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  • from a gravy pizza to a pint of frosting.

  • We wanted to find out all the differences between seasonal fast food menus in the UK and the US This is food wars.

  • Let's start with McDonald's Now.

  • They've gotten quite big and added five seasonal items to their menu.

  • McDonald's in the U.

  • S.

  • Only has two menu items, and actually one of them isn't very festive.

  • This thing is itching me and making a lot of noise.

  • I'm taking it off Santa Claus.

  • You got it in the U.

  • S.

  • McDonald's has the holiday pie and the McRib.

  • Now let's start with what for me is probably the main event.

  • Which is this The double Big Mac.

  • Now I have a couple of reservations about this burger number one.

  • I'm not sure what makes it Christmassy on number two.

  • I'm not sure you can really call it a double Big Mac unless it is actually double the weight and size off a regular Big Mac.

  • It is kind of it all that 275 So it's actually only a 30% increase if you get the double big mark, which, as I suspected, it's far from doubling it Harry, I feel you on that double, Big Mac.

  • So I'm gonna make one of my own and see exactly what you're working with over there.

  • One piece of bread in the middle.

  • The middle piece of bread is always really strange, E.

  • I mean, this is looking that this is actually looking pretty good, right?

  • Let's see how much it weighs.

  • But 280 g McDonald's.

  • I'm a bit disappointed because you've advertised.

  • This is a double Big Mac, but you've only given us 30% more.

  • So what we're gonna do now is make our own double Big Mac the official way, but well, well, well to do nothing.

  • Now the other seasonal sandwich items on the McDonald's menu is this.

  • The jerk chicken sandwich.

  • Now in this burger, you'll find two chicken strips, Cem Bacons and cheese, some lettuce onions on a spicy jerk sauce.

  • Next up we have these things, which are cheese melt dippers.

  • These come in portions off four or as a share box off 12 On.

  • It's basically like a breaded and fried bite off Camembert cheese.

  • On the dessert menu, we have a celebrations.

  • Mcflurry, which is a nod to Britain's obsession with chocolate selection boxes around Christmas time.

  • Now celebrations is Mars is addition to this on what they have in here is galaxy, Twix, Mars, Snickers on more Caesars of those candy bars you mentioned.

  • I've heard of two of them, one of the most Twix.

  • But besides that, I'm not familiar with all of those candy bars.

  • So maybe we should do a Food Wars candy bars episode.

  • Finally, McDonald's offers a salted caramel latte.

  • One thing to know is that the anti caking agent used in the caramel sugar for this lot is calcium silicate.

  • Now this is fairly commonly used in food.

  • However, it's also one of the most popular fireproofing materials, and it's also used to neutralize acids that leak out of minds.

  • The McRib.

  • I have no idea why the McRib is during this holiday season at McDonald's.

  • I think what they do with the McRib is they pretty much liquefy the meat import into a rib shaped mold.

  • Oh, yeah, Oh, yeah.

  • Okay.

  • KFC in the UK only has one exclusive seasonal menu item, and it is this.

  • This is the gravy burger box meal.

  • This is a combo meal in which you get a regular portion of fries, a single chicken, Philip some gravy, gravy neighs, which is a new addition to the menu, which is a kind of gravy and mayo combination.

  • And then the main event is the burger.

  • So what they've done here is taken a Philip burger.

  • Put some cheese on it, and then on top of it, it's got a hash brown.

  • They've kind of put like a divot in it, and the idea is that you pour the gravy straight on there and it kind of collected in a pool.

  • In this, there are 1215 calories, which is quite a lot.

  • I'm not sure how this is the case, but this is actually more calories than a 14 piece bargain bucket.

  • I love that reservoir.

  • That's such a good idea.

  • That innovation is that only in the UK that's fantastic.

  • Here in the US are KFC actually doesn't have any exclusive menu items.

  • We do, however, have this exclusive KFC festive bulk.

  • A boy colonels were in a hat similar to mine.

  • What else done here?

  • Cursive fonts.

  • That's holiday.

  • Got the, uh, ornament.

  • But that's it.

  • Oh, wait.

  • I almost forgot.

  • Damn.

  • Look at this thing.

  • You know what this is?

  • Do you guys know what this is?

  • Look at this.

  • So this yule log smells executive This lame ass bucket out of my way.

  • This smells exactly like KFC fried chicken.

  • Do you put a fight with the papal?

  • Does this work?

  • No, it doesn't.

  • I think the burning of it is crucial for it to smell.

  • Doesn't smell like Oh, man.

  • Yeah, it doesn't.

  • Okay, so it doesn't smell like fried chicken now, But I'm gonna take this, so I'm gonna throw it on my grill.

  • I'm gonna light it up.

  • My whole neighborhood is gonna smell like fried chicken.

  • Thanks to me, that's gonna be my holiday gift to my neighborhood.

  • Three gift of things.

  • Smelling like things.

  • Now, if there's one change you can count on to go all out for the holidays, it's Starbucks.

  • Let's take a look at some of their exclusive menu items starting with Theo drinks.

  • Starbucks UK has added four drinks to its seasonal many, and we'll start on this side.

  • This is a truffle deluxe hot chocolate.

  • This is a gingerbread latte, which is festive for obvious reasons.

  • This is an eggnog latte?

  • No, I've never actually tried eggnog.

  • And then finally, we have a toffee nut latte again.

  • Not hugely.

  • Sure how?

  • This is festive, but I like coffee.

  • I like nuts.

  • Sounds like my kind of drink.

  • Oh, so you think about eggnog is every year I look forward to the holiday season when I finally get my hands on some nag and then, like clockwork, I have, like, a couple sips.

  • And then I realized, why didn't think of eggnog for the past 11 months, And I feel like this year will be no difference.

  • Mm.

  • I'm a knobhead.

  • I love eggnog.

  • Mhm.

  • And two sips is all I can handle for the rest of that in the toilet Thes air.

  • The four exclusive Starbucks holiday drinks that we did get her hands on.

  • They didn't label them.

  • So I'm gonna find out in real time what they are.

  • It was like smelling the cork.

  • Just I'm pretty sure this is the toast of hot chocolate.

  • Yeah, it's just okay.

  • This is the They labeled it the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino.

  • And ask a bits of stuff in it.

  • Ah, toothpaste E.

  • That's what it tastes like.

  • when you know when you brush your teeth and then you drink a milkshake.

  • That's exactly what it tastes like on his last 10 God, I know which one this one is.

  • This is a caramel brulee latte.

  • The caramel stuff at Starbucks is all terrible.

  • Help.

  • This is no different way.

  • Love Christmas sandwiches in the UK Ah, lot of like the supermarket chains will bring them out around Christmas.

  • Time on Starbucks is getting in on the act with quite a few of its own offerings.

  • Let's start with this one.

  • This is the tis the season turkey sandwich.

  • This is the very merry vegan rap I love the festive colors they've got going on here.

  • Great edition.

  • Now this one might provoke some philosophical questions as to what constitutes a sandwich, but this is a celebration.

  • Salmon and cream cheese Cristante.

  • This is the turkey festive feast panini.

  • All the good stuff.

  • No vegetables.

  • Fantastic.

  • Now the one I'm probably most excited to try it is this one.

  • It's the one with the gravy layer sandwich.

  • Now, if you're a fan of the show friends, you might recognize this as a moist maker.

  • You can probably tell by the difficulty of having swallowing this got us.

  • And I'm a little disappointed.

  • The whole point of the friend's sandwich is that had a gravy layer in the middle that made it super moist.

  • They've not really done that with this.

  • One is just three layers of breath.

  • The ratios roll off.

  • Over here is a cranberry bliss bar.

  • You could get a whole tray of the cranberry bliss bar.

  • They toasted ham and Swiss sandwich.

  • And, of course, egg.

  • This handsome gentleman right here, you got yourself snowman shaped cookie frosty.

  • And if you want just the head boo yah!

  • A decapitated frosty head on a stick sending a message to the rest of the snowmen.

  • Stand line.

  • Stay in line.

  • Salted peppermint bark, right?

  • Yeah.

  • Classic.

  • Keep us in the case and then surround out the Christmas menu from Starbucks.

  • We have a bunch of festive baked goods.

  • Will start on this side with a cranberry cheesecake.

  • Come off in a bad time.

  • Come on, guys.

  • Now, I'm not sure if mince pies are a thing outside of the UK or at least to the degree they are inside the u.

  • K.

  • But basically it's made with mince meat, which is not as bad as it sounds.

  • It's like baked fruits.

  • That kind of stewed a bit.

  • We have this adorable little guy who's called South Pole Sam.

  • I love him.

  • He is my son.

  • See?

  • Salted caramel swell.

  • Which I don't know when salted caramel became festive.

  • Then we have this guy the Christmas tree.

  • Brownie on.

  • Then finally, we have this thing, which is a raspberry and pistachio Lin's a cookie.

  • It looks like a fancy Jammie Dodger.

  • I want to take this brief moment to talk about that snowman had cake pop you saw on Lee a moment ago.

  • Now I know that little guy is cute.

  • You want to snack out of this holiday season?

  • I would be remiss test if I didn't share with you the ingredients list.

  • Okay.

  • Ingredients The cake, Which is sugar enriched wheat flour, which is wheat flour.

  • Malted barley flour, niacin reduced iron thiamine, Mina nitrates, riboflavin, folic acid.

  • Dig Lyssarides polish orbits.

  • 16 60 Citric acid.

  • B h t antioxidant.

  • We bookmark that one.

  • Thank you.

  • Malted extra.

  • Not color extract and potassium hydrates.

  • You know, the one ingredient I bookmarked five minutes ago, Bhd that is beautiful ated hydro to lean.

  • I think that's how it's pronounced and pretty shows how that's pronounced.

  • If I've never had to say it's beautiful.

  • Hydro Delek, Telos Elin Studies That's just the B H t, along with similar chemical B H A.

  • Increased the risk of cancer and animals.

  • Wolf.

  • Even though that cake pop a little frosty snowmen had on it looks cute and fun.

  • Your kids wanna have it.

  • You'd be better off skipping the cake, Pop.

  • Just feeding them to stick.

  • Now let's look at some of the best of the rest, starting with Pizza Hut.

  • What pizza has have done is take some classic UK Christmas dinner ingredients on put one toe a pizza.

  • So we've gone for the classic base, and then on top of that, we have a red wine gravy instead.

  • Off pizza sauce, we have some cheese, some bacon, Cem stuffing on some rotisserie chicken.

  • The red wine base does actually contain alcohol, so there is some real red wine in there.

  • I'm not sure how many of these you'd have to eat to get drunk.

  • I think the Greece would probably kill you before alcohol poisoning.

  • Did I don't know what it is about that pizza, but it's incredibly depressing.

  • Something about all the things that should be at this full family Christmas feast, all in one pizza.

  • Let's be honest for some guy by himself.

  • It's a bummer, I imagine a guy eating that pizza alone, his apartment, one lightbulb just swinging above his head just like staring out into the distance.

  • Just no one in his life.

  • I don't know why I'm projecting such sadness on his pizza, but that is a very depressing pizza chick.

  • Fil A in the U.

  • S has to exclusive holiday menu items a soup, their chicken tortilla soup and a shake a peppermint chip shake a T first glance kind of yuck.

  • Smells all right.

  • And it comes with these, uh, crispy seasonal tortilla strips.

  • All right, I'll try it for you guys.

  • Happy holidays.

  • Hmm.

  • Surprisingly not bad.

  • Yes, I bet it all Burger King in the UK is getting involved with their own edition, which is the festive barbecue king.

  • However, we have a problem now.

  • The one thing that was supposed to make this burger festive is the fact that it contains five onion rings which symbolize five gold rings from the Christmas song.

  • However, when I arrived, what did we find?

  • You found one to three and maybe a half onion rings.

  • That is not the song Burger King.

  • This is no longer a festive burger.

  • You failed Dunkin Donuts in the U.

  • S.

  • Does have quite a few promotional products, four seasonal drinks, seasonal sandwich and these very fun and seasonal doughnuts.

  • Check those out Fun.

  • Those are for breakfast sandwiches.

  • Dunkin Donuts has this.

  • They're sour dough breakfast sandwich.

  • And just as advertised, two big pieces of sour dough bread, eggs, bacon, cheese.

  • A lot of size of this thing.

  • Yeah, way have the signature peppermint mocha latte.

  • This is the sugar plum, I think macchiato the chai latte without milk Don't know why that's so seasonal.

  • And the gingerbread latte wolf.

  • Oh, my God.

  • That is a cough syrup.

  • No Dunkin Donuts?

  • No, to this.