McDonald’s is testing blueberry McGriddles breakfast sandwiches

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Can’t choose between salty and sweet when it comes to breakfast? Soon, McDonald’s will have you covered with the introduction of three blueberry McGriddles breakfast sandwiches. The new sandwiches come in the following combinations: sausage, egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheese; and sausage. All three versions are sandwiched in between two blueberry pancakes. They’re being tested exclusively at about 100 McDonald’s locations throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C.

“The Blueberry McGriddles breakfast sandwich will satisfy both the sweet and savory senses,” Carol Martino, culinary innovation spokesperson for McDonald’s USA, said in a press release. “The flavors from the real blueberries balanced with the sweet taste of maple reminds me of the blueberry pancakes my mother used to make for us growing up. Imagine that combined with your choice of sizzling breakfast sausage or thick cut bacon nestled under a creamy slice of American cheese and fluffy egg. It’s everything you love about breakfast in one sandwich.”


That does sound like the perfect solution for when you just can’t choose between a sweet treat or a hearty, savory morning meal. If it’s a hit, hopefully, it will be rolled out nationwide. The sandwiches are a twist on the regular McGriddles sandwiches, which feature soft, warm griddle cakes with the sweet taste of maple.

Instagram user @junk_fil_a tried out the new sandwich, naming the bacon, egg and cheese version as their favorite of the trio.

“If you like blueberries, you’ve got to go out and find these McGriddles,” read the caption of the photos showcasing the new sandwiches:

Here’s another reaction. @larrytheburgerguy said, “My thoughts? I’m a fan.”

Instagram user @Doingitforthefood wrote, “Check them out ASAP you won’t be sorry!!”

“With the test of the Blueberry McGriddles, we are building a better McDonald’s by fulfilling our customers’ desires for a little indulgence at breakfast,” Carlos Mateos Jr., local McDonald’s franchise owner-operator, said in the release. “We’re excited for our local customers to have the first chance and opportunity to test the limited time only Blueberry McGriddles sandwich and to hearing our customers’ response to this sweet and savory breakfast sandwich.”

McDonald’s breakfasts have long been a staple of the on-the-go fast food culture. In 1986, the company said that it was responsible for one out of four American breakfasts that were not cooked at home.

You may know that McDonald’s has been serving up breakfast sandwiches since 1971, when a California franchisee named Herb Peterson invented the Egg McMuffin. In 1975, the Egg McMuffin went nationwide; the famous “egg ring” that allows the egg to cook into just the right shape was introduced to every McDonald’s restaurant. A full breakfast menu (including those delicious hash browns) followed in 1977.

McGriddles, which feature breakfast ingredients inside two hotcakes, came along in 2003. Over the years, McDonald’s has added other items, such as breakfast burritos and biscuit sandwiches. In 2015, McDonald’s launched its all-day breakfast service. And in 2016, it expanded the all-day menu. That same year, it stopped using artificial preservatives, making the sandwiches free of artificial colors, preservatives and flavors.

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Yum! Would you give the blueberry McGriddles a try?

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