I’m sure most of us have eaten enough chicken McNuggets to realize that its shapes are no coincidence, but you’ve probably never cared enough to ask “why?” It’s understandable. While indulging in the crispy, fried goodness, the only question you should be asking yourself is how much sauce you’re going to dip them in.
But now that you’re in a curious state, McDonald’s actually offered an explanation for their nugget shapes, albeit, a corny one.
McDonald’s Canada responded to a customer in one of its forums, saying:
“The four shapes we make Chicken McNuggets in was the perfect equilibrium of “dipability” and fun. Three would’ve been too few. Five would’ve been, like, wacky.”
Kind of a lame explanation, but they also said it’s basically said it’s for the kids to enjoy, because we all know kids love eating boot-shaped foods.
At least we also found out the nuggets were designed to be kept in a consistently similar size so that the cooking time isn’t affected by the odd shapes.
Probably the cooler tidbit of nugget knowledge, is that the McNuggets actually have names. There’s the Ball, Boot, Bell, and Bone. They use a machine that’s similar to a cookie cutter, so that the ground up chicken is shaped in those “fun” shapes.
The video below shows the whole McNugget process, but just a disclaimer, they all have Canadian accents.