Like Will Farrell, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the microwave oven, the Big Mac is turning 50 this year. To mark this momentous occasion and celebrate their iconic sandwich, McDonald’s is offering the Big Mac in two new sizes: the Grand Mac and the Mac Jr.
The Big Mac was first introduced in 1967 and has since become far more significant than your average delicious sandwich. In 1986 The Economist created the Big Mac Index, an informal measure of the purchasing power parity between different currencies. The magazine still publishes the index annually.
Variants of the Big Mac exist all over the world. The Maharaja Mac in India was originally made with lamb, The Chicken Big Mac is a favorite in middle eastern countries like the UAE and The Giga Big Mac has three times as much meat as the original and is sold in Japan. For those of us living stateside, the new sizes offer different portions that fit in with different lifestyles.
The original Big Mac will remain untampered with in its original glory, featuring 2 all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.
The Mac Jr. has all the flavor and one less layer: it features a single layer of 100% sear-sizzled beef and one slice of melty American cheese on a sesame seed bun accompanied by crispy lettuce, minced onions, tangy pickles and iconic Big Mac sauce.
For Big Mac lovers who crave even more beef, the Grand Mac is made with two 100% beef patties weighing in at 1/3 pound, two slices of American cheese and a larger sesame seed bun to support all of the iconic goodness.
The message is clear: no matter the size of your hunger, there’s now a #BigMacForThat. Learn more and meet the Macs here.