Friendly's Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt Is a Whopping 1,160 Calories

We’ve all heard about the KFC Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich with fried chicken replacing the bun.

The newest over-the-top artery clogging sandwich comes from Friendly’s, who have introduced the Ultimate Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt—a Black Angus burger patty with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise between two entire grilled cheese sandwiches.

Their website refers to the burger with the line, “Tasting is believing.”

The restaurant, started in Massachusetts in 1935, is famous for its ice cream treats. But customers might want to skip out on the sundae dessert after eating an Ultimate Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt. The sandwich weighs in at 1,160 calories, about half the daily recommended amount for adults.

The fat content in the BurgerMelt far exceeds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s daily allowances, with 83 grams of total fat, 36 of those grams being saturated fat. It also has 80 percent of the recommended amount of sodium for a whole day.

Friendly’s told that sales for the BurgerMelt have exceeded their expectations.

“We’re an ice cream company, and we’re an indulgent brand as well,” Friendly’s spokeswoman Maura Tobias said. “We recognize that and are proud of that. Our customers know that when they come to Friendly’s, if they want to splurge and indulge, they can do that. But if they want to make a healthier choice, they can do that as well.” But Kimberly Dong, president of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, suggests that if diners chose the BurgerMelt, they should consider eating only half of it, sharing it with somebody or taking half of it home.

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