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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 13, 2019 at 21:44. 3 comments

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

Since 2014, Starbucks has released, by my own estimation, at least 700 limited edition seasonal beverages. The number of seasonal beverages released in that time by McDonald’s McCafe: zero. While the rest of the coffee universe was so busy that they were able to invent multiple unicorn-themed drinks , McDonald’s has abided by the old “slow and steady wins the race” axiom, waiting until it...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019 at 01:47. 18 comments

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

Last year McDonald’s announced it was about to get serious about climate change, vowing to reduce their carbon emissions by 36% by 2030 . This week, Nation Restaurant News reports that McDonald’s has invested in two renewable energy companies: Aviator Wind West, a wind farm in Coke County, Texas, and an unnamed solar power startup, also headquartered in Texas. Between them, the companies are...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Nov 09, 2019 at 00:52. 17 comments

Man gets unexpected Happy Meal: three bags of weed in his McDonald’s sweet tea

Man gets unexpected Happy Meal: three bags of weed in his McDonald’s sweet tea

If you’re ordering a sweet tea at the McDonald’s on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, be very careful about asking for “extra lemon.” At least according to Parrish Brown, a 24-year-old man from Charleston who ordered his sweet tea this way, drank it at work, got super high, and then discovered there were three bags of weed in his cup that he’d accidentally punctured with his straw.

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 08, 2019. 3 comments

Australia sees Iceland’s 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder

Australia sees Iceland’s 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder

The last McDonald’s cheeseburger in Iceland made headlines last week as it turned 10 years old with no sign of rot . That burger spent several years at the National Museum of Iceland before being moved to a hotel, where it continues to be on public display. Australians laugh at this burger’s supposedly impressive life span—because they’re in possession of a quarter-century-old Quarter...

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Nov 05, 2019. 2 comments

Chrissy Teigen clarifies she is not cuckolding Ronald McDonald

Chrissy Teigen clarifies she is not cuckolding Ronald McDonald

Chrissy Teigen is a multi-hyphenate talent—model, taco strategist , airline menu developer , political agitator —but there is one thing she is not: in any sort of relationship with ousted McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook.

This clarification comes after a Daily Mail article reporting on Easterbrook’s firing and his affair with a McDonald’s employee was published with two images: one of...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Nov 05, 2019. 3 comments

Last McDonald’s cheeseburger in Iceland won’t rot, is metaphor for capitalism

Last McDonald’s cheeseburger in Iceland won’t rot, is metaphor for capitalism
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On October 31, 2009, the last McDonald’s in Iceland closed for good. In the spirit of scientific curiosity, a Reykjavik marketing consultant named Hjörtur Smárason got in line and purchased a cheeseburger and fries. He’d heard that McDonald’s food never decomposed and he wanted to test that theory. He stuck it on a...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Nov 05, 2019.

McDonald’s fires its CEO over relationship with employee

McDonald’s fires its CEO over relationship with employee

The world’s largest fast food company has a new CEO. The McDonald’s board fired previous CEO Steve Easterbrook after it came to light that he was engaged in a consensual relationship with a company employee, violating McDonald’s company policy. The board then named former McDonald’s USA president Chris Kempczinski to the role of CEO, noting in a statement that Easterbrook “separated from the...

Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 02, 2019.

McDonald’s Portugal apologizes for sundae promotion, poor grasp of history

McDonald’s Portugal apologizes for sundae promotion, poor grasp of history

You may think the classic U2 song “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” is just another catchy song about politics in the general sense, made glamorous though the vocals of an angsty (and sexy!) rock star. After all, the song was written in 1983, and its real meaning, for many, has gotten lost over time. For those who live in Ireland and Great Britain, though, it’s a song about one of their most tragic...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Nov 02, 2019. 22 comments

You never forget your favorite Happy Meal toy

You never forget your favorite Happy Meal toy

From ’90s-themed pop-up s to ’80s-era logos , restaurants can’t wait to mine your nostalgic feelings for sweet, sweet profits. The latest corporate play, though, is actually a bit on the heartwarming side: To mark the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonald’s will bring back retro Happy Meal toys from past eras for a limited time. Beginning November 7, kids—or rather, their parents—might...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Nov 01, 2019. 4 comments

McDonald's succumbs to ravenous hordes, promises breakfast chicken sandwich in January

McDonald's succumbs to ravenous hordes, promises breakfast chicken sandwich in January

In a tremendous feat of food journalism that should be honored by both the Pulitzer and James Beard awards committees, Business Insider obtained leaked internal documents from McDonald’s that confirmed that the fast food chain is planning to release a breakfast chicken sandwich nationwide in January—at the same time as Wendy’s releases its new breakfast lineup that includes two chicken...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Nov 01, 2019. 8 comments

McDonald’s Aussie burger fails to understand Australians

McDonald’s Aussie burger fails to understand Australians

Australia is very far away, it’s true, but with the miracles of modern technology, all things are possible, especially Americans learning how Australians take their burgers. The classic burger Down Under is called the Aussie Burger With the Lot. It contains a hamburger patty, lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese, bacon, a tomato-based sauce (so far, so American), a fried egg, pickled beetroot, and...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Oct 30, 2019. 22 comments

McDonald’s P.L.T. is no Impossible Whopper

McDonald’s P.L.T. is no Impossible Whopper

McDonald’s decided to dip its toe into the plant-based meat market last month with the Beyond-based P.L.T. (Plant, Lettuce, Tomato) by testing it in 28 locations in southwest Ontario. Now, a third of the way through the 12-week testing period, MarketWatch reports that the P.L.T. is not the rousing success that McDonald’s and Beyond hoped for. Beyond stock plummeted 22.2% in yesterday’s...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Oct 04, 2019. 11 comments

It's McRib season, motherfuckers

It's McRib season, motherfuckers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year everybody!!!  

McDonald’s has officially announced the McRib—the Holy Grail of fast food sandwiches—is coming back to 10,000 restaurants on October 7th, and I have already made plans to work from McDonald’s all Monday long. I’m throwing my card behind the counter and telling the staff just to keep them coming.

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Oct 03, 2019. 9 comments

It only took McCafé five years to introduce a new holiday beverage

It only took McCafé five years to introduce a new holiday beverage

I visit McDonald’s on a pretty regular basis since I have two children and am also in a torrid love affair with McNuggets. Yet still, even though it’s been in smack dab in front of my face for an entire decade, I continually forget about the existence of McCafé. It’s not as alluring as Starbucks, and somehow manage to make Dunkin’ Donuts look upscale. It’s not exactly an innovator, either:...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Sep 26, 2019. 22 comments

The newest entrant into the fake meat sweepstakes is... Mickey D’s

The newest entrant into the fake meat sweepstakes is... Mickey D’s

Oh, we knew it was coming. But now it’s official: McDonald’s will be selling plant-based meat, too. Take that, Impossible Whopper ! How dare you suggest that Ronald McDonald is a psychotic murderer !?

The McDonald’s burger, made in collaboration with Beyond Meat, will be called the P.L.T. (Which, I must admit, is a better name than Awesome Burger .) Testing will begin in 28 locations in...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Sep 23, 2019. 18 comments

McDonald’s McSwag leaves customers McSad

McDonald’s McSwag leaves customers McSad

Last Thursday, Uber Eats and McDonald’s promised America some McSwag. It was 100% the reason why I had 60 McNuggets, two Big Macs, and four pumpkin pies delivered to my house, instead of making my family a dinner that would have contained at least one vegetable. I have no problem shaving years off my life if it means getting a free T-shirt that I’ll never wear.

According to Twitter, I was one...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Sep 23, 2019. 9 comments

North Carolina third-graders launch daring escape for French fries and McNuggets

North Carolina third-graders launch daring escape for French fries and McNuggets

Anyone who has children and has seen It can attest to the fact that children will do anything a clown tells them to. I have never been able to get my kids to eat anything without them first prodding and examining it for a solid five minutes, but the first time they encountered McDonald’s, they wanted to eat everything without any such inspection. Ronald McDonald whispers to them in a...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 17, 2019. 11 comments

McDonald’s out to ensure every last Englishman has access to Big Macs

McDonald’s out to ensure every last Englishman has access to Big Macs

The sheer scale of McDonald’s global operation—38,000 restaurants worldwide and counting—means travelers are likely to encounter the Golden Arches in some unexpected places. (Not the Roman baths, but don’t think McDonald’s didn’t try .) It’s as though McDonald’s executives cluster around a giant world map, sticking pins anywhere there’s a free patch left. Recently, their gaze has fallen on...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Sep 12, 2019. 12 comments

RIP Daniel Johnston, bard of McDonald’s

RIP Daniel Johnston, bard of McDonald’s

Daniel Johnston, the singer, songwriter, and artist died on Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 58. Johnston had developed a cult following for his collection of deeply odd and deeply personal albums that he’d been recording since the 1980s. Shannon Miller and William Hughes at The AV Club describe his work as:

Strange, passionate, and so nakedly emotional that listening to it can feel like an...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Sep 12, 2019. 12 comments

McDonald’s Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich earns participation trophy

McDonald’s Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich earns participation trophy

It’s pretty clear what went down in McDonald’s corporate offices a few weeks ago:

Executive 1: We need a chicken sandwich thing .

Executive 2: We already have several chicken things.

Executive 1: Well then we need a brand-new chicken thing and we need it now!

Executive 2: What if we pour a full cup of barbecue sauce on four chicken tenders?

Executive 1: Goddamnit, man, you are a genius!

And both...

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