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14 McDonald’s Items You’ll Find Only in Britain

Forget the fish and chips—these are the British dishes we'd like to see in America.

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Spicy Nacho Cheese Wedges

These ooey-gooey, bite-sized snacks have a kick. They’re filled with melty cheese and jalapeños, all wrapped up in a crispy nacho coating and served with a cooling sour cream and chive dip. These are the surprising facts you should know about McDonald’s fries.

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Smarties McFlurry

Before you get grossed out by the idea of chalk-like candy bits in your ice cream, know that in Great Britain, Smarties refer to an M&M-like candy. This McFlurry comes with chocolate sauce mixed in, too. Not feeling that option? You could go for Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate pieces or chocolate-toffee Cadbury’s Crunchie pieces instead. (Back in the states, this is the fastest drive-thru chain in America.)

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Banana Milkshake

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and … banana. You get that last option if you’re putting your order in at a U.K. McDonald’s. Don’t miss these other 75 mind-blowing facts about McDonald’s.

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Bacon Roll

Bacon butties are quintessentially British, so of course, McDonald’s serves up its own version. It comes with bacon on a roll, plus a healthy squeeze of brown sauce (a British tomato-based condiment) or ketchup.

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Cheesy Bacon Flatbread

Not a fan of eggs? You can still get a hot and toasty breakfast sandwich at a U.K. McDonald’s. This option presses American-style bacon and melty cheddar into a flatbread for a lighter take on the typical McGriddle.

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Chocolatey Donut

There’s only one Dunkin Donuts in the whole country, but Brits can get a fast-food doughnut fix at McDonald’s. This one is for chocolate lovers, with a chocolate center, icing, and topping. If that sounds too rich, the chain also sells a sugar doughnut.

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Chicken Legend

How’s that for an exciting name? The McDonald’s chicken sandwiches in Great Britain come with crispy chicken (sorry, no grilled option) on a wheat roll, with a spread of mayo, spicy mayo, or BBQ sauce. Learn 12 things you never knew about Chicken McNuggets.

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Chicken wraps

Chicken wraps weren’t a huge seller in the United States, so McDonald’s started phasing them out of the U.S. market in 2016. But if you miss having that healthier option, U.K. franchises have your back. They come in buffalo, garlic mayo, sweet chili, or BBQ, and this time you can have your choice of crispy or grilled. Do you remember these other 11 McDonald items that totally failed?

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Spicy Vegetable Deluxe

Even though the salads seem safe, U.S. McDonald’s doesn’t guarantee any of its products are suitable for vegetarians or vegans. Not so with the Spicy Vegetable Deluxe sandwich from the United Kingdom, which is approved by the Vegetarian Society. It comes with a chickpea patty spiced up with cilantro and cumin, plus sweet chili sauce.

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Triple Chocolate Cookie

Save room for dessert! Chocolate lovers will flip for these chocolate cookies that are loaded with chunks of dark, milk, and white chocolate. For more dessert trivia, find out 12 things you didn’t know about the McDonald’s Apple Pie.

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Fish Fingers

This lunchroom classic makes an appearance on British Happy Meal menus. At the home of fish and chips, it’s really no surprise.

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Muffins

For a lighter breakfast or a mid-day pick-me-up, U.K. McDonald’s bakes blueberry muffins with a crumble topping and chocolate muffins with chocolate chunks. Here’s where to find the 12 coolest McDonald’s locations in the world.

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Flat White

The British McCafe menu isn’t quite as extensive as America’s, but it does have one standout option you won’t find in the United States: flat whites. It blends a double shot of espresso with steamed and frothed milk.

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Irn-Bru

This soft drink has a flavor famously hard to describe, and you won’t find it in every U.K. McDonald’s—only the Scotland locations. Check out 17 more things McDonald’s employees aren’t telling you.

 

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.