McDonalds testing new Chicken McNugget, with 32 ingredients presumably including chicken


McDonalds is testing a "cleaner-label" version of its legendary Chicken McNugget, reports Peter Frost, with an eye to replacing the current model nationwide in time for the Summer Games.

If you're eating in Portland, Oregon, you may already have eaten the upgraded McNugget, which has 32 ingredients and a "simpler recipe," according to the restaurant chain. It declined to provide the full list while it's in beta, but one presumes it includes chicken.

The cleaner-label McNuggets come as McDonald's combats the perception that its food is overly processed and laden with preservatives. Other restaurants and packaged-food companies also are rushing to respond to changing consumer tastes. Last year, McDonald's unveiled ads on TV and in stores that played up the fact that its Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwiches are made with freshly cracked eggs. It also ran a marketing campaign in late 2014 called “Our food. Your questions,” in which it enlisted former “MythBusters” co-host Grant Imahara to debunk myths surrounding McDonald's food.

I suspect the reason McDonalds is testing a new Chicken McNugget is simply that they made the current ones in 1983 and have finally run out. Read the rest

McDonalds open-sauced the Big Mac recipe

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It's a few years old, but if you missed McDonalds explaining not only how to make a Big Mac but disclosing the specifics of its "secret" Big Mac sauce, you'll enjoy Mickey D Executive Chef's Dan Coudreaut's video.

Big Macs are delicious. Evil, but delicious. Read the rest

Watch: I was Ronald McDonald


From 1995 to 2007, Joe Maggard was Ronald McDonald. "The clown is right in there. The clown is ready to go." Read the rest

Brandishing the Olympic Torch

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Official McDonalds three-piece suit

Attention Williamsburg! This fabulous brown polyster three-piece suit, a deadstock McDonalds management uniform from 1976, could be yours for $999.95. [eBay] Read the rest

The food of champions

England's Football Association embodies the nation's most popular sport. To promote fitness and good health, it provides these splendid awards to schools that offer adequate soccer programs. I'd ask if you could spot the mistake, but I think this may be one of those "honor the error as a hidden intention" dealies—a tragic fact echoed by star player Rio Ferdinand's endorsement deal with a tobacco company. [via Ben Goldacre and Huw G] Read the rest

Million Dollar Menu (NSFW)

Buckwheat Groats' Million Dollar Menu is even better than Shira Miss Muffin's classic Pound On My Muffin. [Hat tip to John Biggs, who has also been having fun with telemarketers lately] Read the rest

Gigantic queue for first Moscow McDonald's, 1990

The opening in McDonald's in Moscow in 1990 was (at the time, anyway), a symbol of significant reforms to the Soviet system. Though in true Soviet style, a breadline stretching for blocks immediately formed in front of it.

Queue to first McDonalds in Moscow in 1990 (via How to Be a Retronaut) Read the rest