Remember the day that we discovered McDonald’s was bringing back its Mozzarella Dippers? It was a good day, a great day, a day we still look back on with fond memories. Why? Mostly because we love McDonald’s and we also love cheese, so it wasn’t at all surprising that cheesy goods being sold at McDonald’s would brighten our day.
“But what could be better than cheese that merits an article?” I hear you ask. More cheese, of course. Only this is a special kind that’s held quite dearly in a lot of people’s hearts. I’m talking, of course, about halloumi.
The salty Greek treat has become a staple both at home and across the culinary scene (most notably Nando’s). It’s become such a big deal that fast-food giants McDonald’s can no longer ignore the meltdown.
Introducing the McDonald’s Halloumi muffin, a new product hitting the Maccy D shelves in Saudi Arabia at the moment, and I couldn’t be more jealous right now. Yes, the bad news is that we don’t live in Saudi Arabia and it’s a bit of a long way to go for a breakfast muffin, but the good news is that if this exists somewhere, it could exist everywhere. We just have to make sure that we’re shouting loud enough.
“Close your eyes and taste the delightful flavour of grilled halloumi with crisp, shredded lettuce, a juicy tomato slice and our savoury olive paste”, McDonald’s Arabia website, teasing us with the promise of cheese. “Oh what a delicious surprise!” All of this begs the question: what’s with all the English press for something so far away?
There’s no official word on the release of anything halloumi-based on our side of the world, but with the successful releases of products like the McVegan, it might not be that much of a wait. Originally releasing the vegan burger in Finland a while back, the initial release has done so well that they decided to roll give it a try in Sweden too.
Now, the hotly anticipated meat-free option has had a full rollout in all chains in Finland – and it’s already sent customers into a frenzy.
From Tampere to Helsinki, instead of a (sometimes questionable) beef patty, people will get a soy-bean patty, tomatoes, salad and pickles wedged in between those infamously soft buns. If that’s not enough, it has even created a special vegan McFeast sauce to give that extra special kick.
As nutrition goes, halloumi steers towards the healthy side, depending on what you do with it. A typical 50-gram serving of grilled halloumi comes in at 166 calories and is a good source of protein and fat. The McDonald’s Halloumi muffin comes in at 305 calories and is served with tomatoes lettuce and olive oil – in essence, there are worse ways to spend a breakfast.
What’s likely to happen (we hope) is that a few countries will run trial periods, and they will go so well McDonald’s will have to roll them out full time. We’ll see halloumi on our McDonald’s trays in no time, I can feel it.