Original article from Kent Live
I'm a Big Mac man.
Always have been and always will be.
McDonald's can try and tempt me with their new releases and burger variations but I've always stuck to my guns and ordered the real thing.
So, when I saw Aldi's release of its Big Stack, I had to be one of the first to give it a try.
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The new range, which includes chicken nuggets, hit Aldi stores on Monday May 24 and can be found in the frozen aisle.
Aldi made headlines earlier this year when their Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake waged war on Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar and you wouldn't be surprised if the supermarket's marketing team were trying the same tactic here.
Aside from its name, the Big Stack also shares very similar packaging to the McDonald's Big Mac, as do both chicken nugget boxes.
I picked up one of each product from my local Aldi and placed my usual Maccies order in preparation to compare the two.
The Big Stack vs The BigMac
First up was the battle of the burgers.
Opening up the Big Stack box, the first thing I noticed was that the burger would require assembly.
I'd never been known for my handiwork or DIY skills, so the prospect of doing so was an intimidating one.
Nonetheless, I followed the detailed instructions on the side of the packaging and set about my task.
It was quite the process involving the complicated task of heating up the burgers in the microwave.
The burgers went in for two minutes, being flipped halfway.
The moment of flipping was an unpleasant one as I was forced to feel the slimy patties. I wasn't holding much hope.
The burger buns and sauce were defrosted and then I was building my burger.
The assembly was successful and I placed the BigStack beside its McDonald's counterpart.
The BigMac was far fuller than the BigStack, which looked a sorry sight with no lettuce.
As I bit into the BigStack, it was easy to tell it had been cooked from defrost just before eating.
Whilst I'm sure my beloved BigMac goes through a similar process behind closed doors, it was far easier to tell with the BigStack.
I have to give Aldi's new arrival credit for its meat which did taste like meat… a low bar, I know.
The burger sauce was much more potent than the McDonald's version with strong tones of mustard.
Whether that's a good or bad thing will be up to the individual and I did find myself enjoying it at moments.
When I then switched to the McDonald's burger, a wave of relief swept over me.
The bun was much softer and the additional lettuce a real plus.
Aldi hasn't failed by any means, but they certainly haven't won.
Aldi Chicken Nuggets vs McDonald's Chicken McNuggets
Fans of an underdog may want to look away for this fight.
The Chicken McNuggets won convincingly against the Aldi version in what can only be described as a bloodbath.
I'm not even the biggest chicken nugget fan, but after tasting the Aldi nuggs, I grew a greater appreciation for the Maccies trademark product.
Aldi's nuggets tasted exactly like any other cheap frozen nugget you might get from a supermarket.
The batter was like cardboard and the chicken was unsatisfying compared to the McDonald's nuggets.
After devouring the two BigMacs, I was feeling pretty full and decided to leave the remaining Aldi nuggets for my housemates.
They dived in excited, unwise as to the brittle nugget disappoint that was in store for them.