The McMuffin is a family of breakfast sandwiches in various sizes and configurations, sold by the fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s. It was invented by the late McDonald’s franchisee Herb Peterson in the late 1960s and was introduced nationwide in 1972. In the US and Canada the standard McMuffin consists of a slice of Canadian bacon, a griddle-fried egg, and a slice of American cheese on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The round shape of the egg is made by cooking it in a teflon coated ring. Peterson first presented the Egg McMuffin at a Santa Barbara franchise without the knowledge of McDonald’s Corporate, which at the time served only lunch and dinner at all their locations.

When Corporate discovered Mr. Peterson’s unauthorized breakfast offerings, it initially reprimanded him and threatened him with a number of penalties for breaking the franchise agreement. Today, several countries like Hong Kong serve Egg McMuffins around the clock, due to the prominent use of the egg in meals other than breakfast in those regions. US restaurants usually restrict the item to the breakfast menu. This is due mainly because the grill temperature for the beef patties and the eggs are significantly different from each other.


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