A Bigger Big Mac? Changes Being Tested at McDonald’s

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Fans of the Big Mac will have two additional options McDonald’s signature sandwich if an experiment proves successful.

Some changes are being tested out under the famous Golden Arches. McDonald’s is testing two new ideas to see whether their customers will tell them they’re lovin’ them.

Sorry…I couldn’t resist.

The first idea targets the chain’s signature sandwich, the Big Mac.

The sandwich, with its two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles (and) onions on a sesame seed bun, will soon have two companion versions: the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac.

Somehow these names remind me more of an Apple computer than a burger, but maybe that’s just me.

The junior version will be a single-patty Big Mac. The grand version will feature two third-pound patties, a beefier alternative to the original. (The original version, by the way, has about a fifth of a pound of beef.)

During the test, the alternate versions of the sandwich will only be available in Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.

The rest of us will have to wait, assuming either burger is deemed successful enough to be rolled out everywhere.

The president of the chain’s Central Ohio Co-op said via press release customers “have requested different ways to enjoy their Big Macs.”

“Different ways?” I don’t know, maybe they actually have, but it’s hard to picture what might have been said during that conversation. If I had to guess what kind of “different ways” might have been mentioned, the only thing that really comes to mind is perhaps a chicken or fish alternative to the beef patties.

I would have suggested even a veggie alternative, but then it occurs to me that it’s probably not likely vegetarians ever set foot in a place like McDonald’s.

I have a Big Mac once in a blue moon, but my normal burger choice there is the double-quarter pounder with cheese. (Yes, if I’m going to have a burger, I want beef.) I would think people looking for a less-beefier Big Mac would just have ordered a regular cheeseburger.

If you had the opportunity, would you try one of the other Big Mac varieties? Would you choose the Mac Jr. or Grand Mac?

1 Comment

  1. Ugh. Not me, but I’m not the target audience for anything produced by McDonald’s. I am a huge fussbudget of an eater. I might have been to Burger King six times in the 49 years I have lived. This tells you something, doesn’t it? I don’t care for burgers or fast food of this nature, and so eat this kind of food very, very little. Also, McDonald’s only believes in having food their way, not mine.
    Not that there is a single remotely healthy thing about either place.
    I find the junior Big Mac laughable – and not deserving of having “big” in the name – a “Big” single patty burger? No… On the other hand, the Grand Mac (I hope the word big is excised from it, talk about redundant) sounds entirely too large. I think it is evident that Americans as a whole (or very close) are too overweight. Why make it easier for us to get bigger?
    But let’s look at the food industry, shall we? How about just supermarket food? Someday, even if you don’t go in for yogurt, look at the price and the bragging about how the price has gone down. Then turn it over and look at the bottom. There is a considerable space between the rim and the lifted base, showing how much less you’re actually getting on that very same yogurt. This is but one example of how companies are providing less food at a higher cost. I would trust changes like this in any food source, everything being equal in money-making enterprises. It has become prevalent in supermarkets and is undoubtedly the same issues in medium quality restaurant/fast food eating as well.
    Don’t believe anything that sounds too good to be true.

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