Super-Fry Me: The McDonald’s Of The Future Is Here

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By Cooking Panda

Forget going super-sized — fans of McDonald’s officially have the option of getting super-fryed, now that the “McDonald’s of the Future” formally launched at 10 a.m. on August 3.

The new McDonald’s restaurant in Missouri had previously generated buzz around its announcement that it planned to offer unlimited fries to patrons as part of a promotional deal for its grand opening; now, owner Chris Habiger is revealing that unlimited fries are only the beginning.

“Unlimited fries are just the beginning of what’s different about [this restaurant],” Habiger told the News-Press.

“We’re making a shift from fast food to fast-casual.”

Apparently, this 6,500-square-foot McDonald’s comes with a fresh, updated menu that includes more grilled options and gourmet sauces (think pico guacamole); additionally, customers have the ability to order their food via kiosks if they’re not in the mood to interact at the traditional counter. 

What’s more, an entirely separate counter will be devoted to McDonald’s Cafe drinks and a dessert bar, which reportedly will include waffle cones and signature sundaes with a panoply of tasty toppings to choose from. Fans of the restaurant might remember that McDonald’s used to offer oatmeal raisin cookies and twist cones — this McDonald’s is bringing them back, too.

While the new menu and unlimited fries might be enough to entice adults to venture over to the new location, plenty of McDonald’s fans also expressed excitement that Habiger and his wife, Karri Habiger, announced they are rebuilding the play area.

According to News-Press, that area will take up a significant portion of the restaurant, and will feature interactive light board tables and tabletop video games. 

The play area will have a dedicated staff ensuring that everything runs smoothly, but there are still more opportunities to come from the Habigers, who together own six McDonald’s locations in St. Joseph and one in Mound City, Missouri. News-Press reports that they have already hired more than 100 new employees specifically for the new McDonald’s of the Future.

“And we’re still hiring,” Karri Habiger said.

Source: News-Press / Photo credit: Natural Society

Tags: dessert bar, fries, future, mcdonald's, unlimited fries
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The Future Is Now, And It Looks Gummy

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By Cooking Panda

It looks like the world is now one-step closer to a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Starting May 20, New York locations of the famed Dylan’s Candy Bar will feature 3D printers that allow customers to design and create custom gummy candies. Fittingly named, the Magic Candy Factory machines take advantage of new technologies to transform candy-lovers’ every whim into gorgeous, edible reality. Even better? A turn on the machine takes less than 10 minutes and only costs 20 dollars!

If you’re still a little mystified, the company issued a press release explaining how the Magic Candy Factory works. According to the statement, “The Magic Candy Factory is based on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in which a special mixture of natural vegan ingredients is heated up and applied using a nozzle to produce different shape combinations. The shapes are then turned into coded instructions, from an easy-to-use, user-friendly tablet in-store, alerting the printer where, at what speed and what frequency is needed to apply each of the layers.”

See an example of the 3D printer in action here.

Furthermore, in addition to being able to select the flavor and color of their masterpieces, customers will also have “the ability to write names or special words, draw candy creations and print greetings on gummy cards.” To make things even better (if that’s possible), newly minted candy artists will have the exciting opportunity to top their final product with edible glitter or sour dust. What’s not to love?

In the coming weeks, Dylan’s will expand their new service to Chicago, LA, and Miami—officially signaling a new era of 3D printing. If the Magic Candy Factory sounds like something you’d enjoy, be sure to check out a Dylan’s near you, or stop by Hershey’s Pennsylvania headquarters, where customers can use a 3D printer to print a limited range of chocolate shapes as well!

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Source: Eater / Photo credits: Magic Candy Factory/YouTube

Tags: 3D printing, candy, Dylan's, future, Gummy
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