McMunchings

Reviewing the new McDonalds products one bite at a time

The Winter Warmer with Tomato & Red Pepper Sauce

100% beef patty

Bacon

Smoked Cheese

Batavia Lettuce

Cool Mayo

Tomato and red pepper sauce

All within a cheese topped bun.

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The Taste

Bigburger with plenty of cheese on top. Quite soft too.

Taste wise it is pretty good bacon goes well with the smoky cheese.

There is a pleasant texture from lettuce and no tomato to make it too watery.

Some spicy heat and a hint of vinegar from the pepper sauce which I quite like

Very reminiscent of the sort of burgers you get in the “Taste of…” range

Very respectable

7/10

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Festive Menu 2012

It’s Christmas at McDonalds and here is the new festive line-up launched today:
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The Winter Warmer with Tomato & Red Pepper Sauce

100% beef patty topped with bacon and layered with smoked cheese, Batavia lettuce, cool mayo and tomato and red pepper sauce, all within a cheese topped bun.

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The Chicken Celebration with smooth Festive Relish

Crispy golden chicken breast fillet with cheese, red onions, crisp Batavia lettuce, smooth festive relish and cool mayo, all within a sesame topped bun.

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For Your Side…

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Cheese Melt Dippers

Four breaded cheese dippers made with Camembert, served with a Festive Tomato Dip.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments, what are you most excited about.

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And for dessert…

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A crispy pie with an orange flavour chocolate filling.

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Soft dairy ice cream with delicious chocolate and fudge pieces and swirled with chocolate toffee sauce.

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Great Tastes of the World – Week 4 – The Chicken & Chutney Indian

The Chicken & Chutney Indian

Crisp Chicken

Shredded Lettuce

Onions

Spice Onion Chutney

Yoghurt and Mint Mayo

Toasted spice bun

The Taste

Spicy smell of the burger.

Good cruchy texture with chicken, mintiness from the mayo reminds me of mint sauce but works well, onion chutney not over-powering but adds some sweetness and the lettuce holds it together.

The spice bun works well with the contents with fair bit of paprika.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this burger and it was great to see something different done with chicken.

A surprise…

 7/10

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Great Tastes of the World – Week 3 – The Chilli Cheese Mexican

The Chilli and Cheese Mexican

100% Beef Patty

Cheese

Tomato

Batavia Lettuce

Sour cream

Chilli and Bean Sauce

in a Cheese and Paprika Focaccia Bun

The Taste

Spicy paprika from the word go from the bun although the bun is perhaps a bit stodgy.  Sour cream does not add a whole lot but is ok. Chilli bean sauce is a nice addition but not spicy enough especially given the large amount of sour cream. The tomato adds little very little. A burger that is ok but the bun could be better and either the tomato or sour cream goes as their nothingness takes away from what would otherwise be a tatsy and spicy burger.

Better than last week but not by much:

6/10

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Great Tastes of the World – Week 2 – The Australian BBQ Supreme

The Australian BBQ Supreme

100% Beef Patty

Bacon

Cheese Slices

Batavia Lettuce

Onions

Cool Mayo

Sweet and Tangy (BBQ Sauce)

Square Sesame Seed Bun

The Taste

A reasonable burger but messy, the onion add texture and bite which is good but have a tendency to fall out (whilst coated with BBQ sauce or Mayo) and can ruin your latest pair of Chinos.

I don’t think the bacon really adds much although I do quite like the sauce and the bun is tasty. I can’t really see how this is very Australian and it could have been much much better, that said it had a lot to live up to following the Spanish Grande.

A decidedly average:

5/10.

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Taste of the World – Wk1 – SPAIN – The Spanish Grande with Chorizo

The Spanish Grande with Chorizo

 

Paprika-topped bun

100% Beef Patty

Chorizo

Red & Yellow Roasted Peppers

Mature Cheddar Cheese

Batavia Lettuce

Bravas-style sauce (bit like salsa)

The Taste

The bun is surprisingly soft and despite the colour the paprika is not that spicy although some warmth builds as you eat.

This is a messy one but has a good range of texture and a little saltiness from the chorizo is quite nice. I really like the salsa which adds some freshness but also more flavour and spice. The peppers add extra spice texture and tasty and the mature cheddar really shines.

Really different and easily beats any of this years taste of America with a resounding.

9/10

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Chicken Maestro – Football Mania @ McDonalds

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So I done a double try today. Checked out the twix McFlurry and the chicken maestro.

The chicken burger itself is different from the McChicken Sandwich as it’s bigger and has a more southern fried feel to it. To go with it, it has Garlic and Herb Mayo, tomato and crunchy lettuce. The bun is also square shaped with a herb that seems a lot like rosemary from the smell on top.

The burger was a lot like the chicken legend but I would say it had a small amount of more spice. This spice is let down a bit by the cooling garlic and herb mayo. It had nice fairly crunchy lettuce In the burger with a simple slice of tomato.

This felt a lot like the chicken legend and really i didn’t get the need for the addition of this burger. Really it was only ok. And honestly I didn’t see why they put the herbs on top as it didn’t really help the burger and the smell was actually a little bit overpowering while eating it. The only reason I can think they done it was because they wanted to make it different from the legend.

After trying it with my friend Luke he felt same and felt it was actually fairly pointless.

This gets a disappointing 5/10. Try again McDonalds

Jmoney

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Cheese & Bacon Striker – Football Mania @ McDonalds

  • 100% Beef patty
  • Big Tasty cheese
  • Bacon
  • Batavia lettuce
  • Cheese sauce
  • Sesame topped bun.

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The first thing I notice about this burger is the bun, is it me or does it look like a football?

That said I think the bun shape adds a bit more texture to the burger and the lettuce is a bit bigger than usual and quite crunchy which I like.

Big Tasty Cheese is always a plus, it creamy and more mature than the usual stuff, the one thing I couldn’t quite decide on was the cheese sauce – to me it was a little vinegary but hey maybe that’s your thing? Like the Big Tasty I found the bacon a bit superfluous and almsot couldn’t tell it was there.

Overall a good range of texture and flavours, rather filling and enjoyable to eat. It ranks among the middle of the Taste of America Range giving it a respectable:

6/10

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New Products – Football Mania in June!

So after a pretty good Taste of America season for the last five weeks yesterday (June 6th) saw the start of a whole new Championship Menu for the Euro2012 Ukraine/Poland Football Competition.

In addition to the new burgers and onion ring there is also a limited edition Twix McFlurry,

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The Arizona Nacho Grande Burger – Taste of America – Week Three

So we’re half way through Taste of America:

Burger number three is the Arizona Nacho Grand:

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  • Oval 100% beef patty
  • Pepperoni Slices
  • Nacho-style (cheese) sauce
  • Crunchy Nacho Chips
  • Shredded lettuce (No Onions)
  • Cheese slices
  • Served in a sesame topped bun (ours actually came with the chilli-chive bun)

This is the first itme that Nachos have appeared in one of the Taste of America (UK) burgers and they add a slight corny flavour and a very interesting texture, crunchy like the lettuce but in a less crisp way. Along with the cheese, gooey cheese sauce and salty pepperoni make this a great variety of textures and of flavours. This has some spiciness but not as spicy as than last weeks Chicago Supreme.

After a lot of deliberation we decided that this was lightly better than last weeks and thus the best so far in 2012.

7/10 (8/10 with chilli-chive bun)

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