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McDonald’s to offer spicy chicken nuggets this fall

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CHICAGO — We know spice is in the eye of the beholder … or in this case, the taste buds. One person’s taste-bud-singeing swelter is another’s “you call that spicy?” That’s why we’re excited to announce a pair of menu innovations arriving to U.S. restaurants this fall to please our spice-seeking customers: Spicy Chicken McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce. Both will be available Sept. 16 for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide.

Breaded with a sizzling tempura coating made of both cayenne and chili peppers, these spicy nuggets are joining the classic McNugget line up.

For those who care to dial up the heat, the restaurant chain has also crafted a new Mighty Hot Sauce, boasting a powerful blend of crushed red peppers and spicy chilis. The new dipping sauce is both the first new sauce innovation since 2017 and the hottest one available at McDonald’s.

“This is the first time we’ve introduced a new flavor of our classic Chicken McNuggets in the U.S. since they came to menus in 1983,” said McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation Linda VanGosen. “As our customers have been asking for Spicy McNuggets for some time now, we couldn’t think of a better time to bring them to our menus. We can’t wait for McNuggets fans to get a taste of these new spicy options.”

Also, a new treat is being added to the menu. The company is introducing the new Chips Ahoy!® McFlurry®. This delicious treat features vanilla soft-serve, caramel topping and Chips Ahoy!® cookie pieces blended throughout. This item will be available in snack and regular sizes for a limited time at participating U.S. restaurants nationwide beginning on Sept. 16.

McDonald’s USA LLC serves its items to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit

McDonald’s also notes that in July 2016, it reached its commitment to serve chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine a year ahead of schedule. In August 2016, it removed all artificial preservatives, colors or flavors from its Chicken McNuggets.

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