The first fast-food menu item that I ever remember absolutely loving was McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. I started loving those things when I was young – maybe kindergarten-aged. I remember going to the McDonald’s on Telegraph and Square Lake near our house in Michigan, and ordering a six-piece McNuggets, always with barbeque sauce, with fries and that orange drink that McDonald’s used to sell. This was back in the day when McDonald’s still served all their food in styrofoam containers, and the six-pack McNugget box had a special built-in spot for the packet of dipping sauce. Then, the fries would go in the lid of the McNugget box, and I’d be all set.
I remember loving McNuggets so much that I would get annoyed if we, as a family, ever went to Burger King, because they didn’t have McNuggets, and I didn’t remember liking hamburgers all that much. I’m sure I ate them, but hamburgers were an option only when McNuggets weren’t around.
I remember thinking, when I was a kid, “maybe when I’m older and bigger I’ll be able to get the 9-piece McNuggets!” I can’t recall when I graduated from 6 pieces to 9 pieces, but I know it happened. I also know that when I was in my last couple years of high school, when I had my driver’s license and access to a car that I shared with my sister, I graduated from 9-piece to the 20-piece, which I would order when I was alone, in the car, with no chance of seeing or running into anyone I knew.
I’ve been thinking about McNuggets the past couple of days because, on Friday, when I was running some errands (bank, post office, oil change, smog test), I drove past a McDonalds that had a sign up advertising their 50-piece McNuggets for $9.99.
That’s right, a 50-piece order of McNuggets!
I haven’t seen any other advertising for this particular menu item, but I’m really curious about who orders 50 McNuggets and what they do with them. Do they bring them home for their whole family to enjoy? To they show up at potlucks or dinner parties with 50 McNuggets as their contribution to the festivities? (“Hey, Sharon, thanks for inviting us to your Memorial Day get-together, and guess what! We’re bringing the McNuggets!”) And how many packets of dipping sauces come with 50 McNuggets? Does McDonald’s have 50 McNuggets ready to go at all times in case someone orders them, or are they deep-fried to order? I have so many questions!
I’m not going to get into what’s inside a Chicken McNugget. I’ve read “Fast Food Nation,” and I know it’s not pretty, and you can Google it for yourself – I don’t want to gross anyone out with this blog. But I was curious about the nutritional breakdown, and, as it turns out, that’s pretty gross, too. Based on the information available on the McDonald’s website, I calculated the following:
A 50-piece order of McNuggets has:
- 2,300 calories
- 145 grams of fat
- 25 grams of saturated fat
- 5,000 mg of sodium
I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a Chicken McNugget. And you know what? I’m not going to be having another one for a looong time.
Keep it up, David!