The Big Mac is a signature McDonald's classic, it's been on the menu since 1968. The combination of the two patties, the three layers of bread and that delicious 'special sauce' has garnered fans across the world and in Europe they even do gluten free variations of the burger. There's even a whole Big Mac museum in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania built purely to celebrate the Big Mac’s 40th anniversary. The museum houses the world's largest Big Mac statue (measuring 14 feet high and 12 feet wide!?) and has hundreds of historic artifacts and exhibits that celebrate the Big Mac, we assume novelty pens and teddy bears or something. Like a burger-based version of that Black Museum episode of Black Mirror.
It's the 50 year anniversary of the burger being launched, and what better way to celebrate than to create some limited edition versions of the crowd-pleaser. McDonalds are embracing their supersize history and are now offering two new limited edition versions - one bigger and one smaller. The smaller version of the burger (the Mac Jr) will cost £2.19 and contains all those pickly ingredients we've come to live, but just one meat patty. Is this for children? Is it for people on diets? I'm not sure but all I do know is there's no way I'm dropping one patty and one piece of bread. The bigger version (the Grand Big Mac) is pretty much the same as the classic, but the patties and the buns are just that bit bigger.. like when you XL your Burger King. Now you're talking.
Steven Howells, Head of Marketing at McDonald’s UK said: “As an iconic McDonald’s product, we are proud and excited to be celebrating 50 years of the legendary Big Mac and for the first time ever in the UK, introducing the two new sizes for a limited time. We know a lot of our customers will remember the 1974 launch of the Big Mac in the UK and have continued to enjoy the burger and pass the Big Mac love on since then, it remains our most iconic burger!” You'll have to move fast though, because it's only around until March 20th.. So what are you waiting for?