Fast Food Review: Big Mac from McDonald’s
Nostalgia… it’s awesome, right? I’m a huge collector of all things “cool” from when I was a kid. Whether it is an old NES game or the first season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on DVD, I want it. After seeing Ryan’s review of the Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s, I was inspired to review one of my childhood favorites; the one and only Big Mac.
No description is necessary for this bad boy. Just hum the stupid jingle to yourself if you’ve forgotten the contents of this old school masterpiece. “Two all beef patties yada yada…”. But McDonald’s describes the Big Mac like this:
Maybe it’s the double layer of sear-sizzled 100% pure beef mingled with the sauce and melty cheese, the snap of the onion and the tart crunch of pickle. Or maybe it’s just that it’s tall. Either way, you so want one.
There’s about two ounces of beef on the Big Mac, the onions are dehydrated, the main ingredient is bread, there’s only one slice of cheese, and it’s way over-priced, but who cares, it’s delicious. This sandwich, and logic, do not belong together. For the same price spent on McDoubles, you could get seven patties and three and a half slices of cheese. No matter to me, I have a Mac Attack.
You could spend countless hours wondering how such a tiny sandwich is so unhealthy, but that would involve logic. We threw that “logic” out the window, right? The Big Mac is about flavor and nostalgia… and not putting too much thought into what you are ingesting.
Much of the taste in the Big Mac comes from the “special sauce”. What exactly is it you ask?
Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor).
Sure, I want to hate the Big Mac, I should loathe it. It doesn’t even taste like real food. It has that weird McDonald’s flavor that does not exist in nature. I don’t care though because it feels right, and if it weren’t for the Big Mac, sites like GrubGrade might not be the same at all. That picture at the top of the site might be… a taco. That is not a world any of us should have to suffer through.
Pros: Being able to buy stuff I wanted as a child but had no money for. Nostalgia. Sesame seeds. Secret sauce. Tacos. The 80's
Cons: Logic. I guess the price but then we are using the first "con". Ryan for not liking "sour pickles". The penalty I will have to pay for dissing Ryan.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 540
Total Fat - 29 grams
Saturated Fat - 10 grams
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Sodium -1040 milligrams
Carbs - 45 grams
Sugars -9 grams
Dietary Fiber -3 grams
Protein - 25 grams