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Sauce-Injected McNuggets

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[Photographs:Robyn Lee]

Sometimes life presents you with opportunities that are simultaneously utterly ridiculous but simply too good to pass up on. Case in point: What do you do when you have a buttload of leftover McNuggets and sauce from McDonalds sitting on your desk right next to a plastic syringe?*

*don't ask what the nuggets and syringe were doing there in the first palce.

You inject the nuggets with sauce, of course.

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There's not really much to say about this project that the pictures don't already explain much better. I opted for the Tangy Barbecue sauce not because I love the careful balance of herbs and spice or the gentle, tangy heat, or even its sweet kick, but because it was the only one that looked like it was a truly inject-able consistency.

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"Don't worry, this won't hurt a bit," I thought of saying (I didn't really say it).

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There was a touch of excess, but nothing a few deft licks couldn't take care of.

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And there you have it. McNuggets with the sauce built-in, and they tasted exactly like you'd think. Are there any real advantages to eating these over the traditional dip-and-pop method? Not really. But after downing a couple of'em, regular McNuggets just feel so... empty inside.

I predict that these will hit the stores within the next 6 months, perhaps starting in Asia or Kansas for a test run before hitting the rest of the U.S. mass market. You listening Ronald? I want full credit for this, ok?

P.S. When Ed gets back to the office next week I'm gonna have a tough time explaining why there's a BBQ-sauce-tinged syringe sitting on my desk. Wanna help me think of excuses?

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