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Apr 29, 2020. 7 comments

What are chicken nuggets even?

What are chicken nuggets even?
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It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when there were no chicken nuggets. I have no idea what parents fed picky children or what picky adults fed themselves before then. Maybe they all just fought over drumsticks.

Chicken nuggets are

distinguished from chicken...

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Mar 26, 2020. 1 comments

McDonald’s breakfast now only available in—wait for it—the morning

McDonald’s breakfast now only available in—wait for it—the morning

Midnight McGriddles, we hardly knew ye. On Tuesday, McDonald’s told its restaurant operators via webcast that it would be temporarily suspending all-day breakfast in an effort to simplify the business during the COVID-19 shutdowns. It’ll presumably still sell breakfast items during “normal breakfast hours,” but no longer at the hours when you’re drunk enough to crave (and, subsequently, slam)...

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Mar 11, 2020. 5 comments

McDonald’s tries super-sizing the Big Mac again

McDonald’s tries super-sizing the Big Mac again

Remember the Grand Mac? Yeah, McDonald’s was hoping you wouldn’t, so you could get extra excited about the Double Big Mac that’s debuting today, for a limited time. More Big Mac! More Big Mac!

Okay, so the Grand Mac actually had a bigger burger and bun, while the Double Big Mac is literally two Big Macs, or four patties all stacked together, so you’ll have to open your mouth extra wide, like...

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Mar 02, 2020. 13 comments

Start your week with a free Egg McMuffin

Start your week with a free Egg McMuffin

It’s Monday, March 2, which means that Wendy’s has launched its

new breakfast menu and, in a total coincidence, it’s also National Egg McMuffin day, which is a holiday McDonald’s has just made up. But who cares about the legitimacy of such a holiday when it means free Egg McMuffins? I’m not complaining.

To get your free Egg McMuffin, you’ll need to download McDonald’s mobile app, which will...

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Feb 27, 2020. 7 comments

How acceptable is the amount of cream cheese on this bagel?

How acceptable is the amount of cream cheese on this bagel?

Toronto Sun reporter Bryan Passifiume just wanted what so many of us want: a bagel that doesn’t skimp on the cream cheese. What his local McDonald’s gave him was inarguably, overwhelmingly the opposite.

“I ordered extra cream cheese as they usually just apply it like butter, but this is clearly just an exercise in passive-aggressiveness,” Passifiume tweeted alongside photo evidence of the...

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Feb 26, 2020. 9 comments

McDonald’s is auctioning off an 18k gold Shamrock Shake cup on eBay

McDonald’s is auctioning off an 18k gold Shamrock Shake cup on eBay

When we heard that McDonald’s was releasing a new

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry this year in addition to bringing back its classic St. Patrick’s Day dessert, we figured that would be the extent of the celebration surrounding the Shamrock Shake’s 50th anniversary. But the fast food chain isn’t taking any chances by letting any other food news steal the spotlight during its very special month. And...

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Feb 22, 2020. 14 comments

Quarter Pounder candles are coming to beef up your boudoir

Quarter Pounder candles are coming to beef up your boudoir

Move over, Goop—McDonald’s is jumping in the Making Your Home Smell Like Something It Probably Shouldn’t game! In a press release, the burger chain announced it’ll soon sell Quarter Pounder–scented candles. It’s a set of six candles, each representing a QP ingredient: 100% Fresh Beef, Ketchup, Pickle, Cheese, Onion, and Sesame Seed Bun. So, to get the full burger smell literally no one...

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Feb 21, 2020. 7 comments

Why don’t we see more of Ronald McDonald?

Why don’t we see more of Ronald McDonald?
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I’ve only gotten as far as the second episode of HBO’s McMillions, a six-part documentary series about the fraud investigation surrounding McDonald’s Monopoly promotion, but already, the series has shown plenty of archival footage from the ’80s and ’90s featuring Ronald McDonald yukking it up at promotional events. It struck me,...

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Feb 13, 2020. 9 comments

Siba, champion of Westminster, eats McChicken like a common mutt

Siba, champion of Westminster, eats McChicken like a common mutt

In a stunning upset, a standard poodle named GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea—better known as Siba—defeated over 2,600 other dogs this week for the coveted Best in Show title at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The secret to her luxurious ebony hypoallergenic coat? A diet of freshly cooked chicken.

One would assume a plate of chicken would be an easy meal to procure at an event held...

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Feb 13, 2020. 19 comments

New invention could make “broken” McFlurry machines a thing of the past

New invention could make “broken” McFlurry machines a thing of the past

Last fall, McDonald’s released a new Cinnamon Cookie Latte,

which we offered our unvarnished opinion on . A Snickerdoodle McFlurry was also released at this time, which I did not review, because the ice cream machine at McDonald’s was broken. I stopped in every single day for a week, and every single day, I was told I could not have a Snickerdoodle McFlurry. This is not an isolated issue ....

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Feb 03, 2020. 4 comments

Tokyo BK can’t say goodbye to rival McDonald’s without a little trolling

Tokyo BK can’t say goodbye to rival McDonald’s without a little trolling

It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to a neighbor. In Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood, when a McDonald’s posted a sign announcing that it would be closing and thanking the neighbors for 22 years of patronage, the Burger King two doors down posted its own sign, appearing to pay its respects to its rival. In Japan Today’s translation:

Thank you for 22 happy years.

Our neighbor two buildings...

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Jan 31, 2020. 15 comments

McDonald’s rice burgers in Japan might be worth the trans-Pacific flight

McDonald’s rice burgers in Japan might be worth the trans-Pacific flight

I hope I’m not blowing your mind by telling you rice is a big deal in Japan. The crop’s been cultivated on the archipelago for thousands of years and plays a central role there economically and socially. And now, after eons, Japanese rice has taken its final form: replacing the iconic McDonald’s sesame bun. In Japan, anyway, and for just a few months. The fast-food chain unveiled its new rice...

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Jan 29, 2020. 5 comments

McDonald’s has two ways to eat its decent breakfast chicken—and we find a third

McDonald’s has two ways to eat its decent breakfast chicken—and we find a third

2019 was the Chinese Year of the Pig and the American fast food Year of the Fried Chicken Sandwich. For those of you who were not breathlessly following the

dramatic saga , all you have to know is that Popeyes won and everybody else lost, but especially McDonald’s, who, in the midst of the madness, made exactly one contribution: a stunningly mediocre Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. A leaked...

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Jan 18, 2020. 19 comments

Was McDonald’s an agent of civil rights and racial justice?

Was McDonald’s an agent of civil rights and racial justice?
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As with many things in America, the Black customers, workers, and franchise owners of McDonald’s have a much different experience with the fast food chain than their white counterparts do. This was made apparent last week when two Black franchise owners filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain for racial discrimination. In her new...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 16, 2020. 22 comments

McDonald’s to owners: Forget the lawsuits and focus on chicken

McDonald’s to owners: Forget the lawsuits and focus on chicken

It’s pretty clear to everyone who follows fast food news (that is, the staff of The Takeout) that the biggest stories of the past year have been

plant -based meat and chicken sandwiches . These are both areas in which McDonald’s has been lagging.

Although McDonald’s has both a

“Southern-style” (read, just like Popeyes) chicken sandwich and a plant-based P.L.T. now, both are in still in the...

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Dec 12, 2019. 11 comments

You'll have to hop the pond if you want an all-vegan McDonald's meal

You'll have to hop the pond if you want an all-vegan McDonald's meal

Running out of options to cook for your vegan friends who insist on crashing the dinner party? Great news, Brits! Starting next month, you can just swing by Mickey D’s and grab your pals a Veggie Dippers meal!*

What, pray tell, are Veggie Dippers? The BBC reports that they’re dippable nuggets made of red pepper, rice, sundried tomato pesto, and split peas, covered in breadcrumbs, and fried....

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Dec 07, 2019. 10 comments

McDonald’s Bacon BBQ Burger could have long-term potential

McDonald’s Bacon BBQ Burger could have long-term potential

In preparation for the release of McDonald’s newest burger, some of us at The Takeout were being responsible adults, reporting on its

horrific nutritional facts , while I was tearing through the streets of Baltimore, ready to get my hands on the new Bacon BBQ Burger. Somehow I’ve survived to tell you all about it.

Though I’ve been

particularly brutal in my previous McDonald’s reviews, I am...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 06, 2019. 5 comments

Eat McDonald's new salt bomb burger today, hibernate tomorrow

Eat McDonald's new salt bomb burger today, hibernate tomorrow

It’s just about time for winter hibernation, and McDonald’s is, as always, happy to help you store up enough fat and calories to sleep until spring. Today it’s introducing its new Bacon BBQ Burger, which, the advertising campaign suggests, makes a fabulous holiday meal when paired with the Snickerdoodle McFlurry: “easy, delicious dinner to keep savoring the season.”

The Bacon BBQ Burger is a...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Dec 05, 2019. 14 comments

McDonald’s and Ford team up to build car parts from coffee waste

McDonald’s and Ford team up to build car parts from coffee waste

The most exciting eco-friendly products are the ones that work even better than their more wasteful counterparts ever did—and thanks to an unlikely corporate team-up, we’re seeing those innovations play out on a large scale. CNET reports that Ford and McDonald’s are collaborating to engineer a more sustainable automotive plastic from the fast food chain’s coffee-brewing byproducts, and best...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Dec 04, 2019. 6 comments

Last Call: What does a 99-year-old have to say about his first Big Mac?

Last Call: What does a 99-year-old have to say about his first Big Mac?
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

William Thorpe, 99, has seen the world change in innumerable ways during his time on this big blue rock—but you can’t blame him for not knowing about Big Macs and turkey...

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