After blowing the doors off bacon with their bacon-everything burger, Jack within the Box is turning up the heat with the new Hella-Peo Burger. And we mean heat. Don’t go thinking they just added some jalapeo slices to a burger… Well, they did do that, in addition they crammed in a number of cheese-filled jalapeo poppers with a cheesy taco sauce. This burger is obviously featured on Jack’s Munchie Meals, alongside stoner luminaries such as the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger. This means you can only order one between 9pm and 5am, but really, popper burgers were never meant to be consumed before sunset. Pro tip: they’re best eaten while hearing “Hook”.
Named for the most terrifying toy of the childhood, Jack within the jack in the Box catering menu has spent the better portion of the 20th century conquering the West Coast. Even though you could be familiar with their Super Bowl commercials as well as their late-night munchie campaigns, have you been really high on their explosive, Star Trek-filled history? Until you spent some time playing their mascot Jack in senior high school, we’re guessing no, but that’s okay, because we’ve got the CliffsNotes right here. Lots of fast-food founders can brag about using a Bentley, but only Jack in the Box’s guy owns a coveted spot on Richard Nixon’s enemies list.
1. The founder was on Nixon’s “enemies list”. Robert O. Peterson opened the first Jack in the Box in San Diego in 1951. He’d continue to possess a long, illustrious career filled with interesting footnotes — he got a major city of Paris Medal of Honor! He was in naval intelligence during WWII! But undoubtedly the wildest was his appearance on the infamous “enemies list” compiled by Nixon’s White House administration. Peterson apparently landed there as a result of some donations he designed to Democratic candidates, that is ironic, because the man was a registered Republican.
2. Also, he married San Diego’s first female mayor. That’d be Maureen O’Connor, who is unfortunately recognized for less sterling achievements nowadays.
3. And that he was super to the sea Peterson was recognized for as being a generally philanthropic guy, only one of his most notable beneficiaries was UC San Diego, Ca. The guy was the school’s largest individual donor (they eventually gave him his very own building on campus), and far of this cash visited a really specific part of interest: oceanography. Peterson gave several significant gifts towards the school’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, bankrolling plenty of Professor John D. Isaacs’ research. That guy was apparently looking into things like icebergs and ocean pollution, but we have to assume off-books he have also been taking Peterson on expeditions in search of Nessie.
4. The burgers originally cost $.18. Needless to say, this is within the 1950s, when dimes, nickels, and pennies were not even worthless garbage.
5. They blew Jack up in a 1980 ad campaign. For a long time, the organization mascot “Jack” existed mainly as kitschy drive-thru decoration. When the marketing brass made a decision to revamp their image, they left old Jack behind by blowing him the hell up within an ad campaign — which also featured a classic lady with the insatiable bloodlust. Jack was phased out of the intercoms as well as other branding, and wouldn’t return up until the early ’90s, as he appeared in the “Jack’s Back” campaign seeking vengeance.
6. They have a secret-menu shake. The normal Jack in the jack in the Box breakfast has an Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shake. However, if you decide to go slightly off-books and request for mint Oreo, you’ll be rewarded having a refreshing green shake that thankfully bears no traces of kale.
7. The mascot may come as Pez dispensers and antenna toppers. Jack within the Box has truly moved some merchandising units. Their mascot can be obtained as Pez dispensers, bobbleheads, action figures, and antenna toppers — that are apparently the primary draw. The chain’s produced 32 million toppers to date, though sadly not all of them come in this unsettling Dia de los Muertos theme.
8. They’re total Trekkies. Shout-in the market to the Picard-loving Jack inside the Box junkies who were able to collect all four Star Trek Generations collector’s cups.
9. Their stock is turning up Chipotle and McDonald’s. Yahoo Finance recently considered the stock for Jack in the Box, Chipotle, and McDonald’s and found that, while things were close with Chipotle, Jack was the more impressive one over the board. That’s in no small part as a result of another fast-food chain they own: Qdoba. The Chipotle competitor is apparently giving its parent company an important boost on Wall Street, proving yet again that burritos are usually the safest investment.
10. This dude from Pulp Fiction stars inside their sexual harassment training videos. Even when you’re not really acquainted with Phil LaMarr’s voice work with Futurama or sketch work with MADtv, you a minimum of gotta know him as that pkankr dude Marvin from Pulp Fiction. But before he was shot within the face by John Travolta (still luckier than Idina Menzel), he was the star of any sexual harassment training video for Jack inside the Box… that they still use to this particular day. It was shot in 1991, but we still need to hope there’s a subplot about inappropriately complimenting your coworker’s Big Kahunas.