McDonald’s McBites bite the dust

Chickem McBites, those new “poppable” chicken morsels at McDonald’s, introduced in some markets this year are no longer around.

Online reviewers in general dislike them, but reviewing new fast food items puts the bar very, very low — limbo low, in fact. One review does like them, stating they have exhibit “a kick of home-style seasoning.” (This reviewer’s name, Financefoodie, led me to hope there would be some nice numbers in the review — biggest markets for McBites, profit margin compared to McNuggets, etc. No such luck. Drat.)

I considered them a nice change from Standard McNuggets with a Southern Fried Chicken flavor and appeal. My favorite “limited-time-item” is Pork McRibs — decent Carolina ribs dumbed down for the masses.

McDonald’s would do well to study the menus on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Driveins and Dives on Food Network. Any reasonably good recipe from that show would become a drive-through best seller.

I did find some McD’s numbers. Revenues climbed 6.7% in January in part due to McBites. With that bit of good news, I hope they bring Chicken McBites back. If they do, order me a snack size with sweet chili dipping sauce…