The New McDonald’s Breakfast Sandwich Is No Small Thing

It's called the Triple Breakfast Stack, and it was inspired by hungry menu hackers.

McDonald’s new breakfast sandwich makes you wonder if America’s pivot toward healthier eating is just a lie we tell ourselves.

The Triple Breakfast Stack – the first new breakfast sandwich McDonald’s has added to its menus nationwide since introducing the far healthier sounding Egg White Delight McMuffin in 2013 -- is a lesson in excess, a true porky pig-out: It features not one but two hot sausage patties, a thick slab of Applewood smoked bacon, and then, just for good protein measure, an egg. All that with a double dose – two slices – of melted American cheese (so much for its reported demise), tucked into either a toasted McMuffin, a biscuit or McGriddles pancakes.

So, you know, probably not diet food. But McDonald’s says it’s just giving the people what they want.

"Our customers have … told us they have been craving a bigger, more filling sandwich option in the mornings," Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s vice president of menu innovation, told the press.

The chain got the idea for the stacked sandwich, which will be available at participating locations for a limited time only starting November 1, after noticing that customers were creating their own versions by adapting existing McDonald’s menu items, creating what has been dubbed “Secret Menu” items.

“People have been hacking our menu for years -- so much so that it’s inspired our new Triple Breakfast Stacks,” McDonald’s Manager of Culinary Innovation Chef Mike Haracz said in a news release. “We love seeing the fun ways our customers and McDonald’s crew have been creating their own takes on our classics. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next – you never know what might end up on our menu.”

One shudders to imagine.

Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Related Links:

Next Up

Aronia: The New Superfood?

A buzz is brewing over this tiny berry. Have you heard about Aronia yet?

Nutrition News: Nutritionists’ Breakfasts, Vitamin C Benefits, McDonald’s Cage-Free Eggs  

Nutrition experts share breakfast picks, vitamin C offers exercise-like benefits, McDonald’s promises only cage-free eggs by 2025.

Are Pears the New Apples?

It appears that pears are everywhere — but are they the new apples?

Is Chocolate the New Coffee?

When the midday slump hits, try reaching for some chocolate instead of a cup of joe. Your brain may thank you.

Demystifying the New Food Labels

A dietitian gives the skinny on the latest nutrition label terminology.

Are Collards the New Kale?

Collard greens are a hardy option in these delicious dishes.

The New Orange and Black

You don’t have to bake ghoulish cupcakes or serve garlicky anti-vampire snacks to throw a good Halloween bash.

Bites Are the New Bars

Good for an energy boost or a tiny bedtime treat, these bites are taking over the health bar marketplace at lightning speed.

Small Steps: Making Time For Breakfast

Is skipping breakfast part of your daily routine? Trying to start your day running on empty just makes your life tougher and is more stressful for your body. You may be dragging your feet and feeling more tired without even knowing it. Here are a few ways to help get you in the habit of eating breakfast everyday.