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.



Apple Dumplings

Wendy’s Copycat Recipe 

Makes 1 dozen

2 2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
4-6 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
butter, cubed

2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup margarine melted
ice cream

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Roll dough into a 1/8 inch thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface; cut into 5-inch squares. Place 3 or 4 apple slices on each square. Sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg to taste; dab with butter. Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center and pinch edges to seal. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a lightly greased baking dish. 

Combine 2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 cups hot water and 1/4 cup butter or margarine; stir to dissolve sugar. Pour syrup over dumplings. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot with ice cream.

Fresh Approach to Salads

Wendy’s is challenging consumers to look “beyond the bowl” because it’s not what your salad goes into, it’s what goes into your salad.  Consumers want to understand where their food comes from now more than ever and when it comes to salads, there’s a big difference between fresh made and freshly assembled.

Building on Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas’ promise that “Quality is our Recipe,” Wendy’s delivers fresh, quality ingredients in each of its premium salads.

Chief among Wendy’s fresh approach to salads are these everyday commitments:

Fresh from the Farm – Wendy’s delivers fresh shipments of produce to each restaurant throughout the week to ensure that we are serving our customers fresh ingredients.
Prepared Today – In each Wendy’s restaurant, crew members chop fresh iceberg and romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red peppers and tomatoes every day.
Only the Best – The commitment to quality extends to other Wendy’s salad ingredients, including premium, white meat, freshly grilled chicken breasts and thick cut Applewood Smoked Bacon that are cooked in house and placed warm on every salad ordered.

All of Wendy’s salads feature delicious ingredients that unite to create flavorful dishes, offering customers new tastes and food experiences. Three of the featured salads from Wendy’s current premium salad lineup are:
  • Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad harkens to the days of a smoky, backyard grill, with its fire-roasted corn, freshly-diced tomatoes, light and lively spring mix combined with Applewood Smoked Bacon and grilled chicken drizzled with savory BBQ sauce, and topped with creamy Marzetti Simply Dressed BBQ Ranch Dressing.
  • Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad marries the crisp, refreshing snap of ripe red and green apples with the delectable crunch of roasted pecans. This springtime splendor harmonizes sweet and savory throughout, with delicious cranberries and creamy blue cheese crumbles topped with warm grilled chicken and Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
  • Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is a twist on the typical Asian salad, with on trend, flavorful ingredients like fire roasted edamame, fresh red peppers and cucumbers, spicy roasted cashews, warm grilled chicken breast, and Marzetti Simply Dressed Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette.

Bacon and Blue on Brioche

Honing in on one of the hottest food trends of 2015, Wendy’s goes blue cheese bold to satisfy customers’ cravings with its latest premium offering, the new Bacon and Blue on Brioche. The limited-time hamburger is packed with robust, artisan blue cheese delivering a bluetiful meal option crafted with tantalizing tastes and ingredients.

The new Bacon and Blue on Brioche is full of premium ingredients, including savory, artisan Wisconsin blue cheese crumbles – the latest on trend ingredient to appear in Wendy’s innovative product line. According to the National Restaurant Association’s   “What’s Hot in 2015? list, artisan cheese is among the top food trends for 2015.

Bacon and Blue on Brioche also features a blue cheese herb aioli topped with spring mix and three strips of freshly cooked, thick cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, all served on a toasted brioche bun. Like all Wendy’s hamburgers, the Bacon and Blue on Brioche is made with 100% fresh, pure beef served hot off the grill.

Frosty Waffle Cone

Wendy’s Frosty Waffle Cone

For more than 40 years, Wendy’s Frosty has been one of America’s favorite sweet treats—and customers have scooped it up with spoons, straws, even French fries. Now there’s another way to enjoy Frosty – you can bite into it, with the new Wendy’s Frosty Waffle Cone.

By pairing its classic sweet treat with a crispy waffle cone, Wendy’s improves on perfection by making sweet moments even sweeter. From the first lick to the last crunch, the Frosty Waffle Cone is a tantalizing treat meant to be savored. Cool, creamy and refreshing, the Frosty is made with quality ingredients – like fresh milk, rich cream and cocoa. The Frosty Waffle Cone is available in both Vanilla and Chocolate flavors.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's Copycat Recipe

Makes 4 sandwiches

6-8 cups vegetable oil
1/3 cup Frank’s Original Red Hot Pepper Sauce
2/3 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breast fillets
4 plain hamburger buns
8 teaspoons mayonnaise
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices

Preheat 6-8 cups of oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Combine the pepper sauce and water in a small bowl. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, onion powder, paprika and garlic powder in another shallow bowl.

Pound each of the chicken pieces with a mallet until about 3/8 inch thick. Trim each breast fillet if necessary to help it fit on the bun. Working with one fillet at a time, coat each piece with the flour, then dredge it in the diluted pepper sauce. Coat the chicken once again in the flour mixture and set it aside until the rest of the chicken is breaded.

Fry the chicken fillets for 8-12 minutes or until they are light brown and crispy. Remove the chicken to a rack or to paper towels to drain. As chicken is frying, prepare each sandwich by grilling the face of the hamburger buns on a hot skillet over medium heat.

Spread about 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise on the face of each of the inverted top buns. Place a tomato slice onto the mayonnaise, then stack a leaf of lettuce on top of the tomato. On each of the bottom buns, stack one piece of chicken. Flip the top half of each sandwich onto the bottom half and serve hot.

Tuscan Chicken

Wendy’s New Item

Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta, breaded chicken, garlic and roasted tomato aïoli, nine leaf spring mix, asiago cheese and sliced tomatoes on a ciabatta bun, $4.69

Availability: Through May 2014

Mediterranean Cheeseburger


This burger had Mediterranean  inspired ingredients, like tangy, creamy rosemary garlic aioli and sweet, mildly tart, roasted chopped tomatoes. The tomatoes and spring mix made from nine different greens give a burst of cool freshness against melty, aged Asiago cheese and a hot quarter pound patty of fresh beef.  Applewood Smoked bacon gave the cheeseburger extra crunch, and toasted authentic ciabatta bread made the perfect bun for these complex, rich flavors.

Wendy’s new ciabatta bun had a light, airy texture and a thin, delicate crust. It was produced on an artisan line and is sliced and baked, meaning no two ciabatta buns were exactly the same.

Was available for a limited time only, the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger had a recommended price of $4.79.  Prices varied by market.

New Items at Wendy's

Wendy’s Brings Back BBQ Pulled Pork Menu Items for Limited Time

Wendy’s is returning the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and BBQ Pulled Pork Fries to restaurants for a limited time.

Wendy’s Pulled Pork offerings pay homage to the craft of real BBQ pitmasters by slowly smoking tender, premium pork shoulder over hickory wood for seven hours. Customers have a choice of three custom crafted sauces – sweet, smoky or spicy – that are drizzled on top after the customer orders – just like the pros do.

The BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich features succulent, hickory smoked pulled pork topped with cool, crunchy coleslaw on a toasted brioche bun and a choice of sauce. It is available starting at $4.49.

The customer favorite BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries feature natural cut fries, with a topping of cheddar cheese sauce, hickory smoked pulled pork and diced red onions – topped with a choice of sauce.

Wendy's New Items:

  • Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad (pictured): Sliced strawberries, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, blue cheese crumbles, applewood smoked bacon and grilled chicken breast, served warm
  • Blackberry Lemonade: Blackberry purée and lemonade
  • Blueberry Pineapple Fruitea Chiller: Blueberry purée, pineapple juice and a splash of pomegranate juice shaken with Honest Tea Tropical Green Tea
  • Orange Mango Fruitea Chiller: Mango purée, orange juice and a splash of carrot juice shaken with Honest Tea Tropical Green Tea

Availability: Through summer 2015

Wendy's New Item: 

  • Honest Tropical Green Tea, Fair Trade Certified organic green tea, Fair Trade Certified organic cane sugar, mango and pineapple flavors, created exclusively for Wendy’s

Availability: Permanent

Wendy's New Items:

  • Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Breaded fried chicken breast topped with diced jalapenos, ghost pepper sauce, cheese sauce, Colby pepper Jack cheese and red onion, served on a red jalapeno bun
  • Ghost Pepper Fries: Fries in cheese sauce topped with diced jalapenos, shredded Cheddar cheese and ghost pepper sauce

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Wendy's New Item: 

  • North Pacific Cod Sandwich, North Pacific cod lightly breaded with panko crumbs and served with pickles, dill tartar sauce and lettuce on a toasted bun, $3.69, may vary by location.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Wendy's New Item

  • Bacon Portabella Melt, a beef patty topped with sautéed portobello mushrooms, American cheese, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon and warm Cheddar cheese sauce, served on a brioche bun, recommended $4.99. 

Availability: Through mid-December 2014


Wendy's New Item

  • Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche, breaded chicken breast topped with sliced red onions, spring mix, Dijon aïoli, mustard, double smoked Gouda cheese and sweet caramelized onion sauce, served on brioche, $4.79.

Availability: Unspecified limited time

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich: Hickory-smoked pulled pork, slaw and choice of sweet, smoky or spicy sauce, served on a toasted brioche bun, $4.49
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger: Beef patty topped with pulled pork, Cheddar cheese, slaw and choice of sauces, served on brioche, $4.99
  •  BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries: French fries topped with Cheddar cheese sauce, pulled pork, diced red onions and choice of barbecue sauce, $2.99

Availability: Until early November, 2014

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.