Thanks to a few hungry Atlantans, McDonald's chicken wings are now a reality and are going to be sold in every McDonald's in the country by the end of next month. The fast food giant's "Mighty Wings" menu item did so well during a test run in Atlanta during the fall of 2012, the fast food giant is now reintroducing them on September 9, with a nationwide rollout by September 24.
It is a little surprising that Atlanta gave birth to the new creation, since that city has continually positioned itself as a Mecca of Southern delicacies — which includes fried chicken* — and its love for a cheap McDonald's knock-off no doubt puts that reputation in jeopardy. But McDonald's and Atlantans' decision to try the new product is doubly baffling when you consider that McDonald's has already perfected the most glorious chicken(ish) product known to man: the Chicken McNugget. Why would anyone in their right mind order a chicken wing from McDonald's when another fast food marvel is available from the same counter? Consider:
A Chicken Wing Is Not Efficient
Part of the reason fast food was created was because of a need for speedy, efficient, eating with minimal cleanup. A chicken wing barely passes those metrics. Using the meat-to-work ratio, chicken wings rank just below crabs when measured by at how much meat you get in comparison to how much work it takes to get it in your mouth. Granted, McDonald's Mighty Wings will probably not require any twisting or breaking, but you still have to deal with a bone and not every wing will be a drumstick.