Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald's Chicken Big Mac.
Last year, McDonald's briefly added the Chicken Big Mac to its official menu, legitimising a "secret hack" that customers had been enjoying for years. This week, the burger is once again available for a limited time.
As its name suggests, the Chicken Big Mac contains all the ingredients of a regular Big Mac but with the beef patties substituted for McChicken. It's been possible to enjoy this burger mashup as a bespoke order for years.
Here's the marketing description from Macca's:
Customers loved the Chicken Big Mac when it was on the menu, and Aussies have been asking for it to come back ever since. So from today, the Chicken Big Mac is returning to restaurants nationwide.
The Chicken Big Mac teams everything you know and love about our Big Mac - the Special Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and sesame seed bun - with our famous Chicken pattie.
And here's the nutritional info for all the calorie counters out there:
Average Quantity Per Serve
Energy (kJ): 3020
Protein (g): 36.0
Fat, total (g): 38.0
Saturated (g): 7.9
Carbohydrate (g): 57.0
Sugars (g): 7.3
Sodium (mg): 1160
For lovers of burgers and fast food, the legend of the "secret menu" is a tantalising one, promising a secret club of tasty, cheap and ridiculously over the top food. Only one fast food outlet has openly confirmed having a secret menu — and that's the infamous In-N-Out, which is sadly not available outside of the US (unless you make your own). So how do we go for secret menus here, in the land down under?
We picked up one of these burgers from a McDonald's outlet in Sydney's Westfield. Here's how the real thing compares to the image on McDonald's website:
As always, the kitchen hand who made our burger did a pretty slipshod job of putting the ingredients together. Nevertheless, this isn't the worst likeness we've ever seen.
For perhaps the first time ever, the advert's oversized, bun-dwarfing patties actually have similar dimensions in real life. (Usually, this is just a trick of perspective.) So well done on that score, we guess. If a modicum of effort had been put into the assembly, this could have scored higher.
Truth Rating: 6/10
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