Thursday, November 11, 2010

At long last: McOnion Rings!

I'm headed back to Canada from the UK today a wiser man because I've had one of my age-old questions answered: why doesn't McDonalds have onion rings?

Onion rings are, after all, a traditional part of the burger-and-milkshake triumvirate, with fries, of course. So why no oniony love at the Golden Arches? The chain's arch-enemy (no pun intended) Burger King has them, as do most burger franchises.

A lot of people have wondered the same thing, and some have  online. My theory? Well, if you consider that McDonalds' McNuggets were originally supposed to be bits of battered onions rather than chicken (the full story is in Sex, Bombs and Burgers), perhaps there's always been a bitter taste in the mouths of McExecutives for the rings. Pun not entirely intended.

In any event, rather than find out why the chain doesn't have onion rings, I discovered the exact opposite here in the UK: it actually does have them!

Lo and behold: onion rings at McDonald's! A side order costs about 1.5 pounds, or about $2.40. You get six rings with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

Now, I know what you're thinking: how did they taste? Well, just because I've always wondered why McDonalds didn't have doesn't mean I've always wanted to try them. Blech. I hate onion rings.


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