Recently, McDonald's made its famous Special Sauce available for purchase by the bottle. But before you get your hopes up Big Mac fans, there's a catch: The bottles were only sold in Australia, and there were only 4,000 bottles available, for a limited time. And that "limited time" turned out to be 15 minutes, because that's how long it took them to sell out.
Of course, it didn't take long for the "secret sauce" to end up on auction sites like eBay, with prices surging upwards of $100. (This is actually the second time McDonald's has sold a limited run of Big Mac sauce in Australia; in 2014, the company auctioned off limited-edition bottles on eBay, with bids starting at $18,000, to benefit Ronald McDonald Charities.) But as delicious as the sauce may be, spending that kind of money on condiments isn't really in our budgets—especially since the sauce isn't really a "secret."
According to McDonalds.com, these are the ingredients:
Soybean Oil, Pickle Relish (Diced Pickles, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Spice Extractives, Polysorbate 80), Distilled Vinegar, Water, Egg Yolks, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Onion Powder, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mustard Bran, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Caramel Color, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavor).
Since we're willing to bet you don't have 'Xanthan Gum' or 'Sodium Benzoate' in your pantry, there are much easier (and slightly healthier) ways to replicate the recipe. (Thanks, YouTube!) In 2012, McDonald's Canada actually posted a demo of how to make its Big Mac sauce:
This video offers up a healthier twist on the sauce:
If those versions still don't satisfy your craving, TopSecretRecipes.com claims to have mastered the "closest 'special sauce' clone you'll find anywhere." And, according to the comments, it's pretty spot on.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons French dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Stir to combine and refrigerate overnight, then slather it on a big juicy burger!
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