If you get an email about a new Oreo Burger at McDonald's, delete it; it's Spam!
In a world where many are focusing more on unprocessed, single-ingredient foods, China seems to be trending in the opposite direction. As a registered dietitian, I'm not a fan of the low-nutrient food typically found at McDonald's, but I also defended them a bit after Supersize Me came out. Eating 5000kcal a day of any single food is unhealthy; that isn't exclusive to McDonald's.
For a single day (Dec 21), McDonald's across China released an Oreo and Spam "burger." It features two thick slices of Spam, Oreo crumbles, and McDonald's signature burger sauce. I don't know if anything intersects health and deliciousness like canned spiced ham, chocolate cookie crumbles, and mayo. Sarcasm aside, I would be very interested in sitting in a room with this product's creators. I would try my best not to judge them, too!
It was met with a lot of social media buzz and sold pretty well. The limited quantity sold out in some of their locations, and the news reported people supporting its flavor combinations. Some of the complaints were that the burger wasn't big enough! This shouldn't be too surprising, I guess, as China has been pumping out several odd mixtures at fast-food restaurants. It joins the shrimp and mango pizza ranks with 1000 island sauce from Pizza Hut, Wasabi ice cream from Dairy Queen, and a bubble tea pizza from Dominos, to name some of the weirder ones.
While this horror seemed to sell well in China, don't expect it at a McDonald's near you anytime soon. I don't doubt that some more adventurous souls would give it a go, but I think America is beginning a push towards health awareness. Currently, 2/3 of our country is overweight or obese, so there is still a lot of work to do, but exercising and paying attention to our diets is on the rise as a whole.
McDonalds China is introducing a new Oreo x Spam burger on December 21. There will be 400,000 produced and sold.
(Look, I saw this so you have to see it too. Sorry, that's how it works). pic.twitter.com/QCiog64wAY
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 18, 2020