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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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!

I Listened to the Hamburger Helper Mixtape

Loyal Mid-American Culture fans may remember my review of the Wendy’s mixtape from a while back. Well, it was recently brought to my attention that We Beefin’ was not the first beef-based rap mixtape released (beef as in the meat, not a feud…). That distinction belongs to Hamburger Helper, who released a 14-minute mixtape with five tracks in 2016. So, in order to do all mixtapes ordered by corporate shills and cobbled together by hungry artists justice, I gave it a listen.

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Skull Creek Dockside Restaurant: A one-visit analysis

The MAC Crew held a “contest” of sorts and @caedwards99 won. All week long we’re serving up restaurant reviews and Guitar Hero Anthems! I hope everyone enjoys!

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