McDonald’s Corporation is an American-based multinational fast food chain, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald’s had its previous headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in June 2018.[8][9][10][11]

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue,[12] serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries[13] across 37,855 outlets as of 2018.[14][15] McDonald’s is best known for its hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries, although their menus include other items like chicken, fish, fruit, and salads. The company has been the recipient of negative backlash because of the unhealthiness of their food.[16] The McDonald’s Corporation revenues come from the rent, royalties, and fees paid by the franchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. According to two reports published in 2018, McDonald’s is the world’s second-largest private employer with 1.7 million employees (behind Walmart with 2.3 million employees).[17][18] As of 2020, McDonald’s has the ninth-highest global brand valuation.

McDonald’s Is Handing Out Free McNuggets Today

The “camp” in Camp McDonald’s is about as descriptive as the “ham” in hamburger.

This camp will not teach you any skills. There are no bunks, canoes, or mosquitos. Nonetheless, Camp McDonald’s has started. What it does have, however, is a pile of merch drops, in-app live musical performances, and food deals. Some of the deals are more appealing than others. One that will entice many fast food lovers lands on July 12 when you can snag a free six-piece order of Chicken McNuggets.

You can get those free nugs by popping into the McDonald’s app and spending at least $1. Spend a buck, and you’ll get that freebie.

That’s far from the end of the deals in July, though. Later this week, you’ll find free McFlurries and Double Cheeseburgers, among other deals with a similar structure. Check out the deals calendar to get a look at all the live music and discounts you can get at the faux camp for hungry adults.

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McDonald’s predominantly sells hamburgers, various types of chicken, chicken sandwiches, French fries, soft drinks, breakfast items, and desserts. In most markets, McDonald’s offers salads and vegetarian items, wraps and other localized fare. On a seasonal basis, McDonald’s offers the McRib sandwich. Some speculate the seasonality of the McRib adds to its appeal.[28]

In addition, the chain also sells some items within the United States on a regional bases; for example, the Hatch Green Chile Double Cheeseburger, which is topped with New Mexico green chile, is only available in the southwestern state of New Mexico.[29][30]

Products are offered as either “dine-in” (where the customer opts to eat in the restaurant) or “take-out” (where the customer opts to take the food off the premises). “Dine-in” meals are provided on a plastic tray with a paper insert on the floor of the tray. “Take-out” meals are usually delivered with the contents enclosed in a distinctive McDonald’s-branded brown paper bag. In both cases, the individual items are wrapped or boxed as appropriate.

Since Steve Easterbrook became CEO of the company, McDonald’s has streamlined the menu which in the United States contained nearly 200 items. The company has looked to introduce healthier options, and removed high-fructose corn syrup from hamburger buns. The company has removed artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets,[31] replacing chicken skin, safflower oil and citric acid found in Chicken McNuggets with pea starch, rice starch and powdered lemon juice.[32]

In September 2018, McDonald’s USA announced that they no longer use artificial preservatives, flavors and colors entirely from seven classic burgers sold in the U.S., including the hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the Big Mac.[33][34] Nevertheless, the pickles will still be made with an artificial preservative, although customers can choose to opt out of getting pickles with their burgers.[35][36]

In November 2020, McDonald’s announced McPlant, a plant-based burger, along with plans to develop additional meat alternative menu items that extend to chicken substitutes and breakfast sandwiches.[37][38] This announcement came after the successful testing of Beyond Meat plant based meat substitutes.