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McDonald’s Is Getting Brand New McFlurry Machines


By Cooking Panda

Have you ever gone to a McDonald’s on a bright, warm day and decided to order a McFlurry to cool off?

Their McFlurries are famous for being sweet, thick, and chock full of add-ins that give the dessert an interesting texture that never gets old. They are basically McDonald’s big take on the classic Blizzards served at Dairy Queen, and they are equally as addicting and satisfying too.

Unfortunately, we have been told many times that we can’t get our McFlurries … because the McFlurry machines are always down.

It’s an extremely common phenomenon. Originally, we thought it was just our local McDonald’s that always seemed to have issues with its McFlurry machine, but as it happens, the machines were prone to breaking down in general, and consumers have been reporting frustration over this fact.

Luckily, however, the Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s is planning to install much easier-to-maintain soft-serve machines.

Allegedly, the machines will come with fewer parts, which will make maintenance and cleaning of the machines easier and less prone to going out of order. Because the old machines took such a long time to clean, if employees at an establishment began cleaning the machines too long before closing, then chances are you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on a McFlurry until the next day.

So you know what easier-to-clean soft-serve machines mean, right? More frozen treats and more reliable availability!

Delish also reports that the new machines are made by an Italian company called Carpigiani, and that the machines might even be able to dispense more flavors than their predecessors.

We could get down for some new and delicious McFlurry flavor combinations! We’re already daydreaming about the possibilities…

Are you excited about the soft-serve upgrade at the golden arches? 

Sources: Delish, Wall Street Journal / Photo Credit: Alexandra Brunet/Instagram

Tags: fast food, machine, mcdonald's, McFlurry, soft serve
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No, McDonald’s Will Not Cure Your Baldness, Here’s Why


By Cooking Panda

A recent scientific breakthrough in Japan has balding men of the world beelining to the nearest McDonald’s.

Researchers at Yokohama National University succeeded in regrowing hair on mice using “hair follicle germs” (or HFGs) along with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a chemical used in Mickey D’s cooking oil. However, the connection between your average male pattern baldness and greasy fast-food fries is tenuous at best. Yet many balding hopefuls are excited about the idea of drive-thru follicle-stimulation.

This “scientific breakthrough” is cruising through the information highway like wildfire such that headlines like “McDonald’s French Fries May Cure Baldness” are starting to take on the definitive, “Do McDonald’s Fries Cure Baldness? Science Suggests Bathing In A Tub Of Fries.” Slow your roll. Fries curing baldness is worth being a little skeptical.

PDMS, the hair-loss antidote in question, can be found in many things outside of McDonald’s ingredients list. Grub Street cited many non-consumable items also containing PDMS: “adhesives, caulks, cosmetics, some gas-relief medicines” and Silly Putty. But, despite its barely food-like qualities, the FDA states PDMS isn’t dangerous to consume. McDonald’s writes on its website that they use PMDS to reduce oil splatter when cooking its “World Famous Fries.”

Nevertheless, Japanese scientists found another use for this additive. Writing in the journal Biomaterials, the Yokohama University team explained the key to the experiment’s success was the choice of substrate material, in this case, PMDS. Producing HFGs in large quantities is difficult but critical in hair regenerative medicine, but the Mickey D elixir proves to be a promising medium in which these germs can grow.

So, to be clear, McDonald’s fries themselves do not trigger hair growth and bathing in a tub of fries and vegetable oil will not put you in the fast track to luscious locks. PMDS simply helps move the hair-growing process along … in mice. But researchers at the Japanese university are hopeful of this method, calling it “very robust and promising” in improving hair loss treatments for humans using toupees and wigs.

Whether or not this scientific breakthrough bridges man’s receding hairline, it is exciting and frightening that we have found a way to grow hair on mice and mix gas-relief medicine in fast-food oil.

Sources: Elite Daily, SF Gate, Science Daily, Grub Street / Featured Image: Himgspendra/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: baldness, fries, mcdonald's
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McDonald’s Testing A Revamped ’90s Arch Deluxe Burger (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

McDonald’s is testing one of its most expensive flops.

Business Insider confirmed that McDonald’s recently began testing the Archburger at seven Oklahoma and Texas locations. Archburgers are a reboot of the burger chain’s Arch Deluxe, which first debuted in 1996 as a more sophisticated sandwich, served with a mustard-mayo sauce (“Arch Sauce”). It flopped hard. An estimated $150 million was shelled out for the grand rollout of Arch Deluxe — the most expensive promotional campaign in fast-food history, as reported by The New York Times. But the pricier, “grown-up” burger was soon discontinued in the late ’90s when it failed to appeal to its targeted customer base.

Now, McDonald’s is attempting to raise the bar again by appealing to foodies and gourmet-minded customers with a fresh beef burger, not imaginatively renamed “Archburger.” The Arch Deluxe and Archburger are not much different — fresh beef, cheese, pickles, onions, and Arch sauce. The biggest change to the burger, however, is a cheaper price point than that of its other popular burgers like the Big Mac, which costs about $4, compared to Archburger’s $2.19 starting price, before adding toppings.

Fresh beef is a drastic change for the fast-food company, which has relied on beef patties for years. However, over the years, McDonald’s Corp. shifted its positioning to appeal to increasingly health-conscious Americans. In August 2016, the chain removed artificial preservatives from its iconic Chicken McNuggets and swapped out its burger buns, which contained high fructose corn syrup. And in December 2017, McDonald’s announced its first-ever vegan hamburger, the McVegan, as a permanent menu item in Sweden.

Fast-food competitors Wendy’s, Burger King and Shake Shack have focused on serving healthier menu items for their customers. Shake Shack is testing a grilled chicken sandwich served on a whole wheat bun, while both Wendy’s and Burger King pledged to no longer use antibiotics in their chicken.

Across the board, fast-food competitors are quickly making moves in the new year to grab the biggest market share from rivals by proposing cheap value menus (McDonald’s relaunched the chain’s popular Dollar Menu at the beginning of 2018) and healthier food choices.

Sources: Delish, Business Insider, McDonald's News, Food and Wine / Featured Image: Sallicio/Wikimedia Commons

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McDonald’s McRib Is Coming Back!


By Cooking Panda

McRib fans, rejoice! The ever-elusive limited time offering is coming back again. Get it while you can!

Available at select locations, the sandwich is making its debut in most McDonald’s restaurants in early November, though the exact date is going to depend on where you live, notes Business Insider.

New York, Texas and Oklahoma, for instance, have already released the barbecue-inspired sandwich, while other spots — such as Southern California — will start selling it on Nov. 2. Hawaii’s McRib will come out on Nov. 9.

So what exactly is behind the cult favorite’s intermittent appearances?

“There’s a lot of mystery around why the McRib comes and goes, but to be honest it’s a local option based on consumer demand,” McDonald’s tweeted.

According to Business Insider, releasing the sandwich for short periods of time is optimal for sales. This is because it’s easy to create hype around the McRib’s reappearances with campaigns like Save The McRib, which in turn draws in all sorts of customers, whether they are McRib fans or not. Plus, there’s no guarantee that it will continue to sell well once the buzz dies down, making it optimal to swap out in favor of other novelty offerings.

Still, there’s no question that the sandwich, which first launched in 1985, has its share of loyal followers, like Xanthe Pajarillo, a woman from Santa Clarita, California, who went to her city council in 2015 to urge them to help her get the McRib back, notes the Los Angeles Times.

“The removal of the McRib from the menu has affected my family because every Thanksgiving my family would order a 50-piece Chicken McNugget and 10 McRibs,” Pajarillo, who also wrote a song about her woes, told city officials at the time. “It was a tradition in our family, and now it’s like my family holiday spirit is messed up and broken. To me, Thanksgiving for my family without this McRib is like a Christmas without snow.”

Sources: Business Insider (2), Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Capsun Poe/Flickr

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McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Is Full Of Scary Gunk (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

As disappointing as it is when McDonalds’ ice cream machine is broken, perhaps it’s for the best in the end. A former employee tweeted a photo of part of a machine at his location, and it’s less than gorgeous.

The mysterious mixture of substances — opaque black, blue and gray — looks more like it came from an old car than from a soft-serve maker. Twitter users responded to the tweet, thinking the machine must certainly have been broken. Surely.

Not so, replied the worker.

If what Nick said is true, more than one customer has received dairy-esque product from the gruel-filled machine. The country has stood by McDonald’s through thick and thin — literally, through thick, we’ve all seen “Super Size Me.” We’ve accepted the fact that their foods can take years to decompose. But when there’s fecal matter in their soda machines and gunk that looks like dirty New York snow in their ice cream makers, by golly, we’ve got to draw the line.

Holding onto hope, more Twitter users came to McDonald’s defense, insisting the photo must really be of a grease trap.

Nick then shared pictures of the side of the ice cream machine and then of the real grease trap to hush the naysayers.

Evidently on a social-media high from endless likes and retweets, Nick continued on his rampage, sharing an unappetizing photo of the kitchen’s depths.

To his apparent amusement, he was fired.

People weren’t so supportive of jobless Nick, instead defending McDonald’s.

Getting fired was all part of Nick’s master plan, he announced, as he would soon begin a new gig. Convenient.

From this incidence of Twitter warfare, we can conclude that just about anything can happen at McDonald’s, and people will absolutely keep going. There are fries involved, after all.

Featured photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

Tags: gross, ice cream, mcdonald's, scandal, Twitter
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Oh, Crap: Your Soda Just Might Contain Fecal Matter


By Cooking Panda

Remember when we told you about how there might be fecal matter in your Starbucks iced coffee? Well, those pesky poop particles have made their way into plenty of other drinks, a new BBC study reveals.

Traces of fecal bacteria were found in U.K. locations of three of the world’s largest food chains: McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC, where plenty of people go for supersize Cokes and Dr. Peppers. The BBC program “Watchdog” tested for disease-carrying fecal coliform bacteria in 10 drink samples at each chain, and the results were smelly, according to CNBC.

Six of Burger King’s and seven of KFC’s samples contained coliforms, which are banned at high levels in drinking water by the EPA, as they indicate the possibility of fecal contamination, according to ABC News. Several of the chains’ contaminated samples had “significant” levels of the bacteria.

If you’re in the US and think you’re safe from poo bacteria, don’t. ABC News reported on a study that found coliform bacteria in nearly half of all sodas dispensed from a sample of 30 machines in Virginia, and they guessed the problem is much more widespread.

“Wherever man is there will be representation of feces,” microbiologist Philip Tierno told ABC. “We’re basically bathed in feces as a society.”

Oh, what a lovely image. It’s pretty easy for soft-drink machines to become infested with bacteria, according to ABC News, as just one contamination of the soda nozzle can lead to more bacteria making their way through the tubing, into the machine and back out into our tasty sodas.

Sure, cleaning the nozzles daily and the machines monthly would be an effective solution, but experts doubt that restaurants are aware of the necessity.

“…my guess is that most restaurant owners wouldn’t have the vaguest idea about how to flush those machines, or that they would even need too,” biology professor Renee Godard told ABC News.

And there’s always the possibility that even if restaurants have cleaning measures in place, people aren’t adhering to them.

“We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results,” a KFC spokesperson said following the BBC study. “We have strict procedures for the management and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage holds, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business.”

Down to the nitty-gritty, though: You’re probably not going to die or get a serious disease from contaminated soda. But there is cause for concern if coliforms lead to more serious strands of bacteria, like E. coli, or fecal contamination-induced viruses, ABC News reports.

For now, order your iced coffees and Diet Cokes with caution, or sneak your own bottled beverages into restaurants.

Sources: CNBC, ABC News / Photo credit: Kurt Nordstrom/Flickr

Tags: Burger King, Contamination, fast food, fecal bacteria, KFC, mcdonald's, Poop
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Ready For A Spicy New Sauce And Sandwich At McDonald’s? (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

McDonald’s has unveiled a sandwich with kale and Sriracha sauce. Wait, is it 2013? Nope, they’re just a few years late to the trend game.

And people are eating it up.

The chain’s Sriracha Mac Sauce, a creamy condiment combining McDonalds’ iconic Big Mac Sauce with spicy Sriracha, will be available to pimp out your sandwiches and sides for a limited time in July.

Catch a glimpse of the sauce below, where it is spread on the new Signature Sriracha sandwich with crispy onions, baby spinach and kale, tomato and white cheddar. Customers may enjoy the spicy spread on their choice of bun with a beef patty, buttermilk crispy chicken or “Artisan” grilled chicken, according to Eater.

And that’s not all. The sauce can be used for delectable dipping with foods like fries and McNuggets.

If you’re really feeling indulgent, you could pull an In-N-Out animal-style trick by pouring the Sriracha sauce over McDonalds’ new loaded bacon cheese fries. The spiciness of the sauce would cut through the creaminess of the cheese and the saltiness of the bacon for a sinful but scrumptious snack. 

Can’t imagine how the sauce might taste? Think about it this way. Big Mac Sauce is a blend of mayonnaise, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, white wine vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika, as McDonalds’ executive chef explained in this video. It’s similar in flavor to a Thousand Island dressing, so picture that with a spicy Sriracha kick.

While the sauce and sandwich aren’t new — they debuted in select stores in 2016, according to Teen Vogue — this is the first time they’ll be available nationwide (and the first time you can order the special sauce on the side). 

Want to order the new foods without leaving your couch? If you live in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, or Phoenix, you can, as Mickey D’s expanded its delivery service with UberEATS to more than 1,000 locations across the country.

Once you’ve loaded up on Sriracha Mac Sauce, cool your tongue off with the candy-rich Rolo McFlurry, finally back from a five-year hiatus, or this cold and creamy McDonald’s hack: the McFlurry ice cream sandwich.

Sources: Eater, Teen Vogue / Featured image credit: Steven Depolo/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: kale, mcdonald's, McNuggets, sandwich, sriracha, sriracha sauce
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McDonald’s Almost Gave Us Broccoli McFlurries (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

No, it’s not a really late (or early?) April Fool’s Day prank. McDonald’s really did threaten to release a broccoli-flavored McFlurry into the world.

It was THIS CLOSE to happening, friends!

Here’s the scoop: as part of their partnership with Pokemon, the franchise announced six possible flavors, one of which was to become a real menu item to help promote “Pokemon: I Choose You,” a limited-release anime film, which came out on July 6.

Twitter users took the six flavors to a vote, which closed on midnight on July 10, according to Polygon.

Each of the six McFlurries were created to reflect a Pokemon, and obviously, the grossest, most horrifying one was nasty Bulbasaur flavor that admittedly bears an uncanny resemblance to the character:

There was also a likely refreshing and far less awful white peach Jigglypuff dessert, but it wasn’t meant to be either:

Then there was a purple potato McFlurry for Gengar, which sounds pretty cool. Ube shake, anyone?

Then you have a Ramune blue soda-flavored dessert for Squirtle. Hm…could be good?

And, oddly, Charmander got a super spicy flavor with habanero, which happened to be the least popular during voting. That one would probably be gross, but I would have tried it anyway. Then again, I’m kind of weird.

The winner, as always when it comes to Pokemon, was a chocolate banana Pikachu flavor, which sounds tasty and is a lot more tame than most of those other ones.

Turns out, Pikachu won by a landslide, as usual. And the cups that the decadent ice cream treat is served in are really adorable:

As of now, the flavor is only available in Japan, but if it sounds delicious to you, keep your fingers crossed. McDonald’s experimented with similar banana desserts (banana-chocolate McFlurries in some parts of the world) when the Minions took over the fast food chain to promote their new movie.

Sources: Polygon, Delish / Photo Credit: Like_the_Grand_Canyon/Flickr, The Pokemon Company/McDonald’s Japan via Polygon

Tags: mcdonald's, mcdonalds japan, McFlurry, Pokemon ice cream, weird ice cream flavor
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Here’s How To Win Free McDonald’s Ice Cream For Life! (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

How much do you love McDonald’s soft serve ice cream?

A lot, I bet.

But do you love it so much that you could eat it every day for the rest of your life?

Because you can.

On July 16 — which also happens to be National Ice Cream Day — one lucky person will win a special McDonald’s gold cone that gets them free soft serve for life, according to Delish.


Here’s how to get it: as Cooking Panda reported earlier, Mickey D’s is giving out free vanilla soft serve cones between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on July 16 in honor of the very special holiday. To cash in on this excellent offer AND be automatically entered to win a lifetime of happiness — errr, I mean free ice cream — all you need to do is download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the offer, which should pop up under the “my deals” section.

From there, you head to the Golden Arches, show your cashier (drive-thru or in the restaurant) the coupon, and you’ll be handed a cone. One randomly selected lucky customer will hit the soft serve jackpot, and their soft serve will come out looking something like this:

If you score big, you sadly won’t be able to eat the cone, which is a brass replica of a wafer cone and is plated with real gold. But you will be able to eat a lot of free ice cream out of it if you want.

According to McDonald’s list of rules, the odds of visiting the restaurant with the gold cone is one in 13,938, so the odds of winning are even lower than that. But hey, it’s got to be somebody, right? Why not me?

It’s my solemn duty to tell you that technically this isn’t exactly a free pass to get all the ice cream you want. McDonald’s creepily defines “life” as “one cone each week for 50 years,” so if you live longer than that you’ll need to conserve your scoops.

What you’ll actually be receiving is a $312 McDonald’s Arch Card along with a $4,680 check, which still sounds pretty sweet to me.

Good luck, friends!

Sources: Delish, McDonald's / Photo Credit: Alpha/Flickr, McDonald's via Delish

Tags: free food, free ice cream for life, free McDonald's for life, golden cone, mcdonald's
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McDonald’s Is Testing Bacon Cheese Fries!!! (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Fast food french fries are absolutely delightful, especially when you’re craving a quick, naughty starchy snack. They just hit the spot every time. Dredge them in cheese and other savory toppings and you’re really in business. Fries just taste infinitely better that way than their plain, more sensible counterparts.

Fortunately, McDonald’s has caught on to this phenomenon and is testing out their new Loaded Bacon and Cheese Basket of Fries, according to Brand Eating.

“We’ve managed to top our World Famous Fries…” McDonald’s Pittsburgh area branch tweeted along with a promo picture.

They cost $3.99, and the portion is pretty huge — it’s meant to feed at least two people, so it’s not too bad of a deal.

Order these bad boys and you’ll get a cardboard basket of signature fries smothered in cheddar cheese sauce and the same applewood-smoked bacon that you find in their sandwiches.

Sound familiar? That might be because Wendy’s debuted their Baconator fries, which feature melted shredded cheddar cheese and a similar type of bacon for half the price, though admittedly a smaller portion than McD’s. No official word yet on who makes it better, but the good news is that if you’re a fan of such offerings, they’ll be easier to get your hands on.

So far, reviews have been mixed.

Some loved them:

And some hated them:

Most enjoyed them but conceded that they could be even better:

Sadly, McDonald’s is still in the process of testing the fries, so they aren’t available across the country yet, but you can find them at a number of restaurants in the Greater Pittsburgh area, Central West Virginia, Southeast Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.

They also have similar offerings in Mexico.

The fast food chain has big plans for the summer: They are also bringing back their seasonal $9 lobster roll for hungry New Englanders for a limited time, notes Today.

Sources: Brand Eating (2), Today / Photo Credit: David Schott/Flickr

Tags: bacon cheese fries, cheese fries, mcdonald's, new McDonald's menu item
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Have You Heard About McDonald’s Blueberry Creme Pie?


By Cooking Panda

Nothing reminds you of home like a warm slice of pie. 

Whether it’s returning home after a long day to the smell of pie baking in the oven, or digging into a slice at a holiday or family gathering, pie in the American mind is more or less synonymous with home.

Everyone has a personal favorite, though the star of the show is usually apple pie (which is often associated with America).

Still, for some, the favorite is cherry or blueberry … For people like me, who dislike fruit, it’s chocolate cream (one of my favorite desserts, when done well).

But if you’re a blueberry pie fan, then I have some berry good news for you. Berry good, indeed.

Even if you’re far from home, you can now get your favorite homemade treat on the run at certain McDonald’s. 

This summer, McDonald’s is serving warm Blueberry & Creme pie for a limited time only at participating restaurants, according to Brand Eating.

McDonald’s is bringing back the popular treat at select areas, including Los Angeles.

The Blueberry & Creme Pie is a baked, turnover-style, rectangular sugar-coated pie filled with blueberry filling alongside a layer of vanilla-flavored creme.

One McDonald’s customer writing for 92Moose described the pie filling as “cheesecake-like.”

It’s very similar to McDonald’s Strawberry & Creme Pie, if you’ve tried that, except for the unsurprising fact that it’s made with blueberry instead of strawberry.

In Los Angeles, Blueberry & Creme Pies are being sold for 89 cents each, or two pies for $1.50. Deals on deals.

In the past, McDonald’s has served other seasonal or limited-time pie flavors such as smores, pumpkin pie, cheese, fried taro and even tuna (that one was in Thailand).

I don’t know about this tuna pie, but the smores pie sounds like a pretty safe bet (FYI it has a graham cracker crust).

So, is this new summer pie the perfect pick-me-up for your homesick blues (Get it? Because blueberry …)?

Or is there another flavor you would have rather seen at McDonald’s?

I vote Nutella pie next. 

Sources: Brand Eating, 92Moose, TravellingMcD's / Photo credit: Selena N.B.H./Flickr

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McDonald’s Minions Menu Is Incredibly Adorable (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Okay, so this might actually take the cake for the cutest menu of all time. 

Let me just start by saying, it’s Minions-themed. As in the cute little yellow creatures from Universal’s animated movie, “Despicable Me.”

If you haven’t seen the movie, you may know them from the “Banana Song” video, which currently has over 52 million views on YouTube. 

If you haven’t seen the video either, it features four little animated yellow creatures that kind of look like fat jelly beans in overalls singing a song in jibberish to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann.” 

Needless to say, a must-see. 

And who has created this Minions menu, you ask? McDonald’s!

If you think regular Happy Meals are cute, wait till you see this.

First off, there’s a Minion ice cream cone which is small, bright blue and oh-so-cute.

The mini cone features a yellow swirl of soft serve ice-cream (banana flavored, of course), and a bright blue cone to mimic the Minions’ overalls. You can even get the Banana ChocoCone, which is the same thing but dunked in chocolate.

And all for $1. Unreal.

What else is on this Minion-y menu?

In the “Banana Song,” the Minions not only belt out “ba-na-na-ah,” but also (significantly) “po-ta-to-na-ah.” So of course, McDonald’s couldn’t forget the fries. In fact, these may be the cutest fried potatoes I have ever seen in my life.

McDonald’s is offering Minion-shaped “potato” nuggets, which are extra-fluffy fries, according to Delish. They’re basically little fried nuggets shaped like happy, smiling Minions with their little Minion-potato arms outstretched.

One Instagram user described their exterior as “hashbrown-like.”

Just seeing a photo of one has got me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, they look extra crispy and delicious, and just begging to be dunked in ketchup.

???? #mcdonalds #minions #minionpotatoes #mrkitteatallaround ??

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But wait, there’s more. McDonald’s is also offering Minions Banana Pie and Minion Spicy Chicken Nuggets, all sold in Minions-themed packaging, of course.

And, last but not least, how could we forget the Minions Happy Meal toys, which are almost cuter than the potatoes.

Now comes the sad part: This adorable menu, which is connected with the release of “Despicable Me 3,” is only available in Singapore.

So, unless you live there or are planning on going soon, no Minion fries for you.

Despicable, isn’t it? 

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: mcdonald's, minions
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McDonald’s Fresh Beef Is Problematic For Some


By Cooking Panda

We already know that people don’t like waiting for their food to be prepared.

In fact, some people hate waiting for their food so much that they would get the police involved over a box of late chicken nuggets

When you decide to eat at McDonald’s, you don’t exactly do it for the freshness of the food, but rather for the speed and convenience of the service.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could have both? 

In 2016, McDonald’s announced that it was going to start testing fresh (i.e., not frozen) beef patties for its hamburgers, according to Delish. 

This experiment has been happening with McDonald’s Quarter Pounders at locations in Texas and Oklahoma, where the patties for these burgers are now cooked fresh rather than frozen. 

What’s the big difference, you ask? Freshly cooked burgers are usually more flavorful and juicy, since freezing meat can cause tears in the meat cells, which leads to the loss of flavorful juices, according to Rockit Burger Bar. 

McDonald’s goal with these experiments is to eventually offer fresh beef burgers in most of its restaurants by 2018, according to Consumerist. 

Fresher food, juicier burgers … You’d think customers would be happy about this, right?

Well, you’d be wrong. In fact, some customers are downright mad about it. 

Tracy Moore, like many other customers who order the Quarter Pounder, was asked to pull into a parking space to wait for her burger, according to Reuters.

After four minutes of waiting, she was not happy. Not at all.

“If it’s going to be that long every time, I won’t order it. I’d go elsewhere,” said Moore, Reuters reports.

McDonald’s experiment with cooked-to-order burgers is a result of its need to keep up with the food quality of its competitors. Burger chains like In-N-Out, Wendy’s and Whataburger all grill fresh burgers.

People like Moore, who are speed-minded, frequent drive-thru customers, make up a whopping 70 percent of McDonald’s U.S. revenue, according to Reuters.

With its new emphasis on freshness, McDonald’s may lose customers due to a loss in the speed sector.

The freshly cooked Quarter Pounder takes about a minute longer than the regular version. This is because grilling of the patty only begins after a customer orders, while frozen patties take longer to cook but are usually already on the grill.

While an extra minute doesn’t seem like a big deal, imagine if everyone at the drive-thru was ordering one.

Still, some customers may be excited about biting into a Quarter Pounder that is hotter and juicier than the regular version.

“We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers and employees and we’re proud to have been part of a test that is creating a watershed moment for McDonald’s,” said a Dallas-area McDonald’s franchisee in a statement released by McDonald’s, according to Consumerist.

 I’d be willing to wait a few extra minutes for a yummier burger. Would you?

Sources: Reuters, Delish, Consumerist, Rockit Burger Bar / Photo credit: Commons

Tags: fresh beef patties, mcdonald's
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McDonald’s Now Serves ‘Mac And Cheese’ Grilled Cheese (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Imagine a toasty-on-the-outside, melty-on-the-inside grilled sandwich, filled not with meat and vegetables but with more carbs — something extra indulgent, like macaroni and cheese. This sounds like the stuff of dreams, but it’s in reach. And it’s available now at McDonald’s, Brand Eating reports.

Mickey D’s Hong Kong has launched a bacon macaroni and cheese grilled cheese. It features a heaping serving of two-cheese mac and cheese with crumbled bacon, sandwiched between two slices of panini-pressed white bread — and it has answered the world’s prayers for mac’ and cheese that we can acceptably eat with our hands.

If America’s favorite orange pasta is somehow not your thing, you’re bound to find another McDonald’s sandwich to your liking. The chain has also begun serving a corn and cheese champignon Toastie, which piles champignon mushrooms, white cheese and sweet corn between grilled bread. The sweet corn and cheese combination could have been inspired by cheese corn, according to Refinery 29. It’s an ingenious Korean dish that pairs corn with sugar and mayonnaise, which is topped with mozzarella cheese and baked until bubbly.

The trendy Toastie has been around for a while in Hong Kong; it finds its roots in a tamer breakfast version with ham, cheese and egg. 

Though the mac and cheese sammy is adventurous, it’s child’s play for the ultra-creative Asian McDonald’s restaurants, which also introduced to the world a deep-fried mac and cheese croquette burger in Japan. The crispy croquette rests on a bed of lettuce, is topped with a slice of cheese and a demi-glace (a rich glaze made from beef stock), and is sandwiched between two golden brown buns.

Unfortunately, you can’t slyly hack this McDonald’s sandwich in the States, where bacon macaroni and cheese is not yet a thing. But who says you can’t try it at home?

If you now have an irreversible craving for grilled cheese, we’ve got a few solutions for you. Try it fried and dunkable with these fried grilled cheese bites, paired with ham and served on Hawaiian buns with this inside-out grilled cheese or turned into a grilled cheese bread bowl for smooth and tangy tomato soup.

Sources: Brand EatingRefinery 29 / Photo credit: Char/Flickr

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McDonald’s Is Selling Burgers With A Fork And Knife


By Cooking Panda

It appears that McDonald’s is now suggesting that we eat our burgers with a knife and fork.

But don’t panic just yet. 

Before you have visions of an impending apocalypse, you should know that not every McDonald’s restaurant is doing this. 

Some McDonald’s restaurants in — you guessed it! — France, are now serving up burgers with a knife and fork. 

This perversion of burger-eating tradition is only occurring with orders of McDonald’s “signature” gourmet burger, which is more expensive than a regular burger. 

According to Le Figaro, this fancy burger, which comes with cutlery, costs around 13.60 Euros, or about $15.23.

 “For the first time, customers can enjoy their signature burger with a fork and a knife, unheard of at McDonald’s,” said Xavier Royaux, the vice president of marketing for McDonald’s France, to Le Figaro.

Unheard of indeed. 

“The cutlery constitutes an evolution and not a rupture,” adds Royaux.

I really wonder who’s spending more than $15 for a burger at McDonald’s, of all culinary institutions, and then eating said burger with a knife and fork.

To each his own.

The addition of cutlery began on June 13, after being tested in a dozen restaurants, according to the Daily Mail.

The burger cutlery will be offered at 1,400 French McDonald’s, some of which even offer table service, according to the Washington Post.

The burger has become increasingly popular in France, with approximately 75 percent of France’s restaurants including it on their menus, reports The Local.

Now, we know that not all burgers are created equal. Sure, this gourmet “signature” burger may have higher quality beef than a regular burger. But don’t they at least deserve to be eaten in the same way that heaven intended? 

It’s like cutting up a hot dog, or worse, putting a knife to french fries. 

What’s next? Eating chicken fingers with chopsticks?

Exceptions can certainly be made for some pizzas, but a burger is just not meant to be touched by a fork and knife. Plus, it’s a waste of plastic that just didn’t need to exist for that purpose. The forks and knives will be recyclable, but still.

When I was little, I thought hamburgers were actually called “hand” burgers.

And in a sense, they’ll always be handburgers, for me at least.

Would you cut up your hamburger? 

Sources: Le Figaro, The Washington Post, Daily Mail, The Local / Photo credit: Ciro/Flickr

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What Is Going On With The Neon McDonald’s Float? (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

It seems that McDonald’s doesn’t exclusively subscribe to the fad of “pretty” summer drinks, like other big chains seem to be doing. 

The Golden Arches has forged its own path and introduced a new drink that few would describe as “pretty,” though it is pretty darn hard to stop staring at it. Seriously, just look at it.

Went looking for the Sakura Float…maybe a different McDonald's. Still enjoyed this one. #melonfloat

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It is basically supposed to be a neon soda float, but it kind of just looks like a dollop of ice cream floating on liquid kryptonite, or else a radioactive Slurpee.

Either way, it’s pretty fascinating, and it has led to a lot of questions and Instagram posts.

Despite appearances, the drink tastes pretty great, according to Delish. 

So what is this mysterious beverage? 

It’s Fanta’s Melon Soda topped with McDonald’s vanilla softserve. 

This curious concoction has garnered a pseudo-cult following, especially from its fans in Japan, according to Delish. 

And yep, once again, this super fun and exotic drink is not being sold in the U.S. It’s only available on McDonald’s menus in Japan and Thailand. 

If you’re desperate to try it, the actual Fanta Melon Soda is being sold on Amazon. You can get twelve 500-milliliter bottles for only $170. Deals on deals, am I right?

According to Delish, the mesmerizing green drink has been around since 2003, and is actually Subway Japan’s most popular beverage.

Burger King, not one to miss out on the action, also offers the neon melon float in Japan.

#BKJP #melonfloat #colacolafloat #papamiyuu

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So why are Japanese people obsessed with this?

According to Delish, it’s a cultural phenomenon, since the green melon drink appears to be a staple in Japanese food culture just as the root beer float is a classic item in America.

Interestingly, Japan grows one of the world’s most expensive fruits, the Hobbaido Yubari King Melon, one of which was once sold for around $18,000, according to Refinery29.   

Nice melons. But, as you can imagine, at $3 a pop, McDonald’s isn’t using those in their melon floats.

They still look pretty cool though. Would you try one? 

Sources: Delish, Refinery29 / Photo credit: Ian Muttoo/Flickr, xkraizer/Instagram, _seetyfly/Instagram

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McDonald’s Hack Alert: The McFlurry Ice Cream Sandwich


By Cooking Panda

The latest and greatest McDonald’s hack is not for the faint of heart. It is not for someone who prefers to play it safe, to stick to lighter fare. It is instead for someone who is willing to take a walk on the wild side, to ingest quite a bit of sugar and to get a lot of chocolate on their face. 

If that someone sounds like you, stick with me. 

A creative and hungry Twitter user recently discovered that even though ice cream sandwiches are not on McDonald’s menu, it’s possible to create one by, here we go, ordering the McFlurry of your choice, plus two soft-baked chocolate chip cookies, and sandwiching it all together. 

The result, in his case, was a dangerously chocolaty Oreo McFlurry sandwich situation.

His tweet has nearly 20,000 retweets, so it’s safe to say people think this is an excellent idea. And $2.57 isn’t too shabby a price, considering the generosity of the dessert and the fact that you’ll likely have leftover McFlurry to eat.

Others have been inspired to try it out for themselves.

Even McDonald’s is in on the trend.

This hack to end all hacks solves every problem of an inferior ice cream sandwich. The cookies are served fresh, so they’re soft and easy to bite into, and their temperature renders the ice cream perfectly melty. The McFlurry has a more whipped consistency than regular ice cream, which gives the entire sandwich a more pleasant sensation on the tongue. And it’s a McFlurry, meaning your already chocolate-chip-filled dessert can ALSO have M&M’s, Reese’s or Oreo bits. It’s not just delicious … it’s a game changer.

If you’re in need of other McDonald’s dessert hacks, the possibilities are aplenty.

Like this reverse of the McFlurry ice cream sandwich: Break up a couple of cookies, and stir the pieces into your favorite McFlurry.

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Or this apple pie shake, for which you crumble up one or two apple pies and fold the chunks into a McFlurry or vanilla shake.

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You could even create your own chocolate-covered strawberry sundae by ordering a fudge sundae and asking for strawberries and chocolate chips on top. 

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Source: N8/Twitter / Photo credit: jeffreyw/Flickr

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Prepare Your Tastebuds For McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac!


By Cooking Panda

Ever heard of the Chicken Big Mac? Well, it’s basically a Big Mac, except with two crispy breaded chicken patties instead of two beef patties. Oh, and of course, Big Mac special sauce. 

For years it has only been available on the McDonald’s “secret” menu. 

But due to its popularity, McDonald’s has decided to move it to its official menu. Poultry lovers, rejoice. 

For plebeians like myself who didn’t even know the “secret” menu exists, this is welcome news. 

Still, it has only become an official menu item at McDonald’s in Australia and New Zealand, according to

“The iconic Big Mac and the McChicken are among our most popular burgers, so it made sense to mix up these two classics and give our customers a new and exciting product to try — the Chicken Big Mac,” McDonald’s Australia’s CMO, Jenni Dill, said in a statement.

And what a delicious mix-up it appears to be. 

But wait, there’s more. McDonald’s is also temporarily bringing Shaker Fries back to the official menu (but again, only in Australia, mate). 

What are Shaker Fries, you ask? They are a bag of regular French fries, but with one crucial difference: they come with a little packet of cheeseburger flavoring. 

The idea is that you pour the flavoring onto your fries and shake it around in the bag. 

Now, you can enjoy a cheeseburger that tastes like a cheeseburger with a side of fries that taste like a cheeseburger. Boo-yah.

The Shaker Fries were introduced in 2011 on the regular menu, but then made an exit, according to Now they’re back down under with a cheeseburger-flavored vengeance.

Even if you’re not in Australia, try ordering them at your local McDonald’s and see what happens. Just for fun. 

Side-note: McDonald’s also sold guacamole and salsa-loaded fries only in Australia. Can we bring some of these fun things to the U.S., please?

Over the past few years, McDonald’s has been mixing up its menu, as the take-out food sector has grown. 

The Chicken Big Mac and Cheeseburger Shaker Fries are currently available in all Australian McDonald’s, and will be until July 18. 

If you’re in Australia, enjoy. If not … well, at least we have the Rolo McFlurry

Sources:, Delish / Photo credit: Frederic BISSON/Flickr

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