After a certain age, birthdays can sneak up on you. To wit: can you believe Burger King's flame-broiled Whopper turns a whopping 55 years old this year?
I'd be having (another) mid-life crisis if it were my birthday, but the fast-food giant is doing anything but.
Rather, the world's third-largest fast-food hamburger chain is celebrating the milestone by offering a special deal on the iconic sandwich, which arrived on the menu three years after the company's founding in 1954 in Miami. In the years since, it quickly became its No. 1 seller.
Today through Sun., Dec. 9, when you buy any Whopper sandwich for the regular price of $3.49, you can get an original 1/4-pound Whopper for the celebratory price of 55 cents.
OK, so it's not exactly the original 1957 price of 37 cents. But it is the same warm, toasted sesame-seed bun that millions have been enjoying every day since.
It's also the perfect excuse to grab a buddy and try one of the two burgers you've undoubtedly seen promoted on the sign outside your local store: the chain's new Wisconsin White Cheddar Whopper, or the retro Angry Whopper, which comes topped with melted habernero cheese, thick-cut smoked bacon, spicy onion petals and jalapenos, and a spicy "angry" sauce.
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