iStock_000018279261Small.jpgWe try to keep up with the newest fast food introductions. There always seems to be something happening somewhere in the fast food world with the major chains trying to come up with the newest trend for burger-loving consumers everywhere. (Except maybe not in the community.)

Wendy’s has been busy during the first months of the year bringing us their new “Mediterranean-inspired” Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. According to their press release, this is no ordinary burger.

“The Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger smells and tastes like it was crafted under the Italian sun. It features 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, naturally aged Asiago cheese and a hot quarter-pound patty of fresh, never-frozen North American beef. Applewood Smoked bacon gives the cheeseburger extra crunch, and toasted authentic ciabatta bread makes the perfect bun for these complex, rich flavors.”

Almost makes you think you can anticipate a culinary experience from a five-star restaurant, doesn’t it?

Wendy’s is hoping consumers “Gotta Ciabatta,” as it places increasing emphasis on the breads and buns featured on their menu. Artisan breads are considered a top restaurant trend for 2014 and Wendy’s is hoping to capitalize on the concept.

What’s really going on with the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger? Here’s a quick look under the bun (or in this case, under the ciabatta):

Calories:                                 670
Fat:                                          39 g
Saturated Fat:                           13 g
Trans Fat:                                1.5 g
Cholesterol:                             110 mg
Sodium:                                1260 mg

Wow. We don’t think we’ve ever actually made this statement, but it’s possible that a Big Mac is actually a healthier choice than the Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. That’s a mouthful! This burger provides about 65% of your daily recommended intake of saturated fat for the entire day. And we didn’t even include a side of fries with that.

The Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger has too much of everything we don’t need too much of when it comes to nutrition facts. So thanks for the flowery description that attempts to compare this burger to a tremendous culinary experience. As far as we’re concerned no one’s “Gotta Ciabatta” like this!