Status: 06.12.2023, 04:45 a.m.
By: Lennart Schwenck
Revolution at Chicken McNuggets: McDonald's Switzerland surprises with retail sales. However, there is a crucial catch to the action.
Crissier – For 40 years, Chicken McNuggets have been a staple of McDonald's menus around the world. But for its 40th anniversary, McDonald's in Switzerland has come up with something very special. And thus indirectly provided a solution to a completely different problem.
Until now, the Chicken McNuggets, which did not do particularly well at Öko-Test, were only available in the classic 4-, 6-, 9- or 20-pack. This occasionally led to small disputes among the guests, the number of nuggets could not be divided by the number of people at the table.
McDonald's Corporation operates around 40,300 restaurants worldwide. © imago images
McDonald's: Chicken McNuggets caused a mathematical problem – now the solution beckons
The question "Who gets the last nugget?" often appeared on the net. In Internet forums and social media, the Chicken-McNuggets theorem – also known as the Frobenius problem or the coin problem– is the subject of intense discussion. Even at universities, researchers use the nuggets in the field of number theory.
But McDonald's Switzerland is tackling the problem and presenting a potentially groundbreaking solution: From December 5, 2023, the fast food chain, which already introduced changes at the beginning of 2023, will offer individual Chicken McNuggets for the first time. And it is the first, and for the time being the only country in the world.
"Chicken McNugget of Love" – Special Edition Available for a Limited Time Only
The so-called "Chicken McNugget of Love" is designed to prevent disputes at the table by guaranteeing each guest the same number of nuggets. According to heute.at, McDonald's Switzerland explains in a press release that these individual packs are more expensive than the larger boxes - except for the classic 4-pack, the price of which remains unchanged.
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According to the report, McDonald's in Switzerland calls for the following Chicken McNuggets prices:
- 1.20 francs for the Chicken McNugget of Love (equivalent to about 1.27 euros)
- 4.80 francs for a box of 4 Chicken McNuggets (equivalent to about 5.08 euros)
- 6.80 francs for a box of 6 Chicken McNuggets (equivalent to about 7.20 euros)
- 9.00 francs for a box of 9 Chicken McNuggets (equivalent to about 9.52 euros)
- 16.30 francs for a box of 20 Chicken McNuggets (equivalent to about 17.25 euros)
Severine Caspard, Food Marketing Manager of McDonald's Switzerland, emphasizes the popularity of the nuggets in the statement. But the frequent discussions about the last nugget at the table were the impetus for this innovation. However, the McDonald's promotion is said to be time-limited and would only be offered during the 40th anniversary of the Chicken McNuggets. Meanwhile, McDonald's recently had to pay $800,000 in damages to a little girl. (ls)