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Tot off the presses: Burger King cheesy tots are back

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It’s been 84 years since Burger King took its cheesy tots off the menu—just kidding, it’s only been since March—but BK has finally heard your plaintive wails and brought the tots back for a limited time. Per a Burger King spokesperson, the tots are available nationwide for a limited time at participating restaurants, at the price of four tots for $1.


In researching the cheesy tots, because that’s honestly my job, I discovered an interesting nugget—a tot of information, if you will: According to BK’s website, “cheesy tot” is actually a registered trademark of the H.J. Heinz Company Brands LLC, which BK uses with permission from Heinz. (Heinz manufactures and distributes Ore-Ida products, so maybe that’s why?)

Bottom line: Cheesy tots are back, but we don’t know for how long. Commence your best-fried-potato-shape arguments posthaste.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Sometime ~15 years ago I first saw cheesy tots at the BK menu, ordered them, promptly googled and found _nothing_ other than a PDF from some dairy farming collective trade show talking about leveraging additional cheese sales to whatever holding company owned BK.

They were fucking fantastic. My coworker and I each had an order, then seconds, then went back to work thrilled and content.

Then over the course of the day I had the worst gas in my lifetime. I was at dinner with friends and would get up to walk a lap around the house and cropdust the entire place just to try to dissipate things. I woke up repeatedly during the night with such significant abdominal pain that I fantasized about stabbing myself in the intestines with a knife just to release the pressure. It was sheer agony.

...ofc I picked up more cheesy tots on the way to work the next day.