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14 Secret Kids Menu Items You Didn't Know About

Yep, there are secret kids menus too.

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1. A Grilled Cheese at In-N-Out Burger.

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In-N-Out Burger's secret menu is so famous that the restaurant has taken to calling it its "Not-So-Secret Menu." The grilled cheese — two slices of American on a freshly baked bun served with or without lettuce, tomato, and onions — is guaranteed to please your little one.

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2. You can also get a split shake or burger at In-N-Out.

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You won't see this on the menu, but In-N-Out will happily split a shake at no additional cost if you have two little eaters with you. They'll do the same with a grilled cheese or hamburger, too.

3. The Sour Patch Kids smoothie at Jamba Juice.

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If your kids are fans of Sour Patch Kids, they will LOVE this smoothie. This is a popular secret menu item, so they should know how to make it, but if they don't, show them the recipe here.

6. The Cotton Candy Frappuccino at Starbucks.

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This is really just a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with raspberry sauce, but it looks — and tastes — delicious. What kid wouldn't want to drink cotton candy?

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7. The Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino at Starbucks.

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If you kid loves Cap'n Crunch (duh), they will want to try this yumminess. Here's the recipe in case your barista is like, "The Cap'n what?"

8. And — oh my gah — the Twix Frappuccino at Starbucks.

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Forget the kids — adults are going to want this one too, which is basically a Caramel Frappuccino taken to the next level. Here's the recipe.

9. A single taco at Chipotle.

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If you don't want to go all out, you can order just one taco for $2.40. Perfect for light-eating kids (or if you're bringing it home to serve with your own drinks and chips).

10. A grilled cheese at McDonald's.

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Ask them if they can toast the bread on the grill so that it doesn't end up being just a cheese sandwich (although your kids would probably like that, too).

11. You can also buy just the toy at McDonald's.

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This isn't a food item, obviously, but McDonald's doesn't publicize the fact that you don't have to buy an entire Happy Meal to get the toy. You can order just the toy.

12. A kids patty melt at Smashburger.

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If you add a hamburger patty (for an additional $1.50) to a grilled cheese, you can make a super-tasty onion-free patty melt. And if your kid likes onions, you can add those too.

Here's another off-the-menu secret about their grilled cheese: You can substitute the two slices of American it comes with normally for any of the cheeses they have (Swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, etc.). You can even get one of each if your kid would dig a cheddar-and-Swiss grilled cheese, for example.

13. A peanut butter–and–chocolate shake at Smashburger.

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It's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in shake form. They're also able to make your kid a PB&J shake if you ask.

14. Lastly, there's this secret menu item a junior high schooler I know swears by: the Meat Mountain at Arby's.

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This sandwich has ham, chicken tenders, roast beef, turkey, Swiss cheese, corned beef, Angus steak, brisket, cheddar cheese, and bacon on top. Your kid probably won't finish it, but they'll have fun trying.

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