Can You Spot the Fake McDonald's Item?

By: Ian Fortey
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Can You Spot the Fake McDonald's Item?
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About This Quiz

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?
Garlic Fries
Twister Fries
Chicken Fries
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.
Waffle Fries

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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
McFoot Long
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.
McHot Dog
Nürnburger

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McDonald's likes to name burgers after local sports heroes. Can you spot the fake All-Star?
Big 33
McJordan
Boselli Burger
McGretzky
Wayne Gretzky has never been honored by McDonald's but Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli was, as were Michael Jordan and number 33 Larry Bird.

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McDonald's famously introduced the Filet-O-Fish back in the day. Which seafood dish is not the real deal?
McTuna Salad
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.
McLobster
Catfish Sandwich
Fish McBites

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McDonald's had a whole line of Angus beef burgers. Which one didn't make the grade and get on the menu?
Angus Deluxe
Breakfast Angus
There's no Breakfast Angus on the menu, but the Angus Deluxe and Angus Mushroom and Swiss are both in Canada while Angus the Great was a New Zealand and Australia menu item.
Angus Mushroom and Swiss
Angus the Great

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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
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.
Beer
Wine

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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.

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If you're a vegan, McDonald's has your back. One of these veggie treats isn't real though. What is it?
Tofu Pad Thai
There's no place to get a Tofu Pad Thai yet. The McVegan Burger and McBean burger both offered a vegan patty and McSpaghetti came with a simple tomato sauce.
McVegan Burger
McBean Burger
McSpaghetti

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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
Scalloped Potatoes
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.

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Remember the McDonald's Apple Pie? They have lots of other flavors, too. One of these isn't real, though.
Pineapple
Kiwi
There are no Kiwi Pies at McDonald's but all the other flavors are available. Taro, if you're wondering, is a root vegetable. The pie is purple and sweet.
Taro
S'Mores

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Chicken is a big favorite on the McDonald's menu. Which one of these is the chicken fraud?
Chicken Piccata
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.
Maharaja Mac
Chicken Fajita
Chicken McDo

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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?
Chicken Fajitas
McPinto Deluxe
McMollette
Enchilada Deluxe
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.

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Beef isn't the only protein in Ronald McDonald's freezer. Which of these pork products isn't real?
The McRib
Pulled Pork Sandwich
McHamsteak
There's no McHamsteak on the market, but the McRib will definitely be back someday. McDonald's has also tried their hand at pulled pork, and Thailand offered up the McSamurai Pork Burger.
McSamurai Pork Burger

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Sometimes the sauce makes the sandwich. Which one of these sauces has never been on the McDonald's menu?
Szechuan Sauce
Alabama BBQ
There's no Alabama BBQ sauce at McDonald's, but you could dip your nuggets in Hot Mustard and Szechuan Sauce for a while. There was even green chili salsa for a while.
Hot Mustard
Green Chili Salsa

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McDonald's has tried to offer lighter options plenty of times. Which one of these healthy options doesn't exist?
McPortabello
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.
McSalad Shakers
Veggie Clubhouse
McRice

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Even though McDonald's is a huge success, they fail sometimes. Which of these failed McDonald's items isn't genuine?
Hula Burger
McAfrica Burger
McShish Kebab
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.
McLean Burger

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Some McDonald's items just can't be explained rationally. Which of these is not a thing that exists?
McChocolate Potatoes
Shrimpits
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.
Camembert Donuts
Georgie Pie

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What breakfast treat can you not really get at McDonald's?
Sausage 'n Egg Twisty Pasta
Kale and Feta Morning McWrap
McPinto Deluxe
Huevos Rancheros
You can't get Huevos Rancheros for breakfast yet at McDonald's but the other options are all real, even the Sausage n' Egg Twisty Pasta from Hong Kong.

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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.
Big 'N Tasty
Cheddar Melt
Fruit and Walnut Snack

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Anyone can make a hamburger. McDonald's has to put effort into branding them. Which burger name did they never use?
Arch Deluxe
MegaMac
McDLT
Ultra Chicken
Ultra Chicken sounds awesome, but it's not real. All of the other items had their time on the menu including the four-patty MegaMac.

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Sometimes nothing beats a bowl of soup. McDonald's sells soup, but one of these is not a real bowl you can enjoy. What is it?
Gazpacho
Beef Barley Soup
There's no beef barley for you at McDonald's, sadly. You can get cold tomato Gazpacho in Spain, though. Portugal will provide Peasant Soup, and there is Corn Soup in Taiwan.
Peasant Soup
Corn Soup

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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.
Cuban Sandwich

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Chicken McNuggets are pretty famous, but they're not the only nuggets at McDonald's. Which of these nuggets is a fake?
Bacon Cheese Nuggets
No bacon cheese nuggets have been made by McDonald's just yet, but Corn Dog, Onion and Spinach & Cheese have all had their day.
Onion Nuggets
Corn Dog McNuggets
Spinach and Cheese Nuggets

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Sometimes McDonald's tries to take on what other restaurants have perfected. Which of these items that seems like it's from another restaurant wasn't real?
McPizza
McTaco
There's no McTaco out there, but they've tried chicken wings, spaghetti, and pizza with mixed results.
Mighty Wings
McSpaghetti

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McDonald's has a wide variety of wraps on the menu. Which one of these did they never wrap up?
BBQ Bacon Chicken
Paneer Salsa Wrap
Teriyaki Rice Wrap
Teriyaki Rice isn't getting wrapped up at any McDonald's. The Paneer Salsa Wrap is one you can find in India though, along with the Chicken Mexican Wrap. BBQ Bacon Chicken is in Ireland.
Chicken Mexican Wrap

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The Big Mac is an icon, but it's not the only Mac. One of these Macs is an impostor though. Which one is it?
Griller Mac
Griller Mac is a total fraud. The Denali Mac was available in Alaska and was made with two quarter-pound beef patties, making it a pretty hefty burger.
Denali Mac
MegaMac
Maharaja Mac

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There's a not-so-secret menu at McDonald's. Which of this hidden items is so hidden it doesn't exist?
McCrepe
Pie McFlurry
Caesar Mac
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.
Land, Sea, and Air Burger

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Do you like pastry? McDonald's dabbles in these sweet treats sometimes. Which one haven't they tried?
Bear Claw
McDonald's has no bear claws but they will give you the Cinnamon Bun-inspired Cinnamelts. Some locations have sugar donuts and the classic strawberry cream cheese Danish as well.
Cinnamelts
Sugar Donut
Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish

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Which of these sugary treats has McDonald's never offered on a menu before?
The McFloat
Brownie Melts
Funnel Cake
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.
McDonaldland Cookies

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You need to pair chicken with the right sauce. Which pairing hasn't McDonald's tried?
Lemon
Lemon Chicken isn't a McDonald's option but they have given options that include Ranch, Caesar, and Sweet Chili in the past.
Sweet Chili
Ranch
Caesar

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The Quarter Pounder is a menu staple. Which of these bulky burgers never made the grade?
Sirloin Third Pounder
Grand Big Mac
Triple Decker
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.
Double Quarter Pounder

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The McChicken is a staple item on the menu, but they have made some variants on the classic. Which of these isn't a real McChicken?
Cajun
Hot 'n' Spicy
McTeriChicken
MexiChicken
MexiChicken is not a McChicken variety. The McTeriChicken is a real McChicken from Hawaii served with teriyaki sauce. Both Cajun and Hot 'n' Spicy are spicy versions found in various locations.

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The Big N' Tasty was known by a lot of names around the world. Which one was fake?
Arch Deluxe
The Arch Deluxe is a totally different sandwich that the Big n' Tasty. It was called the Big Xtra is most of Canada except Quebec where they called it the McXtra. McFeast Deluxe is what Australia got.
Big Xtra
McFeast Deluxe
McXtra

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McDonald's really likes to double things. Which of these menu doubles isn't legit?
McDouble
Daily Double
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.
Jalapeno Double

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The Filet-O-Fish has been made with different kinds of fish over the years. What fish never swam into this sandwich?
Atlantic Cod
Hoki
Red Cod
Halibut
Halibut is not a Filet-o-fish ingredient. Atlantic Cod was the original fish and red cod was what New Zealand switched to before replacing it with hoki.

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