I think it would be fair to say that McDonald’s is probably the most popular fast food joint on the planet. When you’re in the mood to indulge in all the fatty, greasy, calorific burgers you can get your hands on, it’s definitely your best bet.
We also love McDonald’s because a lot of us have very nostalgic memories attached to it. We remember our moms taking us to get our beloved happy meals and wondering what toy we were going to get this time. As little kids, we could stuff our faces with the stuff without feeling so much as an ounce of guilt about all the calories we were consuming.
Then when we were older, we would try the larger, meatier and more heart attack-inducing items on the menu. The Big Mac and the Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese are personal favorites of mine.
This guy loves McDonald’s so much that he went absolutely ballistic when his order didn’t come on time:
And although I love digging into a McDonald’s meal, I’ve always found it pretty sad that I couldn’t make one of their burgers at home, or at least I couldn’t recreate that authentic taste. I mean, think how much cheaper it would be!
Well, as it turns out, there is someone who can make his own homemade McDonald’s meal without falling flat on his face. His name is Joel Cornell, he’s an Australian visual performance artist and he loves McDonald’s.
Joel started making his own versions of McDonald’s classics at his friends’ barbecues, but when his friends couldn’t stop praising his efforts, he set up a Facebook group dedicated to the art of making homemade McDonald’s.
“I used to make ‘McDonald’s’ food for friends at barbecues,” Joel told the Mirror. “It was just a bit of fun, but people said, ‘hey, this is really good’, so I shared some photos of my food online and people were interested. I started the group and it went from there.”
The group started off with a very modest number of members – it was literally just him, some friends and friends of friends. However, in just three months, the group grew to over 8,000 loyal followers! Joel and the group’s other admins encourage members of the group to share their own recipes.
Now, the group has amassed over 17,000 fast food fanatics, all eager to showcase their own McDonald’s recipes.
At first, Joel was very shocked at how rapidly the group grew but couldn’t be more thrilled at how well it was received:
“People seem really into it. They love it. McDonald’s is quite nostalgic. It reminds everyone of birthday parties when they were kids and everything, so I think they quite like trying to make it themselves.”
“Trying to get that flavor and look is creative. And obviously nailing the process feels pretty cool. It’s quite rewarding.
I still eat genuine McDonald’s. I had one the other day. But I guess making it at home is something different.”
“And a bit healthier. I thought it was funny but I didn’t think it would get this big. People keep coming and posting their food pictures.”
According to Joel, “Fries are actually one of the hardest things. Most people seem to buy frozen. Slicing them thinly and frying them – a lot of the time they come out pale and soggy. But some of the dishes in the group look pretty amazing.”
If you’re up for making your own McDonald’s meal, then get join the group here.
However, you should probably take a read through of their rules first:
- Food must be from maccas menu, ex-promos and ex-menu is fine.
- MUST SHOW BITE PHOTO!!!!
- Posts that do not contain cooks must show a basic constructive discussion to a potential cook. No “any recipe’s for a mcchicken?” (it’s called the internet m8!). If you’re not able to make the meal yourself then call a “CHALLENGE”. Please be warned on this as we will remove your post! This ain’t no 4chan bs. We mean no disrespect to you, we want the posts to be full of information! Pls, contact admin or mods if you are unsure on this.
- NO, CREATE YOUR OWN TASTE BULLSHIT (that’s cheating)
- Must post ingredients & rating /10
- Yes you can replicate items on the drinks and dessert menu
- Vegetarian/Vegan substitutes are acceptable, but a level of aesthetic replication must be upheld!
- Request and Challenges are acceptable.
I don’t know about you but I’m definitely tempted to try making my very own Big Mac – who knows, it might even be better than the real thing.