Titter nervously, roll your eyes, or get in line. Whatever the response, news of the White Castle veggie slider does not inspire indifference. Perhaps because the words "veggie" and "White Castle" have never been spoken together in the English language before -- hell, it's the company that doesn't even bother with iceberg or winter tomatoes on its burgers.
Lots of fast food joints have been jumping on the vegetarian/healthier bandwagon of late, probably in response to the American populace getting wise to horrific big ag practices, negative heath effects, and obesity. Chipotle recently introduced tofu Sofritas, Burger King's got a Morning Star veggie burger, and now this.
Granted, even vegetarians (and flexitarians) should get a chance to cut loose from time to time and soothe their stoner hankerings. So if this is you, here are the facts:
1. The veggie slider is a Dr. Praeger's veggie burger. The brand is known in meat-averse circles as being all about the veg -- full of carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, and broccoli.
2. Of course, if veggie isn't really your flavor, White Castle makes things a little easier by offering three sugar-laden, sodium-packed, flavor-enhancing sauces to slather upon your slider: Sweet Thai, Ranch, and Honey Mustard.
3. White Castle cooks will be instructed to use a dedicated spatula with a green handle for veggie sliders only so you needn't worry about any of that delicious, delicious animal fat touching your bun.
4. A single plain veggie slider (with bun) contains 150 calories and 5 grams of fat. Those numbers skyrocket significantly with the addition of condiments -- most notably with ranch, which renders it 270 calories and a whopping 18 grams of fat.
5. When you add the inevitable side of chicken rings and double classic cheese slider, your meal is no longer vegetarian. Just to be clear.
Veggie Sliders will be available in all White Castle restaurants beginning December 30.
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