Ok, I have to confess something: McDonald’s chicken nuggets are actually pretty decent. But what if they could be improved? Sure, you could make them healthier, or you could go in the opposite direction: Why not replace that possibly mutant chicken with some questionable pork? That sounds kinda tasty, right?
McDonald’s chains in China have recently added a new line of spicy pork nuggets to their menus. The Beijinger team did a brief taste-test of the nuggets, and they had this to say:
…these porky spheres of goodness have a crispy coating like their poultry counterparts, but the added bonus of a delicious, mildly spicy bite to them courtesy of that wonderful salt-pepper-MSG combination known as 椒盐, technically salt and pepper but so much more.
On the other hand, Heather Timmons with Quartz wasn’t so keen on the piggy nuggets:
If you were drunk, and could stop yourself from thinking about how the pork product interior was actually made, they’d probably be awesome.
Well, it sounds like the jury’s still out on the spicy pork nuggets. Looks like I’m going to have to fly to China to investigate!
(via The Consumerist)
Fans of the McRib are probably pretty happy that their tasty meat conglomeration is back on the menu at McDonald’s. I hate to do this, but have any of you actually ever seen a raw McRib? It’s unsettling to say the least.
The photo was posted on Reddit and features what appears to be a McDonald’s employee in Canada holding a frozen McRib. Doesn’t it look delicious? Mmmm… yummy.
(Reddit via Gothamist)
Ordinarily, not taking kids out for a fast food dinner is a sign of good parenting. However, when a custody battle is involved, it could mean that you’re the devil.
David Schorr, an attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had originally planned to take his 4-year old son to a cafe they frequented during his weekly Tuesday night visits. However, the boy threw a tantrum and demanded they go to McDonald’s. Schorr refused to take him there–mainly on the grounds that the boy had been eating too much fast food.
The father then gave his son an ultimatum: Choose any other restaurant for dinner, or no dinner at all. The boy chose the no-dinner route.
Shortly thereafter, the boy’s mother (who filed for divorce in 2011) called the court-appointed psychologist who’s assigned to their ongoing custody case. After interviewing only the mother and the boy, the shrink promptly decided that the father should lose weekend visitation rights because he’s “wholly incapable of taking care of his son.”
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Let me know if this sounds familiar:
Burger King is rolling out the Big King once again (the burger premiered back in ’97, but only in limited markets for a limited time), and it features lettuce, white onions, pickles, a bun in the middle, sauce and a sesame seed bun.
Sounds vaguely like the Big Mac, right?
Anyway, that’s because the two burgers are pretty much identical–the only big difference is that the patties on the Big King are “fire-grilled,” a “special” feature that separates McDonald’s burgers from the King’s, according to consumer surveys.
In the fast food world, copycat menu items are a common occurrence. “Anybody can copy anybody in fast food,” says BurgerBusiness blog editor Scott Hume. “It’s an easy way to get something new on the menu.” Interestingly enough, consumers rarely pay attention to the particulars of who’s copying who–all they really care about is the taste, convenience and the price.
Keep your eyes out for the Big King at Burger Kings near you.
(via USA Today)
The kids in this Japanese McDonald’s commercial are perhaps lovin’ it a little too much. The spot is supposed to promote the Despicable Me 2 minion toys in Happy Meals, but what it really promotes is a strong desire not to go anywhere near these kids. Or a McDonald’s. What they heck were they on when they filmed this thing?
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Everyone knows they change the McDonald’s menu from country to country and even region to region depending on local tastes, but these items are more exotic than most. They just updated menus in their Thailand locations and patrons can now get corn pie, pineapple pie and Mooncake with salted egg yolk, to name a few. In the image above you can see an item that’s part of a Smurfs 2 promotion—Chicken McNuggets with a berry-flavored mayo.
Um, yeah, can I just get a Big Mac?
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Everybody loves French fries, but let’s face it, they’re not exactly healthy. They’re rich in fat, salt and calories–they’re a nutritionist’s worst nightmare.
However, Burger King has debuted new lower fat French fry that delivers about 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than the fries sold at McDonald’s. Roughly 70 grams of the new salty treat, named Satisfries (shudder), has 150 calories while the same amount of McDonald’s fries comes out to 226 calories. The trick is that Burger King developed a new type of batter that absorbs less fat in the frying process.
If eating healthy isn’t on your list of priorities, don’t worry—Burger King will continue to sell the full fat versions as well.
(via NY Times)
This tower that includes every McDonald’s sandwich, including breakfast versions, is the crazed work of Nick from Dude Foods. It was actually on his bucket list, which he should probably get working on since eating this thing could kill a man.
After all 43 sandwiches were finished and sitting at my table I got to work putting the McEverything together. I originally anticipated it only being a couple of feet high, but as you can see from the pictures it ended up MUCH taller than that. I took a few photos along the way as well just so the whole thing wouldn’t be a total waste if ended up tumbling over onto the floor before I finished stacking all the sandwiches on top of one another. Oh, and if you’re wondering how I held the entire thing together the answer is bamboo skewers… lots and lots of bamboo skewers….
The whole thing cost $140.33, plus a buck for the soda that kept him hydrated during the building process. To get all the sandwiches at once, he showed up a half hour before breakfast was over and then finished up his order once they switched to their lunch menu.
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If the ordinary drive-through just isn’t fast enough for you, McDonald’s is currently testing out a new mobile payment application in select cities throughout the western United States. With this app, you can order ahead of time and pick up your food at a drive-through window, curbside or inside the restaurant.
Competitors like Burger King and Chipotle already have similar mobile ordering systems in place, so we suspect it won’t be long before McDonald’s rolls out their version nationwide.
What do you think of using a mobile app for your no-so-fast food?
(Bloomberg via Mashable)