This week, I reached out for a Triple Breakfast Stack sandwich, new from America's top-selling breakfast bar, McDonald's, with 14,000 restaurants everywhere coast-to-coast, including 300 in the Houston area.
McDonald's is saying, go big ... or go eat at home. This new breakfast sammie is a big ol' mouthful, a popular pick on McDonald's urban myth "secret menu" for years, now gone public.
Here's the Triple Breakfast Stack breakdown: two sausage patties, two slices of melty American cheese, crispy Applewood-smoke bacon, and one egg on a buttered English muffin. Also available on a flaky biscuit or maple syrup-infused McGriddle cake.
Total calories: 790 (on an English muffin). Fat grams: 57. Sodium: 1,560 mg. Carbs: 32 g. Dietary fiber: 2 g. Protein: 35 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $3.89. The nutritionals are slightly higher on a biscuit and McGriddle.
Basically, the Triple Breakfast Stack is a bulging — let's say supersized — extra-meaty, extra-cheesy, extra-expensive Sausage McMuffin with Egg. It's a lot of breakfast to hold in one hand. It's perfect for people who love the good stuff inside a sandwich, but not so much the bread.
The Triple Breakfast Stack is the first new item on McDonald's breakfast sandwich board since the Egg White Delight in 2013. And one more reason that McDonald's has dominated fast food mornings since introducing the Egg McMuffin in 1971.
Here's the insider's game plan for the Triple Breakfast Stack — ask for it with a "round egg." In McDonald's speak, a round egg is a freshly cracked egg fried on a hot griddle. If you don't ask for a round egg, you'll get a "folded egg," made from egg mixture poured onto a griddle. Both are good, but sometimes you just gotta crack a few eggs, right?
Here's what my newest stunt eater, neighbor Paula Kekish, has to say when I deliver a Triple Breakfast Stack on a McGriddle:
"I really enjoyed the flavor contrasts, the sweet maple cake made this uniquely different from breakfast sandwiches at other places. This has all the breakfast foods I like at McDonald's." And she adds, "Just please, don't tell me how many calories are in it."
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