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As McRib Waves Goodbye, McDonald's Unveils New Burgers

New burger options from The Golden Arches include two varieties of McFlurry.

The barbecue pork sandwich, known as the McRib, has finally disappeared from McDonald's (MCD) - Get Free Report menus after a month-long "farewell tour"; it was a regular item from 1981 to 1985 and has frequently returned as an LTO in the past ten years.

Many people do not believe that the McRib is permanently gone, despite the Golden Arches' extensive marketing campaign that claimed customers had one "last chance" to try it between October 31 and November 20.

Since 2006, the McRib has appeared and disappeared at least a dozen times, but each time it reappears, there is a flurry of excitement (and sales).

Even a slight positive correlation between McRib's availability and a strong S&P 500 was once calculated by a wealth management expert. The McRib is currently unavailable and there is no estimated time of return.

McDonald's recently introduced two new burgers: the Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. 

The latter has two burger patties, which is the only real distinction between the two burgers. Other than the addition of several smoked bacon slices, they are both the chain's standard Quarter Pounders.

Along with the new burgers, McDonald's also introduced an Oreo Fudge McFlurry, which is vanilla ice cream from the restaurant chain that has been swirled with cookie bits and topped with hot fudge.

According to a press release from McDonald's, "the two new menu items will go on sale at participating McDonald's restaurants across the country starting Nov. 21.

Bacon burgers are typically some of the splurgiest menu items at fast food restaurants. The single-patty burger still has 770 calories while the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese has a whopping 990 calories with two patties.

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