Finally, we have caught up with the good people of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Since 2014, Japanese Burger King locations have offered customers not one but TWO black burgers featuring black buns and cheese colored with bamboo charcoal, leaving American fans to wonder what we did wrong to be deprived of such scary schwarz sandwiches.
But this month, at least, Burger King is letting us in on the action with a limited edition A.1. Halloween Whopper, a quarter-pound burger topped with melted American cheese, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, mayonnaise, A.1. Thick and Hearty Sauce, pickles, and white onions on a black sesame seed bun with A.1. flavor baked into the bun.
Of course, a taste test of this dark burger beast was in order, and the results were positive albeit confusing. There was no detectable A.1. flavor in the bun and just the slightest schmear of the sauce, which made one wonder why BK went to such great lengths to advertise its partnership with Kraft (owner of A.1.) on this venture. This is not to say, however, the burger was bland, for the seasoned patty cooked medium in combination with a thick slice of American cheese and some mayonnaise made for a just slightly greasy, very satisfying amalgamation of fat, dairy and bovine flavors.
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To maximize the novelty effect of the black Whopper, I suggest consuming one after dark on a crisp October night after a few rounds at your favorite bar. There's no better way to soak up those spirits and get in the spirit for All Hallow's Eve.