Fast Food Restaurants

Here’s Why McDonald’s Fries Tasted Better When You Were A Kid

It’s no secret that McDonald’s fries are superior to all other fast food restaurants’ fries, but somehow, we can’t deny that the taste of those fries in our fond, childhood memories were somehow better than they are now.

So why did those perfectly golden fries taste so much better when we were kids? Is it because our parents would only buy them for us on special occasions? Or maybe it’s just a case of rosy retrospection?

Au contraire, it may not just be your nostalgia making you feel that way. It turns out that there’s a legitimate reason as to why the taste of  McDonald’s fries have changed over the years.

According to Business Insider, author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell says the reason behind the taste change is because McDonald’s changed their recipe in 1992 due to pressures from health campaigners.

“They went from frying them in beef tallow to frying them in some combination of vegetable oil,” said Gladwell on an episode of the podcast Revisionist History. “And as you dig into this, what you realize is that that is not an inconsequential move. It’s not like when you’re frying an egg where it doesn’t really matter what you fry it in. A fried egg is a fried egg. A french fry is a combination of a potato and some kind of cooking element. The thing you fry it in becomes a constituent part of the fry.”

The early 90s was a time when consumers were trying to avoid saturated fats like the plague and businesses were trying to reinvent their menus with “healthier” options, like fries that were fried in vegetable oil to make them vegetarian-friendly. I mean, vegetable oil has the word “vegetable” in it so it has to be healthy, right? Wrong.

“It turns out to be false that vegetable oil is healthier for you than beef tallow,” Gladwell said. “So not only did they destroy the french fry, they gave us something that was worse for us from a health perspective. So everything about it was a mistake.”

But Gladwell is a merciful man and there’s only one way that McDonald’s can right their wrongs.

“If they had any balls at all, they would turn around and say, ‘We were wrong, and we’re going back to fries the old way.”

Will McDonald’s have the balls to change their recipe? Will they even have the balls to respond to Gladwell? We’ll be sitting here patiently waiting.

Fast Food

A Man Named Ronald McDonald Was Shot At A Fast Food Spot, But Not The One You Think


Ronald McDonald was shot earlier this week outside of a Sonic. FOX 5 reports that a man bearing the same name as the McDonald’s pale jester mascot was shot outside of the popular fast food drive-in.

The 36-year-old man had allegedly got into an argument with another guy while outside the Sonic in Lumberton, NC. It escalated and the two exchanged gunfire. McDonald received non-life threatening injuries.

McDonald was said to be married to one of the managers at that Sonic location. Currently the incident is still under investigation and there have not yet been any arrests.

Fast Food

Pregnant Woman Orders McDouble Gets McMaryJane Instead


The latest chronicle in the “weird things found in our food” saga comes from Iowa where a pregnant woman allegedly found pot in her McDouble.

Probably fulfilling a pregnancy craving, the woman and her fiancé ordered their food as normal from the drive thru, but a few bites into her McDouble she realized one of the toppings didn’t belong. The couple is claiming the patty was tainted with marijuana but the local police won’t know for at least a month until the test results are completed.

During the investigation police did find one McDonald’s employee who was in possession of drug paraphernalia but no one has officially been charged yet. As to why someone would waste their stash on some random customer’s burger, who knows.

Whether it’s a crime or a prank we have to wonder how Mickey D’s didn’t think of this before, seems like a good way to get customers to come back with the munchies and order all the things…just kidding.

H/T Consumerist


McDonald’s Japan Is Giving Away Free Shampoo with Breakfast


The next time you’re a hardworking Japanese businessman taking a break from your marathon workweek to grab some breakfast from Mickey D’s, rest assured knowing the Golden Arches have totally got you covered. No longer will you or your coworkers have to suffer the lingering stench of your 72-hour lack of shower, because now you can lather up your Big Mac with a side of free shampoo.

Throughout April, McDonald’s Japan will be offering its pre-11 a.m. (well technically pre-9 a.m.) customers a choice of chewing gum, skin cream, Sprite or L’Oreal shampoo, free with every breakfast set purchase, though the gift changes depending on the date.

Check out the line-up below as provided by Rocket News:

  • April 8: Recaldent Blooming Mint-flavour chewing gum
  • April 15: L’Oreal Elseve shampoo
  • April 22: Pouches of Uno and Elixir-branded skin cream
  • April 29: A 350ml can of Sprite.

Now, why anyone would want a can of Sprite instead of just grabbing it from the soda fountain is beyond me (is there a secret Japanese hair care regime built around lemon-lime soda?), but knowing that if worst comes to worst, I’ll be able to wash my hair with L’Oreal while waiting for my Chicken McNuggets to come out is definitely a plus.

Just one question: Can I super-size it?

H/T + PicThx Rocket News


Free Quarter Pounder/Big Mac: McDonald’s 3-Minute Drive Thru Guarantee

Fast food seems to be booming in Australia! McDonald’s newest twist down under is their three minute drive thru guarantee! If you don’t receive your order within three minutes or less of when you placed it, you receive a free Quarter Pounder or Big Mac burger! This offer is only good between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and is only valid in Australia! (Thx BB)


Jamba Juice: New 'Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie' (aka FUCK YOU McDonald's)

Jamba Juice is truly getting it in today. As we all now know, a few days ago McDonald’s launched a new line of smoothies to their ever expanding menu-empire. Apparently, Jamba Juice was none too pleased that the burger giant was stepping into their smoothie territory. They recently launched a rather humorous “fake product” in the form of a Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie. Their take on the situation, Burger chains [are] getting into the smoothie business – which to us, is about as weird as a Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie. Jamba went all out, procuring a website ( CHEESEBURGERCHILL.COM ) and a nice looking commercial that spares no expense (available after the jump). Will McDonald’s smoothies cut in to Jamba’s sales? Or will McDonald’s cheaper, faster alternative be shunned by the general public in favor of Jamba Juice’s long standing product? Only time will tell. Until then, drink on Foodbeasts. Drink on.