Why Do McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Always Come in One of Four Shapes?

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McDonald’s food has almost as many secrets as it has calories, and McNuggets are no exception. The bite-size bits of “chicken” are one of Mickey D’s biggest sellers. Countless fast food lovers shove millions of nuggets down there hungry gullets every day. But did you know that every nugget that comes out of is guaranteed to be one of four distinct shapes. That’s right 4. That’s because they grind the chickens into a mush, press it all together and cut them up with cookie cutters making the “boot,” the “bell,” the “ball,” and the “bone.”


Check out this video from a McDonald’s factory in Canada for an inside look into chicken mush to nugget production.

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets
Amount Per 10 pieces (159 g)
Calories 480

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31 g 47%
Saturated fat 5 g 25%
Polyunsaturated fat 9 g
Monounsaturated fat 13 g
Trans fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 70 mg 23%
Sodium 900 mg 37%
Potassium 401 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 24 g 8%
Sugar 0.1 g
Protein 25 g 50%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 7%
Vitamin B-6 30%
Vitamin B-12 8%
Magnesium 9%