McDonald's Mozzarella Sticks Often Forget the Mozzarella

The mere idea of a mozzarella stick makes them appetizing: slabs of cheese dusted in garlicky breading, deep-fried and served with red sauce. It made sense for McDonald's to serve such a foodstuff. But then a funny thing happened: people started sharing photos of McD's mozzarella sticks... sans mozzarella.

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While the mozzarella sticks have been around for around a year, they didn't pick up steam online until the end of 2015. Search results stir up a mixed fryer of elation and sorrow, depending on whether or not the user got cheese. But it appears the missing mozz really got people talking.

The complaints haven't gone unnoticed by McDonald's, either.

"We are aware of a low volume of guest concerns about our Mozzarella Cheese Sticks," spokeswoman Lisa McComb told the Chicago Tribune in an emailed statement. "In these instances, we believe the cheese melted out during the baking process in our kitchens and shouldn't have been served. We apologize to any customers who may have been affected. We are working to fix this in our restaurants."

That's some Criss Angel Mozz Freak-level baking process.

The mozz sticks come as part of McDonald's McPick Two menu, which replaced its previous Dollar Menu. In the McPick Two, diners select from items such as mozz sticks and the McDouble, and get the two items for $2 total. The mozz sticks come in a box of three and contain 200 calories.

But let's be real: who can eat just three mozz sticks? Especially when they don't contain cheese.

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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He has never eaten McDonald's mozzarella sticks. He feels good about his life choices. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.