Munchie Mania

Fast-food options can satisfy any craving for munchies

click to enlarge Burger King stepped up its munchies game with Mac-n-Cheetos.
Burger King stepped up its munchies game with Mac-n-Cheetos.

They say you shouldn't shop for groceries when you're hungry, but the opposite is true when you're high.

And though there are several websites dedicated to pot-infused recipes for the consumer who doubles as a foodie (, formerly, and, to name a few), sometimes the convenience and price of fast food is just too good to pass up.

Next time the craving for munchies hits, consider these fast-food options.

In what is quite possibly the most spot-on munchies meal yet, Burger King has released what it's calling Mac n' Cheetos; macaroni and cheese encased in a deep-fried Cheetos crust. The budget-friendly Mac n' Cheetos ($2.49 for five pieces), which hit Burger King restaurants on Monday, June 27, is available for a limited time.

Then there's Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos, which likely fulfilled the munchies dream of many a marijuana consumer.

Since the Nacho Cheese version was launched in 2012 (more than a billion have been sold since 2014), Taco Bell has also released tacos featuring Fiery and Cool Ranch Doritos, in both regular and supreme versions, and a Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch (a crunchy Doritos taco wrapped in a cheesy soft tortilla), ranging in price from $1.49 to $3.19.

FYI: Area Taco Bells are open until between 1 and 4 am, perfect for those late-night cravings.

If pizza is your go-to munchie, consider Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box: two medium, one-topping pizzas, breadsticks and the Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie for just $20.

You read that right: appetizer, dinner and dessert in one box. Share with friends, or save the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

Last but not least, with nearly 40 locations in the Inland Northwest, it doesn't get more convenient, inexpensive or all-encompassing than Zip's Drive-in.

The beloved local chain serves breakfast (from 4-10:30 am), lunch, dinner and dessert, and is open 24/7.

A hearty serving of biscuits and gravy is $4; $2 will get you a hamburger, and a bag of four burgers is just $6. Eight mini-corn dogs and fries costs $4.

For the toker with a sweet tooth, Zip's offers a variety of milkshakes, malts, floats and hurricanes (ice cream with mix-ins like Oreos, M&Ms and brownie bites), all for between $2 and $6.

A word to the wise: Pick up your snack of choice before indulging in your strain of choice. Or choose delivery. ♦

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