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McDonald's May No Longer Be a 'Restaurant' in France

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The country is considering limiting the term "restaurant" to places that only make everything in-house

Looks like the French are trying to redefine the term '"restaurant." A new proposal, to be put to parliament this month, would redefine the term "restaurant" as a place that serves food only prepared from scratch in-house, using raw materials.

This means that only eateries that make everything in-house can use the term "restaurant" in their name or marketing. The amendment would hopefully ban restaurants from serving "boil-in-a-bag" or microwave-ready meals and selling them as "restaurant-quality cuisine," AFP reports.

While we may hope that restaurants are all serving "from-scratch" meals, it turns out that 31 percent of French restaurants were passing off pre-packaged food products as their own cooking, a recent Synhorcat study says. (The practice is probably common stateside as well, for example with Amy's Baking Company). On a larger scale, this also means fast-food giants like McDonald's may not be able to call themselves restaurants any longer in France.

Exceptions to the law will be made for products like bread, charcuterie, and ice cream, AFP reports, but already the amendment is garnering opposition thanks to business owners who claim it will drive up costs, create confusion with the public, and diminish job opportunities for young adults. But lawmakers are hoping the proposal will help elevate traditional restaurants over those hoping to make a quick buck; a similar law limited the term "bakery" in 1995 to places that made bread and pastries from scratch, boosting the businesses and reputations of traditional bakeries.

The 10 Worst Things About McDonald's


Once upon a time, McDonald's had a PR problem. No, make that several. And all of the worst things about Mickey D's seemed to be coming to light.

For one, we've all seen the "pink slime" video of McDonald's workers churning out a thick, pasty goop, supposedly on its way to becoming chicken nuggets (this was, in fact, beef filler to lean out the burgers—it's better, but not by much). We've heard the horror stories of cruelty on factory farms that make us hug our pets just a little bit tighter. And by this point, we're all well aware that the astronomical calorie counts McDonald's meals are contributing to America's growing obesity epidemic.

So, the fast-food giant has started making a few changes in recent years. Where McDonald's burgers used to be so pumped full of chemical additives and preservatives that the patties could supposedly withstand years without visibly aging, the company has brought in some simpler recipes and more authentic ingredients to try to turn things around. But does that mean we should all be flocking to our nearest Mickey D's on the regular, or is it all a marketing scheme that's just too good to be true? While you may enjoy a splurge now and then, here are the top 10 reasons it's probably best to steer clear, for the sake of your good health—and your good conscience.

16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.

McDonald's Switches to Vegetable Oil


In the 90s, Ronald McDonald heeded consumer demand for less saturated fat and switched from frying its foods in beef tallow to vegetable oil. While vegetable oil sounds more health-conscious, their current oil blend includes canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, and natural beef flavor. And although the last ingredient was likely added to retain the original oil's umami flavor, "natural beef flavor" is vague and gives us zero intel on what's actually in the additive. What's more, hydrogenated oils often contain traces of saturated fat, so Mickey D's didn't completely remove the oft-avoided oil after all.

McDonald's released a new statement about peanut allergies, and people are #notlovinit

The major franchise announced that everything on the menu now may contain or come in contact with peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.

Remember when you could count on McDonald’s to be a safe, peanut-free facility for your family? Looks like that has come to an end.

The fast-food conglomerate just released a new policy (available online) regarding nut allergens. Later this month, the golden arches will be releasing a SKOR McFlurry—the first-ever product to contain peanuts or tree nuts without sealed, individual packaging. Because of this change in dessert option, the statement says that this now mean all McDonald’s products may now contain or come in contact with peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.

What was once a safe, go-to place for families to eat together will now become a restaurant to avoid for those with food allergies. Food Allergy Canada released a statement to families, encouraging them to let McDonald’s “know what this means to you and your family.”

NEW ALLERGY STATEMENT and we’re NOT lovin’ it! Tell @McD_Canada how this impacts you. Please share! #NotLovinIt

— Food Allergy Canada (@FoodAllergyCAN) January 17, 2017

Using the clever hashtag #notlovinit, people are taking to Twitter to do just that.

Some customers are understandably angry.

@McD_Canada Count my family among those who will no longer eat McD’s due to your policy change on nuts. No longer a safe choice #NotLovinIt

— Corrie Adams (@corrie0521) January 17, 2017

John Betts CEO @McD_Canada calculated that his new nutty policy will add about $15 million profit per dead kid @McDonalds #NotLovinIt Shame!

— Charles Shaw (@Shecky3642) January 18, 2017

About 1 in 50 Canadian children have a nut allergy including mine and @McD_Canada adds peanut products to their menu? #notlovinit

— Dan MacInally (@DanMacInally) January 18, 2017

[email protected] U sponsor Atom hockey teams & my kids team is 1 of them -guess who’s logo is about 2 be covered up on jerseys? #notlovinit

— Jennifer Blattman (@jblatts) January 18, 2017

Shame on @McD_Canada for decision to compromise their entire menu with tree nut cross contamination for a freaking McFlurry? #NotLovinIt

— Jake theSnake (@argos_suck) January 17, 2017

While others are even a bit comical.

Even Dragon’s Den, Bruce Coxon, spoke out about it.

Noticed @McDonald‘s introducing products with nuts to their restos. Death sentence for those with allergies #notlovinit @FoodAllergyCAN

— Bruce Croxon (@bruce_croxon) January 18, 2017

Some angry Tweeters are promoting a boycott.

I hope you are with me boycotting @McDonalds until they go back to a facility that takes precautions for nut allergies #notlovinit

— dave hodgkiss (@woodbridgefc) January 17, 2017

It just seems so absurd that the chain would risk the lives of people for a change in dessert.

#notlovinit so disappointed that #skor is more important than kids #mcdonaldscanada #goodbye

— WIN GALAXY S7 NOW! (@giveawaycayax) January 18, 2017

At least there’s always Wendy’s, right?

#notlovinit I guess I should have been expectin’ this. To no longer eat at my fav restaurant since I was 6. There’s always @Wendys, right?

— Victor Bacchus (@VictoriousXD7) January 17, 2017

We hope Mc D’s knows what they’re doing because they’re about to lose a whole bunch of loyal customers.

There is no more loyal customer than a happy #FoodAllergy family. When we trust a brand we stick to it. Lost @McD_Canada #NotLovinIt

— Stephanie (@NuttyAllergyMom) January 18, 2017

Wow McDonalds losing a lot of customers over a Mcflurry that probably won’t even be that profitable #notlovinit

— Lorianne Schaus (@dancediva50) January 18, 2017

The biggest fear is that if McDonald’s is doing this, what’s stopping other fast-food chains from following in their footsteps? How does this impact your family?

In-N-Out Burger opened in 1948, and its original menu had burgers, fries, soda, and coffee. It also had hot chocolate, which recently returned to the restaurant.

Founded in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder as California's first drive-thru hamburger stand, In-N-Out Burger has remained a fast food staple around America's West Coast. The restaurant's menu has stayed true to its classic burgers and fries over the years.

In 1961, the restaurant introduced its famous "animal style" hamburgers, and in 1975, milkshakes were added to the menu. In 2018, its hot cocoa returned — the first menu addition in 15 years.

5. Nuts Disguised As Cumin

In 2015, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched an investigation after traces of almonds and peanuts were found in cumin products in Britain.

The scandal caused great alarm. It was also considered to be more serious than the horse meat scandal of 2013. After all, hidden almonds and peanuts pose a risk for people with nut allergies. Some folks could experience a life-threatening allergic reaction if they unknowingly consume nuts.

Two products from different brands were recalled: ground cumin and a fajita meal kit.

Experts suspected that a cumin crop failure in India prompted the use of nuts as cumin.

Does anyone have the McDonalds [USA] original recipe for the french fries they used to fry in beef tallow? I'm trying to recreate the original fry that they discontinued in 1990.

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Actually, you can find most McDonalds original recipes right here

The pickles? I have to disagree. The only pickles that you can use on fast food burger recipes are the Texas brand Best Maid pickles. They have a very specific saltiness that make burgers pop.

Jesus christ. I never realize just how bad those fries were/are.

Malcom Gladwell also did an entire podcast about this very topic. Super interesting listen.

It's been down hill since then, it's just not the same

There’s a place in Los Angeles called Burgers Never Day Die. They make them the old school way. So good

McD's fries were coated with a fine spray of sugar which was done primarily for colour. The extra flavour burst came from the 13% beef fat which was a part of the ɿormula 47' shortening used in all fry vats through the end of the ➀s and into the ➐s. Yep, beef fat for that apple pie. Yummers, right?

French fry vats were and are never allowed to be used for any other product. Filet Oɿish, Sicken McNuggetz, Apple 'pies' - no matter the item, no matter the time, NOTHING else goes into the fat the fries ard cooked in. Managers have been fired for such violation. Why? Because the fat holds and transfers flavours which puh-taters don't really have much of theyselvs. Nobody wants a bag of fries that taste like whitefish. or like MSM ɼhicken'. French Fries are McD's holiest of holies.

quoth the author of the Intarwebs' original Official French Fry Pages , /*1995, †2014

Feb 5, 2020

McDonald's Sundaes No Longer Come with Peanuts in Some Areas

Chopped peanuts for sundaes are no longer available at McDonald's restaurants in some areas.

The chain has made carrying the peanuts optional for franchisees and it looks like a number of them have opted out.

If you take a look at the McDonald's website, the image for all three sundaes (Caramel, Strawberry, and Hot Fudge) no longer includes a sprinkling of nuts on top and nuts are no longer listed among the sundaes' ingredients.

Depending on pricing (which varies with location), if the difference between a sundae and a vanila cone is just sauce, it makes buying the cheaper cone much more attractive.

The Real Reason McDonald&rsquos McFlurry Machines Are Always Down

Plus, why you&rsquoll hopefully hear that dreaded sentence less frequently in the future.

Number yourself among the luckiest if you’ve never coasted through a McDonald’s drive-thru, eyes on the prize𠅊n Oreo McFlurry—just to have your dreams crushed by the cruel words of an employee: “Sorry, the ice cream machine is down.”

If you’ve heard those devastating words, you’re far from alone. Indeed, complaints about the MIA soft-serve machine number so high they were McDonald’s greatest customer complaint a few years ago.

This soft-serve scandal has stirred up social media rants, taunting marquee signs from competing fast-food restaurants, and a torrent of Twitter tirades. It’s also led to a series of conspiracies, all of which may, in some way, explain why the machine never seems to work just when you’re craving a spoonful of ultra-creamy vanilla ice cream.

The ice cream-dispensing machine is subject to lengthy cleaning measures, McDonald’s told the Wall Street Journal. The four-hour cleaning process, designed to kill bacteria and prevent foodborne illness, requires partial disassembly and extensive scrubbing of fixed machine parts.

Indeed, the manufacturer&aposs operating manual details a 12-step process that involves a series of cleaning, sanitizing, scrubbing, and then waiting for the pieces to dry before the machine can be operational again. Once the process begins, it can’t be stopped mid-steam.

“The product is hot and under extreme pressure,” the manual says of the process’s heat cycle.

McDonald’s told WSJ they encourage stores to perform the machine maintenance in down hours, but that’s just when many cravings for the creamy, cold sweet treat hit. If you wheel into the drive-thru for a late-night snack, you may get the bad news more frequently.

Plus, many McDonald’s stores are open 24 hours now, leaving essentially no time when the machine definitely won’t be in demand.

“We regularly service our soft-serve equipment during off-peak hours,” a company spokeswoman told WSJ. 𠇌ustomers who come in during that time may encounter a longer wait time or soft-serve dessert unavailability.”

On Twitter and Reddit, the theories for the absentee ice cream machine have a bit more blame to pass to the people who man the machines. The conjecture on these platforms is that McDonald’s employees start the cleaning process early, creating a wider window of time without the ice cream machine.

When they start disassembling the machine and washing the parts, there’s little incentive to reassemble the machine when a lone request for a McFlurry comes through. It’s perhaps easier to say the machine is down than take the time to reassemble.

Former and current McDonald’s employees also report that the McFlurry machines happen to be quite temperamental, too. Indeed, the WSJ also reported that a 2000 survey found that one-quarter of ice cream units in McDonald’s stores were not working properly. It may be easier to ignore the machine altogether.

WATCH: How to Make 3 Copycat Fast Food Sauces

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything, a McDonald’s employee wrote, “The modern ice cream machines have a mandatory heat treatment cycle that takes a minimum of 3 hours to complete, and much longer If the machines [sic] is not prepared for it. In addition, they must be disassembled for cleaning every 14 days, and if that cleaning is not completed the machines locks out.

“In addition, improper maintance [sic] or parts failure can easily cause the machine to be unable to maintain minimum performance, causing another lock out,” the Reddit user wrote.

Good news, however: It seems the screams about ice cream machines have been heard, and McDonald’s decided to respond. In spring 2017, the fast-food giant announced they would be installing easier-to-maintain ice cream machines in the U.S. and Europe beginning in the fourth quarter of that year.

That means you could be among the lucky populace with a new machine right now, and if you’re not yet, stay tuned. McDonald’s is looking for ways to boost their annual dessert profits (among their cooling profits), and fully functional Flurry machines in their more than 36,000 stores just might be step number one.

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