No Passport Required: McDonald’s Is Bringing Its Best International Menu Items to the US

Apr 23, 2019

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Are you one of those people who eats at McDonald’s around the world when traveling (or at least stops in for an ice-filled drink, free Wi-Fi and a bathroom)?

We won’t judge. The truth is, some of the menu items at overseas Golden Arches are simply better than what you can get in in the US. But the downside has always been that if you got a sudden craving for that McDonald’s Stoopwafel McFlurry you had in the Netherlands on your vacation, you had to either book a transatlantic flight or suffer hongergevoel in silence.

But now there’s hope. According to leaked documents obtained by Business Insider, the fast-food chain is introducing some of its most beloved international items to the United States.

So put away your passport and get out your stretchy pants. Your favorite international McDonald’s food may be coming to America.

McDonald’s in Europe (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

The leaked list of international McDonald’s goodies headed this way includes the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain — which includes McBacon sauce and even more bacon, making it McExtreme McIndeed. Our Canadian neighbors will be coming through with their tomato mozzarella chicken sandwich. Australia, which has already blessed us with both Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter and Hugh Jackman, is topping off its generosity with cheesy bacon fries.

And, last not but not least, that amazing Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands? Yes, it’s coming here too.

We love a good stroopwafel here in the TPG office, and the Mickey D’s concoction comes with bits of the delightful Dutch cookie set in a McFlurry with vanilla soft serve and caramel sauce. (It’s safe to say many of us in New York will be getting our hands on that one too.)

You can expect all four worldwide favorites to be added to American menus in early June.

The new menu items are the finalists of a test run in 50 restaurants in South Florida last fall. Items that didn’t make the cut include Hong Kong McSpicy Chicken and Malaysian BBQ McShaker fries. Come on, Florida, you had one job.

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