Which McDonald’s Dipping Sauce is the Best?

During my tenure here at Mid-American Culture, I have tackled a number of serious issues including, but not limited to, Presidential politics, moral lapses in the fashion and entertainment industries, and gun violence. Today, I will be tackling another serious issue. It is no secret that our nation is one of division. Any number of issues can be cited as examples of this. However, where as any number of people may feel emotionally unattached to any particular issue, there is one issue I know of in which nearly everyone has a strong opinion: McDonalds Chicken McNugget dipping sauces.

Virtually everyone who has ever tried chicken nuggets from McDonalds has a favorite sauce. Today, I will put this great cultural debate to rest with my definitive ranking of each sauce from worst to best. Attending college in a small town where the food options are essentially terrible school meal plan food, Subway, and McDonalds, I am naturally a frequent visitor at the local McDonalds establishment. I rarely stray from my signature order of a 10 piece chicken nugget meal with a Diet Coke. This has allowed me a plethora of opportunities to sample each of their different dipping sauces. I conducted thorough undercover research at this local McDonalds, posing as a hungry college student with a mild Diet Coke addiction. Undenounced to them, I spent the entire first month of classes gathering facts for this groundbreaking piece. The day has finally come for me to reveal my findings. Without further ado, here is the definitive ranking of McDonalds sauces. (Please note that I was unable to acquire any Szechuan sauce, so it will not make an appearance on this list. I also will not be including any discontinued flavors.)

*All opinions are my own and do not necessarily express those of Mid-American Culture, McDonalds, or other chicken nugget enthusiasts*

8. Creamy Ranch

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I will keep the number eight entry short and simple. Ranch sauce in general is garbage. Unless you are using it for a high quality chicken wing with some other type of sauce on it, Ranch belongs in the trash. Next!

7. Tangy BBQ

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Simply put, this sauce is not very good. BBQ sauce, particularly McDonalds BBQ sauce, does little to nothing to enhance the McNugget experience. The taste of the Tangy BBQ sauce overpowers all of the characteristics of the chicken nugget, making for an unpleasant eating experience. Stay away.

6. No Sauce

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Going sauce-less is always an option. I don’t consider it to be a bad one at that. In fact, I spent much of my younger years using the sauce-less approach when it comes to my nuggets. It is certainly better than options seven and eight. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, eat the breading off of the nugget, leaving only the chicken, and eat it sauce-less or perhaps dip it in some ketchup (not a McNugget sauce, therefore, not on this list). That is a veteran move.

5. Honey

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This is, without question, the most controversial entry to my list. It is not traditionally a McNugget dipping sauce. However, it is a sauce, it is available at McDonalds, and you can get it with your chicken nuggets upon request. Therefore, I have deemed it eligible for this list. I can see how this may not be for everyone, but I highly suggest trying it. You may get a weird look when you ask for it with your nuggets, but who cares? It’s good.

4. Spicy Buffalo

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I am a sucker for buffalo sauce. I love it on wings. I love it on grilled chicken. I love it on burgers. I love it on French fries. I certainly don’t dislike it on McNuggets. This is a very high quality sauce that would have certainly been higher on the list if not for the excellence of the final 3.

3. Honey Mustard

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This sauce is simply masterful. Dare I say, Honey Mustard is the fanciest of all the McDonalds sauces. It has just a hint of a Dijon flavor that adds a certain elegance to the McNugget experience. This sauce comes highly recommended.

2. Sweet n Sour

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Sweet n Sour sauce is the staple of the McNugget sauce family. It is a true classic with a taste of which I will never grow tired. Sweet flavors mixed with sour flavors mixed with savory chicken nugget flavors make for an epic eating experience. You can’t go wrong with Sweet n Sour.

1. Hot Mustard

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Hot Mustard is the top tier of sauces. It combines the Dijon mustard flavors of the honey mustard and adds a fiery kick, which makes for a tasteful sensation the likes of which I had never experienced before trying this sauce. Online research for the article told me that this sauce is only available regionally. Therefore, if this is an option for you, I can not urge you enough to try it. You wont regret it.

Hopefully I have settled this great debate once and for all. That concludes my article for this week. Until next week, make sure to check out some of the other great content from the writers here at Mid-American Culture!

Madden 19: My First Impressions

Since approximately 2010, the Madden football video game series has been a constant staple in my gaming arsenal. In fact, with the exception of maybe Call of Duty, I have put more time into the Madden series than any other game series ever. This year’s installment of the game is sure to see it’s fair share of time inside of my Xbox. I’m here today to share my first impressions of the game.

I’ve had the game for approximately two weeks (give or take). Throughout that timeframe, I have played extensively in the Franchise mode, so my thoughts on it will take up the bulk of this piece. My first impression of franchise was that it was pretty much the same as last year with a few minor tweaks. The system with which you progress players has changed, and honestly, I prefer the old system. Instead of using XP points to upgrade individual skills (speed, strength, catching, zone coverage, etc.) you earn upgrades to certain characteristics of your player that upgrade different individual skills. For example, say you earn an upgrade for your quarterback. You can choose to upgrade your QB as a scrambler, field general, pocket passer, and so on. Each of those categories improves individual skills. I prefer the in-depth nature of picking individual skills to upgrade. That is probably my most major complaint with the game thus far. As far as other, more minor gripes go, I have experienced some bugs, particularly with commentary. I keep getting commentary referring to the game I’m playing as the Super Bowl, when in reality, it is a regular season game. It’s minor things like that, but they do tend to get annoying after a while. However, I expect these will be fixed for the most part in a coming update. I have not yet experienced any of the other offseason features of franchise mode. If there is something new worth mentioning in a later article, I will certainly do that. Overall, I feel that franchise mode, and the rest of the game for that matter, are extremely similar to last year’s game. With that being said, if it’s not broken, there’s no need to fix it. I think that can be applied to Madden. There are many small, realism based changes to the game that I am very fond of. Overall, I just don’t see enough of a change to call it anything close to significantly different from any past installment in the series. If you’re a football or Madden fan, it is certainly worth picking up. Just don’t expect to be mind-blown. You’ll be sorely disappointed.

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Boring Video Games Are Awesome

Earlier in the week, I couldn’t sleep, so I did what I normally do when this happens: I binge watched YouTube videos. My YouTube adventures led me to a gameplay video of a game called House Flipper. On the surface, this game sounds very intriguing. To be fair, it is very intriguing. However, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. The first stages of the game consist of your character starting a house flipping business. Your humble beginnings lead you to take jobs cleaning houses, painting rooms, etc. The gameplay that I watched can be described only as tedious. You quite literally go through and mop the house, physically pick up the trash, wipe down the windows, and use a paint roller to add color to the rooms of the houses. When I describe this to you, you’re probably thinking that this sounds boring as all hell. In a way, you’re right. It is boring. It is tedious. On the flip-side though, there is something so addictive and charming about it. Putting in all of that hard work and seeing the results of a clean and beautiful house is extremely rewarding. As you progress through the game, you undoubtably find more and more interesting and fun things to do to these houses, eventually buying your own and flipping them for a profit. This game, among other PC classics have really made me want to get a gaming PC, just to share in the experience. Not too long ago, I also downloaded Roller Coaster Tycoon (a childhood favorite of mine) onto my laptop. Obviously, it doesn’t run as well as it does on a desktop computer, but it sent me on a nostalgia trip I can only liken to visiting your old school or your childhood house. I felt right at home in the game. These minimally exciting, but yet intriguing games are awesome and I hope that this recent experience has rekindled my love of such games. I encourage everyone to check out this game, or at the very least some gameplay of it, so that you can experience it’s strange, almost boring charm. I will link some gameplay below. That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading. Check out some of the other great content on Mid-American Culture while you’re here. See you next week!

View House Flipper gameplay here!

The Art of the Wrestling Promo

Promos are a dying art in the world of professional wrestling. Gone are the days of countless charismatic wrestlers taking the time to simultaneously build themselves up as superheroes and belittle their opponents with nothing but their own oratory abilities. Frankly speaking, there are so few wrestlers in the current wrestling scene who possess the skills to even touch the promos of old. Microphone work, in my opinion, is one of the things that is beyond lacking in today’s wrestling product. So, today, as I yearn for the days of old when jacked-up dudes could be seen on any wrestling program eviscerating each other on the microphone, I will be discussing some of the greatest promos in the history of professional wrestling.

We’ll start with what I consider to be the greatest heel promo of all time. Shawn Michaels cut this masterpiece in Montreal, Canada in 2005. Capitalizing on the immense hatred Canada has for him due to his role in the infamous Montreal Screwjob, The Heartbreak Kid absolutely destroys Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, and the entire Canadian population. I am skeptical that anyone in the modern era of professional wrestling has ever had as much heat as Shawn Michaels had during this promo. It is truly a masterful example of one of the all-time great talents delivering an all-time great promo. I love it.

I would have to be delusional to not include the most charismatic man in the history of professional wrestling, and perhaps the world, Ric Flair. There are so many classic examples of the Nature Boy cutting world class promos to choose from. Ultimately, I had to go with the classic. This promo is an embodiment of everything Ric Flair is about. From the hilarious “spilt liquor” line, to the legendary rolex-wearing, diamond ring-wearing bit, to everything else in this relatively short promo, Ric Flair is at his very best here. You really cant argue when anyone says that Flair is the best promo of all time.

For my last example of classic wrestling promos, I turn to the greatest talker in the history of wrestling, Mr. James E. Cornette. Not only is Cornette the greatest manager in the history of wrestling, he also possesses one of the greatest minds for the wrestling business that has ever existed. It is no wonder he is such a good promo. Nobody has ever mastered the art of getting heat via a promo quite like Cornette. In this very short promo, Cornette absolutely buries the state of West Virginia, as well as rival tag team The Rock’ n’ Roll Express. This is just one of countless examples of a masterful Cornette promo. On a final note, look at interviewer Brian Matthews’ epic mullet. That is the stuff of legends.

This is exactly what the world of professional wrestling needs. Charismatic figures have driven wrestling for as long as it has been popular. If half of the current WWE roster had a quarter of the charisma and mic skills of these men, wrestling would be in an infinitely better place than it is now.

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Check out this awesome YouTube Channel!!!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to upload an article containing my usual wit and Pop-Cultural expertise. Therefore, I hope to make up for it by plugging an awesome YouTube channel I stumbled upon a few weeks ago. The channel is called Rock Reacts. The premise of the channel is that two guys, neither of which are heavily involved in hip-hop culture, react to some of the biggest hits of hip-hop and R&B. I find their reactions immensely entertaining and their takes on the music to be very interesting. I would recommend watching their videos in chronological order, so as to experience the evolution of their opinions and reactions to the music! Instead of reading whatever I would normally be talking about this week, check out their channel and some of the other great content here on Mid-American Culture! I’ll see you next Wednesday!

Check out Rock Reacts here!

The Most Underrated Restaurant Chain

Earlier in my tenure here at Mid-American Culture, I wrote a piece on what I considered to be the most overrated eating establishment in the world. This week, I will be flipping the script on that particular topic and writing about what I consider to be the most understated restaurant chain. The chain that I will be writing about today is none other than the sensational Pizza Hut.

For most of my adult life, I grew up with the notion that Pizza Hut was average at best. Their pizza was never my first choice for any pizza-appropriate occasions and therefore, my experience was very limited for a long time. However, I couldn’t imagine my life today without Pizza Hut. As dramatic as that sounds, it is only partial exaggeration. I am at a point in my life where I have cut out a lot of unhealthy things that once consumed my lifestyle. With that being said, Pizza Hut is the one food-related vice that I haven’t really managed to bring myself to give up. I eat food from there generally around twice a week, usually opting to have it delivered to my house. With my busy schedule, the delivery service is so convenient, being that I live just a few short minutes from a Pizza Hut location. It is, without a doubt, my most frequented eating establishment.

All of this leads to an inevitable question: what’s so special about Pizza Hut? Well, let me tell you. The food selection there is unreal. Up until the one day I randomly decided to order food from there since it was so close, I never thought of Pizza Hut as anything more than a pizza place. I was unbelievably wrong. The first thing I tried from there other than their pizza was their wings. I immediately found my favorite item on their menu. Whether you prefer bone-in or boneless, Pizza Hut is fully equipped to satisfy any desire you may have for chicken wings. My personal favorite is their Buffalo Medium sauce. I might also add that the little packets of ranch dipping sauce that you can order with your wings is some of the best that I have ever had. That certainly doesn’t hurt their case. After a while, I grew more adventurous with the Pizza Hut menu. I decided to be bold and order some of their pasta options, which I found to have very mixed reviews. The marinara-based pastas weren’t for me, but their chicken Alfredo is sensational, exemplary, glorious, and pretty much any other adjective of positivity that you can think of. Outside of my mother’s Alfredo, and maybe Olive Garden’s, this is the best Alfredo I believe I have ever had. These have become two staples of my Pizza Hut order. I also occasionally delve into their pizza options, particularly when I earn a free one with their rewards program. As far as the pizza goes, I recommend going with the stuffed crust and adding extra pepperoni. The crust is very good dipped into marinara sauce, which can be added to any order for an extra 60 cents and they have a knack for getting the pepperoni to the point of perfect crispiness. Some other highlights of the menu are their dessert options (particularly their Hershey cookies), their stuffed pizza rollers, and their surprisingly good Cajun French fries. Pizza Hut has an abundant menu that is perfect for exploring and attacking with great variety. I highly recommend to anyone looking for delicious, convenient food to give their local Pizza Hut a try.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check out some of the other great articles from the writers here at Mid-American Culture!

Bring Back NCAA Football Games

Today, I will be briefly ranting about two things near and dear to my heart: football and video games. More specifically, I will be talking about NCAA Football video games. NCAA 14 was the last college football game released by EA, do to licensing disputes and a plethora of other issues. At the time in which the games were still coming out, I wasn’t an exceptional fan. I liked them, I always purchased them, but with the exception of 2012, I always preferred Madden games to their NCAA counterpart (Madden 12 was awful). However, I recently started watching a YouTube gaming channel which featured an NCAA 14 Dynasty series, which hit me right in the nostalgia spot. So, for the first time in years, I hooked up my old Xbox 360 and played some NCAA 13. I ended up not buying NCAA 14 for whatever reason, so I made do with what I had. I was immediately enthralled by the game. I had forgotten just how in-depth and fun the Dynasty mode was. I absolutely love the recruiting process and I find it to be just as fun, if not more so, than the actual games themselves. The nature of college football forces players to constantly be looking to the teams future, as you have a maximum of 5 seasons at most with any and all in-game players. Currently, I am going into my 4th season as head coach of my local team, the Marshall University Thundering Herd. I hold an immaculate record, having lost only 4 games in those 3 completed years (playing on Heisman difficulty, of course). I have both a Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl victory, and two C-USA Championships to show for my success. I’m pressing on in my dynasty, not feeling the slightest hint of exhaustion or boredom toward the game. This has led me to raise the question of why in the world the NCAA and EA Sports have not revived this series. The game is exceptional. I obviously don’t have exact figures, but I’m 100% certain that the NCAA Football series made millions of dollars for EA. It undoubtedly exposed a significant amount of people to college football, to the benefit of the NCAA. Surely the two sides could reach an agreement on a way to bring the series back. On top of that, the game could be heavily beneficial to the players themselves. I have always been a strong supporter of paying college athletes. While I do not believe that they should receive any compensation outside of a scholarship from the school’s themselves, the players should be able to monetize their likeness, in the form of profiting from their respective jersey and merchandise sales, as well as actual usage of their likeness in things like the NCAA Football video game series. The reintroduction of the game could be the best possible way to ensure a higher quality of life for both college athletes and causal video game players. The series has provided me with countless hours of fun, and continues to do so, despite the last rendition of the game being 5+ years old. The revival of the game could help bridge the gap between the millions of dollars made by the NCAA and the lack of compensation for college athletes. Bringing back the game would be a win-win-win situation for the NCAA, collegiate athletes, and video game players alike. In my opinion, this is something that really, really needs to happen. I hope to one day be able to turn on my new-generation gaming console and again be able to enjoy the fun of the college football experience, sooner rather than later.

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