The McNuggets Loophole

There is no chicken nugget in the world which can beat the iconic McNugget. Apparently since late 2007, McNuggets are made from 100% chicken breast meat, although I have a feeling this 100% is really a lie with the majority of McNuggets comprised of carcass, fat, skin, gristle, bones, nerves and blood vessels, oh and sodium phosphates to dye to dubious contents a nice white colour. I don’t mind eating McNuggets with all its mysterious elements but like the McFlurry, it is just really unfair that consumers in Australia have to pay so much to eat such great tasting, poor quality, trash. I mean what the hell McDonald’s Australia, $5.45 for a six pack of McNuggets? That’s just unfair extortion of the poor, uneducated, unhealthy, obese and/or extremely drunk stereotypes who habitually eat McDonald’s!

Well not anymore my friends, here is another loophole to save you money at checkout and get your petty revenge with the Golden Arches.

The McNuggets Loophole

The trick is to order McChicken patties instead of McNuggets. You see, one McChicken patty is equal to a little bit more than four McNuggets and is only $1.60. (Proof below)


The McChicken patty also tastes better as it has something like 11 herbs and spices, and it contains more white breast meat than the McNuggets which seem to have a questionable texture and after taste. So, by doing the McNuggets Loophole you are actually getting a higher quality product for less.


The only downfall of the McNuggets Loophole is that you don’t get your sauce included and have to pay 50 cents for each sauce packet be it sweet & sour, barbeque or mustard. However, even when the cost of sauce is included into the price calculations you are still winning by around by miles with savings ranging from 15 cents to 43 cents per a McNugget.

Savings per a McNugget

Shame Involved with the McNuggets Loophole

As we established from the McFlurry Loophole, McDonald’s has grossly underestimated the number of Australians who have no shame (i.e. shame=0) and the extortionate price differences are reflective of one’s pride and shame. So doing some simple calculations, the cost savings of shame involved has been estimated for each McNuggets combination available in Australia.

McNuggets Cost Comparison Table

McNuggets Cost Graph

As you can see, the shame involved with the McNuggets Loophole varies depending on size, with the 10 pack having the least shame and the 40 pack, which is offered as a McNugget Party in Germany for only €10, having the greatest amount of shame. The low price of the German engineered McNugget party just proves that at any exchange rate greater than 1 AUD = €0.4, Australian consumers are seriously getting ripped off on McNuggets.

Enjoy your savings lack of shame with the McNuggets Loophole.

Also check out the McFlurry Loophole and the Fillet O Fish Loophole

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The McFlurry Loophole

Ever had the thought that you were getting ripped off by McDonald’s when you were seriously hungover? Well here’s a way to seek your petty consumer revenge with the Golden Arches.


McFlurry was introduced down under in June 1999, around the same time when Oreos and that cute golden dog which licks the kid’s milk became famous. It was introduced at an introductory price of around $1.99 and the price has been rising exponentially ever since. As of the time of writing this post, the price of a McFlurry is an extortionate $4.25. This is overvalued relative to the fundamental value of a McFlurry valued using both a CPI and components method.

The McFlurry Loophole
This involves purchasing the individual components of McFlurry separately and combining them. Here’s how:

Order the following:

-2 soft serve cones 2x30cents=60 cents
-A serve of Oreo topping in a sundae lid 50cents
-A small cup of tap water FREE

Total cost: $1.10

When you have all items:

1. Drink or dispose of the water.
2. Remove soft serve from cones and place in cup.
3. Add oreo topping and then mix with the spoon they should have provided you with when you place an order. If not McCafe has free spoons.
4. Consume the combo as you would a McFlurry.


As you can see, you save $3.15 and get more soft serve and Oreo than the real thing. Don’t forget the free cones.

Holding all other factors constant, the only ways McDonalds can close this loophole would be to:

– Raise the price of an individual soft serve cone to $1.825.
-Raise the price of McFlurry topping to $3.65. Although, this would seriously cannibalise sales from those who like to menage a trois their McFlurry toppings.

Although maybe McDonalds has worked out that the *cough* shame *cough* of doing this loophole can be priced at $3.15. If this is the case, they have priced McFlurry correctly as only a small proportion of the population who are assumed to have no shame (i.e. shame=0) will fundamentally price their McFlurry at $1.10. With a $3.15 price difference, I think McDonalds has considerably underestimated the proportion of Australians with no shame.

Also check out the McNuggets Loophole and the Fillet O Fish Loophole

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