‘McGangbang’ sandwich: A bad name, but it tastes good to some

 

It has a vulgar name and you won't find it on the McDonald's menu, but the sandwich has its fans at Norwich.

It has a vulgar name and you won’t find it on the McDonald’s menu, but the sandwich has its fans at Norwich.

Special ordering off the menu is something commonly associated with “mom and pop” restaurants, not large corporations. But according to multiple Norwich students, ordering nontraditional items is a big hit at the home of the Big Mac.

A combination of two popular McDonald’s products forms what is colloquially known as “the McGangbang.” It is, at least in the eyes of one Norwich student, a hot item.

Steve Gilmore, a 21-year-old senior business management major from Norton, Mass., says the fast-food combo’s popularity is partly due to the creative name, which makes people “want to try it out for themselves.”

The “Mc” part of the name obviously comes from the first two letters of McDonald’s. Ronald McDonald and company have done that for many popular items, such as the McFlurrry, McChicken, McNuggets, McCafe and of course, the McDouble.

The other part of the name is somewhat obscene, notes Raphael Brion, a writer for the website Eat Me Daily. “Gangbang” is defined as “sexual intercourse with multiple partners in turn or at the same time,” said the food critic.

On top of the vulgar and unique name, Gilmore is attracted to McDonald’s partly due to the price and because of the value menu. McDonald’s dollar menu boasts over eight products that all cost only a dollar.

So what is a “McGangbang?” It actually consists of combining two-dollar menu items; the total comes to the affordable price of $2.16, after Vermont taxes.

“Urban Dictionary” puts it this way: The McGangbang is “a super awesome burger for the person on a budget. A McGangbang is a McChicken Sandwich in the middle of a double cheeseburger from McDonalds. Both can be found on the Value Menu.”

Andy Mangin, a 21-year-old senior business management major from Concord, Mass., admitted to having quite a few McGangbangs in his lifetime. He was also quick to point out the many modifications that can be done to the special sandwich when the customer is placing the order.

There is the “protected” or “unprotected” versions, which consist of cheese or no cheese. The “protection” is a play on words that ties to the sexual reference in the sandwich’s name.

Besides ordering obesity-causing sandwiches such as this, there are many other possible modifications. “First off, it’s got to be wet. Add the mayo. Basically, just place the beef on the chicken buns,” Mangin said.

Thirdly, there is the “grass on the field” modification, which refers to lettuce or no lettuce on the burger. This is important to clarify with your server so that they apply the ketchup for you so that you will not need to use several individual ketchup packets.

The final modification is “make it extra bloody with extra ketchup.” This vulgar play on words refers to the female’s monthly menstrual cycle.

An example of these modifications can be seen on Urban Dictionary. “I would like a ‘McGangbang.’ Make it wet with grass on the field, no protection.” This is translated to a double hamburger on a chicken bun, with mayo, lettuce, and no cheese.

Just how many students at Norwich are aware of this sandwich is unclear, but the play on words appeals to people like Jerome Petrocelli, a 21-year-old senior athletic training major from Long Island, N.Y.

He said he likes the concept of the protection sandwich because he is a big fan of cheese, as well as safe sex.

“The combinations of the many different modifications definitely add to the flavor,” said Christopher Watson, a 22-year-old senior engineering management major from Glastonbury, Conn., who is a fan of the “McGangbang.”

“The flavor, it’s so good. It’s better than anything I have ever had from McDonalds. You get a little bit of everything,” he said.

Watson is such a big fan of this burger that he estimated that he has had over 50 of them so far.

As you might imagine, “the McGangbang” is not officially on the menu, even though many people would order it. The website includes a number of YouTube videos of people ordering and eating the underground combo sandwich. The publicity even prompted McDonalds to issue a statement on the McGangbang.

Spokeswoman Danya Proud said: “McDonald’s loves to hear from our valued guests, especially when they customize and create meal combinations to fit their personal taste preferences – no matter how unique!”

 

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