Maccas’ latest menu item sparks heated debate

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Maccas fans have found themselves divided after the introduction of scallops with potatoes on the popular fast food chain’s summer menu.

The menu was launched on Wednesday and has since been a bone of contention – with some customers targeting the chain’s “Aussie” burger after an egg featured in a previous version was removed from the menu.

But Burgergate isn’t over, as customers are now uneasy about using the term potato scallop.

Maccas launches scallops with potatoes as part of summer menu – but people divided over name choice

Thousands of people have commented on posts about potato snacks - they seem to go by three main names, potato pancakes, potato scallops and potato fritters

Thousands of people have commented on posts about potato snacks – they seem to go by three main names, potato pancakes, potato scallops and potato fritters

People in New South Wales and Queensland seem to be comfortable with the term “potato scallops”, but it’s nearly sparked riots in the southern states.

Victorians preferred the term hash browns, while New Zealanders and some South Australians preferred to call them potato fritters.

“I just know they’re potato scallops and I’m 72 years old,” one woman said.

Another said: “I’ve always had hash browns but, being married to a Queenslander husband, I’ve learned to tolerate the scallop name and hope to stay married.”

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“Neither, they’re bloody fritters,” said a third.

Thousands of people have commented on the names, with people in Victoria claiming that the only real scallops are shellfish.

The Maccas revealed that they consulted with one of their mascots, Grimace, about the name and he declared the potato scallops would be appropriate

The Maccas revealed that they consulted with one of their mascots, Grimace, about the name and he declared the potato scallops would be appropriate

“If you order scallops, you’re eating sea life – if you order scallops, you’re eating sea life. It’s a hash brown,” one man said.

But that definition has drawn further questions from NSW.

“Potato scallops are made with scalloped potatoes – the culinary term for thin slices – and they are nothing like cakes,” one man said.

polling

what do you call them

  • Potato cakes, der. 66 votes
  • Obviously scallops with potatoes. 115 votes
  • Potato fritters, I’m not stupid. 18 votes
  • Potato discs. 1 vote

“We don’t say scallops, we say scallops with potatoes for clarification,” said another.

Others seem to resist them because of the name.

“I wouldn’t touch a potato scallop, but I’d smash some hash browns. I think I’d give these guys a 0 out of 10, just based on their average name,” one man said.

The restaurant predicted the heated debate and even created a video showing the three men disagreeing over their names.

In the video, a man tries to talk about scallops with potatoes – but is corrected, calling him hash browns.

A third person popped into the background and was labeled a “kiwi” as he yelled “hash browns” at the camera.

The video prompts more name suggestions, including “Discus” and “Potato Frisbee.”

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The Maccas team said they consulted one of their venerable mascots, Grimace, who confirmed they should be called potato scallops.

The menu item comes with a side of chicken salt.

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