10 Most Exotic McDonald’s Menu Items All Around The World

From Pineapple-Oreo McFlurries to Mashed Potato Burgers, international McDonald’s menu items can get all kinds of weird.

McDonald’s is everywhere. The company’s logo is the most recognized symbol in the world, likely due to the fact that there are locations in over 120 countries. McDonald’s is a fast-food institution, and even if you’re not on the fast-food bandwagon, you can’t help but recognize the Golden Arches’ vast popularity.

If you ever find yourself at a McDonald’s overseas, you may be in for a surprise. Even if the golden arches look familiar, what’s available inside the fast food chain is far from it. While you can always count on a signature Big Mac, fries, and Coke being on the menu, each country boasts their own unique items in addition to the classics.

Check out some of the wildest items on international McDonald’s menus:

1. Bacon, Macaroni and Cheese Toastie

Where You Can Get It: China

McDonald’s just released their newest crazy combo, throwing bacon mac and cheese onto a sandwich. Macaroni and cheese are already our favorite combo, and tossing them on some tasty bread is all the flavor we need.

2. Gratin Croquette Burger

Where You Can Get It: Japan

The Gratin Croquette Burger isn’t available year round. This creamy, crispy cult classic is made up of a fried crab and macaroni croquette between two steamed buns. It can only be purchased during winter months, which is probably for the best since it’s like biting into a whole lot of wheat flour with a side of shredded lettuce.

3. Taro Pie

Where You Can Get It: China

Like a McDonald’s Apple Pie, but with taro-root filling Like its American cousin, the McDonald’s China taro pie doesn’t resemble a pie in the least—but what would a McDonald’s menu be without these crunchy, rectangular, fruit-filled pastries? The taro pie has the same crispy shell as the classic McDonald’s apple pie, but it’s stuffed with bright purple taro root. The taro is like the sweet potato’s alter ego and worth trying if not only for its crazy color.

4. McNoodles

Where You Can Get It: Austria

 A stir-fry bowl with noodles and vegetables McDonald’s capitalizes on a menu of classic items, but it isn’t afraid to jump on some food trends, too. In Austria last year, McDonald’s launched the limited-time-only McNoodles. Austrians were big into stir-fried noodles for a while, so McDonald’s seized the opportunity to create this own version of an increasingly popular dish. The dish was only available for a test run of a few months, so you’ll have to hit up another Austrian fast-food joint to get your noodle fix.

5. Apricot Sundae

Where You Can Get It: Turkey

Soft serve ice cream with apricot topping. Not sure if we’re totally sold on the apricot-ice cream-chicken combo, but a fruity sundae we can get behind. The apricot sundae was available as a seasonal summer treat, but hopefully, McDonald’s isn’t taking away Turkey’s garlic mayo anytime soon.

6. Bubblegum Squash Mcflurry

Where You Can Get It: Australia; New Zealand

 Soft serve ice cream blended with marshmallows and bubblegum-flavored syrup. Don’t panic! No gourds were hurt in the making of this McFlurry. Squash means marshmallows in this case—marshmallows that get topped with bubblegum syrup to make the Bubblegum Squash McFlurry.

7. Spinach and Parmesan Nuggets

Where You Can Get It: Italy

Don’t let the word spinach fool you. Any nutritional value these nuggets may have had was lost when they were deep-fried with Parmesan. Believe it or not, this isn’t the first case of deep fried cheese that has made a brief appearance on the McDonald’s Italy menu. You’d be better off buying a stick of Parmesan because, yes, they have that, too. It’s on the snack menu and comes in a convenient single-serve package.

8. McLobster

Where You Can Get It: Canada

McDonald’s Canada thought it’d be a good idea to add a lobster roll sandwich to their menu. Because anyone stepping into a fast food place is looking to order lobster, right? Wrong. Even if you may have been brave enough to try this, the chain had to discontinue the summer staple this year due to rising lobster prices.

9. Black and White Burgers

Where You Can Get It: China

What’s black and white and odd all over? The half-sized Black and White Burgers at McDonald’s China, named for their colored buns. The black one is dyed with squid ink, and the white one is covered in black sesame seeds. And although you may have thought they were burgers, the white one is really just a fried chicken sandwich. What they do have in common is a scoop of mashed potatoes and slices of bacon because the sandwiches weren’t already weird enough.

10. NYC Benedict Bagel

Where You Can Get It: New Zealand

What do you get when you cross brunch with McDonald’s? A bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich dripping with Hollandaise sauce. Eggs Benedict is usually served open-faced so we have no idea why this sandwich is topped, but we do know that it rings in at over 500 calories. That’s almost double an Egg McMuffin!

There you have it: the top 10 reasons why McDonald’s is as successful as they are. These foods dominate menus across the world and without these the success of McDonald’s would not be possible. I don’t know about you, but now I’m craving #1 and #4!