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01/06/2017 at 2:00 | Posted by Phil Harris
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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2016 may have taken Jim Delligatti from us, but this year will see a rebirth of his iconic invention. Delligatti was the McDonald’s franchise owner from Pennsylvania who gave us the Big Mac in the late 1960s. Unfortunately, we’ll never know how he would feel about the next generation of his culinary creation.

McDonald’s has announced that two new versions of the Big Mac will be coming in early 2017: the Grand Mac and Mac Jr. They’ll both still come with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, on a sesame seed bun, as the jingle goes, but not necessarily two all-beef patties.

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The Mac Jr., which sounds like it could also be a new handheld device from Apple, is essentially a single-layer Big Mac…so one all-beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, etc. The Grand Mac looks more like the original, only bigger. The “Papa Bear” of the family offers two beefier patties, totaling one-third of a pound, on a larger sesame seed bun. The classic Big Mac’s two patties weigh in at only 3.2 ounces.

McDonald’s has already been serving the new sandwiches on a trial basis at more than 120 locations in Ohio and Texas since last April. The true test will come when the rest of America has the chance to try them this year.

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