IHOP Unveils King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast
IHOP? More like IHOPe you're sitting down for this. (We are so, so sorry.)
Per a statement released on Monday, April 2—meaning this is not a cruel April Fool's Day prank—the International House of Pancakes is unveiling a brand new type of French toast that incorporates one of America's most iconic bread items: King's Hawaiian rolls. So if you've always loved French toast but felt it wasn't sweet enough, you're in luck.
The four spins on French toast (Original King's Hawaiian French Toast, Strawberry Banana, Cinnamon Toast, and the savory Big Island Breakfast Stack breakfast sandwich) will be served at locations nationwide until June 10. For each of the new dishes, the sweet, airy Hawaiian rolls are dipped in vanilla batter and grilled before getting toppled with add-ons.
"Sixty years ago, the IHOP founders were inspired to bring all-day breakfast to tables across America after sampling some of the delicious pancake flavors native to Hawaii," said chef Nevielle Panthaky, VP of culinary at IHOP, in a statement. "This newest creation honors those early beginnings. We had a lot of fun working with the King's Hawaiian team and taking their iconic and craveable sweet bread and combining it with some of our most mouthwatering ingredients—like warm cinnamon spread, cream cheese icing and sweet lingonberries."
The statement says that the release is a nod to the brand's Hawaiian roots: Apparently, in 1958, brothers Al and Jerry Lapin opened the first IHOP in Toluca Lake, California after a trip to Hawaii, where they'd eaten pancakes served with coconut syrup.
The most indulgent item in the launch would appear to be the Big Island Breakfast Stack, which is comprised of four King's Hawaiian sweet rolls sliced, French toasted (yes, that's a verb) and stuffed with ham, Swiss cheese, lingonberries, and two fried eggs. The dish is served with a choice of hash browns or pancakes, in the event you want more slabs of sweet griddled dough to enhance the experience.