Review: Bacon Cheddar McChicken from McDonald’s
As I sit in the dual drive-thru at McDonald’s, I debate the efficacy of such an invention. I fail to see how this speeds up the process. Yes, two cars may order simultaneously, but the exchanging of cash and preparation of food still take as much time as they always have. You also have that awkward shuffle where two lines become one and I for one never know who should go first or if it even matters. That uncertainty begs the question: how many orders get messed up due to this new process? How many fender benders? Nevertheless, I emerged victorious and put those thoughts aside. With my Jeep unscathed, I ventured home with the new Bacon Cheddar McChicken.
McDonald’s describes their creation like this:
A seasoned McChicken patty topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, melted white cheddar, crisp shredded lettuce and mayo, served on a classic bun.
Unwrapping the sandwich I noticed a bit of bacon poking out the side along with a bit of mayo spilled over the side and a tiny bit of white cheddar cheese stuck to the wrapper. Perfect. They got my order correct despite my anxiety while merging lanes in the double drive.
The bun was lightly toasted. Still warm from the vertical toaster it had the fresh taste of a standard bun from McDonald’s. The chicken patty was also hot and fresh, with a tinge of a peppery kick. Not spicy, but well-seasoned and the breading was crispy on the outside and the processed chicken was cooked thoroughly on the inside. The mayo was sufficient and tasted… mayo-ey. It has that familiar McDonald’s tang to it and the amount was just right. I know they use a device similar to a caulk gun that pre-measures the sauces so they are always proportionate. The lettuce tasted fresh and true to form, had a slight crunch as I grubbed. Now, so far I have described a typical McChicken. This is where things get interesting.
Basically McDonald’s is revamping their classic McChicken with the addition of their new Applewood smoked bacon and white cheddar. They’ve also introduced a Buffalo Bacon Ranch version as well. This was possibly a little less impressive to me as I order my McChickens with cheese anyhow. The white cheddar was a nice surprise, though. Much creamier than their standard American; I noticed a distinct change in flavor which improved how the sandwich tasted overall. To compare, this cheese is more like what you would find in a Hot Ham N’ Cheese from Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. Now, for the crown jewel of most innovations: the bacon. I was deeply impressed. I forget the last time I had bacon on a McDonald’s sandwich, but this bacon was even more improved than the cheese. Chewing generated a slightly greasy texture as bacon should. As I chewed it crunched into tiny bits with ambrosial flavor I realized the Applewood smoked bacon is a vast improvement over the old stuff and I would recommend it to any skeptic.
While the standard ingredients retain the same quality as they always have, the cheese and bacon combined are more premium additions and I would say they are well worth the additional buck. I dub this a great new spin on an old favorite.
Pros: Higher quality additions with new ingredients to revamp a classic menu item.
Cons: All the original elements of the sandwich remain the same, creating an incongruity between the old and the new.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.chicken.1279.bacon-cheddar-mcchicken.html
480 Calories 22gProtein 24gFat(38%) 43gCarbs(14%) 1260mgSodium(53%) Calories from Fat 220 Dietary Fiber 2g (8%) Calcium 200mg (20%) Saturated Fat 7g (35%) Sugars 6g Iron 2.5mg (15%) Trans Fat 0g Vitamin A 170IU (4%) Vitamin C 6mg (10%) Cholesterol 65mg (21%) Serving Size6 oz (171 g)