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McDonald’s Answer to the Chicken Wars Is an Underwhelming Chicken on a Biscuit

Plus, Amy Klobuchar hopes her hot dish will win over votes, and more news to start your day

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And one of the offers looks sort of familiar...

McDonald’s has been going through an identity crisis lately, having watched Chick-fil-A and Popeyes gain obsessive fans over their chicken sandwiches, whereas McDonald’s just can’t seem to get it right. In December, McDonald’s introduced a Crispy Chicken Sandwich that’s being tested in Houston and Knoxville to not much buzz. Before that, its BBQ Chicken Sandwich received a resounding meh from diners. But the company is hoping its new breakfast sandwiches will help.

According to Business Insider, McDonald’s is releasing two new chicken-based breakfast sandwiches nationwide: the Chicken McGriddle and the McChicken Biscuit. The McChicken Biscuit like a dryer, beige-ier take on Chick-fil-A’s famous sandwich, and is somehow different from the Southern Style Chicken Biscuit it offered over a decade ago. McDonald’s says the offerings are for a limited time only. It’s a valiant effort, and a Forbes reviewer says that while the McGriddle is sort of spongy, the chicken pairs nicely with the biscuit. However, it’s just “another daytime option” if a Chick-fil-A isn’t around. Looks like McDonald’s still needs to “stay focused”!

And in other news...

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  • No, coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer. [Vice]
  • However, coronavirus has closed half of China’s Starbucks locations, and the company is monitoring operating hours. [RBN]
  • Krispy Kreme is opening a Times Square flagship, complete with a “glaze waterfall.” [CNN]
  • South Asian food is being written about more and more, but often from a high-caste, Hindu perspective, leaving out a wealth of voices. [Zora]
  • A Kansas judge ruled the state’s “ag-gag” laws violate the First Amendment. The law, which prohibits people from filming conditions inside factory farms, “plainly targets negative views about animal facilities and therefore discriminates based on viewpoint.” [Food Dive]
  • Popeyes has launched a new clothing line after people started pointing out Beyonce’s Ivy Park x Adidas collection was basically Popeyes colors. [NRN]
  • The day every traffic cop dreams of: pulling over the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. [Twitter]
  • Lil Nas X and Sam Elliot get that $$$$ in a new Doritos ad for the Super Bowl.

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