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The Rat Announces Popcorn-Chicken-Flavored Coffee

The Rat Announces Popcorn-Chicken-Flavored Coffee

Big IssuesStudent Life February 19, 2020 The New England Classic

LYONS HALL — Boston College Dining announced Wednesday that the Welch Dining Room, known colloquially by students as “The Rat (Rathskeller)” will begin serving... The Rat Announces Popcorn-Chicken-Flavored Coffee

LYONS HALL — Boston College Dining announced Wednesday that the Welch Dining Room, known colloquially by students as “The Rat (Rathskeller)” will begin serving New England Coffee’s new popcorn chicken blend this March.

A recent Qualtrics study in the Boston College Class of 2021 Facebook group revealed that the average Eagle eats 8,000 pieces of popcorn chicken during their four years on the Heights. 

“When we saw that New England Coffee had engineered this flavor, we knew it was a match made in Heaven,” said an anonymous high-ranking Dining employee.

A flyer advertising the incoming flavor encourages students to “pair it with a bowl of Froot Loops for breakfast or a hot dog for lunch!”

Initial reactions from students have been mixed. Mary Sweeney (MCAS ’21) expressed anger towards the announcement.

“The Rat is cancelled,” she tweeted, later protesting outside of Lyons with her fellow Heights writers.

Boston College Dining Services refused to comment on the pushback, but has announced a competition to create a ranch dressing creamer for the new blend.

The early frontrunner in the competition, finance major Stephen Plait (CSOM ’20), who couldn’t refrain from informing The Classic that he was from Martha’s Vineyard, commented, “My grandma has a famous family recipe, but she buried the secret ingredient with my grandpa. I’ve been begging her to dig it up for the past few days but she won’t do it.”

The winner of the creamer competition will reportedly receive a size XXL Doug Flutie football jersey, which Plait said he would “be willing to join his grandfather” to win.

At press time, Dining Services was reportedly testing a “Shuffle up to Buffalo” iced tea for their seasonal spring menu.