McDonald’s is adding 2 New Big Macs to the Lineup

McDonald’s Is Finally Selling Big Mac Sauce!

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Love Big Mac sauce? If so, you’ll love this news: McDonald’s is ready to start selling it by the bottle! Remember when the fast food giant offered these bottles as a limited time treat in January 2017? I guess the popularity made a more permanent release necessary. Definitely not complaining.

Brand Eating reports that the sauce hasn’t been released just yet, but when it is, it’s expected to come alongside bottles of Filet-O-Fish tartar sauce and McChicken mayo. While we could already buy tartar sauce and mayo, the sauce trio is still an exciting new addition to grocery store shelves … especially that Mac sauce.

Each sauce will be available in a 12-ounce plastic squeeze bottle, but unfortunately they’ll only be available in Canada. I can imagine that what happened with Big Mac sauce sales in January is likely to also happen with this new release. If you remember, we reported that a few of those people lucky enough to get their hands on Mac sauce bottles were making a killing off of selling it on eBay. That means it’s probably likely these sauces will make their way over the border and into our eager hands (and plates!).

I doubt that this time around anyone will be making $10,000 off of one bottle, considering there will be much more availability. The supply and demand curve won’t be nearly as steep, if you know what I mean. The price of the bottles sold by McDonald’s isn’t known just yet, but it’s expected that we’ll know everything we need to know when the bottles launch this spring.

This new release will mean you can start working on creating your own homemade Big Macs at home! Of course, you’ll want to opt for the entire trio, so you can create all three tasty sandwiches for home consumption. Then again, maybe you just want to buy the sandwiches and add a ton of extra sauce at home (they already put too much tartar on that Filet-O-Fish, though).

Whatever your reason for needing these sauces … the point is that you need them!

Source: Brand Eating / Photo Credit: McDonald's Canada/Twitter

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McDonald’s Is Totally Into Using Sustainable Beef

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McDonald’s is known for many things worldwide: its iconic golden arches; its signature burger, the Big Mac, with the coveted secret sauce; its delicious fries and McNuggets; its affordability and convenience; its mascot, Ronald McDonald.

But did you know that it is also a founding member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef?

To be honest, most of the criticism geared toward McDonald’s usually has to do with whether its menu items are healthy, its advertising is moral and its practices are ethical. So we were blown away when we learned that back in 2012, the fast food chain decided to become a major proponent for a roundtable that focuses on defining sustainable beef as environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.

McDonald’s is one of the largest beef purchasers globally, so the company’s dedication to sustainable beef is actually a huge deal, especially because as Fortune reports, it is directing its significant purchasing power to influence sustainable beef in two new key pilot programs.

For one, McDonald’s is supporting a sustainable beef pilot program in the U.S. that will attempt to measure beef sustainability in a research initiative conducted by the Noble Foundation.

McDonald’s will also be supporting a $4.5 million matching grant program that will test grazing practices that could lead to negative carbon impact.

Additionally, McDonald’s is totally committed to aiding in the elimination of deforestation. As Fortune reports, the company has said that it is “one of the first global restaurant brands to take a stand to confirm that forests are protected while beef is produced” and wants to eliminate deforestation for its beef supply chain as soon as 2020.

Not bad, McDonald’s!

Of course, that doesn’t stop the facts from being the facts: There is no consistent definition of sustainable beef, and factory farming and the like are never going to be environmentally conscious or cruelty-free practices.

However, the fact that McDonald’s is taking strides to be more environmental and compassionate is only going to spur other chains to hopefully follow their lead, and possibly even outstrip them eventually in humanitarian efforts!

Source: Fortune / Photo Credit: Pika_Zhi/Instagram

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Heaven Is This Big Mac Vending Machine

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McDonald’s is really pushing its new Big Mac sizes, hoping they’ll catch on fast. And who’s to say they won’t? Everyone loves a good Big Mac every once in a while.

In an effort to market the new Grand Mac and Mac Jr., McDonald’s has decided to do something crazy. According to Metro UK, it’s offering FREE Big Macs out of a Big Mac ATM in Boston on Jan. 31, 2017, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Just in time for lunch! I imagine it would be tough to make your way through an eager crowd of Big Mac fans to get your own little (or Grand) piece of beefy heaven from the machine, but if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a try!

The touchscreen “ATM” will Tweet your order and then spit out a free Big Mac of the size of your choice. Not feeling all those calories? Go for the Mac Jr. Just can’t get enough Big Mac? Go for the Grand! Don’t worry about getting a soggy old Mac, either. At the rate that those burgers will be moving, fresh new ones will constantly be loaded into the machine, to pop out nice and hot on the other side.

Metro UK reports that the Grand Mac will contain two patties that equal about a third pound of beef in one sandwich, and the 890-calorie monster sandwich will be only $4.89. The smaller, junior version of this McDonald’s favorite will feature just one patty, and about half of the calories, weighing in at 480, and will cost between $2.39 and $2.59, based on location.

Get excited for these awesome new Big Mac sizes, because the launch is coming and McDonald’s is certainly excited. Why else would it be teasing us with a three-hour free Big Mac ATM in Boston? All I can say is that I hope the ATM causes quite the stir in Boston, so that we can experience it in other cities around the country. How about Washington, D.C., hmmm? I think we’d all like to try this fun machine at some point. Anyway, it could really add some excitement to lunch hour!

Sources: Metro UK (2) / Photo Credit: McDonald's/Twitter

Tags: big mac, Big Mac Jr., Grand Big Mac, mcdonald's
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McDonald’s Is Giving Away Bottles Of Big Mac Sauce!

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McDonald’s is revamping its Big Mac sandwich, and as a way to market this new move, the fast food chain will be giving away free bottles of its famous Big Mac Special Sauce!

Foodbeast reports that McDonald’s had hinted at this bold move by saying we should expect “something big” to happen on Jan. 26, 2017. That something big turned out to be 10,000 bottles of limited-edition Big Mac Sauce. This is the first time the U.S. has ever had this offer. Australia got it last time, so now it’s our turn!

According to USA Today, this offer comes just after a McDonald’s study reported that only one in five millennials has actually tried a Big Mac. The new sizes offered will include a smaller size for the calorie-conscious and a larger size with extra cheese for those craving to over-indulge. Perhaps the health-conscious millennials will give the smaller sandwich a try?

If you think this isn’t a big deal because Big Mac Sauce is only Thousand Island dressing, you are thankfully mistaken. McDonald’s spokeswoman Becca Hary says “the Big Mac Sauce is unique to McDonald’s and includes a classic combination of ingredients. The Big Mac Sauce remains timeless and customers around the world continue to enjoy its signature taste.”

So, there you have it. The Big Mac Sauce is an entity of its own, something we could have probably guessed, since Thousand Island dressing never quite does the trick.

The rare limited-edition bottles of Big Mac Sauce will be available only at participating locations, which will be announced on Jan. 25. That’s such a last-minute announcement that all you can really do is cross your fingers and hope one of those locations is nearby! Maybe, if you live in a rural area or in the burbs, you can at least try and high tail it to the nearest city. That’s a better chance, at least, I would imagine.

In the meantime, let’s get in the Big Mac spirit and start indulging, big or small!

Update: Foodbeast reports that McDonald’s has just developed an iMessage app for finding out exactly which locations will be giving out free limited-edition bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce. Check out this page for more details!

Sources: Foodbeast, USA Today / Photo Credit: McDonald's/Instagram

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McDonald’s Has An Epic New Big Mac Bacon Sandwich

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All right, folks. The time has come. You must answer the question that has been on everybody’s minds:

Is a Big Mac with bacon still a Big Mac?

Okay — so maybe that question hasn’t been on your mind (or mine, or your friends, or anybody you really talk to on a regular basis), but it sure has been on McDonald’s Canada’s mind, because the fast-food chain has recently posted a poll to its website asking McDonald’s fans that very question.

Yes? Or no?

According to the poll, 60% of voters answered yes, while 40% answered no.

Why is McDonald’s Canada asking the question in the first place? Why, it’s all part of a marketing campaign for its new limited-time Big Mac Bacon, which includes processed cheddar cheese (instead of the standard McDonald’s American cheese), but otherwise appears to be the exact same as a Big Mac: we’re talking two all-beef patties, that McDonald’s special sauce, lettuce, pickles, onions, a toasted sesame seed bun, and, oh yeah … bacon.

According to Ad Week, the addition of bacon to the iconic Bic Mac sandwich is actually the very first change to the sandwich in Canada in 50 whole years, so it makes sense that fans and the company itself are thinking so hard about the actual nature of the Big Mac.

In the end, we just don’t have the answer. But we do know that for many people, adding bacon to anything is only ever a good thing, so whether a Big Mac with bacon is still a Big Mac might just not matter — as long as it tastes delicious.

What do you think? And will you be picking up a Big Mac Bacon at a participating store near you?

Sources: McDonald's Canada, Ad Week / Photo Credit: McDonald's Canada

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Can You Guess Which Country Has The Priciest Big Macs?

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What are you paying for your Big Mac? It might be too much, or it could be just enough. Let’s take a look at the Big Mac consumer report and find out.

The Economist has released its 2017 study on what we’re paying for Big Macs all over the world, based on a system that measures “PPP.” That is, purchasing-power parity. PPP measures the worth of currency based on a country’s economics — such as the cost of living and inflation rates. This way of measuring spending allows us to accurately compare Big Mac prices.

Here’s an example of putting the PPP measurement to use: “The average price of a Big Mac in America in January 2017 was $5.06; in China it was only $2.83 at market exchange rates. So the ‘raw’ Big Mac index says that the yuan was undervalued by 44% at that time,” per the Economist study.

Now that that’s covered, let’s see who’s paying the most, and who’s paying the least for a Big Mac. Munchies reports that, using this exchange rate from above, we can deduce that Switzerland pays the most for a Big Mac. “[A Big Mac in] Switzerland is $6.35, compared to $5.06 in the US. This means that the Swiss Franc is overvalued by 25.5 percent.”

As far as economics go, I am not clear on what that really means for Switzerland’s currency, or for the currency of the U.S. for that matter. I am sure, however, that I’m glad I’m not paying the most for a Big Mac, and that I’m sorry for Switzerland for having to pay so much.

The next in line for the most expensive Big Mac is Norway, followed by Sweden, Venezuela and then Brazil. The U.S. is sixth, and Britain is 16th, which means that the British Pound is undervalued by 26.3 percent. Again, I’m not sure what all of that means, but on a scale of how much everyone is paying for a Big Mac, it seems good for Britain … right?

There’s a different version of this study that takes GDP and labor into account, and then brings Brazil and Pakistan to the top. This is complicated stuff … I think I’ll go have a Big Mac.

Sources: Economist, Munchies / Photo Credit: Joseph Hernandez/Instagram

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McDonald’s Is Bringing Us A Sriracha Big Mac

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Do you worship the red rooster? Are you one of those people who can’t fully enjoy a meal without dumping a truckload of Sriracha hot sauce on top?

If you’re one to douse Sriracha on EVERYTHING, even your McDonald’s order, you’ll want to pay attention here.

Rooster sauce addicts, rejoice! The Sriracha Big Mac exists, and hopefully it will come your way soon! The world’s largest hamburger chain is testing the sandwich at 126 restaurants around Columbus, Ohio, and if the Buckeye State’s residents don’t screw it up for us, you might soon be able to order the spicy burger all across the nation, according to Metro News. Fingers crossed.

If you live near Columbus, you can score one of these burgers, as well as Sriracha Mac dipping sauce for your French fries or chicken nuggets, during the trial stages.

We hear that the newly vamped-up burger is pretty much just a regular Big Mac with Sriracha infused into their special “Big Mac sauce,” but we sure can’t complain about their latest ploy to attract millennials.

“Offering the addition of Sriracha to our Big Mac Special Sauce was a fun way for our culinary innovations team to think outside the box and continue to answer the call of our customers who are always looking for the next great innovation in food experience and taste,” Scott Nickell, Central Ohio Co-op president, said in a statement, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

McDonald’s has added, subtracted and modified lots of other offerings over the years, but this is the first time ever that they have made any changes to their signature double-decker burger since they first started selling it in 1967, though they also announced that they are going to start selling a mini version and a giant version as well.

“We’re always trying new creations and we wanted to innovate with an on-trend flavor like Sriracha to give our customers in Columbus a new and exciting taste,” McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz said in a statement.

If you’re able to get your hands on one of these, give it a try and let us know what you think!

Sources: Metro NewsNation's Restaurant News / Photo Credit: Don/Flickr, McDonald's via Metro News

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What Happens When You Pour Sulfuric Acid On A Big Mac? Watch This To Find Out (Video)

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Have you been spending your days wondering what, exactly, would happen if you poured sulfuric acid on a Big Mac (video below)?

Probably not, but a video posted to Let’s Melt This’ YouTube channel answers that question anyway.

The channel, which is dedicated to melting all sorts of items for curious viewers has put the McDonald’s classic burger to the test, and the results? Well, see for yourself in the video below:

Sources: Let’s Melt This/YouTube / Photo credit: Let’s Melt This/YouTube via Unilad

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