Ever heard of the fast food burger aging test? We've got some results to share with you!
McDonald's is better with a Coke… Not in this lifetime!
Since the first unchanged french fry was uncovered from the floor of a '59 Chevy, people have been trying to determine it’s age. Not the car (that’s easy), but how old is the darn french fry? Those things turn up as often as loose coins and always leave the question, "Who’s been eating McDonald's in my car?”
The truth is that those fries could be left over from the guys on the factory floor, the first owner, second owner or your own teenager from the day before. Without a pretty sophisticated date test you may never know. I have done the burger and fry "when did they die" experiment numerous times and I still can’t give you a reasonable answer as to the age of any of them. I have three french fries and burger samples that are 8, 6 and 4 years old. Try and guess which one is which!
And how about those burgers? I've got McDonald's hamburgers that seem to be surviving the test of time (and one house fire in my case) just as well as the french fries!
Serious Eats conducted research that sheds some very interesting light on the mystery of the unchanging appearances of fast food in, The Burger Lab: Revisiting the Myth of The 12-Year Old McDonald's Burger That Just Won't Rot (Testing Results!).
If the agelessness of the fast food french fry doesn't cause you to blink, I've got a few numbers for you. They say "McDonald's is even better with a Coke!" Think again. When you add one bottle of a soft drink such as Coke to the 265 calories and 532 milligrams of sodum of a hamburger*, you are adding up to 240 calories and 65 grams of sugar to your meal!
*Hamburger nutrition facts from nutritiondata.self.com More detailed nutritional breakdown available there.
Image courtesy of Julia Havey.