McDonald’s is changing many of its menu items, but this classic ingredient will stay the same Associated Press
Tim Pierce of Athens, Texas starts on his second Big Mac in the McDonald's Hamburger Eating Contest at the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival in Athens, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)

McDonald’s has made some big changes lately. The world’s largest restaurant chain is once again using real butter and eggs in its famous Egg McMuffins, and will soon remove artificial preservatives from its chicken nuggets and high fructose corn syrup from its buns.

However, there’s one classic McIngredient that will remain the same — even though some believe it’s long overdue for a change.

The “special sauce” that graces every Big Mac is not on McDonald’s list of menu items that have been or will be improved. According to The Street, that orange goo has a whopping 32 — thirty-two — ingredients, including:

  • Caramel color
  • FIVE preservatives
  • The same HFCS that is being removed from McDonald’s bread

So, in the era of healthier eating (even at fast food joints), will the Golden Arches change such a recognizable offering?

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“The recipe for the Big Mac sauce has been secret for years, and its an iconic part of the flavor profile of that particular burger — I suspect that they’re working to make sure the flavor profile doesn’t change on that sauce,” Technomic Advisory Group Senior Principal David Henkes told The Street. “Making menu items healthier is important, but for such an important part of the menu as the Big Mac, I’m sure they want to make sure it’s right.”

We’ll keep our eyes open to see whether plans for a brand new special sauce emerge in the near future!

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