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Here’s Why McDonald’s Fries Don’t Taste the Way They Used To

Inspired by: Shake Shack's Cheese Fries

When it comes to fries, nothing beats McDonald’s. You can almost taste the crunchy deliciousness when you see the Golden Arches. You don’t have to take our word on this, either—there’s a scientific reason McDonald’s fries are so good!

But if you started eating the golden potato sticks before 1990, we suspect you’ve noticed that something’s different now. It’s not your imagination. McDonald’s made some major changes to its recipe that year.

What Made McDonald’s Fries Famous?

To know how McDonald’s fries became the phenomenon they are today, we need to take a quick dive into the fast-food chain’s backstory. For founder Ray Kroc, the standout at the original McDonald’s drive-in was their crisp, golden fries. Kroc loved the fries so much that he wrote about ’em in his memoir: “The French fry would become almost sacrosanct for me, its preparation a ritual to be followed religiously.”

Kroc contributed an essential ingredient to that ritual. Taking inspiration from his favorite Chicago hot dog stand, Sam’s, he decided that McDonald’s fries should be made using beef tallow, which gave them a delicious meaty flavor that millions came to love.

However, all good things must come to an end. (Remember the McLobster?)

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