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Munch Squad is a segment created and perpetrated by Justin McElroy, described as a "podcast within a podcast." Each Munch Squad features a press release from a major fast food company, typically discussing a new product or branding change. Justin reads the press release aloud and the brothers provide analysis and commentary.

The humor in the segment is largely derived from the bizarreness of the products, the choice of words used to describe the products, and the sometimes unorthodox tactics used to promote them. Restaurants discussed include: Papa John's, Denny's, Wendy's, McDonald's, or any other fast food place that ends with 's.

List of Topics[]

Episode Company Campaign Notes
Episode 304 Taco Bell Naked Crispy Chicken Taco
Episode 305 Wendy's Bacon Mozzarella Burger With "I Wanna Rock" as backing track
Episode 306 Olive Garden Breadstick Sandwiches and Deep Dish Spaghetti Pie
Episode 309 Burger King Burger Mac n' Cheetos 
Cheetos
Episode 312 Domino's BurgerPizza
Episode 321 Domino's Salads
Episode 322 Pizza Hut Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza
Episode 324 Jack in the Box Brunchfast Menu
Episode 326 Wendy's Taco Salad
Episode 328 Carl's Jr. Beer Cheese Bacon Burger
Budweiser
Episode 336 Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Sriracha
Episode 340 Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa
Episode 345 Doritos Boldest Choice Campaign Feat. Amelie
Episode 349 Jesters Jenny's Chicken Parmi Pie
Episode 351 Taco Bell Nacho Fries
Episode 354 Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chips
Episode 356 McDonald's Artisanal Sandwiches
Episode 357 Carl's Jr. Baby Back Rib Burger
Episode 358 Arby's Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich
Episode 363 Tim Hortons 150th Canadian Anniversary Menu
Episode 364 Applebee's Topped & Loaded Menu
Episode 372 Yogurtland Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream
Episode 374 McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Art Posters
Episode 375 Whataburger Chorizo Burger
Episode 376 Taco Bell Naked Egg Taco
Episode 382 Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner
Episode 384 Cinnabon Cookie BonBite
Episode 385 Sweetfrog "Deck the Halls" Christmas Spectacle
Episode 386 Regal Cinemas Cheetos Popcorn in Regal
Cheetos
Episode 392 Olive Garden Loaded Pasta Chips No press release
Einstein Bros. Wake Up to Bagels Campaign
Episode 394 Taco Bell Forever 21 Fashion Line Hosted by Griffin
Burger King Whopper Severance Package
Episode 396 Bojangles Heart-Shaped Bo-Berry Biscuits
MaxFunDrive 2018 Krispy Kreme Peanut Butter Egg Doughnut
Reese's
KFC Waffle Double Down Acoustic Key Change
Episode 401 Zaxby's Zensation Zalad
Episode 406 Dairy Queen Summer Blizzard Treat Menu
Episode 408 McDonald's "That's the MIX" Campaign
Sprite
Episode 410 Fazoli's Breadstick Sliders
Episode 411 Domino's Paving for Pizza
Episode 413 Dunkin' Donuts Donut Fries
Episode 415 The Hummus & Pita Co. Hummus Ice Cream Korn/Disturbed remix
Episode 417 Chick-fil-A Meal Kits "On the Wings of Love" remix
Episode 422 Chipotle Testing Bacon Confused Beatboxing Korn remix
Episode 427 Dunkin' Donuts Rebranded as Dunkin'
Episode 428 Coolgreens Justin just really likes the name Munch Squad Jr.
Dairy Queen Fall Blizzard Menu Munch Squad Jr.
Episode 429 Mickey's Deli Spicy Spooky Cheeto Pizza Munch Squad Jr.
Episode 431 Burger King Nightmare King The Nightmare King was later discussed in a very special Munch Squad during Episode 251 of Sawbones.
Philly Cheese King Munch Squad Jr.
Episode 437 Burger King Dogpper
Whopper Detour
Whopper-Shopper.com
Episode 438 Sonic Fritos Chili Cheese Faves
Episode 441 CoreLife Eatery Tim Tebow Food Revolution Operatic Version
Baskin-Robbins Brownie-Inspired Flavors
Episode 444 Krispy Kreme Conversation Heart Doughnuts #SayItWithDonuts
Episode 445 Bojangles 50-Piece Chicken Supremes Platter
Episode 446 Wendy's Made to Crave Menu
Episode 447 McDonald's Breakfast Donut Sticks Spoken Word Version
Domino's Points for Pies
Episode 450 Subway Stars of 'The Bachelor' Love Subway's New Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread
Episode 451 Chicken Guy Chicken Guy!
Episode 452 Pizza Hut P'Zone
MaxFunDrive 2019 The Hummus & Pita Co. Hummus Shake
Episode 453 Dunkin' Peeps Coffee and Peeps Donut
Carl's Jr. Truffle Burger and Truffle Fries
Episode 454 7-Eleven Avocado Toast Slurpee April Foods' Day
Checkers and Rally's Unseasoned Fries
Dunkin' Donut so big you can use it as a coffee cup holder
Hardee's Hiring a CBO (Chief Biscuit Officer)
Jersey Mike's Stack Sub (two subs on top of each other)
McDonald's (Australia) McPickle Burger (a burger that's nothing but pickles)
McDonald's (Canada) McNugget Singles
McDonald's (Germany) Big Mac flavored smoothie
McDonald's Shake Sauce for fries
Oreo Cookie where the cream is on the outside and the cookie's in the middle
Carl's Jr. Vape Cup (when you drink your soda you also get vape)
Pop Tarts Ravioli
Red Lobster Twizzlers Straws
Stonefire Grill Getting rid of breadsticks
Episode 455 fresh&co 4/20 Menu
Toppers Pizza Pretzel Bites
Episode 456 Carl's Jr. Rocky Mountain HIGH Cheeseburger Delight
Dairy Queen "Happy Tastes Good"
Episode 458 Krispy Kreme Fruit-Inspired Donuts Polite Version
McDonald's Worldwide Favorites
Episode 459 Heinz Creme Egg Mayo Jazz Version
Episode 460 Earl of Sandwich Debut in Idaho Raspy Voice Version
Episode 462 GarfieldEATS GarfieldEATS
Episode 463 Baskin-Robbins Stranger Things Flavors Munch Squad Jr.
Dairy Queen Box of Happy
Episode 464 KFC Sweet Lightning
Mountain Dew
Episode 465 JUST Egg Brekky Burger
Next Level Burger
Pizza Hut Cheesy Bite Pizza
Krispy Kreme Filled Doughnut
Episode 466 KFC Cheetos Sandwich Manhattan Transfer Version
Arby's Meat Carrot
Episode 470 Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel Ren Faire Version
Episode 471 Perverted Ice Cream Perverted Ice Cream "Rock You Like A Hurricane" Remix
Episode 472 Wendy's Wendy's 2 Million Nuggets
Popeye's Chicken Sandwich
Episode 473 Olive Garden Lifetime Pasta Pass
Episode 475 Heinz Ed Sheeran themed Ketchup Bottles (Edchup)
Episode 477 Your Pie Baked Pasta Nationwide
Episode 478 KFC Doughnut Chicken Sandwich
Pizza Hut Cheez-It Pizza
Cheez-It
Episode 479 KFC Donut Chicken Sandwich Special Update Live Review
Episode 482 Fatburger Cranberry Turkey-burger Shake
Taco Bell Taco Hero Contest
Episode 485 Burger King Ghost Whopper Haunted Munch Squad
Episode 486 Four Rivers Smokehouse Beyond Burnt Ends Meatless Munch Edition
Yogurtland Flamin' Hot Cheetos Topping and Molasses Gingerbread Cookie Flavor
Cheetos
Episode 487 Zaxby's Southwest Chipotle Fillet and Smokehouse Cheddar BBQ Sandwiches with Jumanji Citrus Fizz
Episode 488 Boston Pizza Christmas Pizza & Caroling Pizza Box
Episode 490 Edible Arrangement Incredible Edibles CBDeez Nuts Edition
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Sweater
Michael Jordan's Steak House Space Jam Combo
Episode 492 Spangles 99-cent Margaritas and Screwdrivers
Episode 493 Taco Bell Toasted Cheddar Chalupa Rock Instrumental by fan Jade Crowley
Episode 495 Chuck E. Cheese David McKillips named as CEO
Planters Mr. Peanut Passes Away at 104 Years Old
Episode 496 Pizza Hut Pizza Hut Will Reward First Set of Twins Born After Super Bowl
Episode 499 Boston Market Baby Back Rib Bouquets
Episode 501 KFC Crocs Bucket Clogs
Episode 502 Dunkin' Snackin' Bacon Munch Squad Mini
Einstein Bros. Bagel and Burrito Mash-up
Episode 503 Taco Bell Triplelupa
Episode 504 Chipotle Virtual Hangout with Gronk
Episode 505 Domino's Dominator Punk Throwback Edition: 1993
Episode 506 Carl's Jr., Hardee's Family Bundles Brands Are Here for You
Boston Market Take-Home Easter Dinners
Zaxby's Family Packs
White Castle Healthcare Workers Get Free Meals
Episode 507 Vampire Pizza Vampire Pizza "Too good for Munch Squad"
Heinz Mystery EZ Squirt Retro Edition: 2002
Episode 508 Crystal Pepsi Engagement Ring
Episode 509 Cold Stone Creamery Passion for Ice Cream Throwback Edition: 2007
Episode 511 Arby's Barry White Ad Campaign Throwback Edition: 2001
Episode 512 Denny's Denny's Pairs with Rockers Flashback Edition: 2008
Episode 513 Checkers and Rally's Mother Cruncher Intro by Travis
Booster Juice Video Game Studio Retro Edition: 2016
Episode 514 Wendy's Baconator Flavored Pringles
Pringles
Episode 516 Papa John's Shaq-a-Roni Pizza
Episode 517 Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Float
Budweiser
Episode 518 Taco Bell Free Mir Space Station Tacos Retro Edition: 2001
Episode 519 Heinz DIY Ice Cream Kits
Episode 520 Bang Energy RADICAL SKADATTLE
KFC Meat of the Future
PDQ Chicken Tender Milkshake
Episode 521 Cheez-It Cheez-It and House Wine Rosé Celebrity Wine: Why Munch Squad
House Wine
Episode 522 Chipotle Tony Hawk Burrito
Episode 523 Fazoli's Ghost Kitchen Munch Squad Investigates
Sour Patch Kids Popup Store in NYC Munch Squad Jr
Episode 524 Taco Bell Menu Trimmed
Burger King (Belgium) Orders Printed on Facemasks
KFC "Finger Lickin' Good" Motto Dropped
Episode 525 Starbucks Pumpkin Spice, Fall Lineup, and 1-833-GET-FALL
Episode 526 Wienerschnitzel Lineup for New Cheesy Ooze Fest Event
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Removed
Reese's Snack Cakes
Episode 527 Jelly Belly Gold Ticket Treasure Hunt
Planters Baby Nut's Birthday
Natural Light
Episode 529 Tim Hortons Gives Away Pumpkins
Kraft Pumpkin Spice Dinner
Red Lobster DEW Garita
Mountain Dew
Episode 531 KFC KFC Sauce and KFCharcuterie Rammstein Version
Episode 532 Dunkin' Ghost Pepper Donut Hosted by Count Donut
Duck Donuts Spooky Box
Episode 533 Einstein Bros. Party Bagels Feat. Count Party Bagel
Heinz Blood Ketchup
Episode 534 Fatburger "Hang-in-There Burger"
Marks & Spencer "Santa's Yumnut" Feat. Count Donut
Starbucks "Carry the Merry"
Episode 535 Krispy Kreme Caramel Glaze
Mountain Dew Cookbook
Baja Blast Shirt
Episode 538 KFC Lifetime Movie: A Recipe for Seduction
Episode 539 McDonald's Menu Items for Santa, the Grinch, and more Holiday Munch Squad
Episode 541 Tropical Smoothie Mardi Gras-Themed Menu In minor key
Burger King $1 Your Way Menu
Krystal Hangover Krystal Returns
Papa John's Epic Stuffed Crust
Taco Bell Nacho Fries Return
Episode 543 Pizza Inn Bold Stand For Election Reform For America
Chuck E. Cheese Challenge to Guess Chuck E.'s Middle Name
Episode 544 Taco Bell Potatoes Return (via Talking Potato CEO)
Episode 545 Checkers and Rally's The "Mother Cruncher" Chicken Sandwich Platform Letters from the Poultry Front (Chicken Wars)
McDonald's Three New Chicken Sandwiches
KFC "Best Chicken Sandwich Ever"
Zaxby's General Tso's Boneless Wings
Boston Market Nashville Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Tropical Smoothie Increased Demand in Cajun Shrimp
Episode 546 Subway Lawsuit Alleging Subway's Tuna Contains No Tuna Law & Order edition
Episode 547 Wendy's How Wendy’s Got People Talking About Breakfast in a Pandemic
Taco Bell New $5 Build Your Own Cravings Box is for the People
McDonald's Shamrock Shake Returns
Episode 548 Panera Bread Bread Bowl Gloves
Episode 550 Taco Bell Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco Chicken Wars Update
Dunkin' Avocado Toast
Episode 551 Mountain Dew Deepfake Bob Ross Advertisement
Episode 552 Zaxby's Signature Sandwich Preps for National Launch Chicken Wars
A&W Cod Sliders Return in Time for Lent
BurgerFi 'Battle of the Spicy Burger' Begins with the SWAG Burger
Episode 553 Pringles Halo "Moa Burger" Flavor
Episode 554 Krispy Kreme Free Donuts for Vaccinated Customers
Pepsi Peeps-flavored Pepsi
Peeps
Episode 555 A&W It’s Going to Take More than a Pandemic to Stop A&W
White Castle 'Birthday Cake on a Stick' Dessert
Episode 556 Fazoli's Chicken Wings Rollout
Fancy Feast Petites Feast Cookbook
Episode 557 Domino's The Noid is Back
MaxFunDrive 2021 Roy Rogers Sky Burger Hosted by Griffin
Dunkin 24-hour Test Drive through Dunkin's drive-thru
CarMax
Episode 558 Wings Over CBD-Infused Menu for 4/20
Taco Bell The Plant-Based Cravetarian Taco
Del Taco Mexican Pizza Ghosted Support Hotline
Episode 559 Taco Bell Initiative to Recycle Hot Sauce Packets
Taco Bell Enlists The Moon to Introduce the Whole World to Tacos
Episode 560 Pilot Flying J Two New Crispy Chicken Sandwiches Chicken Wars
Pepsi Pep's Place—'A Fast Beverage Restaurant'
Famous Dave's
Episode 561 Criss Angel Criss Angel's New Restaurant "CABLP"
Pringles Spicy Chicken Sandwich Flavored Pringles Chicken Wars
Wendy's
Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa Returns
Episode 562 Sonic Popcorn Chicken Po' Boy Chicken Wars
Chuck E. Cheese New Album and Concert Tour Surfin' Bird Remix
Episode 564 Heinz Heinz Bottleneck
Burger King
Heinz Tarchup, Wasabioli, and Hanch
Heinz Custom Bottles Based on Drawings
Episode 566 Papa John's Teacher Appreciation Pizza Party (featuring mascot Mr. Slice)
Heinz Six New KD Flavor Boosts, Including Cotton Candy
Baskin-Robbins "Slime Your Summer"

"Theme" song[]

The Munch Squad segment often starts with Justin making sounds that can be compared to: a radio adjusting itself, crackling fire, the running of tiny angry feet, or the approaching of thunder. Justin then announces, with the booming voice of the gods,

"I WANNA MUNCH!"

to which Griffin and Travis reply (often without enthusiasm),

"Squad."

Justin then sings a guitar riff that is almost, but not exactly, the one in Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock," presumably the inspiration for the theme song. Recently he has started adding new elements in to extend the opening riff, such as the "oh-ah-ah!" from Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," even adding a kazoo instrumental riff. Each episode that the Munch Squad appears in, Justin seems to extend the bassline riff, miraculously getting lower and lower. This has sparked concern for his mental and vocal health.

Then follows the Munch Squad segment, which always happens to start just when I've left the house and I'm on the train and haven't had any lunch and I'm trying to eat healthy and now I want a god damn cheeseburger, thanks Justin.

Controversy[]

Justin has been criticized for luring his two brothers into a false sense of security by asking a decoy question, then interrupting his brothers' answers to introduce the segment. In Episode 321, Justin explained that the rudeness of the bit is part of its energy. In Episode 417, Justin says that it's "no fun if [he doesn't] get to interrupt something." When Griffin is aware that Justin is trying to interrupt him, he will sometimes make up a fake Yahoo.

Justin will even interrupt himself in the middle of reading a listener question (Episode 312, Episode 322, Episode 326, Episode 349, Episode 455).

In Episode 375, Justin was accused of using the abrupt and unexpected nature of the segment to avoid answering a question posed to him. He confirmed this, replacing the usual lyrics to the theme song with "I wanna deflect!" Similarly, in Episode 396, Justin starts with "It's a defense mechanism!" In Episode 471, Justin starts the theme "in self-defense," and in Episode 492, Justin says he starts the segment "to bail out" and "to save [himself]."

Twilight Years[]

Since Episode 456, Justin has periodically stated that Munch Squad is in its sunset years/farewell tour, as recently as Episode 546, despite no clear signs of the segment slowing down anytime soon.

As of Episode 553, Justin has decided to sunset the bit where he pretends that he's sunsetting Munch Squad.

References & Links[]

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