Secret's out on McDonald's hidden menu
Tired of your typical McDonald's cheeseburger or chicken nugget meal? Then you might want to try something off the fast food chain's secret menu.
Last weekend, a McDonald's manager from the United Kingdom confirmed in a post on the popular website Reddit that customers can order items off a "secret menu" that isn't posted in the store.
User Orchidhibiscus wrote that customers can customize their sandwiches or make changes to menu items through special requests, which are called "grill orders."
The employee also clarified that the fast food company did not officially make the hidden menu and that customers would probably have to ask for specific additional ingredients.
"Order one and the workers might not know it by name … but if you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it's just another 'grill order' that we can make up," wrote Orchidhibiscus.
The Land, Sea and Air burger, which is a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken smashed together in one sandwich, and the McGangBang, a McChicken stuffed between the beef patties of a McDouble, are just some of the popular items from the mysterious menu.
Customers can find the menu and others from similar restaurants online on sites like #HackTheMenu, an unofficial resource that lists secret menu items, many of which were created by customers and then spread by word of mouth.
Some UCF students heard about the McDonald's secret menu this way.
Arielle Willis, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders, said that she heard about the menu from her boyfriend.
"I … actually asked for a McGangBang the first time and the guy laughed at me," Willis said. But she added that the employees at the McDonald's knew what she was talking about.
Other students also said that some of the items off the secret menu, such as the McGangBang, weren't so secret.
"When I ordered it for the first time, they knew what I was talking about when I ordered it by name," said Andrew Goto, a junior communication sciences and disorders major.
Goto said he and his high school friends, some of which worked at McDonald's, went crazy for the secret menu item.
In a statement made to Mashable, an online media company, a McDonald's spokesperson said, "We do not have a secret menu at McDonald's UK. That's because we love the food that we serve in our restaurants and we don't want to keep it a secret from our customers."
But the spokesperson did say customers could ask for changes made to their orders, as long as they paid for any additional costs.
Deanna Ferrante is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.