McDonald's Arch Deluxe Recipe

The peppercorn bacon, sauce, and bun made this thing shine. 

A few years back McDonald's tried to escape its Happy-Meal image of snotty children, playgrounds, and its image as a glorified day-care for burnt out parents. The new image was aimed at adults with commercials that often made fun of their target audience: the immature. Of course the image of a child pulling the pickles of their hamburger was a marketing failure, and most of the changes in menu choices were reversed. However The Arch Deluxe, despite being a financial disaster for McDo, became a cult favorite on the Internet. One of my friends stated this:
This was part of some new 'adult menu' (no, not the *brownchickenbrowncow* kind of "adult") designed by an executive chef which McDonald's introduced along with a massive ad campaign. Three sandwiches were released, a chicken, large fish, and the flagship: Arch Deluxe. All of which were advertised as catering to an older audience. I don't know if that was actually the case, because I loved the heck out of that sandwich. When the line was discontinued, the chicken and fish sandwiches morphed into offerings McD's still currently sells, however the Arch Deluxe's fate was not to be so transitional. They simply killed it. 
The recipe of course is is really quite simple, and the hard part is the Special Sauce. Thankfully McDonald's told a reporter back in 1996, exactly what that was: Dijon mustard, Stone Ground mustard, and mayonnaise.

  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Stone Ground mustard.
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • Smoked pepper bacon
  • Sesame seed buns
  • American Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Chopped onions
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Chopped Iceberg lettuce
  • Hamburger patties
  1. Mix mustard and mayonnaise (The Special Sauce).
  2. Cook beef (salt and pepper the patty), and fry the bacon.
  3. Assemble sandwich in a rational manner (note special sauce on top bun, ketchup on bottom).
  4. Eat irrationally.

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