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McDonald's Launches Its First Spicy Dessert

Signature vanilla soft serve gets a hot, chili-infused topping.

In a bold move that may even top the release of its Spam Oreo Burger, McDonald's is launching a new dessert that mixes sweet and spicy flavors. Mickey D's is rolling out a chili oil–topped sundae in China, and we just can't stop marveling at this first-ever taste combo for the fast-food chain.

The item's official name, Youpo Lazi Sundae, pays homage to its inspiration—the Shaanxi Province's signature spicy youpo noodles. The hand-pulled noodles are topped with chili oil, which is a traditional condiment in Chinese cuisine that's infused with chili peppers. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

But McDonald's wasn't the first to add this spicy oil to ice cream. The unorthodox combo became a viral trend in the cities of Chongqing and Chengdu back in 2018, according to Food & Wine.

Regardless of the hype surrounding this rollout, McDonald's is treading lightly. The special sundae will only be available at select locations today, where it can be redeemed from a members-only "creative menu." The exclusive menu is an attention-grabbing marketing ploy meant to set the chain apart in China's fiercely competitive fast-food landscape, and it features monthly head-turning launches.

The Chili Oil Sundae is only the beginning of the interesting menu items set to hit McDonald's China this year—we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for their upcoming offers. Until then, don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

Mura Dominko
Mura is a senior news editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more