10 Bo-Time Facts about Bojangles’ Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

Sure, Bojangles’ might only exist in 11 states, but it’s become the stuff of legend—from their flaky biscuits to spicy Cajun chicken to breakfast all day, their fans span the country. 

1. THE FOUNDERS WERE NO FAST-FOOD ROOKIES.

Before starting Bojangles’ in 1977, the co-founders had plenty of experience. Richard Thomas worked his first food-service job at 10 and then owned several KFC franchises in Michigan before becoming President of Operations of the Kentucky chain. Jack Fulk perfected making biscuits while he owned a Hardee’s franchise in North Carolina, where he would get in trouble for tinkering with the corporation's recipes. His personal biscuit recipe was so good, in fact, that sales jumped 60 percent when he and Thomas added them to the Bojangles' menu.

2. THEY AREN'T KIDDING WHEN THEY SAY THEIR FOOD IS MADE FROM SCRATCH.

Unlike many other fast food joints, "made from scratch" means all of it, all the time. The chicken is delivered fresh each day (i.e. not frozen), and each location goes through a lengthy 12-hour marination and 8-step, hand-done breading process. And Fulk's biscuit recipe isn't just shipped out, ready to toss in the oven. Bojangles' executive vice-president Eric Newman says a new batch of freshly made biscuits is made every 20 mins. “Biscuits are an art form,” he told the Nashville Post in 2011. “It’s a highly honored position in our restaurants. It’s an intricate, delicate process to manage.”

3. THEIR BISCUIT PROCESS IS NO JOKE.

The key to their famous biscuits isn’t just the ingredients, but the kneading. “There’s an exact way of pressing down on the dough, and all, but it’s secret,” one executive told The New Yorker in 1982. Added Bob Raspanti, then-director of the company’s Master Biscuit Maker Training Center, “It’s like painting. You can do it by the numbers, but it's not the same. You have to understand it.”

4. YOU WANT SOME CASH WITH THAT CHICKEN?

This summer, a Bojangles' customer got far more than fried chicken in his take-out box—it was also stuffed with $4,500 cash. He returned the money and receipts, and then complained that the company wasn't gracious enough. He received a $100 Bojangles' gift card as a reward.

5. BOJANGLES' GIVES BACK TO THEIR EMPLOYEES.

In 2011, the company set up a scholarship foundation in memory of co-founder Jack Fulk, which gives $1,000 academic scholarships to 10 employees or their family members each year.

6. THE YANKS ARE MISSING OUT.

Bojangles' opened a location in New York to much fanfare in 1982. Their New Yorker write-up was a minute-by-minute rundown of their record-breaking first day—but the store shut down after the company’s 2007 acquisition by Falfurrias Capital Partners because it was the sole location in the North. The company did send 100 executives and employees to Times Square to hand out free breakfast this spring though when Bojangles' went public. 

7. DO THAT EGG BACON CHEESE.

You know any fast food joint with fan-made music videos has to be good. Durham, N.C. rapper J Steez loved their breakfast menu and sweet tea so much, he wrote a whole song about being "BOJ Gs."

8. BOJANGLES' IS ON THAT SPORTS WAGON.

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Not only did Bojangles' buy the naming rights to the Charlotte Coliseum, they also sponsor NASCAR’s historic Southern 500 race, held every Labor Day weekend in South Carolina.

9. NEW YORK IS TOO FAR FOR A LOCATION, BUT HONDURAS HAS HOW MANY?

Honduras is home to not one, but two Bojangles' locations, and surprisingly, the one in Coxen Hole on the island of Roatán was named one of the best places to eat by Fodor’s Central America Guide.

10. FOR A SOLID DECADE, SPICY CHICKEN WAS THE ONLY OPTION.

Their original recipe was spicy, and they didn’t launch the mild version until 1986. And when they did, they did it with this oh-so-1980s commercial.

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Why a Readily Available Used Paperback Is Selling for Thousands of Dollars on Amazon
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At first glance, getting ahold of a copy of One Snowy Knight, a historical romance novel by Deborah MacGillivray, isn't hard at all. You can get the book, which originally came out in 2009, for a few bucks on Amazon. And yet according to one seller, a used copy of the book is worth more than $2600. Why? As The New York Times reports, this price disparity has more to do with the marketing techniques of Amazon's third-party sellers than it does the market value of the book.

As of June 5, a copy of One Snowy Knight was listed by a third-party seller on Amazon for $2630.52. By the time the Times wrote about it on July 15, the price had jumped to $2800. That listing has since disappeared, but a seller called Supersonic Truck still has a used copy available for $1558.33 (plus shipping!). And it's not even a rare book—it was reprinted in July.

The Times found similar listings for secondhand books that cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars more than their market price. Those retailers might not even have the book on hand—but if someone is crazy enough to pay $1500 for a mass-market paperback that sells for only a few dollars elsewhere, that retailer can make a killing by simply snapping it up from somewhere else and passing it on to the chump who placed an order with them.

Not all the prices for used books on Amazon are so exorbitant, but many still defy conventional economic wisdom, offering used copies of books that are cheaper to buy new. You can get a new copy of the latest edition of One Snowy Knight for $16.99 from Amazon with Prime shipping, but there are third-party sellers asking $24 to $28 for used copies. If you're not careful, how much you pay can just depend on which listing you click first, thinking that there's not much difference in the price of used books. In the case of One Snowy Knight, there are different listings for different editions of the book, so you might not realize that there's a cheaper version available elsewhere on the site.

An Amazon product listing offers a mass-market paperback book for $1558.33.
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Even looking at reviews might not help you find the best listing for your money. People tend to buy products with the most reviews, rather than the best reviews, according to recent research, but the site is notorious for retailers gaming the system with fraudulent reviews to attract more buyers and make their way up the Amazon rankings. (There are now several services that will help you suss out whether the reviews on a product you're looking at are legitimate.)

For more on how Amazon's marketplace works—and why its listings can sometimes be misleading—we recommend listening to this episode of the podcast Reply All, which has a fascinating dive into the site's third-party seller system.

[h/t The New York Times]

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Sam's Club Brings $.99 Polish Hot Dogs to All Stores After They're Cut From Costco's Food Courts
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In early July, Costco angered many customers with the announcement that its beloved Polish hot dog was being removed from the food court menu. If you're someone who believes cheap meat tastes best when eaten in a bulk retail warehouse, Sam's Club has good news: The competing big box chain has responded to Costco's news by promising to roll out Polish hot dogs in all its stores later this month, Business Insider reports.

The Polish hot dog has long been a staple at Costco. Like Costco's classic hot dog, the Polish dog was part of the food court's famously affordable $1.50 hot dog and a soda package. The company says the item is being cut in favor of healthier offerings, like açai bowls, organic burgers, and plant-based protein salads.

The standard hot dog and the special deal will continue to be available in stores, but customers who prefer the meatier Polish dog aren't satisfied. Fans immediately took their gripes to the internet—there's even a petition on Change.org to "Bring Back the Polish Dog!" with more than 6500 signatures.

Now Sam's Clubs are looking to draw in some of those spurned customers. Its version of the Polish dog will be sold for just $.99 at all stores starting Monday, July 23. Until now, the chain's Polish hot dogs had only been available in about 200 Sam's Club cafés.

It's hard to imagine the Costco food court will lose too many of its loyal followers from the menu change. Polish hot dogs may be getting axed, but the popular rotisserie chicken and robot-prepared pizza will remain.

[h/t Business Insider]

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