Friday, January 20, 2012
McDonald's Hot Habanero Sauce
"Do you have the new habanero sauce?" I asked the girl behind the register.
"Yes," she replied, "and it's spicy."
That was good to hear, but I'm not going to lie: I doubted it. Can you really see a fast food chain - let alone McDonald's - releasing a sauce that actually has a fair amount of habanero in it? I don't know if you've ever taken a bite of even the tiniest piece of habanero, but those little guys are painful. When mixed into a sauce they still provide a very large amount of heat. I've had some at restaurants that are exactly what I want: extremely hot sauce. But I've also had a bad run of luck when it comes to fast food items using the name "habanero" for their product.
Carl's Jr.'s habanero bacon cheeseburger had zero heat to it. I drove down to Orange County just to try the thing and, though I forgot to order a drink with it, it turned out I did not need one sip of any beverage.
Likewise, Domino's sweet mango habanero sauce tasted only of of a sickeningly sweet corn syrup. Their buffalo sauce is several times hotter.
7-Eleven's boneless wings with "Asian habanero" sauce actually had a little bit of heat on the back end of each bite, but up front was a sugary, gooey paste that destroyed the spice. And the wings were atrocious.
On the other hand, I find McDonald's buffalo sauce to be quite tasty and surprisingly spicy, so I felt this new sauce at least deserved a try.
Like the Chicken McBites themselves, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the habanero sauce. Now, my expectations for McDonald's are usually quite low, so it doesn't take a whole lot to pleasantly surprise me, but still, this is the first habanero-named fast food item I have ever had that I enjoyed.
Posted by JustinM at 10:00 AM