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Bad News, Grand Mac Fans - It's Being Taken Off The McDonald's Menu

Bad News, Grand Mac Fans - It's Being Taken Off The McDonald's Menu

Of all the foodstuffs that McDonald's have added to their menu in recent years, the Grand Mac is probably the most genius. It's like a Big Mac, right, except bigger.

Like all good things, though, the Grand Mac must come to an end - and that end will be coming very soon as UK McDonalds will be taking it off the menu next Tuesday (20 March). Better buy 50 and bung 'em in your freezer now.

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Credit: McDonalds
Credit: McDonalds

The massive burger, which costs £4.09 ($5.72), was one of a few special products launched by the fast food chain to celebrate the 50th anniversary of McDonald's most famous menu item, the Big Mac.

The beefed-up Big Mac also came alongside a smaller version, the Mac Junior, which always seemed pretty pointless to us. Why would anyone want a smaller Big Mac when they could just have a normal-sized one? It's common sense, innit?

The classic Big Mac. Credit: PA
The classic Big Mac. Credit: PA

The Big Mac was first created in 1967 by American McDonald's franchise owner Jim Delligatti in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to compete with Big Boy Restaurants' own double cheeseburger the Big Boy burger.

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McDonald's originally tried calling the burger 'The Aristocrat' and 'Blue Ribbon Burger', both of which didn't go down well with McDonald's customer base.

Eventually the company tried calling the burger 'Big Mac', a name proposed by young McDonalds advertising secretary Esther Glickstein Rose, and it stuck.

By the following year, 1968, the Big Mac had been added to the menu of all McDonald's restaurants across the United States and thus a legend was born. The burger accounted for almost a fifth of McDonald's sales in 1969 and is now sold in over 100 countries.

In 2007 Delligatti opened a Big Mac Museum, where visitors can have their picture taken in front of the biggest Big Mac in the world - which is over four metres wide, to be precise.

Delligatti passed away at the respectable age of 98 in 2016 and McDonald's obviously gave the guy a hero's send-off over their social media channels.

It's because of Delligatti that McDonalds lovers can witness the joy that is the Grand Mac. Better make the most of it while you can.

Featured Image Credit: McDonalds

Topics: big mac, Food, News, mcdonalds

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.