3 August 2016

The Story of My First Ever Big Mac

Up until the grand old age of 35, I had never had a Big Mac.

We were never taken to McDonalds as kids, and my later teen years were marred by vegetarianism. I was probably in my mid-twenties before I'd ventured to one of their many restaurants for anything other than a milkshake. 

Even in more recent years, where my visits to the famous fast food chain have become more frequent, I've still never been overly tempted by their flagship product. That middle bit of bread just didn't seem *right* to me, and I was a little wary of that unusual sauce colour too...

But when I had the opportunity to check out the new changes to one of their Leeds restaurants, including the chance to make my very own Big Mac, I figured it was about time for me to see what all the fuss is about! 

Before we got the the food though, it was time to meet the McDonalds team to learn about the new upgrades and dispel any McDonalds myths ('what's really in the fries?' people have been known to ask... the answer is simply, and obviously, 'potatoes').

This was followed by a tour of the restaurant, so we could see the new changes in action. My favourite of the recent developments is the capacity for touch screen ordering. I love this! I don't really like talking to people at the best of times. I'm awkward and easily flustered and generally a bit socially inept. So trying to order at McDonalds, where its loud and and fast and busy and I have to deal with the complicated orders of several people in one go while figuring out what I want myself can be a little... overwhelming, (This probably sounds a little dramatic, its not actually that bad - but certainly not as easy and calm as the screen!) 

The touch screen makes it so much easier for ordering anything 'awkward' too - particularly helpful for my sauce-and-salad hating other half as we can simply amend the orders to not include the less desirable items (no more pickles!) The orders are send straight to the kitchen, where everything is made to order! The new ordering system is also great for fully seeing all your options - its easy to request carrot sticks or melon bags instead of fries with your meal, for instance: something I wouldn't have done before in the aim of making ordering at the counter as smooth as possible. If you liked the traditional ordering method though, don't worry - that's still available! 

Once we had our head around the ordering, we had a tour around the storerooms and kitchens so we could see how those orders get turned into hot meals! A brief visit to the freezers was particularly welcome, as our visit was on an extremely hot day. You probably wont be surprised to hear they go through a LOT of food supplies... my favourite McDonalds fact of the day was that these guys sell more coffee than Starbucks AND Costa together!

Then, after a quick demonstration, it was time for us to don our aprons and hats and have a go at making our very own Big Macs. I kindly volunteered Jamie to go first (sorry Jamie!) before I had my go. I like to think mine turned out ok, especially for a first time!

The proof of the pudding is in the eating though of course, so how was my first ever Big Mac? Pretty darn good actually! It's great to know my fears were unfounded and I'm sure this wont be my last! I was also presented with a Chocolate and Honeycomb Frappe (after previously being visibly giddy about it's awesomely creamy appearance!) and it was every bit as good as I'd hoped!

Big thanks to McDonalds for being so hospitable and making me expand my food horizons! (And also apologies for the lack of photos - I promise I took plenty but then managed to destroy them all!)

* Compensation has been provided for this post (financially and foodily)


  1. My mouth is watering. I lobe a good Big Mac & could demolish one now...but diets. Pah.
    You did a fab job xx

  2. Wow can't believe you've only just had a Big Mac! When I was a kid my Mum only ever let us order plain hamburgers and small fries so as soon as I hit my teens I made it my mission to work my way through the menu.

    We don't really go too often but I am quite partial to their breakfasts every now and again.

    Very jealous you got to see behind the scenes, I'd love to see what goes into making the food and I have so many questions!

  3. Oh wow! I can't believe this was your first Big Mac :O
    I'm glad to hear you liked it and now I have a mighty craving lol
    Though after watching Super Size Me I went off McD's for a few years hah


  4. This sounds like such a good experience. I'd love to go 'behind the scenes' at McDonalds. Big Macs are my favourite, glad you enjoyed your first one! Also I love the touch screens, same as you I'd rather use a computer than talk to a person. How terrible does that sound! :| xo


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