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'All I Got Was a Plaque': Big Mac Creator Dies

Jim Delligatti started selling his burger for 45 cents

(Newser) - When he put two beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a "special sauce" on a double-sliced sesame seed bun, Michael "Jim" Delligatti could've had no idea that he'd just created what would become America's most famous burger. The McDonald's franchisee from Pennsylvania never... More »

McDonald's Is Testing the 'Grand Mac'

And the 'Mac Jr.,' for those with daintier appetites

(Newser) - The Big Mac turns 50 next year, and McDonald's has decided to update its signature menu item from 1967 for an age when the average burger—and the average American—is bigger. A super-sized "Grand Mac" was rolled out in the test markets of central Ohio and Dallas/Fort... More »

McDonald's Is Changing How It Preps Its Buns

Fasten your seatbelt: the toasting times, they are a-changing

(Newser) - McDonald's has floated some pretty radical changes in its apparently relentless zeal to reboot , or as CEO Steve Easterbrook puts it, the chain's "recommitting to hotter, tastier food." The latest is literally "hotter," but not so radical: As Time reports, the chain will begin... More »

Driver Leads Police Chase... so He Can Finish Big Mac

Not surprisingly, alcohol was allegedly involved

(Newser) - Talk about a Mac Attack: An Ohio man allegedly driving at three times the legal alcohol limit led police on a chase so he could finish his Big Mac, the Smoking Gun reports. An officer tried to stop Randall Miller, 31, from pulling out of a McDonald's drive-thru in... More »

If McDonald's Doubled Wages, Big Macs Would Rise ... 68 Cents

Researcher calculates bump to $15 an hour

(Newser) - Fast-food workers want to make a "living wage" of $15 an hour . Chains say they'd have to jack up prices if that ever happened. But just how high? Turns out, not as high as you might think, at least according to a University of Kansas researcher. He found... More »

25K Big Macs? Man Marks Milestone Today

Don Gorske will celebrate at McDonald's

(Newser) - Don Gorske ate his first Big Mac on May 17, 1972. Today, 39 years later, he will eat his 25,000th. Gorske, 57, normally eats two of the McDonald’s classics a day, but has eaten just one on a number of days this year so that he could hit... More »

New Health Ad Targets Death by Big Mac

Don't be lovin' it, commercial warns

(Newser) - A health group with a beef against McDonald's is taking its complaint to TV. A new ad by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine features a chubby dead man in a morgue still gripping a half-eaten burger, and implies McDonald's is to blame. The words "I was lovin'... More »

Movie Popcorn = 3 Quarter Pounders, Plus Butter

It's as unhealthy as it was 15 years ago

(Newser) - Figure 1,600 calories, 60 grams of saturated fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium—that’s what you’re eating when you scarf down a medium helping of movie popcorn at the nation's biggest theater chain. Add a soda and it’s the equivalent of eating a pound of baby... More »

Burger King Slammed for Seducing 'Whopper Virgins'

Campaign to bring burger to newbies leaves bad taste in critics' mouths

(Newser) - Burger King is catching flak for taking the burger wars to places that don't even have a word for burger, Wall Street Journal reports. In a campaign critics are calling crass, the company sought out "Whopper Virgins" in far-flung locations from Greenland to Transylvania who had never eaten a... More »

In Tough Times, McDonald's Revives a Jingle

'Two all-beef patties' Big Mac slogan seeks new tune on MySpace

(Newser) - In 1974, with an unpopular war raging and inflation on the rise, McDonald's launched a jingle—"Two all beef patties, special sauce..."—to promote its signature product, the Big Mac. Decades later, in similar circumstances, the fast food giant is reintroducing the mantra-like list of ingredients via... More »

Mickey D's Risks Big in Java War

New coffee line is risky business for Golden Arches, Tribune says

(Newser) - McDonald’s may have Egg McMuffin on its face if it can't out-grind Starbucks with a new line of premium coffees, the Chicago Tribune reports. The new coffee rollout, threatened by a shaky economy, marks one of the company’s riskiest launches ever, according to analysts. As food and labor... More »

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