Poutine at McDonald’s? Yes, but only in Canada


Prepare yourself for a strong dose of fast-food envy.

A version of poutine, the Canadian dish of fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds, has arrived at McDonald’s locations in Canada. Yes, the same restaurant serving chicken nuggets, the Big Mac and McFlurries is attempting a dish that almost none get right.

Most importantly, cheese curds are cheese curds. The cheese on poutine needs to be in the form of curds, or you can’t call it poutine. And it looks like McDonald’s got it right, then in true golden arches form, stuck it in a box.

“Rich and tasty gravy? Melty, mouth-watering cheese curds? On our world famous fries? You better believe it! Poutine is here and it’s better than ever,” writes McDonald’s on its Canadian site.


In a photo taken by Twitter user @The_Alex, pale misshapen cheese curds are clearly visible. “There are tears of joy streaking down my face...Thank you @McD_Canada” he tweeted.

“@McD_Canada I indulged today! One word...delicious #best#poutine,” wrote Laura Wilson on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time McDonald’s Canada has tried a new menu item worth a double take. A McLobster roll made the rounds this summer at locations in Ontario. It had Atlantic lobster, celery, dressing and shredded lettuce on a soft roll.

If McDonald’s in the U.S. were to make something meant to represent the entire country, it may look a bit like a tortilla stuffed with pizza, a hamburger, carnitas and a wedge salad, topped with Sriracha sauce. We’re hoping they think of something better.

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