Looks like McDonald’s is thinking about ways to improve it’s public image. After a couple of years looking patrons, overall market share to other burger places…and the revolving door of CEOs who have been running the company…it looks like there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for your tastebuds.
I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of companies test-marketing new products. Unfortunately, this only happens in a selected places to see if they interest is there. If you live in these places, you are the luckiest diner in the nation. (I was lucky enough to live in a place where the fast food chain, Jack-in-the-Box test marketed a coffeehouse style restaurant that served beer!!!! Yes, that means beer and a burger by a fireplaces!)
Here is the good and the bad. The good first. McDonald’s, as you may know, has a few different items on their menus in different countries. You see them show up on social media, we all wish they were here in the USA and sadly have to go without.
Not any more!!! McDonald’s is bringing some of their international menu items to the USA. They are calling this test menu, “Flavors from Abroad”. What is includes is:
- Grand Extreme Bacon Burger: this one is from Spain, but doesn’t seen to out of the box. It is the same patty we all know, but it includes Gouda cheese and a special bacon-infused sauce
So far, nothing impressive. Maybe the next item will entice you:
- BBQ McShaker Fries: Now this sounds intriguing. It is a flavor found in Malaysia. We already have Nacho Fries from Taco Bell, so having some BBQ spices sounds pretty good. However, I would have expected this from the south, like something you would find in Texas Roadhouse. Still…yummy.
I love healthy meals, which are hard to find at fast food places, but chicken always hits the spot. So we have a chicken option:
- Spicy McChicken: …um…ok. I think there are others like it, elsewhere and even possibly McDonald’s current menu. However, this one hails from Hong Kong, so maybe the spices are a bit different. It sounds like a nice option, though.
Lest we forget dessert? I think not:
- Stroopwaffle McFlurry: As the name sounds, it is not from this country, but rather one of the Nordic nations, specifically, the Netherlands, so I would expect this to do well in Minnesota. The traditional McFlurry (a personal favorite of this fat kid inside) has a been infused with Caramel and Waffle Cone bits.
While these tastes sound amazing, it will require a trip to South Florida to try, as this is the only place you can get them, for now.
This is part of a plan that McDonalds has done all around the world, “Great Tastes of America” was a theme that was used in England. (Which by the way contained not a single menu item found at their stores in the USA.)
However, if you want to get your hands on other International treats you can head to the Windy City, where they offer Wasabi Shake Shake Fries, Blue Cheese Bacon Burger, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, a Caesar Salad or a Baci McFlurry. Not all of these are found everywhere in Chicago, but it sounds like it is worth the hunt.