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Old 26 March 2007, 05:34 AM
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Comment: I heard that the reason McDonalds only carried coke products for
so long was because back when they first started, they used Pepsi and fell
behind on their bill. So after they paid it, the founder switched to coke
and stated that he would never put a pepsi product in McDonalds because
they wouldn't work with him. Any truth to this?
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Old 26 March 2007, 05:39 AM
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Comment: I was working for this woman recently, and her husband is an
independent documentary film maker. Somehow we had gotten onto the topic
of McDonald's somehow, and she mentioned that her husband had worked on a
piece describing that they put saccharine or some other kind of sweet
substance in their hamburger meat to keep people hooked and addicted to
their burgers. It seems plausible, I wouldn't know, so I figured I would
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Old 26 March 2007, 10:28 AM
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Comment: I was working for this woman recently, and her husband is an
independent documentary film maker. Somehow we had gotten onto the topic
of McDonald's somehow, and she mentioned that her husband had worked on a
piece describing that they put saccharine or some other kind of sweet
substance in their hamburger meat to keep people hooked and addicted to
their burgers. It seems plausible, I wouldn't know, so I figured I would
ask.
1) Saccharine isn't addictive.
2) It becomes bitter when you cook it
3) There are cheaper ways to sweeten meat.
4) McDonald's doesn't put sugar in their meat- they put it in the buns so they caramelize easier.*

*according to my mother, who worked at McD's for 7 years while in school. This could very well have changed though.

ETA: Subway does put sweetener in their meatballs. I believe it was corn syrup. I learned this working there and having to read the ingredient label to see if there was any pork in them for a customer.

ETA2: This is off McD's website
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Beef Patty:
100% pure USDA inspected beef; no additives, no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).
Regular Bun:
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, soybean oil, canola oil, contains 2% or less of each of the following: salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, soy flour, ammonium sulfate, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium chloride, baking soda, sorbic acid, deactivated dry yeast, dough conditioners (may contain one or more the following: distilled monoglycerides, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium peroxide, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, enzymes, guar gum), calcium propionate & sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin. CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY
Underlining mine.

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Old 26 March 2007, 05:28 PM
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ETA: Subway does put sweetener in their meatballs. I believe it was corn syrup. I learned this working there and having to read the ingredient label to see if there was any pork in them for a customer.
I'm sure that this is because the tomato sauce used for the meatball subs at Subway also has high-fructose corn syrup (like ketchup and some brands of red "pasta sauce"). This way, the meatballs don't taste all that different from the sauce, even though they don't "stew" in the sauce for long enough to pick up the taste from it.
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Old 27 March 2007, 04:57 AM
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Comment: I was told a woman put a McDonalds hamburger patty in a closed
container and placed it in a cabinet. Six years later it had not rotted or
broken down.

Is there any truth to that?
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Old 27 March 2007, 05:41 AM
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I know on Morgan's McDonald movie (and/or book) (Supersize me, I believe), he did have several McDonald's items in a plastic container. After 6 weeks, I believe, the fries were the exact same. Maybe a bit crunchier.

Can't remember about the burgers, or fish (although, IIRC, the fish rotted first) or chicken. I want to say that the burger basically stayed the same....

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Old 27 March 2007, 05:20 PM
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Back in the early 90's (1992 IIRC), McDonald's Canada became this country's biggest pizza restaurant overnight. It was marketed that each and every McD's would now serve pizza in both a "personal" and "family" size. The product failed to sell and disappeared from the menu. I assume that the pizza ovens were removed and sold, as around 1994/5, there was this huge explosion of 2-for-1, 3-for-1 and even 4-for-1 pizza places in the area. My theory is that they have the surplus ovens from McD's after they got out of the pizza business.

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I don't think so. When I worked there, the ovens used were "multi-purpose" and were also used to bake the muffins and the baked pies. They also had lots of other neat things labeled (corn on the cob?) on the digital display that we didn't sell, but maybe that was to account for regional things.
Maybe you're right, though. Anyone work through the switchover? Did they switch ovens?
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Old 06 April 2007, 06:47 PM
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Comment: Today at work, a co-worker who is a former 2nd chef, claims that
McDonald's food suppliers "soak everything in sugar water, prior to
freezing" (This includes hamburger patties, and french fries)....
supposedly as a type of preservative....any truth to it?!?!?

sounds kinda fishy to me...but I guess anything can happen.
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Old 07 April 2007, 05:07 AM
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Comment: Today at work, a co-worker who is a former 2nd chef, claims that
McDonald's food suppliers "soak everything in sugar water, prior to
freezing" (This includes hamburger patties, and french fries)....
supposedly as a type of preservative....any truth to it?!?!?

sounds kinda fishy to me...but I guess anything can happen.
How much preservative do you need for frozen food?
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Old 08 April 2007, 03:41 PM
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As has been said before, the fries are lightly sprayed with sugar-water to make them brown better when cooking.

Hmmmmmmm! McD's fries!!
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Old 15 April 2007, 07:46 PM
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ETA2: This is off McD's website

Underlining mine.
Beef Patty:
100% pure USDA inspected beef; no additives, no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).
Regular Bun:
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, soybean oil, canola oil, contains 2% or less of each of the following: salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, soy flour, ammonium sulfate, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium chloride, baking soda, sorbic acid, deactivated dry yeast, dough conditioners (may contain one or more the following: distilled monoglycerides, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium peroxide, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, enzymes, guar gum), calcium propionate & sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin. CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY
I'm not at all surprised. I can't find hamburger buns in the grocery store that don't have high fructose corn syrup. Only a few of the brands of bread that my local stores carry don't have it as well, and they're more expensive. HFCS is in everything.

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Old 01 May 2007, 03:24 AM
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Comment: Is Taco Bell's meat really made our of a cow's jaw?
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Old 01 May 2007, 08:35 AM
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My folks were travelling in upper Michigan and they stopped at a McD that also offered Brats with Sauerkraut on a bun.
it's been a lot of years, but the one in St. Ignace (just before the bridge) used to sell fried smelt when they were in season.
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Comment: Is Taco Bell's meat really made our of a cow's jaw?
No, but Jello probably is.
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Old 26 May 2007, 06:15 PM
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Comment: Heard a rumor that Wendys is adding caffeine to beverages such as
Hi C and lemonaide in their restaurants and that ALL available beverages
have added caffeine.
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Old 26 May 2007, 06:20 PM
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Comment: What really is inside a Mc Donald Hamburger (mostly corn)
True or false
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Old 27 May 2007, 06:51 PM
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Comment: Is Taco Bell's meat really made our of a cow's jaw?
Taco Bell serves barbacoa?
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Old 28 May 2007, 12:07 AM
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Comment: Heard a rumor that Wendys is adding caffeine to beverages such as
Hi C and lemonaide in their restaurants and that ALL available beverages
have added caffeine.
My sister-in-law is highly sensitive to caffeine, and can still eat at Wendy's. Considering how many people would be suing if this were true, I think they're smarter than to do it.

Branching off a bit, though -- Most of the local Wendy's and Burger King's serve brewed ice tea. The local McD's used to, then switched to the tea concentrate that plugs into the soda dispenser. Is this true overall, or just a regional thing?
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Old 28 May 2007, 02:45 AM
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The Mickey D's across the street from where I work still brews their own iced tea. It's actually pretty decent iced tea, too.
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Old 30 May 2007, 01:01 PM
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They are french fries with melted mozzerella and brown gravy.
I had something like this at a place in MS; they were called "white trash fries".

Has anyone every tried the spam at the MickeyDs in HI? Hubby loved it.
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