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McDonald’s is now testing international items in the U.S.

The company is serving several items from other countries in Florida.
Photograph courtesy of McDonald's Corp.

McDonald’s customers in South Florida are getting a taste of the Netherlands. And Hong Kong, Malaysia and Spain.

The Chicago-based burger giant is testing a handful of international menu items in a Flavors from Abroad promotion at 50 locations in South Florida as part of a limited-time market test.

Exactly what will come out of the test is uncertain, though such market tests traditionally come in advance of broader promotions.

It follows the company’s addition of a rotating menu of international items earlier this year at its location at the base of its new headquarters in Chicago.

Andrea Abate, a McDonald’s spokeswoman, said in an email that the company will use the test “to gather feedback from customers and employees about the promotion,” but that “it’s premature to speculate on the decisions we may make after the test.”

The items available at the South Florida locations include the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain, a quarter-pound burger topped with “McBacon sauce,” bacon, Gouda cheese and slivered onions.

It also includes BBQ McShaker Fries from Malaysia, which are the company’s fries topped with smoky barbecue seasoning.

The company is also selling the Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands, including soft serve mixed with caramel waffle cookie pieces and caramel sauce.

And the company is selling the McSpicy Chicken from Hong Kong, which McDonald’s served for a limited time at its headquarters location earlier this year—and which proved to be so popular that the company briefly ran out of supplies.

The South Florida test suggests that McDonald’s is potentially open to adding some items, at least for a limited time, that prove popular in other countries on a broader scale in the U.S., which is the 37,000-unit chain’s largest market.

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