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This recent video from McDonald's in Canada answers a customer's question asking what's in Big Mac sauce by showing how to make the sauce at home (along with the rest of the Big Mac), with help from McDonald's Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut.

In the video Coudreaut specifies that he's not using the same exact ingredients they use at McDonald's, but similar ones you can get at your local grocery store. Here's his list:

  • mayonnaise
  • sweet pickle relish
  • yellow mustard
  • white wine vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • paprika

To compare, these are the Big Mac sauce ingredients listed on McDonald's Canada's website:

  • vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola)
  • relish (diced pickles, glucose-fructose, vinegar, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, natural flavour (vegetable source))
  • mustard (water, vinegar, mustard seed, salt, sugar, color (caramel), spices)
  • water
  • frozen yolk
  • vinegar
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • spices
  • xanthan gum
  • potassium sorbate
  • garlic powder
  • hydrolyzed plant protein (corn, soy, wheat gluten)
  • color (paprika)
  • calcium disodium EDTA

And if you're really curious, here are the slightly different Big Mac sauce ingredients listed on McDonald's US website:

  • soybean oil
  • pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80]
  • distilled vinegar
  • water
  • egg yolks
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • onion powder
  • mustard seed
  • salt
  • spices
  • propylene glycol alginate
  • sodium benzoate (preservative)
  • mustard bran
  • sugar
  • garlic powder
  • vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat)
  • caramel color
  • extractives of paprika
  • soy lecithin
  • turmeric (color)
  • calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor)

[Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Last year Kenji Lopez-Alt wrote a Burger Lab post on how to make a better Big Mac. His sauce recipe is made with grated onion, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, sugar, Marmite, and turmeric.

[via Huffington Post]

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