Wendy’s implies McDonald’s spicy McNuggets are literal garbage [Updated]

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Update, August 28, 2020: Wendy’s, that devilish trickster god of the fast food universe, is never one to let brand rivalries lie. We’ve written about the Wendy’s Twitter account before; it’s a weirdly persistent trollish presence that reminds us time and again that it is Not Here To Make Friends. In return, it is rewarded with faves and retweets. The system works!

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Once McDonald’s announced it would be introducing Spicy Chicken McNuggets to the menu, a Twitter user asked Wendy’s, a longtime purveyor of spicy nuggets, to weigh in. And oh, how it weighed in.

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“Must have scraped up all of BKs leftovers and slapped mcprice tag on it,” read the Wendy’s response, implying not only that the McDonald’s product is unoriginal, but that it is the discarded refuse of other fast food chains. Perhaps emboldened by the tweet’s virality, Wendy’s went one step further, dismissing the McDonald’s nuggets as an inferior frozen product.

We’re still excited to try the new spicy McNuggets, Twitter wars be damned. They arrive on September 16, which means Wendy’s can get its digs in for another few weeks before the nuggets have any chance to prove the haters wrong. (Or right.)

Original post, August 25, 2020: This morning, McDonald’s announced that on September 16, I shall be passed out in their parking lot after consuming no less than 100 brand spankin’ new Spicy Chicken McNuggets. This is the first major innovation in McNugget technology since they were first introduced in 1983, which means if they’re not very good, McDonald’s shall have to contend with multiple surly tweets in which I voice my displeasure. They’ve had 37 years to work on an upgrade to the world’s most perfect fast food item, so if McDonald’s Spicy McNuggets delivery anything less than sheer brilliance, it shall be considered not only a failure, but an affront to all of mankind. I sincerely hope that McDonald’s execs fully understand the gravity of this product launch, and are appropriately girding their loins.

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According to McDonald’s official press release, the new McNuggets are “breaded with a sizzling tempura coating made of both cayenne and chili peppers;” as there are over 50,000 types of chili peppers, with one of them being cayenne, this sentence is both redundant and troubling to a person who is unreasonably excited about these McNuggets. McDonald’s is also introducing a brand new dipping sauce to enjoy with these brand new nuggs: Mighty Hot Sauce, made with “a powerful blend of crushed red peppers and spicy chilis.” Will this be the first fast food hot sauce that is actually spicy? Here’s hoping!

In addition to the exciting McNugget news, there’s also a huge development on the McFlurry front: September 16th will also see the release of the new Chips Ahoy! McFlurry, made from vanilla soft-serve, caramel, and, of course, crumbled up bits of Chips Ahoy! cookies. I am not as excited about this news as I have not encountered a functional McFlurry machine in the wild since at least 2007, but perhaps some of you folks out there will have luck on that front. Miracles can happen.

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Marnie Shure is editor in chief of The Takeout.

Allison Robicelli is The Takeout staff writer, a former professional chef, author of three books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Questions about recipes/need cooking advice? Tweet @Robicellis.

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DISCUSSION

Is it still formed pink chicken slime or is it actual meat nuggs?

ETA: Never mind - they’re too uniform to be anything but formed “rib meat.