8008 Snacks

Chicken McNuggets: 25 years of dunkable chicken

McNuggets now old enough to rent a car

By Keith Shaw
Secretary of Snacks

You know you're getting old when you realize that the Chicken McNugget is now a quarter of a century old.

According to McDonald's, the McNugget was introduced to the national U.S. menu in 1983. (For some reason, I think I remember eating McNuggets a lot earlier than 1983, but it's possible that upstate New York got to enjoy McNuggets before the rest of the country.) McDonald's says McNuggets are now sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.

As part of McNugget Mania, the restaurant chain has launched a new fan site, Nuggnuts.com, where people can express their joy of McNuggets. We'd rather just have you read our article on McNuggets, written a few years ago when McDonald's switched their recipe to include "all white meat" and eliminate the game of McNugget Roulette (the odd chance you'd get a dark meat McNugget).

Some additional thoughts on McNuggets:

  • At the moment it's one of the only items from McDonald's that my daughter will eat (she won't touch the hamburgers). She digs the fries, so there's hope for her.
  • I still think that the Sweet & Sour Sauce is better than the barbecue sauce. Another great innovation at McDonald's is the ability to pump your own S&S or BBQ sauce instead of having to ask for the packets at the counter – you can now dunk your fries in the sauces without having to buy McNuggets. I'm not even sure whether McDonald's still offers the other sauces (hot mustard perhaps?).