Denny's Fried Cheese Melt: Another Shock-and-Awe MealPosted on Aug 24th 2010 1:00PM by Lisa Johnson
The meal is essentially layers of starches and fats. I'm guessing that there's quite a bit of butter in there and that the marinara sauce has a good dose of sugar. The dish tops out at 1,260 calories, although some websites question whether the calorie count may be even higher.
Here's the nutritional information from Denny's.
Fried Cheese Melt With Fries and Marinara
•Serving Size: 17 oz.
•Fat: 63 g
•Trans Fat: 1 g
•Sat Fat: 21 g
•Chol: 75 mg
•Sodium: 3,010 mg
•Carbs: 131 g
•Fiber: 8 g
•Protein: 40 g
•Sugar: 8 g
These kinds of meals are more than just high-calorie crowd-pleasers; they're a media ploy. When restaurants debut these menu items, they know there will be plenty of people shaking their heads in disbelief and shouting, "What has this country come to?"
The dishes also get the curious masses through the door. Denny's home page has a big ol' picture of the meal declaring, "You've heard the buzz. Now take a bite." Clearly they have been trying to garner press, and it's working.
What do you think of the food industry's trend of "shock-and-awe" dishes? What kind of message is this sending?
For another over-the-top menu item, check out KFC's Double Down.