Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
New Sandwiches From McDonald's
McDonald's is offering three new sandwiches. They are supposed to be a little more sophisticated, add flair and provide an alternative to the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder. They are a little more expensive.
The three new sandwiches are the Maple Bacon Dijon, the Sweet BBQ Bacon and the Pico Guacamole. You can order them with the beef patty (the same used in the Quarter Pounder), the crispy chicken or the grilled chicken. You also get a choice of bun: sesame seed or artisan bread.
Quite a few decisions to make in order to request a simple sandwich, but is it worth it? It's a little more expensive—which is to be expected. The new variety of sandwiches also helps McDonald's compete with some of the higher-end fast-food burger establishments, like Carl's Jr.
Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurant
McDonald's Is Convenient
Certainly there are a few good things to say about McDonald's. They are definitely convenient, and like most chain restaurants they are comfortable because when you dine there, you know what you will get. The menu doesn't usually fluctuate too much, and the prices are usually fairly reasonable. You can pick something up in your car, grab a bag for take-out, or sit inside and dine comfortably in an air-conditioned room.
The food isn't certainly high quality or extremely healthy, but it is palatable and there is always something available. You can go there for a nice quick breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. There are salads if you want to avoid the fried food, as well.
I won't spend too much time going into the history of the restaurant because most of what has to be said about the "founder," Ray Croc, you can find out through a more reliable source. There is a book called Fast Food Nation, and the McDonald's story is explained there. If you haven't picked it up, give it a read. It is well worth it and will enlighten you about what a large impact (and control) these conglomerates have on the American economy. (Croc actually didn't found—as in create—the restaurant. He stumbled upon it—in that sense, found—and he made it popular.)
McDonald's has been around for many years. You may recall the signs that often stated "Over 100 billion served," which is the population of the planet many times over. That is quite a few hamburgers, and of course, this new variety of sandwiches deserves some examination.
Signature Burger Health Info
French Fries (med.)
The New Sandwiches
I already mentioned the options you have when you order your sandwich. My personal favorite flavor is the BBQ Bacon. I like barbecue sauce and I love bacon. The little onion chips are a nice addition, and there is a usually also a lighter cheese—Swiss I believe. I always opt for the sesame seeded bun because I like sesame.
I've had both the beef and the chicken—fried not grilled. I am not that that much of a fan of the grilled chicken sandwiches since McDonald's changed the recipe several years ago. However, chicken is a pleasurable alternative when you are looking for something other than beef.
Their beef version of this signature sandwich doesn't taste much different than their regular burger—they use the same patty that is in the Quarter Pounder. In other words, the upgrade is not that magnificent. Even with the extra toppings, there is nothing fancy (or signature) about them.
The grilled chicken version of this sandwich, however, is remarkably good. Everything tasted like it was fresh grilled. The onion strands were crispy, and the sandwich was warm and resembled the picture quite accurately.
Perhaps this was due to the workers, though, and not the corporate quality management.
My Sandwich Rated
|Restaurant/Sandwich||Main Sandwich Ingredients||Toppings||Overall|
McDonald's/BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken
McDonald's/BBQ Bacon Beef
Carl's Jr./Western Bacon
Red Robin/BBQ Bacon
In and Out/Any Burger
Chick Fil-A/ Chicken Sandwich
Arby's/Regular Roast Beef etc
Was my initial McDonald's experience with these sandwiches better? I'm not really sure. I bought these when the concept was still new. It is my belief that when a company promotes a new product, it makes better samples available in the beginning in order to hook an audience.
Initially, the company provides a better quality product. As soon as the consumers start become attached to the new item, the company loosens its quality control and finds ways to cut costs and produce a similar product, with less expensive (and not as tasty) ingredients.
This is a bit of an assumption on my part; however, there are other factors to consider. Familiarity often leads to boredom. Once you become used to something, the novelty wears off and that new meal that was fine and tasty becomes blase because you are accustomed to it. This could be the case with the sandwich.
The first time I tried it, I thought it was spectacular—but then it started to lose its taste and flair. When I tried the sandwich a second time, it actually seemed to be absent of any flavor, and some of the texture seemed almost like rubber. I was actually surprised my chicken patty had passed inspection.
Your Opinion Again!
Fast Food, McDonald's and the American Appetite
One of the things I can say about fast food is that speed doesn't always ensure quality. That should be a given. But is the fact that fast-food restaurants can be found on every corner a symptom of our need for instant gratification or a result of corporate greed? Perhaps a combination of both.
We want what we want and we want it now: movies, e-books (forget actually going to a bookstore or library), music, the latest fashions, food, etc. Everything about us today seems to be about right here and right now. Fast-food restaurants used to be a convenience and an occasional luxury when we were too tired to cook and eat at home. One look at the climbing obesity rates, and it seems no surprise that this new ubiquitous monster called the fast-food restaurant awaits us.
Fast food isn't cheap as it used to be, either. Of course, we are living in an economy where prices are rising much faster than our wages. What I paid for a hamburger, French fries and a refillable soda, I could have gotten a decent meal and desert and perhaps left a tip at a sit-down restaurant 15 years ago.
Overall, I would probably pass on the sandwich and just save my money. The onion strings were not crispy, the bacon was minimal, the cheese almost invisible and the chicken breast patty had fatty fillers included. Not what I expected or anticipated.
McDonald's Signature Sandwich Commercial
My Overall Rating on the BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken
Sandwich as a Whole
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What's your favorite sandwich ?
Answer: My favorite ever is probably the Philly cheesesteak, and I also like a good french dip. As far as McDonald's sandwiches are concerned, I used to like their old grilled chicken with cheese only. They changed the recipe and the chicken wasn't as good the last time I had it. I do like their signature sandwiches, though the barbecue one is my favorite. Chicken Fried (the crispy one) over the beef. They're both still pretty good.
Question: Why does McDonald's still use high fructose corn syrup?
Answer: I am not actually certain if they still do and if they do why. But according to one article I came across: "The fast-food chain announced Monday that it would make some alterations to its ingredients, including replacing the high-fructose corn syrup used in its buns with sugar, the New York Times reported. It will also get rid of artificial preservatives in Chicken McNuggets and some breakfast items."
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