More specifically, the four items on the brand-new McDonald's Worldwide Favorites menu include:

  • Stroopwafel McFlurry (The Netherlands): Creamy vanilla soft serve, mixed with a rich caramel swirl, featuring authentic chopped Dutch Daelmans Stroopwafel caramel waffle cookie pieces.
  • Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger (Spain): A quarter pound of 100 percent fresh beef topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, smoky McBacon Sauce, real Gouda cheese and slivered onions served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun.
  • Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich (Canada): Made with a grilled or crispy all white meat, juicy and tender chicken, the Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich is topped with tomato & herb sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese, slivered onions, fresh lettuce and sliced Roma tomatoes served on a freshly toasted artisan roll.
  • Cheesy Bacon Fries (Australia): French fries topped with real cheddar cheese sauce and chopped Applewood Smoked bacon.

According to reports, this is not the first time international items have been introduced to the U.S., although previous introductions have been quite limited. A rotating selection of international items is currently available at the McDonald's headquarters in Chicago's Chicago's West Loop, and the Stroopwafel McFlurry and Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger were tested in Florida last year.

Says Linda VanGosen, McDonald's Vice President of Menu Innovation:

We know our U.S. customers are curious about McDonald's international menu items. Because we are always innovating our menu, we are thrilled to leverage our global scale and offer popular flavors from around the world next month. We are committed to creating everyday feel-good moments for customers no matter what McDonald's restaurant they walk into anywhere in the world.

These new international menu items will make an appearance on June 5th, and will available for only a limited time.

I'm personally happy that McDonald's is starting to spice up its offerings. It's a marketing move meant to shake up the fast-food marketplace, and I suspect it will do just that. I wouldn't be surprised if some of McDonald's competitors start introducing their own international menu items to hungry customers in the U.S.