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Clutch your Big Macs: McDonald's is slashing its menu next year

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Andy Kryza

In this ever-changing and uncertain world, you never know which fast-food staples are gonna stick around. The Grilled Stuft Nacho left us all too soon last winter. Panera's baguettes are in the middle of a sneaky phase-out. And who even knows if we'll see a Pickle-O again. But those losses are nothing compared to the axe McDonald's is about to drop in the new year. According to CNBC, the Golden Arches are set to kill eight menu items in 2015 -- and they could be sending anything to the gallows.

Since Mickey D's is looking to up service speed, they've decided the current menu needs to be streamlined. Fair enough, except the move will mean the death of eight current menu items, as well as five value meals, by this January. While they haven't announced which orders are getting the boot, a spokeswoman suggested the number of Quarter Pounders with cheese could drop from four to one or the premium chicken sandwiches from three to one. (The snack wraps were also name-checked.) This may not seem like cause for alarm, but really, what's to stop them from killing the McFlurry? Or messing with the fries?! Right now, nothing is safe -- but we do know the smaller menu is currently being tested in Little Rock, AR; Waco, TX; Bakersfield, CA; Macon, Georgia; Knoxville, TN; and Delaware. So if any readers are currently situated in those locations, please, tip us off to what we're dealing with. We may need time for emotional processing.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would mount an attack if McDonald's got rid of their fries. Follow her to sodium comas at @kristin_hunt.