McDonald's first opened back in 1940, and now there are over 37,000 of them around the world. The chain serves 69 million people every single day; that's more than the entire population of Canada. That's a heck of a lot of McNuggets. With all of those people passing under the Golden Arches, you have to wonder how much attention they're all paying to what's on the menu from day to day. It's well known that McDonald's has all kinds of unusual items around the world and at different times of the year. One day there's a McRib, the next aMcLobster and then maybe a Shamrock Shake. It's a lot to keep track of.
If you've been paying attention over the years, maybe dropping into McDonald's for a Big Mac now and then, it's possible you're all up to date on just what the restaurant serves. Do you think you could pick a fake item out of a lineup? If we told you about the latest McSpaghetti dish, would you know it was real or would you think it was all a scam? If you think you know your totally real Taro pie for your questionable Steak and Kidney pie, your Arch Deluxe from your McBacon Kebab, take your best McShot and do the quiz!
One of these fry dishes is not a McGenuine item. What is it?
The chicken fries are the fakes here. Burger King sells them, but not McDonald's. Twister fries are curly fries that were available at some locations, while garlic fries were just in California. Waffle fries were tried out in Canada.
Everyone likes a hot dog, even McDonald's now and then. Which of these dogs or sausages never made it on their menu?
Corn Dog McNuggets
There was never a McFoot Long, but Corn Dog McNuggets were tiny corn dog bites with no stick and the Nürnburger is an international menu item that's essentially a sausage on a bun. Oh, and the McHot Dog was a hot dog.
McDonald's famously introduced the Filet-O-Fish back in the day. Which seafood dish is not the real deal?
So far there's no McTuna at McDonald's, but they have dabbled in Lobster, which is a regional item on the East Coast. The Catfish Sandwich was in some Southern states and Fish McBites were little battered, deep-fried fish treats.
Around the world, there's a lot more to the McDonald's drink menu than just fountain drinks. Can you tell which one isn't a real offering?
Root Beer Float
Whiskey is not on a McDonald's menu just yet, but in several European countries, you can get a beer, and wine made it to the menu in Argentina. A root beer float can be made with just soft serve ice cream and root beer at almost any McDonald's.
The McFlurry is pretty great, and there have been dozens of flavors. Which one of these wasn't one of them?
Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry
Bubblegum Squash McFlurry
Black Sesame McFlurry
Ginger Pumpkin McFlurry
Ginger and Pumpkin have yet to meet in a McFlurry. Black Sesame hit the menu in Singapore, however. Cadbury Creme Egg was available in Australia, and the Bubblegum Squash flavor was also legit in New Zealand. The "squash" referred to marshmallows, not real squash.
French fries aren't the only way McDonald's can use a potato. Which one of these starchy treats isn't real?
Mashed Potato Burger
Bacon Potato Pie
Cheddar Potato Bites
You won't find scalloped potatoes on the menu at McDonald's, but some international favorites do include potato. The Mashed Potato Burger is from Hong Kong, and Japan offers up Cheddar Potato Bites as well as the Bacon Potato Pie.
Chicken is a big favorite on the McDonald's menu. Which one of these is the chicken fraud?
While Chicken Piccata isn't an option, fajitas have been. In the Philippines, there's Chicken McDo, which is just a piece of fried chicken. India serves the Maharaja Mac, which is a replacement for the Big Mac without beef.
McDonald's tries to add a little Latin flavor every now and then. Which of these South of the border items wasn't a real offering somewhere?
There's no enchilada at McDonald's, but they did serve chicken fajitas! Costa Rica was home to the McPinto Deluxe which was rice, beans, plantains, eggs, and sour cream in a tortilla. McDonald's Mexico is famous for their McMollete breakfast sandwich.
McDonald's has tried to offer lighter options plenty of times. Which one of these healthy options doesn't exist?
There's no McPortabello anywhere in the McDonald's world, but McSalad Shakers were a thing for a while. McRice is available in the Middle East and is just plain rice. The Veggie Clubhouse had a quinoa patty.
Even though McDonald's is a huge success, they fail sometimes. Which of these failed McDonald's items isn't genuine?
There are no kebabs at McDonald's but it did fail with some other internationally-themed items. The Hula Burger was just a slice of pineapple with cheese while the McLean Burger was a low-fat option that didn't taste good. The McAfrica Burger was just a PR nightmare.
Some McDonald's items just can't be explained rationally. Which of these is not a thing that exists?
There's no such thing as a Shrimpit. There is such a thing as McChocolate Potatoes, which is chocolate sauce on french fries. Camembert Donuts are fried cheese donuts, and a Georgie Pie is a small New Zealand meat pie.
Lots of items come and go at McDonald's. Which of these past delights is all kinds of fake?
Swiss Cheese Mushroom Bites
Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Bites are not a real thing. The Big N' Tasty was kind of a Whopper knockoff. The Cheddar Melt was a burger with melty cheese and sauteed onions. The Fruit and Walnut Snack is, well, fruit and walnuts.
Ever want a sandwich and not a burger? McDonald's does that. What sandwich wasn't really on the menu?
Hot Ham n' Cheese
Fried Roast Beef Sandwich
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Pork Tenderloin is not a menu option at McDonald's. They have offered Cuban Sandwiches in the past, as well as ham and cheese and Fried Roast Beef. The roast beef sandwich had to be discontinued due to the cost of getting meat slicers.
There's a not-so-secret menu at McDonald's. Which of this hidden items is so hidden it doesn't exist?
A Caesar Mac isn't anything that's been part of McDonald's hidden menu. If you want McCrepes, just order hot cakes and slap a yogurt parfait on them. The Pie McFlurry is a McFlurry with a blended pie inside and a Land, Sea, and Air burger features a beef, fish and chicken patty.
Which of these sugary treats has McDonald's never offered on a menu before?
Funnel Cake has yet to be offered at McDonald's. McDonaldland Cookies were like animal crackers back in the day. The Brownie Melt was a chocolate version of the Cinnamon Melt and the McFloat is what you get when you put ice cream in a fountain beverage at McDonald's.
The Quarter Pounder is a menu staple. Which of these bulky burgers never made the grade?
Sirloin Third Pounder
Grand Big Mac
There's nothing called a Triple Decker at McDonald's. The Double Quarter Pounder is real and a whole half pound while the Sirloin Third Pounder was meant to one-up the Quarter Pounder. The Grand Mac is just a really big Big Mac.
McDonald's really likes to double things. Which of these menu doubles isn't legit?
Double Chicken Xtra
Double Chicken Xtra isn't an option, but the other doubles were legit. The Jalapeno Double obviously included jalapenos. The McDouble was a lot like a double cheeseburger but with a single slice of cheese and the Daily Double was basically the same thing but with mayo and onion.