The McGriddles sandwich is a breakfast sandwich sold by the international fast food chain McDonald's. It was launched in 2003 and is available in the following markets: the United States, Turkey, Canada, Poland, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, and New Zealand.
What is a McGriddle made of?
McDonald’s McGriddles® recipe includes thick sliced applewood smoked bacon, fluffy folded eggs, and a slice of melted American cheese. McGriddles® cakes do not contain artificial preservatives or flavors, and do not contain artificial colorings.
What does McGriddle taste like?
McGriddles made their debut in 2003, and to be honest, they are not bad. This is a mushy, soft baking pan cake. McDonald's says it has the sweetness of maple sugar. To be honest, it goes perfectly with the sausage, folded eggs and American cheese on this sandwich.
What is the difference between McGriddle and McMuffin?
The McGriddle version simply sandwiches the chicken between two warm maple bakeware cakes (the normal one has a sausage pie). Meanwhile, the McMuffin version is a chicken pie sandwiched between buttered English muffins with a bit of mayonnaise and a slice of American cheese.
The untold truth of McGriddle
Some people prefer a sweet breakfast, while others prefer a savoury breakfast. Others still stared at the brunch menu until their eyes were blurred, weighing the pros and cons of choosing an omelet over French toast. Tom Ryan may know this. Tom Ryan understands the trend of sweet and savoury breakfast options. So when product developer Ryan was working at McDonald's, he created McGriddle, which changed the world of breakfast sandwiches (via CNBC).
This small, high-calorie invention is simple. The contents of a breakfast sandwich—such as sausage, eggs, and cheese—are sandwiched between two pancakes. But they are not just pancakes: according to McDonald's official website, they are "pancakes", and they are designed to be as decadent as maple syrup.
Sweet pancakes, American cheese, yellow eggs and oily sausage. When McGriddle went on the market in 2003, McDonald's changed, sandwiches changed, and breakfast became more indulgent. McGriddle designer Tom Ryan continues to introduce cheese pie crusts at Pizza Hut-is this a surprise? According to him, the idea of changing the rules of the game "is always simple in hindsight."
Some prefer sweet breakfasts while others prefer them savory. Others still, stare at the brunch menu until their eyes blur, weighing the pros and cons of choosing an omelet over French toast. Tom Ryan probably knew that. Tom Ryan understood the tides of sweet and savory breakfast options. So when Ryan, a product developer, was working for McDonald's, he created the McGriddle, changing the world of breakfast sandwiches for the better (via CNBC).
The small, deeply caloric invention is simple. The contents of a breakfast sandwich — sausage, egg, and cheese, for example — are nestled between two pancakes. But they're not just any pancakes: according to McDonald's official site, they're "griddle cakes," and they're decadently designed to taste like maple syrup.
Sweet griddle cakes, American cheese, alarmingly yellow egg, and oily sausage. When the McGriddle hit the market in 2003, McDonald's changed, sandwiches changed, and breakfast got a little more indulgent. McGriddle designer Tom Ryan went on to launch cheese-stuffed crust at Pizza Hut — is that a surprise? According to him, the game-changing ideas "always seem simple in hindsight."
The McGriddle helped boost McDonald's breakfast menu
For decades, McDonald's has been known and loved for its burgers and French fries-they are not exactly breakfast foods unless you are actually eating them. According to Ryan (via First We Feast), breakfast foods that already exist are strictly salty, and McDonald's needs sweets. Sweets such as pancakes, French toast, and waffles can be troublesome. Ryan explained that the goal is to design something that can be held in the hands of customers. After all, isn’t this what fast food is all about?
In order to ensure that the sandwich is syrupy and not sloppy, McDonald’s designed the maple-flavored crystals to be mixed into the baking pan cake. The crystals are designed to melt at a certain temperature-a true melting experience. Therefore, McGriddle diners can get rid of the inconvenience caused by the sticky syrup package. According to Ryan, it took a year and a half to fully implement syrup crystals at McDonald's nationwide-it was not easy, but it was very rewarding.
McDonald's is still testing the taste of McGriddle
Although McGriddle's simplicity is one of its winning features-no additional sauces, condiments or decorations-the chain is still testing ways to expand the McGriddle empire. In 2020, McDonald's added fried chicken pie to its breakfast menu, sandwiched between two frying pan cakes. Although the idea is meaningful (it is pleasantly reminiscent of chicken and waffles), not everyone is satisfied. According to Thrillist, food writer Kat Thompson points out that the simple chicken pie takes away the exciting contrast and flavor of the sausage, egg, and cheese combination. We can't help but wonder how Chic-fil-A feels.
McDonald's also tried other ways. According to "Food and Wine", the French toast version of McGriddle became popular in the Midwest in 2018. According to the Chicago Tribune, even McGriddle, loaded with spam, made its debut in Hawaii. In 2019, the chain began testing Blueberry McGriddles in Washington, DC. According to Food and Wine, this is exactly what you imagine: a quiet, unremarkable McGriddle sandwich wrapped in two maple-flavored, blueberry-inlaid baking pan cakes. According to the Washington Post, food reporter Tim Kaman tried a test drive sandwich, only to express concerns about the health risks and sugar collapse that the new Magdalene might cause. Remember that moderation can be a good thing.
Sweet-savory combos are still everywhere
McGriddle is by no means the first sweet and salty sandwich to leave a mark on curious consumers. According to The Kitchn, the Monte Cristo sandwich—a crisp, decadent ham and cheese sandwich topped with jam and powdered sugar—has been appearing in American cafes for decades. Elvis’ favorite sandwich combines peanut butter, bacon and banana chips (via Serious Eats). If we have seen it, it is a combination of sweet and salty. As sandwich makers continue to push the limits of grilled cheese (in the best possible way), they have successfully added figs, dates, and strawberry jam to butter sandwiches. Let’s not forget the game-changing Thanksgiving leftover sandwich with fillings, turkey, and a chunk of cranberry sauce (via The Spruce Eats).
But in the success of sweet and savory flavors, McGriddle stands out as a fast food innovation-not only full of indulgence, but also for convenience. It is not easy for other large chains to emulate McGriddle's success. When Taco Bell released its Bacon Waffle Taco, a group of professional taste testers compared it with McGriddle. According to Consumer Reports, McDonald's Classic won. Those syrup crystals must have reached their best condition.