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McDonald’s Coveted Bacon Cheese Fries Get One Step Closer To A National Launch

McDonald’s locations in Mexico, China, and Australia have had a version of cheese and bacon-topped fries on their menu for a while. They definitely sound like an item the United States would swiftly gobble up, and the Golden Arches seem to be warming to the idea of a nationwide launch for these fries.

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

Following a test market debut of a Cheesy Bacon Fries last year, McDonald’s is now launching the loaded spuds regionally for a limited time. Areas getting treated to the fries include Northern California (as far south as Fresno), Hawaii, and Northern Nevada, including Lake Tahoe.

Unlike the test from last year, which focused on a basket for two, these fries are available either a la carte or as an upgrade to an Extra Value Meal. The individual version is being sold at about $3.50-$3.75, according to Chew Boom.

McDonald’s has been doing a lot to get these Cheesy Bacon Fries to pop up in the news over the last year. In addition to the aforementioned launches, they were also available at the company’s global headquarters in Chicago for a limited time. All of this publicity and availability for the item does suggest that we’re getting a lot closer to a potential launch. Whether that happens in the near future or not, however, remains to be seen for now.

For those in the areas where the Cheesy Bacon Fries are available, you have until the end of the year to try them out for yourselves.

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You Can Get FREE McDonald’s Fries Every Week For The Rest Of 2018

It seems that McDonald’s is really pushing people to get onto their app right now. They recently released a MASSIVE dollar sandwiches deal on the app, and are following that up with an even cheaper deal for their French fries.

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Photo: Peter Pham

The initial discount was posted on McDonald’s Instagram account for National French Fry Day, which offered up free fries at any participating location with a minimum purchase of $1, and registration on the McDonald’s app. However, there is some fine print within the Instagram post that says the deal is good not just that Friday, but every Friday for the rest of 2018.

That means that any mobile order placed through the McDonald’s app, on any given Friday in 2018, can qualify for the free fries. You just have to spend a dollar or more to score them.

As good as that deal sounds, the app has a few more super cheap ones to get you through the rest of the year, as well. Once a day, you can get a McDouble discounted down to $1 (from a $1.69 price point). There’s also a $3 markdown on any purchase of $10 or more, a $1 any size coffee deal, and a $4.99 20-piece McNuggets deal that are all also under the same qualification terms.

McDonald’s is leveraging some mega discounts right now to get people onto their app and using it to up their mobile orders count. If that means we keep getting the price slashes, I’m all for it.

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According To Scientists, A Chemical In McDonald’s Fries Could Cure Baldness

There’s quite a few different ingredients in McDonald’s crispy spuds that turn some heads, but apparently an ingredient found in them could cure baldness.

fries could cure baldness

According to The Sun, researchers in Japan have been able to mass produce “hair follicle germs” from polymethylsiloxane, which is used to prevent McDonald’s cooking oil from foaming. The “germs” help fuel hair development, and while the current experiment was done on mice, they could potentially used to help grow hair back on bald individuals in the future.

“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Professor Junji Fukuda told The Sun. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).”

While curing baldness may not seem like a major health problem, products treating hair loss are part of a rapidly growing industry worth about 2 billion Euros (about $2.48 billion USD), The Sun reports.

Of course, actually eating the polymethylsiloxane from the McDonald’s fries won’t help out, since they need to be put in a production process to make the hair follicle germs to begin with. But it’s interesting to know that something in our fast food fries could one day be used to help people regrow hair.

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The Secret Behind Why McDonald’s Fries Are So Damn Addictive

French fries are the classic side chick to the typical burger, fried chicken, or whatever item you get when you roll into a fast food joint. Across the spectrum, it’s difficult to find a fry that everybody dislikes in the industry. However, it’s well known that drive-thru giant McDonald’s has fries that are more craved than anyone else’s.

Why is that? Well, if you take a dive into the ingredients that go into the crispy spuds at each chain, you’ll notice that McDonald’s has one key flavoring agent that makes them unique amongst major fast food brands: natural beef flavor.

On their website, McDonald’s states that this ingredient starts out with hydrolyzed milk and hydrolyzed wheat. What hydrolyzed refers to is a specific type of chemical reaction where bonds within the food are broken down with the assistance of water. Both are proteins that get broken down into compounds that release meaty and savory flavors when you eat them, giving an extra punch of umami to the already salty and starchy fries. The result is the elevation to a level of flavor that puts McDonald’s fries out of the reach of its competitors in terms of deliciousness.

It does mean, unfortunately, that McDonald’s fries aren’t vegan, because the flavor is being sourced from milk. It also means that you’ll be shoving them in your face faster than the time it took to go through the drive-thru to obtain them.

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Kanye Writes A Confusing Poem About McDonald’s Fries

Kanye West will never shy away from publicly expressing his feelings, even if those feelings are towards McDonald’s fries and apple pies.

When Frank Ocean released his long anticipated album, “Blond,” he also released a limited magazine called Boys Don’t Cry, which includes a touching poem about McDonald’s from none other than Kanye West.

In the poem, West tells a familiar story about trust and jealousy, except he illustrated it through McDonald’s fries, cheeseburgers, shakes, apple pies, and even the McRib.

The poem reads as follows:

McDonalds Man
McDonalds Man
The french fries had a plan
The french fries had a plan
The salad bar and the ketchup made a band
Cus the french fries had a plan
The french fries had a plan

McDonalds Man
I know them french fries have a plan
I know them french fries have a plan
The cheeseburger and the shakes formed a band
To overthrow the french fries plan
I always knew them french fries was evil man
Smelling all good and shit
I don’t trust no food that smells that good man
I don’t trust it
I just can’t

McDonalds Man
McDonalds Man
McDonalds, damn
Them french fries look good though
I knew the Diet Coke was jealous of the fries
I knew the McNuggets was jealous of the fries
Even the McRib was jealous of the fries
I could see it through his artificial meat eyes
And he only be there some of the time
Everybody was jealous of them french fries
Except for that one special guy
That smooth apple pie

There’s obviously deeper meaning to this than just fries, even though he has shown in the past he distrusts fries.


Is his wife, Kim Kardashian, the fries in this instance? He does love writing about her, so it would make sense that everyone in this McDonald’s world would be the ones jealous of her, at least in his eyes. And at the very end, he could be the “smooth apple pie,” who isn’t jealous and isn’t trying to take her down.

With Kanye, who knows?

h/t the verge

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McDonalds Switzerland Signature Line Includes $12 Burger


Yet again we’re left in the dust while McDonalds debuts some epic menu items everywhere else but here in the U.S. The latest menu we have to be jealous over is the premium Signature Line which is being served all the way in Switzerland.

The Signature Line’s burger is called “The Prime” and runs 10.90 Swiss francs, which translates to a little over $12 USD. The burger, developed with celebrity Swiss chef Rene Schudel, features a 6.3oz  Swiss beef patty, rustic mountain cheese (whatever that means), coleslaw, arugula, and of course a special sauce.

Other items available as part of the Signature Line include “The Chips” which are described as thick potato chips, medallion-cut fries, potato salad, coleslaw, Caesar salad, and couscous salad.

Though no plans have been announced to bring the Signature Line to the U.S., we’re hoping that one day McDonalds will deem us worthy for more premium items like the Bacon Clubhouse.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating 

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Nein Heinz! McDonalds Kicks Famous Ketchup to the Curb

McDonalds has officially dropped Heinz as its ketchup supplier of choice.

What’s sure to be a divorce for the food history books, the fast food giant has decided that after 40 years of wedded bliss it doesn’t want its fries swimming in tainted sauce. In a move that comes after said to be because of “management changes”, McDonalds is adamant to keep their relationship alive with the world’s largest producer of ketchup. These so called “management changes” could have to do with the fact that Heinz recently appointed Bernardo Hees to Heinz CEO, who also happens to be the former CEO at the golden arches nemesis, Burger King. The plot thickens.

Though McDonalds refuses to comment on any other reasons for the split, it’s clear that the relationship was strained by bad burger blood. Before you start rioting in the streets you should know that Mickey D’s stopped serving Heinz ketchup in most of their US based stores a while ago but the world famous ketchup is still the condiment of choice at the overseas locations.

No word yet on what company will get on McDonald’s ketchup game but for now look out for those “McDonalds Fancy Ketchup” packets at a location near you.

H/T + PicThx HuffPo


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Watch How McDonald’s Makes Their Fries


Everyone knows McDonald’s cuts their fries from the surface of the moon, ships them back to earth, deep fries them in gasoline and spray paints them yellow. You didn’t know that? Well, then how do you figure they last so long? Moon fries, baby.