You have been eagerly awaiting, and we have finally returned with our part two article of everything that even Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about McDonald’s! Our part one article with the first seven facts on our list certainly shocked you, to say the least. If you thought those were interesting, wait until you see our top eight!
Number Eight: All of the Hamburgers
It isn’t exactly news that this fast food chain sells a ridiculous amount of hamburgers, but allow us to simply put that into perspective for you. Every second every day, it is estimated that McDonald’s is flipping out about 75 hamburgers. That is 4,500 burgers on the minute, 270,000 to the hour, 6.48 million daily, and a whopping annual average of 2.36 billion hamburgers.
Number Seven: McDonald’s Usurped by Subway
McDonald’s rakes in more revenue than any other fast food giant, although they do fall short in other areas. Oddly enough, Subway stole the coveted title of largest restaurant chain in the world in 2011, owning 40,695 locations across 102 countries. McDonald’s only has about 34,480 in 119 countries.
Number Six: Nobody Wants a Salad
Due to the health kick that everyone is consumed by these days, it was smart for this greasy chain to add in a substitute option to their menu. While they can’t exactly get rid of their salads because of the reputation, they don’t really sell so well (as you probably assumed). Only about 2-3% of the chain’s sales are made from their bunny food options.
Number Five: Hidden in the Fries
When you think about what’s in your French fries, it makes sense to think that they are just potatoes, oil, and salt… right? Wrong. At this fast food restaurant at least, the fries have a total of 17 ingredients: potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, “natural flavor”, dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate, citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane, and then they are cooked in vegetable oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, corn oil, canola oil, and soybean oil with citric acid. Oh, and then salt.
Number Four: Serving Smiles
I’ve often insisted that if McDonald’s sold alcoholic beverages, they would make double the profit. Someone in Germany must be like-minded, because that is the only location that you can sip a cup of McBeer with your McRib.
Number Three: Burger-Flipping Stars
Everyone has to get their start somewhere, and for many famous faces that start was served flipping burgers at Mickey D’s. In their line of employees were once Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Jeff Bezos, and Rachel McAdams.
Number Two: Pineapple-Oreo McFlurry, Anyone?
There have been quite a few oddball additions to this greasy menu over the years, but none weirder than this. That’s right, in Columbia you could order a pineapple and Oreo McFlurry. Apparently they are pretty good!
Number One: No More Pink Goop!
You have heard the horror story about what your nuggets are really made of, often thought to be a pink goop of chicken mixture. However, since 2003 at least, that is no longer true. As of 2003, the company has been using 100% white-meat chicken, and has supported these claims. We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the 15 things that even Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about McDonald’s!