I know it's easy to hate McDonald's, but I find myself there every so often. If I'm in a hurry and want something super-cheap that tastes good and can be wolfed down in the car or a parking lot, nothing beats two McDoubles off the Dollar Menu. They're tasty, and the meat/cheese/bun/onion/ketchup ratio is perfect compared to McDonald's larger burgers and most other fast food burgers. I rarely have their fries, but for a fast food joint, their fries are among the best -- streets ahead of BK and Wendy's, for sure. Most of the time, their sweet tea is pretty damn good, and a large cup for a buck is a great deal on a sweltering summer day. And don't get me started on my love/hate relationship with the mysterious McRib!
But now, one of my favorite rare menu items is back (presumably for a limited time): the Arctic Orange shake! I first saw the sign yesterday and started craving one immediately, but the McDonald's I passed last night was OUT! I was incredulous, but to my credit, I didn't spring for a lesser shake or something else unhealthy to tide me over. I just decided to wait. I finally got my first Arctic Orange shake of the summer today, and it was worth the wait. Thick and rich, I'm not sure it has any actual ice cream in it at all, or what makes it "Arctic." However, it tasted damn fine, like orange sherbet or a perfectly blended liquid creamsicle. It totally hit the spot, and I hope to get at least one or two more before they disappear again. Even if you're a McDonald's hater or a skeptic, if you like sweet and orangey things, I strongly recommend this shake.