Summer is right around the corner, and the mark the start of the sunny season, McDonald’s is adding a whole host of new items to its menu.
Launching in two separate waves across June and July, with the first menu set to be launched this week, not only will fast food fans soon be able to feast on the Cypriot favourite that is halloumi fries at their local Maccies, but there’ll also be four new burgers, and a brand-new Italian-inspired McFlurry flavour too.
The ‘Taste of Italy’ menu will land in McDonald’s stores across the UK on Wednesday 8 June, and it’s set to include two burgers – the Italian Stack, and the Crispy Chicken Italiano.
The Italian Stack consists of two beef patties, topped with crispy onions, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, crunchy lettuce, toasted tomato and a rich cheesy sauce on a warm herb bun, and the Crispy Chicken Italiano is made up of a crispy chicken fillet on a ciabatta style bun with basil pesto sauce, mozzarella, tomato, red onion, and lettuce.
Mozzarella dippers are also back once again as the go-to side order, but in what is a new addition for 2022, a tiramisu-flavoured McFlurry will be making its debut to really top off your Italian feast.
The second menu wave, the ‘Taste of Spain and Cyprus’, is then set to hit McDonald’s restaurants across the UK from Wednesday 27 July.
It will include two additional new burgers, a delicious cheesy side dish, and a refreshing citrus soft drink.
The Spicy Spanish Stack burger will be made up of two beef patties on a paprika bun, topped off with a spicy tomato sauce, red onion, lettuce, and chilli cheddar, while the Chicken Fiesta burger will have a crispy chicken fillet on a paprika bun, accompanied by Chorizo, chilli cheddar, spicy tomato sauce, red onion, and lettuce.
The new menu will also welcome a bold and refreshing berry and citrus flavoured soft drink, which’ll be named the Spanish Fruit Punch.
But it’s the Halloumi Fries that are already grabbing the headlines.
Fast food rivals Burger King have been selling the cheesy delights for quite some time now, but from 27 July, McDonald’s is adding halloumi fries to the menu and each serving will include four soft halloumi sticks lightly coated in batter, served with a rich tomato sauce.
Sadly though, all good things must come to an end, and to make room for all of these exciting new items, McDonald’s has confirmed that some products will sadly be dropped from the menu this week.
This means that from 8 June, the Grand Big Mac and McSpicy chicken burger, and Flake McFlurry will no longer be available.
ITV confirms release date for new single parents dating show dubbed ‘middle-aged Love Island’
ITV has confirmed that its brand-new dating series for single parents is officially a thing, and it’s hitting our screens later this year.
It had long been rumoured that ITV had a somewhat Love Island-inspired spin-off series geared more towards those looking for love in the middle of their lives in the works, with reports hotly-tipping it to hit screens soon first surfacing back in July of last year – but nothing was actually set in stone at that point.
Then it was revealed back in January that, after months of speculation, all the rumours were true, as the broadcaster was actively casting for contestants and calling on single parents across the UK to get their applications in.
Already having been dubbed “middle-aged Love Island”, but previously called the working title of The Romance Retreat, ITV explained when it first put out the casting call that the new series would see a group of “vibrant single parents” from across the UK all meet under one roof, and that it was set to be the only dating show where they can search for love in a safe space.
Now, coming up to six months after that initial casting call, ITV has confirmed that the long-awaited series is finally set to hit TV screens later this autumn.
Given the new official title of My Mum, Your Dad, and hosted by legendary TV presenter Davina McCall, ITV took to social media yesterday to reveal that the “secret is finally out”.
Teasing a little more information about the new show, ITV explained: “My Mum, Your Dad is a brand-new series following a group of single parents looking for a second chance at love. They’ve been nominated by their grown-up kids, but what they don’t know is that their kids are watching their every move, playing matchmaker and holding cushions over their faces as they watch the shenanigans.”
An exact release date for the show is expected to be announced by ITV in due course, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.
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Matty Healy delivers perfect reply to being called a ‘slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher live on stage
Matty Healy is once again poking the beehive and after being called a “slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher, The 1975 frontman delivered the perfect comedic response to his comments.
Healy was on stage in Dublin on Wednesday, 7 June, essentially warming up for himself after American singer Caroline Polachek had to pull out of the show, playing an hour of additional 1975 songs that didn’t make it onto the headline setlist.
A much more informal set than the main show — just Matty, a guitar, a keyboard his laptop and a little help from bandmate Jamie Squire — he spent lots of time chatting with the crowd and at one point, addressed the Manc music legend’s recent roasting.
The former Oasis songwriter and guitarist was sitting down with The Spin when the interviewer asked what he made of Matty Healy’s comments that he and brother Liam should “stop marding” and get back together — to which Noel said: “Oh, that slack-jawed f***wit… He needs to get over how shit his band is and split up.” Bit harsh but the 34-year-old seemed to take it in stride and had his own cold comeback.
Clearly enjoying having riled up the 56-year-old, Healy fired back by saying “The difference between me and Noel is I do a series of interviews to promote an album, whereas he does an album to promote a series of interviews”.
As one person posted in the comments, “I’m not the biggest 1975 fan but he’s absolutely mugged him off here”, and a lot of people tended to agree.
Healy did assure the cheering crowd that he and the band all “love Noel Gallagher” and claimed that they even “asked Liam to open up for [them] but he was busy” — we would have paid good money to see that happen.
Nevertheless, we’re certainly enjoying this hilarious little spat between the two and whatever you make of the two of them, they sure. Also, Matty’s right, the Gallagher bros should just get over it already and give the people what they want: an Oasis reunion. One day, we can always pray.