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McDonald's Set to Launch This Decadent New Dish Nationwide Next Year

This just in: McDonald's is preparing to add cheesy bacon fries to its lineup in 2019.
McDonald's Set to Launch This Decadent New Dish Nationwide Next YearMcDonald's (928 Valkenburgh St, Honolulu) / Facebook

If you love cheesy fries, you might not have to head to a diner to get them soon—they could be coming to your local McDonald's menu quicker than you think. The fast food giant is planning to serve cheesy bacon fries all across the United States starting in 2019, someone with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider.

But wait, weren't the cheesy bacon fries already on the menu in November?

Yes, but they were only available in a few select locations. The product had formerly been released as a limited-edition item available for purchase only until Dec. 31, 2018 in specific store locations among Hawaii and Northern California. What was publicized as a regional limited-edition item was actually a test to see if the product would perform well, according to the Business Insider source.

Details of the up-and-coming menu item have yet to be shared. "I'm afraid I'll have to provide a cheesy no comment," said a McDonald's representative in an email to Business Insider on Friday regarding the hot new side item. "At this moment, our kitchens are bacon-ing something together. But we're not yet ready to share the gouda news."

The information that we do know is that the fries have been selling for $3.75 at a restaurant in Stockton, California, during this testing period.

How about the nutrition?

Just when you thought McDonald's fries couldn't get a more unhealthy reputation, they add this gooey and savory get-up to the world famous (or should we say infamous?) side dish. The fries that have been tested so far have been doused in a thick and creamy cheddar cheese concoction and sprinkled with bits of crispy bacon bits. One serving of the fries amounts to 560 calories, according to the McDonald's website. They also contain 34 grams of total fat, which is a little over half of your daily needs if you're going off the 2,000 calorie-a-day diet. The other nutritional kicker is the 1,300 mg of sodium these behemoth fries pack, which is nearly 60 percent of what your daily intake should be.

We're thinking this new McDonald's menu item will take off just like the McRib's return did earlier this year.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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