Real Time Web Analytics Foodie Gossip: McRib Hoopla

Sunday, November 28, 2010

McRib Hoopla

Can someone explain to me what the fascination is with McDonald’s McRib Sandwich? Processed pork and an abundance of synthetic ingredients? Sounds delish…

…Not really. What it does sound like:

- A heart-attack-in-the-box
- Cancer waiting to happen
- A really bad hangover
- Mc Mystery Meat

Moreover, the marketing tactics that McDonalds has used to promote McRib sales are so blunt, I’m surprised it’s actually worked. Just google “mcrib” + “artificial scarcity” and you’ll see what I mean.

The image on the left is how McDonald's advertizes their McNasty sandwich. The image on the right is what they really give you for your McDollars:

I’ve listed the McRib Nutrition Facts below. Here's my advice: If you can’t pronounce it, DON’T EAT IT!!

McRib Nutritional Info: 500 calories, 240 calories from fat, 26 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein, 11 g sugars.

McRib Pork Patty
Pork, water, salt, dextrose, BHA and BHT and propyl gallate and citric acid (preservatives).

McRib Bun
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, corn meal, wheat gluten, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, dextrose, sugar, malted barley flour, cultured wheat flour, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate (preservative), soy lecithin.

McRib Sauce
Water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor (plant source), food starch-modified, salt, sugar, spices, soybean oil, xanthan gum, onion powder, garlic powder, chili pepper, sodium benzoate (preservative), caramel color, beet powder.

Pickle Slices
Cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural flavors (plant source), polysorbate 80, extractives of turmeric (color).
Slivered Onions

Allergens: Wheat, Soybean Food Sensitivities: Gluten

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