McDonald's Shocks World With Announcement of New Spicy Chicken McNuggets

The fast food giant is giving nugget enthusiasts two reasons to celebrate with the impending launch of heat-assisted McNuggets and the new Mighty Hot Sauce.


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The nugget enthusiasts community was rocked Tuesday morning by an announcement from McDonald's regarding a self-described "flavor innovation" coming soon to its dippable poultry.

The fast food chain revealed in a press release opening with the line "We know spice is in the eye of the beholder" that this fall will bring the launch of two new spice-centered drops, the Spicy Chicken McNuggets and a new dipper dubbed the Mighty Hot Sauce.

In a statement, the brand's VP of Menu Innovation—Linda VanGosen—explained the historical significance of spicing up some nuggets.

"This is the first time we've introduced a new flavor of our classic Chicken McNuggets in the U.S. since they came to menus in 1983," VanGosen said Tuesday. "As our customers have been asking for Spicy McNuggets for some time now, we couldn't think of a better time to bring them to our menus. We can't wait for McNuggets fans to get a taste of these new spicy options."

The spiced-up nuggets will feature a tempura breading that's coated with a blend that includes cayenne and chili peppers. The new hot sauce, meanwhile, is balanced with a dash of sweet and notably marks the first new dipping sauce the brand has launched in three years.

Naturally, McDonald's—who made headlines earlier this year thanks to a line of Quarter Pounder candles—is pairing this doubled down approach to heat with the launch of a new Chips Ahoy! McFlurry.

Ahead of the newness, set to begin its availability on Sept. 16, the Wendy's jokes and related commentary is already piling up:

.@Wendys be like...

— Michael Scally 🏳️‍🌈 🐀 (SAME USERNAME ELSEWHERE) (@FizzVsTheWorld) August 25, 2020

The precision of mass-producing a spicy nugget means consumers are STILL waiting for this product after months (years?) of testing.

But the precision of mass-producing said nugget means it can instantly be in every location in the country.

Big Food is amazing.

— Myles Udland (@MylesUdland) August 25, 2020

2020 has a fighting chance now.

— Adam Thomas (@BeachballDelay) August 25, 2020

Don't worry @Wendys I shan't betray you, my spicy love.

— Connor Small (@ConnorSmall) August 25, 2020

See @ChickfilA, even Mickey D's gets it. Do the world a favor and bring them out already.

— Matthew (@shonole) August 25, 2020

Pray for McDonald's workers yall. This is going to be holy hell

— LastEldenLordOfKrypton 🐝#HiveSZN (@GodofKrypton) August 25, 2020

This is the most important thing to ever happen to me and that's not even being dramatic

— Daisy Ruth (@daisyjruth) August 25, 2020

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