Well, it was bound to happen, and it did! Over the past few years, Jollibee has been opening branches in the United States (and elsewhere around the world as well). I think everybody on this site knows who/what Jollibee is, but just in case… Jollibee is the Filipino fast food powerhouse, sort of the Philippine version of McDonald’s. In fact, in the Philippines, whenever you see McDonald’s there is likely a Jollibee right next door! Of course the reverse is true too… if you see a Jollibee, that means there is probably a McDonald’s just around the corner, if not right next door! The two companies are strong competitors. Here in the Philippines, Jollibee is the winner in head to head competition, though, McDonald’s is always running second in terms of popularity. Well, as I said, it was bound to happen. That’s right, with Jollibee moving into the American market, an American website decided to do a review of their food! Website Buzzfeed went out and bought a variety of Jollibee food and had their staffers give it an on-camera try and a bit of a review. Let’s see what they thought: What did you think of their review? Probably the one that made me laugh the most was the review of the Halo Halo. We really don’t have anything like Halo Halo in the USA. I mean it’s a dessert with beans, corn and such in it? I have to admit, when I saw Halo Halo for the first time, I sort of freaked out myself. Sort of a dessert that is built on savory ingredients? Strange to the max. But, it is super popular. The spicy fried chicken seemed to get the very best review, most everybody liked it, but a lot of people, I think, were surprised at just how spicy it was. What do you think? Will Jollibee become a juggernaut in the US marketplace? Will it rival McDonald’s? I am not talking about a juggernaut in the Filipino community, no, I mean will Jollibee dominate among non-Filipinos? Will the average American even go in and give Jollibee a try? Well, I think probably not, but you never know! What if Jollibee became an overnight phenomenal success in the USA? That might get some Americans to consider traveling to the Philippines to see what else is “on the menu”. I just wonder what they would have thought if they tried the sweet spaghetti? Maybe they tried it and the reactions were not appropriate for a family video!
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