McDonald’s Canada turns up the heat with the new Spicy McChicken Sandwiches

Press Release

Starting today, McDonald’s Canada is giving the iconic McChicken a spicy makeover, with the launch of the new Spicy McChicken sandwiches. With three unique flavours of increasing levels of heat released every two weeks, Canadians can find out which flavour will test their spice limits and give them #SpiceFace.

  • The new sauces were created for spice lovers by the McDonald’s chefs along with Chef Joseph Horvath from McDonald’s supplier Flavour Reddy Foods
  • This is the first time in recent history that McDonald’s Canada has changed the iconic McChicken sandwich
  • The Spicy McChicken sandwiches are a limited-time offering and only available at Canadian restaurants until March 11
  • The pungency (the spiciness) of peppers is measured worldwide by the Scoville scale in units – the more units, the spicier it is:
    • The Jalapeño Pepper ranks 2500 – 8000 SHU on the Scoville scale
    • The Habanero Pepper ranks 100,000 – 350,000 SHU on the Scoville scale
    • And, the Ghost Pepper ranks highest on the Scoville scale, with more than 1M SHU
  • Every two weeks, increasing levels of heat will be introduced to the Spicy McChicken sandwich, each highlighting a different chili pepper:
    • Jalapeño McChicken: January 29 – March 11
    • Habanero McChicken: February 12 – March 11
    • Ghost Pepper McChicken: February 26 – March 11
  • With each sandwich, Canadians can discover which sandwich challenges their spice limits and gives them #SpiceFace
  • The Spicy McChicken sandwiches are another way McDonald’s Canada is creating innovative new menu items alongside much-loved classics

“The McChicken sandwich is an iconic menu item, so offering spicy versions will be an exciting new take on the classic,” says Milesa Chu, menu development, McDonald’s Canada. “By giving guests a unique experience tailored to their spice preferences, we are continuing to innovate the items Canadians know and love.”

“Spice is a complex topic in food,” says saucier and co-creator of the Spicy McChicken sauces, Chef Joseph Horvath from Flavour Reddy Foods. “Any spice lover has a unique preference in flavour profiles and overall spiciness. Some like their spices for the taste it lends to the dish, while others enjoy it for the thrill and excitement of testing their limits. The Spicy McChicken sandwich with Jalapeño, Habanero and Ghost Pepper sauces, appeal to both types of spice-lovers.”

About McDonald’s Canada

In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together McDonald’s and our franchisees, proudly employ nearly 100,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 90 per cent of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, beverages and packaging, more than 85 per cent is purchased from over 100 suppliers in Canada.

SOURCE McDonald’s Canada