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Are Egg McMuffins Made with Real Eggs?

Southern Living logo Southern Living 2/8/2018 Perri Ormont Blumberg
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There are many wonders of modern life. How does Invisalign work? How did that Google ad know we were looking for a red winter coat? What magically makes the eggs in McDonald's Egg McMuffins so perfectly round?

They can't be real...right? Wrong. And ditto for the Sausage McMuffin with Egg. Indeed, these breakfast staples are made with real USDA Grade A eggs, and the circular perfection is achieved through a simple cooking technique, shown below.

Morning cheat sheet: Ice cracking = bad 🙅 Eggs cracking = good 👍

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"We have to break the shells and place the eggs in special rings on the grill. We then place a cover over top the rings (our store cooks [eight] at once) and put a bit of water into a small funnel at the top," a McDonald's employee explained on Reddit. "The eggs are steamed and cooked at the same time! It's actually pretty cool, and it takes a while to 'master' the right technique to get the eggs looking perfectly round," he continues. Well, there you have it, ladies and gents.

You can read the Egg McMuffin's full list of ingredients on McDonalds' website here and Sausage McMuffin with Egg here. Now, any guesses for how Google read our mind with that red jacket?

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