Which fast food outlets have vanilla milkshakes that actually go beyond "boring, plain, and unexciting?" We picked nine nationwide chains, put our waistlines on the line, and braved the worst case of brain freeze in recorded history to find out. Here are our favorites.
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What is a Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich? Allow me to enlighten you. It all starts on a new artisan roll (which looks like a shellacked brioche), packed with applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, white cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. It's called a sandwich, and not a burger, because you're graciously allowed to choose a burger patty OR chicken (grilled or crispy) as its centerpiece. And, of course, there's some lily gilding to be had in the form of the ever delightful Big Mac sauce. Here's what we've got to say about McDonald's latest creation.
In Switzerland, McDonald's debuted a new premium line-up of items, including a burger topped with "traditional mountain cheese" bacon, coleslaw, arugula and special sauce.
This new burger from McDonald's is the first sandwich that includes "special sauce" since the Big Mac.
If you think the modern-day Ronald McDonald is creepy, feast your eyes on the circa-1963 Ronald, portrayed by Willard Scott, who later became the weatherman for The Today Show.
As part of their American Vintage campaign, McDonald's Japan released the Diner Double Beef burger, their image of a 1950s diner steak plate in hamburger form: double 100 percent beef patties with a fried egg, a slice of cheese, onions, Chicago-style steak sauce, and a mashed potato sauce on a classic whole wheat bun.
The newest frappé at McDonald's features a chocolate and coffee base that's buzzed up with ice, strawberry-flavored syrup, and chocolate chips, then topped with whipped cream and strawberry drizzle. We stopped in to test it out.
Last weekend, the Vietnam's first-ever McDonald's opened in Saigon. We talked to Hanoi-based blogger and street food expert Mark Lowerson to find out what Mickey D's move means for the future of Vietnamese food culture.
Health and wellness author Kathy Freston hopes her petition on change.org will convince McDonald's to add a "mainstream meatless option" to their permanent menu.
If you've ever wondered what goes into a McDonald's Chicken McNugget, you'd hardly be alone—the "pink goop" legend has been circulating for years, thanks in part to videos like this one. In a new ad, McDonald's Canada sets out to debunk the myth with a behind-the-scenes look at their production facility.
Six new toys featuring characters from Adventure Time will be available in Happy Meals at McDonald's starting January 17.
McDonald's locations in Laguna Niguel, CA and Romeoville, IL are testing a brand-new idea: allowing diners to custom-build their Quarter Pounder using an iPad.
I couldn't even eat half of the Big King, Burger King's clone of the Big Mac.
Four spicy new sandwiches topped with a triple-hit of jalapeños might be coming to a McDonald's near you.
Ever wonder what a sandwich made from everything on the Dollar Menu at McDonald's would taste like? The gang at Thrillist found out.
Picking which fast food joint to buy your finger-food-fried-chicken-product-based lunch using the quality of available dipping sauces as the criteria is sort of like picking what cell phone to purchase based on its after-market case options, or which woman to marry based on her favorite cereal. There are rare cases in which this makes sense, but those cases are few and far between. Still, we wondered: all other things being equal, which of the three fast food establishments near our office would offer the best dipping experience?
Banksy is sparking social commentary about McDonald's with a frowning fiberglass sculpture of Ronald McDonald accompanied by barefoot actor who sits at his feet, solemnly polishing the clown's oversized red boots.
Starbucks has sold over 200 million of their pumpkin spice latte over the past decade. But the coffee behemoth's competition just got a little stiffer, with America's biggest fast-food chain, McDonald's, getting in on the action with a pumpkin spice latte of its own. If that's not grounds for a head-to-head comparison, I don't know what is.
McDonald's debuts Mighty Wings nationwide, and they are mighty good indeed.
McDonald's has a new, limited-edition McFlurry flavor for fall, and guess what? It's pretty awesome.