Sing it with me! Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun! That’s right, I’m talking about McDonald’s Big Mac! And can you believe that the Big Mac has turned 50 years old? I’m excited to share with you some fun facts about the Big Mac and a special promotion they have going on right now too to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
Big Mac Facts
The Big Mac was invented in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1967 by Jim Delligatti and was then introduced on the national menu in 1968, which means it’s 50 years old this year!
The Big Mac originally sold for 45 cents!
The Big Mac is sold in more than 100 countries – amazing!
That famous jingle came about when Max Cooper, a franchisee in Alabama developed a promotion that rewarded customers who could recite the jingle correctly in 4 seconds or less. If they could, they received a free Big Mac!
Irwindale, California became the Big Mac Capital of America in 1998 when research showed that residents eat 337 Big Macs per capita per year!
There are 385 to 400 sesame seeds on every Big Mac bun – whoa!
Get a FREE Big Mac
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac by getting a free one! If you bought a Big Mac from McDonald’s on August 2nd, you received a MacCoin! Then starting August 3rd through the end of 2018, you can redeem that MacCoin for a FREE Big Mac!
These coins are soooooo cool! The MacCoin is the world’s first fully food-backed currency*! There are 5 designs to collect including:
· The ‘70s, showcasing the decade’s flower power
· The ‘80s alludes to pop art
· The ‘90s are defined with bold, abstract shapes
· The early ‘00s specifically focuses on the technology that was at the forefront of the turn of the century.
· The ‘10s MacCoin calls attention to the evolution of communication.
“The legendary taste of the Big Mac has helped it achieve universal recognition and a lasting legacy. Over my 16 years as a local franchise owner in the St. Louis area, Big Mac fans have enjoyed two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun with a flavor that’s just as craveable and delicious today,” said Chris Giarla, a McDonald’s owner-operator and President of the McDonald’s of Metro St. Louis Co-Op.
The Big Mac has become such a global icon that The Economist even used the price of the Big Mac to create the Big Mac Index, an economic tool that compares the purchasing power of different international currencies year after year. This global connectivity of the Big Mac inspired the creation of the MacCoin.
Here’s to the McDonald’s Big Mac – 50 years old has never looked better!
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.