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!
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.
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.
Wayne Gretzky has never been honored by McDonald's but Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli was, as were Michael Jordan and number 33 Larry Bird.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No bacon cheese nuggets have been made by McDonald's just yet, but Corn Dog, Onion and Spinach & Cheese have all had their day.
There's no McTaco out there, but they've tried chicken wings, spaghetti, and pizza with mixed results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lemon Chicken isn't a McDonald's option but they have given options that include Ranch, Caesar, and Sweet Chili in the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.