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McDonald’s Has a Secret Menu, But It's Not What You Think

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If you want something, just ask for it!

Don't be afraid to ask for it 'your way.'

If you’re one of those people who’s always on the lookout for hacks or secret menus at fast food chains, then you’re in luck: McDonald’s has a secret menu, but not in the way you might think.

On a recent AMA on Reddit, a Scotland-based McDonald’s manager was asked if there’s a secret menu. Here’s his answer:

“You can order from the 'Secret Menu.' Just like with any of our sandwiches, you can add, remove or change ingredients by special request. These are called 'grill orders' (i.e. Big Mac no pickle)

The items on the 'secret menu' weren't invented by anyone officially at McDonald's, it's just a random persons [sic] guide to burgers you could potentially 'hack' at McDonald's.

…If you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it's just another 'grill order' that we can make up.”

So if you’re looking for a secret menu at McDonald’s, don’t think that there are code-named sandwiches every employee is aware of (although some do exist). Instead, know that you can get any combination of sandwich ingredients you want; all you have to do is ask.

15 Darkest, Most Disgusting McDonald's Secrets

It’s about time you learnt the REAL truth about McDonald’s!

Since being founded in 1955, McDonald’s has become the most popular place to eat, and is the sixth-largest private employer in the United States. People love to stop off at the golden arches, grabbing a quick bite or picking up something while on the go. It is no surprise people have focused documentaries on the fast food chain, trying to expose just how dangerous the food is. With documentaries and social media exposing the dirty secrets, people still need their fries and Chicken McNuggets. To freak you out even more, here are some scary stats about how popular the fast food restaurant is. According to, "McDonald's sells more than 75 hamburgers every second. 3. McDonald's feeds 68 million people per day, that's about 1 percent of the world's population."

However, from tampered food and extra special toppings to health destroying deadly salads and subliminal messages, it would be shocking if you were still ‘lovin’ it’ at McDonald’s after these 15 secrets - it’s about time you learnt the REAL truth about McDonald’s!

There's a reason they're not called milkshakes

We are, under no circumstances, telling you not to get your annual Shamrock Shakes. Doing so would be a crime against humanity, and is more than should be expected of any human. But we do want to tell you why they're called "shakes" and not "milkshakes." Snopes says there's been a rumor going around that they can't be called milkshakes because they don't contain dairy products, but that's not true at all. They definitely use milk in those shakes. but they don't use ice cream.

Instead, they combine reduced fat soft serve (which may or may not be able to be called ice cream, depending on your state), with flavored syrup for whichever flavor you order, along with whipped cream. It's designed that way to not just be fast, but consistent across all McDonald's, so while you're not getting something that's quite as gross as you might think, you're not getting any real ice cream, either — and that's why they're not called milkshakes.

Anything from the McCafe machines

One McDonald's employee on Reddit goes into some extreme detail when it comes to explaining just why they refuse to drink any beverage that comes out of the McCafe machine. They say it's incredibly difficult to clean completely, and that in their experience, it's one of the machines that gets routinely neglected. They describe the insides as being caked with inches of gunk, and claim they've seen it at multiple locations.

This is one instance where it really depends on the staff at each location, and several other employees chime in to say their store cleans their McCafe machine on a nightly basis. They say it takes 30 to 45 minutes to clean the machine properly, so it's easy to see how it might not get done regularly at a location where the staff is less than diligent about cleanliness or not trained in the proper procedures. Some employees know not to take the risk.

McDonald's Special Sauce Recipe

There is no juicy Big Mac without special sauce. As the jingle says, "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun." But the sauce, while special, is not so secret. We have the original recipe so you can replicate its flavor and texture to top your homemade burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

The famous condiment has been a hit since it was first used in 1968. Our recipe is actually from the "McDonald's Manager's Handbook," published in 1969. The booklet was meant to be used only in an emergency if stores ran out of the premade sauce. In fear of other burger chains learning the recipe and using the sauce in their restaurants, this page of the handbook was quickly removed, a little too late. The recipe was made public the following year and has been available ever since.

This recipe is made up of ingredients you can easily purchase at a store. The original text includes references to brand-name products, so if you want to recreate the exact formula, then this is the way to go. Other brands are also acceptable, and if you need to alter sodium, food coloring, or sugar content, use what you'd normally use in your kitchen.

Our homemade version has all of the flavors you want from the special signature sauce. Use it to turn an ordinary burger or slider into something really special. Or serve it alongside other fast-food staples like fries, chicken nuggets, or sandwiches.

This Is For Everyone That Still Eats at McDonald’s (Even if they won’t admit it!)

Someone recently asked me what I think the worst ingredients are at McDonald’s and my first thought was… “Um, where do I start?!” The 37-page ingredient list for McDonald’s reads like an encyclopedia of nutrition-less, additive-filled, processed food. It should be pretty obvious that I don’t eat at McDonald’s (and many of you may not either) but I still have family members and friends that eat there on a regular basis (and I can guess you probably do too!).

According to a recent Morgan Stanley report, young adults eat at McDonald’s more than any other restaurant. What I found funny about their report is that while they eat there, they won’t admit it to their friends because they consider the food there so low quality.

Although most of us realize their food isn’t healthy and McDonald’s reports that their sales are struggling – they continue to feed thousands of Americans, day in and day out and that’s why it’s so important for you to share this information with all your friends and family members.

Do the people that eat at McDonald’s realize how many questionable chemicals they are eating in one meal?

McDonald’s announced recently that they are going through some major menu changes, and will be nixing some unnecessary ingredients. They also are finally listening to us, and will stop using chickens that are injected with growth-promoting antibiotics, along with dairy products raised with the growth hormone rbST but they still are using a lot of factory farmed meat and the beef is still raised with antibiotics.

McDonald’s even said they might add kale to their menu, by putting it in salads or in a smoothie. I LOVE kale, and I hope they don’t find a way to ruin it. You know the saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”. So, they need to do a lot more than just add kale to their menu before I’d ever eat there. The problem is that millions are still eating there and consuming several questionable food additives that McDonald’s could remove entirely if they really wanted to.

I know this because McDonald’s is already doing it for our friends overseas.

If you compare their ingredients with what they serve in London, you’ll see that many of the food additives used in the U.S. aren’t used over there at all, such as TBHQ, BHA, propyl gallate, azodicarbonamide, sodium phosphate and artificial colors. Instead of frying their food in partially hydrogenated oils laced with dimethylpolysiloxane like they do in the U.S., they use a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil blend instead. They also serve organic milk and don’t use GMO ingredients overseas – all while serving us GMOs here in the States. What they’re serving in other countries isn’t perfect, but it’s better.

When you eat just ONE single menu item at McDonald’s, even a “healthy” item like their Premium Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, you’re really eating ingredients like powdered cellulose, soybean oil, autolyzed yeast extract, and high fructose corn syrup – and that doesn’t even include the dressing that’s loaded with more soybean oil and refined sugars. It’s no wonder that America is struggling as a nation with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. What would happen if McDonald’s took the lead here and finally ditched the worst ingredients on their menu? How much would the health of our nation improve?

My “Hit List” of the WORST 12 ingredients at McDonald’s No One Should Be Eating (8 of them aren’t even used in the UK at all)!

I compiled a little hit list of the biggest offenders on McDonald’s menu. If they got rid of these ingredients, dozens of menu items would be transformed for the better. Inform your friends!

1. Partially Hydrogenated Oils (19 menu items) : These oils have no place in our food, as the main source of trans fats in our diet that has been unequivocally linked to heart disease and death. Until the FDA finally bans it, this ingredient should be voluntarily removed. Why should they wait for the FDA to force them to take it out when they already don’t use it in other countries? McDonald’s uses partially hydrogenated oil in their “liquid margarine” that’s used to cook their eggs – and even their “egg whites” that are advertised as a healthier option. You’ll find it in virtually all of their breakfast items with either an egg or biscuit, like Egg McMuffins, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel, and even in their low-calorie “Egg White Delight”.

2. Artificial Colors or Caramel Color (31 menu items) : Artificial colors are an easy ingredient to ditch, since they don’t serve a purpose other than making “food” look better. These ingredients are on EWG’s Dirty Dozen Food Additives list, because caramel coloring is associated with cancer and there’s ongoing debate about the effects of artificial colors on children’s behavior. I’m a sucker for good ice cream, but McDonald’s doesn’t have it. McDonald’s chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shakes are all artificially colored with either Red 40 or Yellow 5. Their “McCafe” mochas and chocolate chip frappes are tainted with artificial color Red 40 and caramel coloring. They also add caramel color to their “healthy” items like oatmeal and 8-Grain English Muffin (that’s used in the Egg White Delight), probably to make them look darker and more healthful.

3. Azodicarbonamide (aka The Yoga Mat Chemical) (30 menu items) : This ingredient has been dropping like flies ever since I petitioned Subway to remove it from their bread. Pizza Hut, Bimbo Bakeries, Martin’s Potato Bread, Nature’s Own, Olive Garden, Starbucks, and Publix Grocery Store have announced they also have plans to remove the chemical from their products – and I think McDonald’s should be next. The EWG supported my petition because, “It is an industrial chemical added to bread for the convenience of industrial bakers,” and “EWG recommends that consumers take steps to avoid the industrial additive ADA in their food. It is an unnecessary ingredient, its use has raised concerns about occupational exposure, and questions remain about its potential risk to consumers. EWG also calls on all manufacturers to immediately end its use in food”. Nearly every sandwich at McDonald’s is still made with a bun that contains azodicarbonamide, from their most basic hamburger to the classic Big Mac.

4. Carrageenan (44 menu items) : The Cornucopia Institute, has completed an in-depth analysis regarding the safety of this ingredient and subsequently petitioned the FDA to remove carrageenan from the “Generally Regarded As Safe” or GRAS determination. According to Cornucopia, animal studies show that “food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors”. McDonald’s adds carrageenan to “crispy chicken” items like the Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich and the Crispy Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap. You’ll also find carrageenan in their vanilla ice cream, McFlurries, Shakes, and in some breakfast sandwiches like the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles.

5. High Fructose Corn Syrup (30 menu items) : This type of sweetener has been shown to contribute more to obesity and diabetes than regular cane sugar (sucrose). Even if you don’t drink a Coke at McDonald’s, you’ll likely eat something with High Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s in most of the sauces that are slathered on their burgers, the Southwest Chicken wrap, and it’s mixed into their shakes and frappes. Not included in my count, but it’s also found in some of the dipping sauces that come with Chicken McNuggets such as the Sweet n’ Sour, BBQ, and ketchup.

6. Soybean Oil (65 menu items) : Soybean oil is processed to death (usually with toxic hexane) and is very high in omega-6 fatty acids that are associated with an increased the risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. I was downright shocked at the number of items that contain soybean oil at McDonald’s, and it would be a shorter list if I just summarized where you won’t find it! That’s because soybean oil is used in their fried items, buns, eggs, tortillas, and sauces – it’s pretty much impossible to avoid at McDonald’s.

7. TBHQ & Dimethylpolysiloxane (27 menu items) : They use both of these ingredients in the oil in their fryers – but only in North America! TBHQ is a synthetic preservative that McDonald’s competitor Chick-fil-A is finally dumping, as it’s truly unnecessary. TBHQ is derived from petroleum and eating only 1 gram has been shown to cause all sorts of issues, from asthma to allergies, dermatitis, dizziness and it has even been linked to cancer. Dimethylpolysiloxane, the “silly putty” ingredient, simply doesn’t belong in food, and McDonald’s doesn’t use it in their fryers in other countries. So, why use it here? You’ve probably heard about its use in McDonald’s french fries and McNuggets, but you may not realize that it’s in other fried items like the Filet-O-Fish, Crispy Chicken Salads and Crispy Chicken McWraps.

8. BHA & Propyl Gallate (10 menu items) : You’re not starting your day off right with these risky preservatives found in many breakfast items at McDonald’s. These preservatives are used together by McDonald’s and are both on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen List of Food Additives to avoid. BHA has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor and is believed to be a carcinogen, as BHA has caused tumors in animal studies. Propyl gallate has also been associated with tumors and endocrine disruption. You’ll find both of these ingredients in their Sausage Egg McMuffins, Sausage McGriddles, and Big Breakfasts.

9. Hidden MSG, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Protein (23 menu items) : Instead of adding straight-up monosodium glutamate (MSG) to their food, they sneak in other additives (yeast extract and hydrolyzed proteins) that contain free glutamic acid, the main component of MSG. These ingredients are purely used to make you crave their food and eat more than you should, and are excitotoxins that are associated with neurodegenerative diseases. McDonald’s adds these to Chicken McNuggets and Chicken Selects chicken strips, along with some burger sauces like the Big Mac sauce and Buttermilk Ranch sauce. You’ll even find it in salads with crispy chicken.

10. Sodium Phosphate (56 menu items) : This preservative is so commonly used that if you eat processed food, you likely eat it daily. That doesn’t mean it’s safe. When you eat phosphate additives often, it can lead to excessive levels of phosphate in the blood and puts you at risk of chronic kidney disease, increased mortality, heart disease, and accelerated aging. The EWG also warns that sodium phosphate is an additive to avoid. This preservative is used in all of their cheese slices and in their ice cream, so all burgers with cheese and shakes contain it. It also preserves the crispy chicken used in McWraps and salads.

11. Cellulose (30 menu items) : Ground breaking research links this additive to weight gain, inflammation and digestive problems. As reported by CBS News, “A new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds evidence that these chemicals in food can alter the gut bacteria, or microbiome, potentially causing intestinal inflammation which makes a person more likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic syndrome and significant weight gain”. McDonald’s adds cellulose to the shredded cheese in their McWraps, their Sausage Breakfast Burrito, biscuits, shakes, smoothies and ice cream.

12: DATEM (30 menu items) :The acronym “DATEM” stands for “Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Monoglycerides”, and it’s a dough conditioner that is usually derived from soybean or canola oil (GMO crops). This ingredient can be a hidden form of deadly trans fat in our food that most people don’t know about. Just like partially hydrogenated oils, these artificial trans fats have been linked to heart disease and the CDC attributes them to up to 𔄟,000 coronary heart disease deaths each year in the U.S”! This chemical invention is clearly not a necessary ingredient in bread, but you’ll find it in most of McDonald’s buns and in their english muffins.

If you’re like me and still have loved ones eating at McDonald’s, please share this post with them!

The more awareness we can bring to these chemicals that are being served up to thousands of Americans everyday as “food”, the faster these companies will change! I have something new and really exciting coming out next week that can transform your lunchtime eating habits. Make sure you’re subscribed to email updates so that you don’t miss out!

P.S. Maybe this is why McDonald’s is advertising their bathrooms instead of their food now?

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McDonald’s Has a Secret Menu, But It's Not What You Think - Recipes


McDonald’s is a famous fast food brand with operations around the world in more than 100 countries. It is both popular and successful as a fast food chain. The company mainly operates its business through franchisees. Independent franchisees own and operate more than 90% of McDonald’s restaurants around the globe. The success of McD’s can be attributed to several factors including food quality, menu diversity, flavour, customer service and the ability to adapt to fast changing consumer trends. Over the long term, McD’s aims to manage 95% of the restaurants in its system through franchisees. Its restaurants serve a substantially uniform menu except for minor regional variations. The main items on its menu include hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Filet-O-Fish, several chicken sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets, wraps, french fries, salads, oatmeal, shakes, McFlurry desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, pies, soft drinks, coffee, McCafé beverages and other beverages.

Competition in the fast food industry has grown intense due to the rise of several local and international brands. There are several major international fast food brands including Dominos, KFC, Burger King, SubWay, Wendy’s and similar more that are competing for market share with McDonald’s. It is why McD’s spends a significant sum on marketing every year. However, it is still a leading fast food chain and has achieved a strong and leading position in the industry. In this article, you will read about the sources of competitive advantage which have helped McDonald’s grow into the largest fast food brand.

Global Presence:

One major source of competitive advantage for McD is its extensive global presence. McDonald’s restaurants are mainly run through independent franchisees in more than 100 countries. The franchisees own and operate more than 90% of McDonald’s restaurants globally. United States are the largest market for McDonald’s accounting for more than 30% of the company’s revenue. In 2017, its revenue from U.S. was more than 8 Billion dollars. However, McD’s has continued to grow its presence in the other significant markets too. Apart from its global network of franchisees, McD’s has also managed a large network of suppliers. The total number of McDonald’s restaurants globally rose to 37,241 in 2018. Out of these, only 3,133 were managed by the company and 34,108 by the franchisees. Its franchisees achieved net sales of 78.2 Billion dollars and the company’s revenue from the company managed restaurants and franchisee fees was 22.8 Billion dollars. Global presence has led to higher sales and revenue for the brand.

Product range & quality:

While McD’s mainly serves a uniform menu globally with no substantial variations except for small regional ones, its menu is still quite large and diversified. The main items included on its menu are hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Filet-O-Fish, several chicken sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets, wraps, french fries, salads, oatmeal, shakes, McFlurry desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, pies, soft drinks, coffee, McCafé beverages and other beverages. A large and varied product range is meant to cater to the taste and needs of various groups of customers. While the customers of McDonald’s are mainly the millennial generation, they are only the largest group. The number of baby boomer customers of McDonald’s is also large.

Apart from it working professionals who need a quick bite also rely on McD’s for it offers the right food at the right prices. The U.S. based McD’s restaurants and in several international markets too offer a full or limited breakfast menu. Breakfast offerings include Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin with Egg, McGriddles, biscuit and bagel sandwiches and hotcakes mainly. Quality, choice and nutrition are highly important to the modern customers who are health conscious people. McD’s is continuously evolving its menu to meet its customers’ needs and choices. In this way, a large menu becomes a source of distinct advantage for McDonald’s which is the favourite fast food brand of a very large group of customers from all generations.

Brand equity:-

Brand equity is also a major source of advantage for a fast food brand. Today’s customers are both quality and health conscious. They want their food to be good in terms of quality and low on calories. Their taste has changed a lot and they would rely only upon brands that ensure good quality. McDonald’s has built a strong image as a fast food brand that only offers great quality. It has also managed a large supply chain to ensure the availability of good quality raw material. As a fast food brand, it is trusted by millions around the world. However, apart from food, it has all focused on customer service. High customer convenience and a good customer experience inside the stores have also helped the brand build strong equity. It helps retain customers as well as attract new ones and manage a healthy bottom line. Brand equity is an important competitive strength that helps businesses even in economically challenging situations. Otherwise, rising competition is leading to higher operational and marketing costs.

Customer loyalty:-

Creating customer loyalty is difficult in the 21st century. Apart from intense competition and pricing pressure, there are other reasons too that businesses have to struggle to retain their existing customers and build strong customer loyalty. Moreover, customers have higher bargaining power and it is not very costly for them to switch brands. In such a case there are some important factors fast food businesses should mind to build strong customer loyalty. Brand equity, food quality, customer service, in-store environment as well as marketing are all important to building higher customer loyalty than your competitors.

McDonald’s has focused on all these things. Strong brand equity has resulted in high customer loyalty but the brand still invest in R&D and marketing for higher customer engagement. Even as a fast food brand, it has to retain heavy focus on customer service so as to retain them. Apart from a varied and healthy menu, better in-store customer experience also helps retain customers. Today, McDonald’s is the favourite fast food joint of millions globally which is a distinct advantage helping the company get ahead of its rivals.

Supply chain:-

A strong supply chain is the backbone of a large and global business. To run a major fast food chain, you need to ensure regular supply of good quality raw materials. McDonald’s and its franchisees buy food, packaging, equipment and other goods from several independent suppliers. The Company has established and enforces high quality standards and product specifications. It has quality centers around the globe which ensure that the high standards company has set are consistently met. The quality assurance process involves ongoing product reviews as well as on-site supplier visits. A Food Safety Advisory Council, made up of McDonalds’ technical, safety and supply chain specialists, as well as suppliers and outside academia, provides strategic global leadership for all aspects of food safety.

Apart from that McD’s works closely with suppliers for encouraging innovation, best practices and to drive continuous improvement. Leveraging scale, supply chain infrastructure and risk management strategies, it also collaborates with its suppliers for achieving competitive, predictable food and paper costs over the long term (McDonald’s Annual Report 2017) . In this way, the company has managed a strong supply chain which helps it manage high food quality and a tasty menu.


Due to intense competition in the fast food industry, marketing has become more important than ever. It is essential to keep the customers engaged and retain them so that they do not switch brands. McDonald’s uses a mix of traditional and digital channels for advertising and promotions. In 2017, McDonald’s incurred advertising expenses of 532.9 Million dollars and other marketing related expenses of around 100 million dollars. However, this is not its entire expense because the franchisees also bear and contribute to the costs of advertising and promotions. The focus of McDonalds’ marketing and promotional efforts is on value, quality, food taste, menu choice, nutrition, convenience and the customer experience. However, apart from promoting the brand and its products and offers, marketing also tries to achieve higher user engagement and retention. It has helped McDonald’s build a distinct brand image and identity among the fast food brands which works as a source of competitive advantage achieving higher brand recall and sales.

Customer service:-

McDonald’s has always tried to achieve higher customer satisfaction. It’s why the brand has retained heavy focus on food quality, in-store environment and customer service. It also uses digital channels to collect customer feedback and to address complaints and issues. Higher focus on customer service has become more essential than ever for businesses around the globe. It is because apart from helping them build higher customer loyalty and driving customer retention rate high, it also helps the business maintain a strong image and grow its popularity. Several brands like Starbucks have become famous by focusing exclusively on customer service. Businesses also use it for differentiating themselves from others. McDonald’s has also maintained heavy focus on customer service which has helped it engage customers and achieve a competitive advantage.


McDonald’s is the leading and one of the most popular fast food brands of the world. It has achieved strong global growth and is largely managed by franchisees. However, the company plans to increase the percentage of franchisee managed restaurants from 90 to 95% in near future. McDonald’s is most popular for its diverse menu. However, apart from that it has some other sources of competitive advantage too. Its focus on quality and customer service has resulted in strong brand equity. It has managed its supply chain well which helps it ensure continuous supply of good quality raw material and hygienic food for its customers. It is enjoying high customer loyalty and is in a position to achieve faster growth in future. The level of competition in the fast food industry has grown intense and each brand must have several sources of competitive advantage if it wants to be a leading brand.

McDonald’s History

McDonald’s was formed in the middle of the great depression by two brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald. They set out from their home town of New Hampshire, heading west with the dream of striking it big in Hollywood. After working at menial jobs for producers and movie directors, they opened their first small drive-thru restaurant in San Bernardino, California on May 15, 1940. Little did they realize that this would be their ticket to achieving the Great American Dream.

The original McDonald’s restaurant was based at the junction of E and 14th Streets, only a few blocks away from the popular Route 66 of California. It started small by serving slow-cooked barbecue, prepared in a fire pit piled with hickory pellets sourced from Arkansas. Their feature item was a barbecued ham, pork or beef sandwich with French fries that retailed for only 35 cents. They also had a versatile 25 item menu that included desserts such as chili tamales, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and baked beans. Their stylish hamburger drew in customers in large numbers.

Nevertheless, it’s only after World War II that the two brothers realized that 80% of their sales were coming from hamburgers. They decided to change their strategy by focusing on hamburgers as their main menu. This meant overhauling the business for three months and switching out physical plates and silverware for paper wrapping and disposable cups.

Today, McDonald’s is the largest fast food chain in the world, serving approximately 58 million customers on a daily basis. They operate around 32,000 locations globally spread across a total of 117 countries. The company has around 1.7 million employees and the percentage of restaurants that have been franchised internationally is 75%. With McDonald’s rapid expansion into various international markets, the company has become a true symbol of globalization as well as a representation of the ‘American’ lifestyle. Its popularity has also made the company a frequent topic of discussion on matters regarding corporate ethics, obesity and consumer responsibility.

12 Insanely Delicious Things You Need to Order from Chick-fil-A's Secret Menu ASAP

While we'll never get sick of Chick-fil-A's juicy chicken sandwiches, savory waffle fries, and tangy signature sauce, it's always good to try new things, which is why we were pretty darn excited to find out that Chick-fil-A has a "secret menu."

Just like several other fast food joints, Chick-fil-A has an unofficial menu full of secret items, combinations, and food hacks that devoted fans have stumbled upon over the years. But creative customers aren't the only ones dreaming up the unofficial food selections: Chick-fil-A spokesperson Amanda Hannah revealed that cooks and kitchen staff enjoy creating new and interesting menu variations from time to time, too. "[They] may occasionally experiment with recipes in the kitchen," Amanda told USA Today.

So what's on it? Though it's not officially acknowledged by Chick-fil-A headquarters, the secret menu is full of delicious items you can order for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

Double Decker Sandwich

Order any sandwich on the menu "double decker" and you'll get two patties instead of one.

double decker grilled club sandwich w colby jack and bacon from chick fil a 😍😍😍

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Cheese Fries

Simply ask for waffle fries with a slice of cheese on top.

Spicy Char

Request the spicy version of the classic grilled chicken sandwich for added flavor.

Chicken Quesadilla

There's no fancy order or request here&mdashsimply ask if your local store can whip up a chicken quesadilla. Nearly all of the restaurants carry tortillas, so they should be able to accommodate your request.

Fried Chicken Club

Ask your cashier to replace your broiled chicken with a fried breast instead.

Root Beer Float

Request a scoop of soft serve in your root beer and voila&mdashdessert!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Deluxe

If the classic deluxe sandwich is your go-to, make it more interesting with some bacon and ranch dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Bring the heat by asking for buffalo sauce on your spicy chicken sandwich.

Lettuce-Wrapped Sandwiches

Cut back on carbs by ordering any sandwich on the menu, but ask the server to swap the buns for lettuce.

Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Order the chicken biscuit coated with honey and Texas Pete sauce.

Grilled Cheese

Ask your server for a toasted bun with American cheese on top.

Double Double Down

This over-the-top, bun-less sandwich packs two slices of fried chicken between two more fried chicken patties with cheese and bacon between each slice.

Pro tip: You can download the Chick-fil-A One App to place custom orders&mdashso you don't have to be that person in line (you know, the one taking forever to explain all your special requests).

Ordering Like A Kid

If you want to regain a little childlike fun in your life, one of the safest routes to go for that McDonald’s meal is to order a Happy Meal. The 4 piece Chicken McNugget is 360 mg. A kids French Fries is 65 mg. The Apple Slices or Cuties have 0 mg. A Go-Gurt has 35 mg. Choose the Sweet & Sour dipping sauce (150 mg) if you must have a sauce.

So now we know the answer to can I eat low sodium at McDonald’s. This should equip you to be able to have something to eat if your family or friends is making a trip there. Surviving and thriving the low sodium lifestyle takes a bit of preparation and a lot of education. If you are willing to take the time, and really explore your options, you can succeed on this path of better health.