It has been 22 months and counting since we had our last bite of Cole Slaw from Chick-fil-A.
Yes, we’ve been counting.
We’ve been counting because that Cole Slaw—the crisp, cabbage-packed scoop in the matte-black plastic cup—accompanied so many of our favorite Chick-fil-A entrees. That scoop never failed to offer a creamy, crunchy zing each time we sat down to a chicken sandwich meal. Sometimes we even topped our sandwiches with it. It was a deviation from the much-favored and ever-latticed waffle fries as well as the oft-touted carrot and raisin salad. And yes, while there remain plenty of delicious sides to choose from on the menu, in the eyes of so many, the Cole Slaw has always been the unexpected choice, and indeed, the only choice.
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But then, on December 31, 2015, everything changed. That was the day Chick-fil-A announced they would be removing Cole Slaw from the menu. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Our trusty side, the one that always reminded us of our Grandma’s sweet chopped slaw, would be gone for good.
So we rushed to our local Chick-fil-A franchises. We sat down with a cup (or two), and we thought about the good times. For those days when a waffle fry just wouldn’t do, we always had a side of Cole Slaw. It was consistent. It was nostalgic. We appreciated it, and yes, we loved it.
We loved it for decades, ever since founder S. Truett Cathy put it on the menu in 1946.
But it was not to be. On January 18, 2016, Cole Slaw disappeared from Chick-fil-A menus across the country. Now, when we walk up to the cash register, look up at the glowing menu, and scan for that familiar side dish, it’s not there.
That hasn’t thwarted our efforts to taste it again, though. We still get Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw cravings from time to time—it’s inevitable—so we’ve started looking for ways to enjoy it again. And we have found two, which we’ll share with you in case you get Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw cravings too.
Solution #1: Road Trip
Technically, the Cole Slaw hasn’t disappeared from all Chick-fil-A menus. You can still find it at the 13 Atlanta-area Dwarf House restaurants, Chick-fil-A eateries modeled after the original institution begun by S. Truett Cathy in the 1940s.
Solution #2: The Recipe
In case you can’t make the trip to Atlanta, Chick-fil-A has released the recipe so that we can all make their beloved Cole Slaw at home. With just seven ingredients, you can re-create that nostalgic mixture for enjoyment in your own home, 24/7. You can find the recipe and download the recipe card here.
Your kitchen is just begging you to whip up a batch. Try the recipe, and let us know if it’s as good as the off-the-menu stuff.