Floridians who grew up decades ago may remember a time when you could eat at a fast-food restaurant and be rewarded with a simple toy and a side of cookies. Times have changed, and restaurants want to change along with them in order to be as appetizing and competitive as possible.
Florida's "Favorite" Fast Food Joint: Floridians may have their own opinions as to what is the state's best fast food restaurant. However, World Population Review listed the most popular fast food restaurants by state using data from Cheapism. On that list, Florida's "favorite" fast food joint was McDonald's, followed by Chick-fil-A and Starbucks.
The "Unique" And "Beloved" Big Mac: According to the food website Eat This Not That, McDonald's Big Mac is "iconic" and "unique" due to its signature sauce.
When WAVY TV 10 announced that McDonald's was testing a chicken Big Mac, it called the original "beloved." (As a fun fact, the chicken Big Mac was tested in the Miami area of Florida in 2022, according to The Miami Herald.)
In response, McDonald's is going to start cooking the Big Mac hamburger patties in smaller batches, and cheese will start at room temperature so that it will be "meltier." In addition, there will be slightly more sauce and a new, brioche bun - still with sesame seeds but with a smaller number of them.
Tasting Table notes that McDonald's will also be adding onions to the patties while they are still on the grill.
When Might Florida See The New Big Mac?: According to WGNTV, the changes will also affect McDoubles and McDonald's regular hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Although the new burgers have already made an appearance in markets such as Los Angeles and Portland, they have not yet been introduced to Florida as of this writing.
The station says that when a market starts seeing a new Hamburgler campaign on television, that is when the new burgers will be available to that market. (So Floridians, keep your eyes peeled for the Hamburgler.) It is expected that all markets will see the new Big Macs and burgers sometime in 2024.
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