For McDonald's fans, consumers, and haters alike, the sign for “Shakin' Flavor Seasonings” may have crossed your path while walking past McDonald's and caught your eye — well, it certainly it caught mine. These seasonings are now available at participating McDonald's restaurants, including three in the FiDi (two on Market, one on Front.) They come in three flavors: parmesan garlic, zesty ranch, and chipotle BBQ. One free packet (if you ask nicely, they'll spare more than one) comes with any order of their McNuggets or fries.
[jump] When you request the 'shakin' version, the McNuggets come in a little baggie instead of their usual box. With each seasoning, I tore open a packet, dumped it in the bag, tossed in a couple of nuggets, shook it up (Note: Not only was this act a bit foreign at a food establishment, it was also incredibly loud) and repeated the process for all subsequent flavors.
The verdict: Not terrible, but not amazing, either. The nuggets were ultimately a bit too dry with just the seasoning alone and I found myself dunking them into a pool of ketchup still (being too cheap to spring for that extra $.25 or however much they charge for an extra container these days) and washing it down with my drink. The seasonings themselves coat your nuggets with the same dry, high-sodium, artificially-flavored mouthfeel that a lot of chips produce. However, each respective flavor was fairly on point — the chipotle BBQ packed a surprising heat for a fast food flavor and ended up being my favorite.
This may take a while to catch on, if it does at all, as it requires one to ditch the tried-and-true method of dipping nuggets into a condiment in favor of a somewhat tedious process of opening a separate bag and shaking. (It's novel, but not entirely new. Shake 'n Bake, anyone?) Unlike the Shamrock shake or the McRib, this isn't a seasonal or limited-time-only menu item — according to the worker I spoke to, these are a permanent fixture. However, there's no mention of the seasonings on the official website, so it may still be in a test phase.
The golden arches tend to strike people as either unadulterated deliciousness or inedible garbage, and while I concede the lack of nutritional value, I'm still among the party that's raging hard for the former. I grew up on those beloved Happy Meal boxes, worshipping their breakfast menu (and lamenting that blasted 10:30 a.m. cut-off when McDonald's stops serving them). Aside from the sticker shock, I even appreciate everything about the Filet-O-Fish, from that half-slice of
Anyway, my point is that Shakin' flavor seasonings are worth a try for any McDonald's (or McNugget) fan for whom a trip downtown isn't ridiculous. The next time I get McNuggets though, I'll stick to my usual classic box of sweet and sour sauce. And maybe BBQ sauce. Anybody got a quarter I can borrow?