McDonald's mozzarella sticks are a terrible, tasty idea

Aug 25, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. ET
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McDonald's is seemingly testing out a new menu item that doesn't quite seem to belong with its other offerings: mozzarella sticks.

The mozzarella stick is a near-perfect food item. Gooey mozzarella coated with crispy, golden-brown breading in a convenient stick form, dipped in sweet, tart, savory marinara... But would you really trust McDonald's with such precious foodstuff?

McDonalds Mozzarella dippers

Photo credit: McDonald's U.K.

McDonald's is ostensibly a burger joint, but if you've ever had one of its meals, then you probably know the chain can barely get that right (see mysterious gray burger meat, lifeless lettuce and spongy, flavorless buns). So why bother attempting one of the holiest of all cheesy fried foods in the known universe? Probably because they know that if there's one thing that can get in the way of rational thinking, it's fried cheese.


"Mozzarella Dippers" have been previously available in the U.K., coming three to an order and served with a "salsa dip." The chain is now testing the sticks stateside, in select New Jersey, New York and Connecticut locations, according to Chicago Business.

Will I try McDonald's mozzarella sticks? Probably. Will I regret every second of it? Most likely. But will the irresistible pull of deep-fried, melty mozz lead us, zombielike, toward the golden arches when we're hit with a craving at 1 a.m. and have nowhere else to turn? Yes, my friends. The answer is, sadly, yes.

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