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McDonald’s Canada Just Entered The Audio Market With ‘The McBoombox’

We can all recall the joyous feeling of getting a new toy inside of our Happy Meal at McDonald’s. While most of us have outgrown the Happy Meal stage, Canada’s Waterloo University and McDonald’s Canada just released an adult toy that will have music fans singing high praise.

In celebration of the McFlurry 22-year anniversary — which was originally created in Canada — McDonald’s Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group along with the Toronto-based industrial design group Stacklab, created a limited time product, that might actually be the first of its kind.

The McDonald’s McBoombox is a recyclable drink tray that’s been outfitted with some custom designed “cones” that help create a full, more robust sound. The cones are a 10-side shaped polygon, enabling the 100 percent cardboard speakers to send sound out audio at a decibel level of 70.4, according to It’sNiceThat.com.

To put 70.4 dB into perspective, an ordinary iPod with headphones can reach 100-115 dB, with the volume at 50 percent. So, it might not blow your eardrums, and you might not be able to feel the bass in your chest, but you’ll be able to hear some tunes at a reasonable volume.

However, the McBoombox was produced in very limited quantities, according to Mashable. For the lucky ones, who caught the slim five-hour window of opportunity, McDonald’s gave the McBoombox away on July 28 from 2:00-7:00 pm. For everyone in the U.S. that wasn’t able to cop this limited edition product — there’s always eBay. So, there’s still a chance for all you music loving McDonald’s heads out there.

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Bottled Big Mac, McChicken And Filet-O-Fish Sauces Now Available In McDonald’s Canada

Turns out that McDonald’s isn’t done distributing their bottled Big Mac Sauce just yet.

Following a successful campaign in which bottles of Big Mac sauce were distributed across the United States, McDonald’s Canada announced that they would begin selling bottles of sauce that go on three of McDonald’s signature sandwiches: the Big Mac, the McChicken, and the Filet-O-Fish.

The sauce bottles were revealed at the Grocery and Specialty Food West Show in Vancouver, Canada. The bottled condiments featuring McDonald’s versions of Thousand Island, mayonnaise, and tartar sauce respectively will be developed in tandem with Kraft Heinz, according to the Huffington Post.

McDonald’s Canada has confirmed that the bottles can be found on Canadian grocery shelves sometime this spring.

We’re definitely jealous that Canada gets first crack at buying these bottles, and are hoping that all three sauces make their way to the United States sometime soon.

In the meantime, if somebody in Canada would be kind enough to send us some, that would be great.

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Why You Should Hire a Canadian PR Firm: McDonald’s Chef Makes Big Mac with Store-Bought Ingredients

McDonald’s Canadian PR firm has been on their A-game lately, the most recent example being an attempt to prove that their chicken nuggets are made from actual chicken. Interested in seceing what work they’ve brought to the table thus far, we stumbled upon a video they released back in June 2013 titled “”What is in the sauce that is in the Big Mac?”

Apparently the question was conveniently posed by a Christine H. In response, Dan Coudreaut, the chain’s executive chef, demonstrates how to make the crackalicious sauce — as well as the rest of the burger — at home. Set in a super casual kitchen setting, the chef proceeds to peel off his uniform down to a super casual plaid shirt. He then sets about to chopping up and cooking ingredients found at your local grocery store. The end result is a homemade burger that bears a striking resemblance to the fast food Big Mac.

It’s enough to convince you that Big Mac’s are made from wholesome, farm-fresh ingredients.

Well, almost. Here’s a breakdown of the “homemade” vs the “fast food” ingredients that go into a US and Canadian Big Mac.

Homemade Big Mac Ingredients

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  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Yellow Mustard
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Hamburger Pickles
  • Packaged Sesame Bun
  • 100% Beef seasoned with salt and pepper

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Fast Food Big Mac Ingredients

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US Version

  • Big Mac Sauce: Soybean Oil, Pickle Relish (Diced Pickles, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate [Preservative], Spice Extractives, Polysorbate 80), Distilled Vinegar, Water, Egg Yolks, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Onion Powder, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mustard Bran, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Caramel Color, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavor).
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Pickle Slices: Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Alum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors (Plant Source), Polysorbate 80, Extractives of Turmeric (Color).
  • Big Mac Bun: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin, Sesame Seed.
  • Pasteurized Process American Cheese: Milk, Cream, Water, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Natural Flavor (Dairy Source), Color Added, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation).
  • 100% Pure USDA Inspected Beef: seasoned with salt and pepper.

 

Canadian Version

  • Big Mac Sauce: Soybean Oil, Relish, Prepared Mustard, Water, Frozen Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Onion Powder, Salt, Mustard Flour, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Spices, Garlic Powder, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Color, Calcium Disodium EDTA
  • Lettuce
  • Dehydrated Onions
  • Pickle Slices: Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Postassium Sorbate, Potassium Aluminum Sulphate, Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80, Extractives of Tumeric
  • Big Mac Bun: Enriched Wheat Flour, Water, Sugar and/or glucose-fructose, Yeast, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Sesame Seeds, Calcium Sulphate, Calcium Propionate, Monoglycerides, Enzymes, Azodicarbonamide, BHT, Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, Wheat Starch, Calcium Peroxide, Wheat Gluten, Sorbitol, Dextrin, Malted Barley Flour, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Calcium Stearate, Calcium Iodate, Silicon Dioxide and “may contain any or all of the following in varying proportions: diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides.”
  • Processed Cheese Slice: cheese, modified milk ingredients, water, sodium citrate and/or sodium phosphate, salt, potassium sorbate, citric acid, soy lecithin, color.
  • 100% Pure Beef Patty: seasoned with salt, spice, sunflower oil

It’s important to know that while the homemade version’s ingredients appear significantly different from the fast food version, what goes into your “Big Mac” or any burger for the matter depends on the ingredients you choose. The jarred pickles your grab at the grocery store could be loaded with just as many hard-to-pronounce chemicals found in the fast food version, so make sure to read the label. Conclusion: Choose wisely. Eat wisely.

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McDonald’s Billion Dollar Canadian Makeover

Canadian McDonald’s restaurants are set to receive to a billion-dollar makeover across some 1400 locations. Take that Ty Pennington! McDonald’s continues to swag itself out in addition to building their largest store ever for the 2012 olympics.

Each location will receive a number of different interior and exterior upgrades to give the restaurants a more contemporary aesthetic. The facelift will also include new kitchen layouts and equipment upgrades, and has an estimated completion in late 2012.

[THX & Photo Credit Burger Business]

 

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McDonald's Canada: Four New Entree Salads

With the summer season rapidly approaching (for some it’s in full swing!), McDonald’s Canada is launching a line-up of four entree salads to get you looking good for the sunny season! These entree salads are highlighted by fresh leafy greens, colourful crisp toppings, Renee’s Gourmet(TM) dressings and combos that are quite new to the McDonald’s chain. The four salad entrees come with your choice crispy or grilled chicken breast and highlighted by four particular flavors: The Mediterranean Salad, The Mighty Caesar Salad, The Spicy Thai Salad and The Garden Fresh Salad. The salads will be available for $6.79 at participating Canadian McDonald’s locations.