Soft Pretzel Rolls Now Available at Breakfast? Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Introduce the New Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich

New breakfast offering features sausage, egg and two types of cheese
served on an Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel roll

CARPINTERIA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting today, Carl’s
Jr.
® and Hardee’s®
join forces with Auntie
Anne’s
®, the world’s largest soft pretzel franchise, to redefine the
identity of a New York City sidewalk staple with the introduction of the
Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich, available at participating restaurants
nationwide.


Featuring a savory sausage patty, the new breakfast item is topped with
egg and both American and Swiss cheeses, all nestled between the
golden-goodness of an Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel roll.

“Soft pretzels sold from carts on the streets of New York City are
pretty ubiquitous, but they don’t really deliver what most people are
looking for at breakfast,” says Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants. “With the new Pretzel Breakfast
Sandwich, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have solved that problem by putting
sausage, egg and cheese inside a delicious Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel
roll. Our breakfast customers are in for a real treat.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s on such a
deliciously satisfying, yet unexpected breakfast item,” said Heather
Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “This partnership is a tremendous
opportunity for us to delight our passionate fans in a fresh way.”

The new Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich is available for $2.99 and may also
be ordered in a combo meal with Hash Browns and a drink starting at
$4.69. Prices may vary by location.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will promote the Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich with
a comedic new ad campaign titled “Pretzel Guys,” featuring New York City
pretzel cart vendors reacting as you might expect them to when they’re
asked for a soft pretzel with sausage, eggs and cheese. Developed by Los
Angeles-, New York- and Amsterdam-based creative agency 72andSunny,
the commercial will begin airing on TV nationally on April 25, as well
as on the chains’ YouTube channels.

Follow Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carlsjr and www.facebook.com/hardees),
Twitter (@CarlsJr and @Hardees)
and Instagram (@CarlsJr and @Hardees)
for the latest product news and promotional offers. Download the Super
Star® Rewards app from the iTunes
Store
 and Google
Play
 and check in to redeem Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s products on the
spot, save points for a high-value reward, check out the full menu, and
use the store locator to find any Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s in the U.S.

For more information on Auntie Anne’s, please visit www.AuntieAnnes.com.
For the latest, real-time updates, download the “My
Pretzel Perks
” app on iTunes or Google Play and follow the brand on
Twitter at @AuntieAnnes,
on Instagram at @AuntieAnnesPretzels,
or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/auntieannespretzels.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company
headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. Through its subsidiaries, CKE owns
and licenses Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® quick-service restaurants. CKE
operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s as one brand under two names
acknowledging the regional heritage of both banners. After opening its
first restaurants in New York and New Jersey this spring and recent
international openings in Canada, Colombia and Guatemala, CKE now has a
total of 3,673 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states
and 38 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its
one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus
Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch Biscuits, Hand-Breaded
Chicken Tenders and Fresh Baked Buns, as well as an
award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand
continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and
overseas. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 92 percent franchised,
with international restaurants representing 19 percent of the system.
For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or
its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

About Auntie Anne’s®

At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes,
twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of
guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and
Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities,
airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In
addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also
serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select
retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s
prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft
Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket
Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information,
visit www.auntieannes.com,
or follow on FacebookTwitter
and Instagram.

Contacts

On behalf of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
Coast Public Relations
Kate
Franklin, 818-606-9784
kate@coastprgroup.com
or
On
behalf of Auntie Anne’s
Finn Partners, Inc.
Ashley Aberbach,
212-715-1524
ashley.aberbach@finnpartners.com