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When it comes to fast food McDonald's is well known around the world. They are best known for their burgers and chicken McNuggets and when you need a perfect sauce to complete your meal, McDonald's dipping sauces come in a variety of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors.
Popular McDonald's dipping sauces
Looking at McDonald's website you will see that they list Tangy Barbecue, Spicy Buffalo, Creamy Ranch, Honey Mustard, Honey, and Sweet N' Sour sauce. Dipping sauce options may vary depending on where you live in the country or the world. These are the sauces we were able to taste. Note, most McDonald's will offer you two sauces free with your meal.
1. Sweet 'N Sour Sauce
Sweet 'N Sour sauce is the perfect compliment to fried, salty chicken nuggets. McDonald's sweet and sour sauce is a favorite and one of the most popular sauces.
This sauce is thick, sweet, and tangy. Light brown in color, it has a slight fruity flavor with notes of peach and apricot.
2. Tangy Barbecue Sauce
Even though this sauce is called "Tangy" barbecue sauce, it's not super tangy, it's actually sweet in taste. It has a sweet, mild regular BBQ sauce flavor with a hint of vinegar flavor.
This sauce is always a favorite and great for chicken sandwiches, nuggets, fries and more.
3. Creamy Ranch Sauce
McDonald's Creamy Ranch sauce is a staple. Not just for salads, it's a creamy sauce that is the perfect companion to spicy Chicken McNuggets. With herbs and garlic flavor, you can't go wrong with ranch.
4. Spicy Buffalo Sauce
McDonald's Spicy Buffalo Sauce is a delicious combination of tangy with a subtle hint of spice. If you like buffalo sauce, you will enjoy this dipping sauce.
5. Hot Mustard
McDonald's hot mustard sauce was actually discontinued in 2015 so you can't find it everywhere. You might only be able to be found in select markets, I was lucky enough to find it at my local restaurant.
All the deliciousness of mustard with added spice, a definite must try to dip your nuggets if you like spicy food.
6. Honey Mustard Sauce
This sauce goes wonderful with chicken and I even like it on a salad. It has sweet notes of honey with a little added tang of the mustard. You will love this sauce on chicken sandwiches, nuggets, and even as a french fries dip.
7. McDonald's Big Mac Sauce
McDonald's signature sauce is the Big Mac sauce. Their version of a special sauce is made with mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, and a few other secret ingredients. Used primarily on the Big Mac burger, you could also request some sauce to use for your fries or nuggets.
8. McDonald's Honey
They serve packaged Grade A honey to add sweetness to nuggets, or even drizzle on their breakfast biscuits or pancakes.
Other specialty McDonald's sauces
There are a few other McDonald's sauces that you can ask for like tartar sauce or picante sauce which comes in a packet.
Some limited time sauces that are not on the regular menu are released periodically. A few of the more popular ones are:
Sweet Chili Sauce - This was released with the recent BTS meal.
Szechuan Sauce - This sauce was introduced in 1998 to celebrate the release of Disney's movie Mulan.
Chipotle BBQ Sauce - Similar to their tangy BBQ sauce, this sauce has a smokey flavor.
What is your favorite dipping sauce? Let me know in the comments.
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- Combine honey and mustard in a bowl. Mix until completely combined.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.