Twitter users have been having a lot of fun at the expense of McDonald’s in recent days. McLobster has been a trending topic and there’s a steady stream of tweets mocking the menu item.
Sure, it’s easy to make fun of McDonald’s. The company largely produces cheap, low-quality food. It seems bizarre that McDonald’s (a company that isn’t exactly known for gourmet food) would sell a product featuring a food as expensive and decadent as lobster. And lobster on a hot dog bun? Ridiculous.
But wait. Before we all run out and mock McD’s on Twitter, let’s get our facts straight:
- The McLobster is real. It’s an actual menu item, but it’s only sold in Atlantic Canada and New England (you know, the part of the world where fresh lobster is somewhat abundant and affordable).
- Lobster rolls are real. McDonald’s didn’t invent the idea of slathering lobster meat in mayonnaise and slapping it on a hot dog bun. The lobster roll is a northeastern staple and it is absolutely delicious (believe me–I’ve had a few and nothing compares).
- McDonald’s has no plans to sell you a McLobster. The official McDonald’s Twitter account posted this message: Despite all the rumors there r no plans 2 bring #mclobster or mcsushi 2 the US menu. We r working on a new menu item called McWinning. (I was as surprised as you that McDonald’s would go for a Charlie Sheen joke, but good on them for it.)
So there you have it. Before you laugh at McDonald’s for creating an absurd product, you can stop yourself. At least until you find out about the Hula Burger.