Wendy's hallmark square hamburgers and homey atmosphere were introduced in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969, and since that time the company has enjoyed phenomenal growth.

Wendy's International, Inc. is the operator, developer, and franchiser of the Wendy's restaurant chain, which is the number three hamburger chain in the United States, trailing McDonald's and Burger King. At the end of 2001, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants around the world; about 5,300 of these were located in the United States with the balance located in 26 other countries and territories.



Strawberry Lemonade

Wendy's Copycat Recipe

Makes 6 Drinks

zest of 1 lemon, in wide strips
2 cups sugar
2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 large lemons)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Make the lemon syrup: Bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves; let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry syrup: Toss the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl and let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Strain the strawberry mixture; reserve the strawberry syrup and berries separately.

Make the lemonade: Combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, salt and 2 cups cold water in a pitcher. For each drink, put about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry syrup in a tall glass. Fill with ice, then top with the lemonade and some of the reserved strawberries.

Strawberry Frosty

Wendy's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

8 oz Cool Whip
7 oz condensed milk
1/2 gallon strawberry milk

In an ice cream maker, combine Cool Whip and condensed milk. Once mixed, add milk. Stir until thick.

If you do not have an ice cream maker you can mix the Frosty by hand. In a cold metal bowl, combine Cool Whip and condensed milk. Once mixed, add milk. Stir thoroughly and place in freezer to desired firmness.

$5 Late Night Combo

Wendy's is looking to spur some late night visits with a promotional combo that's only available after 10pm, since most Wendy's restaurants are now open till midnight or later. Wendy’s Moonlight Meal Deal was designed to meet these needs. The Moonlight Meal Deal includes a Double Stack hamburger, Chili Cheese Fries, and a large soft drink all for $5 after 10 pm.

The Double Stack starts with two junior hamburger patties, topped off with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion.

The Chili Cheese Fries combine Wendy’s natural-cut fries with sea salt, with slow-cooked and meaty chili and a cheesy Cheddar sauce.

The move comes as rival McDonald's has recently been toying with offering "Breakfast After Midnight" and chains like Jack in the Box and Taco Bell have traditionally played up their open late night reputation.

Flatbread Chicken Sandwiches

The latest food from Wendy's comes in the form of new, limited-time Flatbread Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. The new entree comes in two varieties: Asiago Ranch and Smoky Honey Mustard. The sandwiches are only available through late May 2013.

The Asiago Ranch Flatbread comes with grilled chicken breast strips, spring mix, tomatoes, natural Asiago cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and creamy Asiago ranch sauce, folded in a five-grain toasted flatbread.

The Smoky Honey Mustard features sliced grilled chicken breast, a spring mix of leafy greens, tomatoes, and smokey honey mustard sauce, wrapped in a five-grain toasted flatbread.

The new sandwiches come just in time to compete with McDonald's new McWraps. They both feature similar concepts that look to appeal to healthier eaters, at similar price points. Between the two, flatbread seems slightly more novel than tortillas. And, of course, there's also the flatbread option at Subway.

The only differences between the Smoky Honey Mustard version and the Asiago Ranch flatbread sandwich arethe different sauces and that the Asiago Ranch has bacon and cheese in it.

These are so easy to make at home since flatbread is readily available in supermarkets and well as grilled chicken breast strips. Use the appropriate salad dressing for the sauce on your copycat Wendy's Flatbread Sandwich.

Hot Chili Seasoning

Wendy's Hot Chili Seasoning is a sauce they offer to add a bit of heat and depth to their chili. Not too many people know about it. The sauce is free, you just have to know to ask for it.  If you want to add some heat to your french fries try dipping in this sauce or adding it to some ketchup to give it a kick.,