What are the new sauces?
McDonald’s is adding two new dipping sauces to its menu for a limited time, joining its lineup of six sauces that include barbecue, ranch and sweet and sour. The first new addition is a sweet and spicy sauce that McDonald’s describes as a “jammy red pepper sauce with a tongue-numbing Szechuan peppercorn kick and extra heat from cayenne pepper.” It’s the first-ever “breakfast-inspired” dipping sauce to be served at its US restaurants.
The second is a “mambo sauce,” which is a tomato-based sweet, spicy and vinegary sauce that’s inspired by a type of sauce that’s popular in Washington, DC. Previously, rival KFC briefly sold a mambo sauce at some of its locations in 2021, with the chicken chain describing it as being “synonymous with Black DC food culture” since its creation in the 1950s.
When and where can you get them?
The sauces will be available at participating locations nationwide starting October 9, for a limited time. McDonald’s has not specified how long the sauces will be on the menu, but some sources suggest they will run for a very short period. Snack influencer Markie Devo shared the news on his Instagram page, displaying the two debuting condiments: Mambo and Sweet & Spicy Jam. He also included an image provided by the fast food restaurant’s staff, which shows that the Mambo sauce features a star, while the Sweet & Spicy Jam has a flame on it.
Why is McDonald’s adding new sauces?
McDonald’s is spicing up its sauces to attract more customers and keep them excited about its menu. Dipping sauces, which don’t require employees to add an ingredient to burgers or make a whole new menu item, are another way the company hopes to keep things simple while getting customers excited. Last year, McDonald’s brought back its Szechuan sauce for a limited time. Some celebrity meals also came with re-branded dipping sauces, or ones that had previously only been available in certain regions.
Adjusting its menu with new options has worked: Sales at McDonald’s US locations open at least 13 months grew 10.3% in the quarter ending June 30. And while other chains struggle to bring more customers into restaurant locations, McDonald’s is reporting growth in US traffic.
How to pair the new sauces with your food?
McDonald’s is partnering with its chefs and influencers to show off the number of combinations the new sauces can be paired with. One suggestion is pairing its new sweet and spicy sauce with a sausage McMuffin with egg or its chicken McNuggets. Another idea is to dip your fries or hash browns in the mambo sauce for a tangy twist.
“We get inspiration for the food our fans love by exploring the incredible tastes and flavors found in communities across the country,” said Tariq Hassan, Customer Experience Officer for McDonald’s US, in a release.
If you’re a fan of dipping sauces, you might want to hurry and try the new ones before they’re gone. You never know when they might come back, or if they’ll become a permanent fixture on the menu.