McDonald’s may be known for its burgers and fries, but the fast food chain has taken a turn toward plant-based fare in recent years. Since introducing its first salads in the 2000s, the Big Mac makers have pushed into more and more plant-based options. And now, in Norway, the company has retooled its staple McNugget—introducing a completely vegan version of the Happy Meal staple.
Made with chickpeas, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, corn, and onion and coated in a crunchy breading, these new McNuggets go hand-in-hand with McDonald’s Norway’s recently introduced Vegetarian McFeast burger, a breaded bean-based patty topped with cheese, “McFeast” sauce, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles.
According to VegNews, the McFeast burger and vegan McNuggets are just the latest addition to a burgeoning stable of vegan and vegetarian products being introduced in Scandinavia and its neighbors. The chain also added McVegan burgers in Finland and Sweden in 2017—reportedly selling as many as 150,000 in one month.
So, will vegan nuggets make their way to the U.S.?
“Clearly, as demonstrated by its surprising announcement that, by 2025, 100 percent of the company's guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources, McDonald's is trying to have a positive impact on the world, while keeping up with the fast-changing buying preferences of its customers,” said Inc. contributor Peter Economy, in a recent article. “While it's doubtful that McDonald's will ever completely stop selling beef, chicken, pork or other meat products, the introduction of more vegan choices is a big step for the company, and one that its competitors are keeping a close eye on.”
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