So it seems The King has joined forces with Iron Man to create a super duper promotional burger to push the Man of Metal’s highly anticipated new film, “Iron Man 2,” which I am effing sick of hearing about. Am I excited for the movie? Yes. How could I not be? Just looking at the cast roster for the film, which is loaded with at least one of every type of Hollywood badass out there, gets me pumped.
Do I want to see advertisements for this film every time I opening my eyes? Absolutely not. I already know it exists, and I already plan on seeing it whenever it is convenient for me to do so. Leave me alone, Iron Man 2, I’m tired of you hogging my magazines, movie previews, commercials and now my fast food menus. What’s next? Promotional free Iron Man 2 tattoos at select parlors?
Come to think of it, that would be sweet.
The Whiplash Whopper pulls a Marilyn Manson and garners its moniker from two very different sources. Whiplash, on one hand, is the name of Micky Rourke’s character in the film. You may know him as the whip wielding villain from the previews and trailers. The Whopper, of course, is Burger King’s trademark sandwich. Not the most creative way to come up with your product’s name, but it works a Hell of a lot better than whatever Taco Bell executives do to come up with their stupid names (Tortada, I’m looking right at you).
The sandwich comes stacked with a Whopper meat patty, spicy mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, crispy fried onions, ketchup, and pepper jack cheese. If this sounds like a slight variation of BK’s recent promo sandwiches, that’s because it is. They’ve swapped out a few condiments from their past couple of burgertisements, but kept the root ingredients the same. It’s obviously a successful formula.
The ingredients here all work fairly well together. The meat is standard BK fare, so you should know exactly what you’re getting into there. The crispy onions don’t really do it for me, as there are a lot of them and they are pretty flavorless, not to mention their texture is a bit on the uncomfortably hard side of things. The lettuce was fresh, however, and the spicy mayonnaise gave a damn good kick. I was actually surprised that this thing had any real spice at all, but I’d say it’s about on par with BK’s jalapeno laden Angry Whopper.
My first gripe is that, due to some weather and cargo conditions, Burger King is unable to find any tomatoes that meet their “high standards of quality,” a truth that directly effects the Whiplash Whopper’s ingredient roster. Though because this is out of the restaurants hands, I will not hold it against the sandwich. I will say that I think tomatoes definitely would’ve added to the experience.
The Whiplash will set you back a reasonable $3.99 for the sandwich alone, though I recommend going all out and grabbing it with a meal. The fries compliment the burger well and the drink helps to wash down the heat. I did think that the sandwich hit the spot pretty well, though there were a few things I disliked about it. Even sans tomatoes I was pleasantly surprised, as I was expecting a fairly crappy cash-in burger.
Will I ever buy it again? Maybe. Probably not. But it’s one of those things that’s good to try once.
- Offers up a surprising amount of heat
- Fairly satisfying
- Good mixture of toppings
- Crispy onions are too crispy
- I am sick of Iron Man 2 advertisements
- Why the hell is Burger King out of tomatoes?
Score: 7.75/10 (Good)