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Here are four food items Chick-fil-A tested but never added to the menu

Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular fast food chains in the country. While it’s known for its signature chicken nuggets and waffle fries, the company does consider adding other items to the list.

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In a blog post, the eatery revealed that constantly tries new ideas for the menu but not everything makes the cut. For example, biscuit cinnamon rolls, chicken quesadillas, rosemary garlic flatbread wraps and cranberry orange bagels are all recipes “that have helped Chick-fil-A fail forward.”

Wonder why it didn’t work out? The Atlanta-based corporation offered a few explanations. 

Biscuit cinnamon rolls 

“Even though the recipe was simple, it was surprisingly complex to make across all our restaurants,” Chick-fil-A chef Christy Cook said. “Customers loved how it tasted, but because we couldn’t prepare it fresh in our restaurant kitchens each morning and get it right every time, we cut it.”

Chicken quesadilla

The dish, which featured Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets, cheese and a tortilla, didn’t pass the taste test, according to Chick-fil-A chef Shona Jonson. The taste didn’t measure up, and it also took too long to cook. 

Rosemary garlic flatbread wraps

This was one of the first cool wraps to be tested, but everyone didn’t love them.

“It was very polarizing,” Jonson said. “There were lovers and there were haters.” 

Cranberry orange bagel

The bagel, served with a breakfast chicken fillet and cream cheese on the side, “was just so far out there, ahead of its time,” Cook said. 

“Often that’s what happens. The market isn’t ready for it,” she added.

The cooks thought it was delicious, but fans never had a chance to try it.  

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