon-lime flavors of Sprite with “the sweet notes of grape and raspberry.” The drink is available only through December 31.
What do White Castle’s Mac and Cheese Nibblers and Sprite Puffy Mix taste like?
As instantly appealing as the concept of fried mac and cheese sounds, I was worried that the execution wouldn’t deliver on the promise. White Castle sliders themselves often lack texture because of the steamed buns, and the thought of a mushy ball of mac and cheese on top of that isn’t the most appealing. But goddammit, White Castle nailed it.
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