In an effort to be competitive with other restaurant promotions, such as IHOP’s offering of Never Ending Pancakes on February 24, Denny’s has come out with a whopper of a bad idea. Starting now and continuing through the end of March, Denny’s is offering unlimited free refills of both French fries and pancakes at participating locations nationwide. Valid 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the offer applies to any order of French fries or pancakes served with an entrée, including both original buttermilk pancakes and Denny’s Hearty Wheat pancakes.
“Clearly times are still hard and everyday we’re all looking for ways to stretch hard-earned dollars farther and farther,” said John Dillon, Vice President Marketing, Denny’s Corporation. “By offering unlimited refills on not just one but two favorite items, we are able to provide even more everyday value on items our guests love. Who doesn’t want seconds of pancakes and fries… especially when they’re free?”
Repeat after me – free is not always good. And often free comes with a non-monetary price tag.
A serving of Denny’s Original pancakes consists of three pancakes at 510 calories. The misleading Hearty Wheat pancakes are not much better, at three for 460 calories. One five-ounce serving of French fries contains 425 calories and 23 grams of fat. An entree ranges from 370-1000 calories. So, one entree, plus two servings each of pancakes and fries – more than tw day’s worth of calories. In one MEAL.
Don’t be swayed by the marketing. If you really want pancakes, make them at home. This recipe for Better Blueberry Pancakes contains only 140 calories per serving. As for fries, bake them; try these baked sweet potato fries.