McDonald’s Mondays: Jim 1, McDonald’s Canada 0

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A little over two years ago McDonald’s Canada did a strange and bewildering thing — they pulled hot mustard dip from their menu. While not immediately noticeable to those who didn’t use it, those of us that did were devastated. That dip was heavenly. There’s nothing else on the market like it, and believe me, I know. I’ve spent the past two years trying every item I’ve come across with the words “hot” and “mustard” on the label and nothing has even come close. It’s become nothing short of an obsession.

That’s why, when my wife decided to visit her sister in North Carolina last week, I begged and pleaded for her to visit a US McDonald’s. I’d heard rumor that the hot mustard removal was a Canadian thing and could still be found everywhere else on the planet. Rumors like that seem too good to be true, and yet it’s hard not to hold out hope. So visit a McDonald’s she did, and what you see above is a king’s bounty in hot mustard.

That’s right — my wife loved me enough to humiliate herself by asking for a bag full of hot mustard. Apparently they didn’t just let it go, either. They wanted some answers about this weird behaviour, and she gave it to them full force. But 5 dollars and 10 minutes of shame later she walked out of a US McDonald’s with 20 packets of hot mustard in a bag. As I write this, I’ve already used 4. Nothing tastes better than a Sausage McMuffin and hashbrown dipped in golden mustard. It might sound strange, but there’s no better taste in the world to me.

Only 16 left. I’d better start spacing these things out a little better. 🙂

46 responses to “McDonald’s Mondays: Jim 1, McDonald’s Canada 0”

  1. columbia thorndale says:

    Ihat was the laugh I needed this morning. I miss Wewndy’s Chipolte Sauce

  2. Lana says:

    I have heard a rumour that the secret of the Hot Mustard (as a fellow lover of the stuff so I feel your pain) is honey butter : )

    Your wife is a good wife indeed!

  3. Victoria says:

    OH WOW That brings back memories. I LOVED hot mustard and was devasted when they stopped serving it.
    I’ll need to stock up next time I visit a McDonalds in the US!

  4. itsjustmebub says:

    LMAO thanks for the laugh

  5. wow says:

    Would have been easier to have done this:

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons French’s prepared mustard
    2 tablespoons Heinz 57 sauce
    1/4 cup Mayonnaise
    1/4 cup Sour cream


    Mix all, cover and refrigerate to use within 30 days

  6. Jim Squires says:

    @wow — totally appreciate the recipe, but it’s just not the same. Believe me, I’ve tried.

  7. Wanda says:

    That is just what my hubby did except it was with the Taco Bell Fire sauce. We were in Utah last summer and we went to Taco Bell for lunch. When he saw the sauce, I thought he was going to swoon! They only had a couple of packages out though so he was almost in tears. His Aunt went up to the counter and asked them for more. Now we have a stash of them in our pantry! Only problem is, there is no Taco Bell where we live now! There is no winning for him!

  8. adora says:

    Your wife is absolutely amazing! That’s love, alright. 😀

    Is this Hot Mustard Sauce the Mustard Sauce for nuggets? I don’t think it’s a uniquely Canadian problem. I lived in 5 different countries in the pass 12 years, and I always have problem getting it.

    In Asia, there were 3 default dipping sauce for nuggets – sweet & sour, BBQ, and mustard. Since mustard is the least favorite, many McD don’t restock it frequent enough. Hate it when I paid for my nuggets only to find that they only carry BBQ sauce. Feel so cheated!

    In Miami, they usually give you Honey Mustard Sauce instead. When you tell them it’s not it, they look at you like you are crazy.

    In Italy, they give you a packet of French’s Mustard like the size of ketchup. If you say that’s not what you want, they give you a packet of Dijon Mustard.

    When I was in Tokyo, I ordered takeaway McD to eat at my friend’s home. I told her about my mustard obsession. She pulled out a tube of “Wasabi Mayo” and tell me to try it. It is basically mayonnaise favored with wasabi. While it is completely different from Mustard Sauce, It is a great alternative. It has been “Methadone” to Mustard Sauce addiction. When you run out, maybe you can get wasabi mayo from Japanese markets. 🙂

  9. GGF says:

    Sounds like me and Jalapeno Cheez Whiz. They don’t sell it in Canada (at least what I’ve found).

  10. shaima says:

    lol… lol…. it’s sooo hilarious… i would have not done this for my hubby!!.. indeed ur wife is a good wife….

  11. Lacey says:

    Hey! Funny story, I used to work at the factory that made the stuff in Canada… I think they took it off the market because it was actually kind of expensive to make for what it was… also because some of the ingredients can cause severe chemical burns. Though, there are a number of products that we used to make that had ingredients that could kill you if eaten alone.

  12. operabob says:

    I’ve sent this to McDonald’s Canada.


  13. itsjustmebub says:

    always comforting to know you can be killed by a sauce 🙂

  14. willowsprite says:

    Huh, they charged her? Don’t they usually just give you sauces?

  15. Mittsie says:

    Ha-ha! TAKE THAT MCDONALD’S! *gigglesnort*

    Good job, man! I would’ve done that too!

  16. Tiki says:

    I love it too… I was devastated when they took it off…

  17. jeffskellington says:

    Awesome! But Shaima, I have to ask, why wouldn’t of you done this for your husband? Is he a jerk? Are you too self-conscious?

  18. operabob says:


    It’s more common to charge for condiments in the US.


  19. Loucheryl says:

    I just loved your story. I had to read it to my husband because this is something I could see him doing. Enjoy your sauce!

  20. kathyo says:

    Where have I been not knowing about this hot mustard?? I love all kinds of mustard, but with breakfast sausage, the hot stuff is the best! Well, the next time I’m over in Buffalo, I’ll be chowing at McD’s instead of Honey’s!!

  21. Walt_H69 says:

    Monday, January 14, 2008
    McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce.

    I finally got on the case to bring you the definitive kitchen clone for this one – and it’s a cinch! Tie one hand behind your back and witness plain old ground dried mustard mixing it up with sweet and sour flavors in a saucepan over medium heat. The cornstarch wrangles around in there to thicken and stabilize while Captain Habanero pops in for the perfect spicy punch. Use it for dipping, use it for spreading, use it again and again, since you’ll make about a cup of the stuff. And McDonald’s will be glad that we no longer need to hoard the little blister packs from the restaurants.

    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup corn syrup
    1/3 cup plus
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    2 tablespoons ground dried mustard
    4 teaspoons cornstarch
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    10-14 drops habanero hot sauce

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small uncovered saucepan. Whisk until smooth.

    2. Turn heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Sauce should thicken in 2 to 3 minutes after it begins to boil. Remove sauce from heat and chill in refrigerator in a covered container.

    Makes 1 cup.

  22. longboat says:

    I always stockpile certain food items when I go to the states. I would have happily done this for myself or my husband:)

  23. Mama Bear says:

    AWESOME – my husband loves the Hot Mustard sauce too so I showed him this article and we’re totally going to stock up next time we’re in the US. LOL

  24. C says:

    it’s been so long since i’ve tried it (ohhh how i miss it)
    but the substitute i found is PC’s Sweet with Heat mustard. It’ll do 🙂

  25. Kturtle says:

    $5.00 for 20 packets seems excessive.

    I love this thread and have a somewhat large list of foods that I cannot get local…maybe we should start a new threat for this subject!!!!

    My favourite site for looking up ‘chain food recipes” is
    I looked up the hot mustard sauce and have added the recipe here.

    McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce~Top Secret version
    Yield: 1 Cup

    4 tsp CORNSTARCH
    ½ tsp TUMERIC
    ½ tsp SALT

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small uncovered saucepan, whisk until smooth.
    2. Turn heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Sauce should thicken in 2-3 minutes after it begins to boil. Remove sauce from heat and hill in refrigerator in a covered container

  26. Ann says:

    You should ask any friends and relatives to get you some anytime they go to the states. If you only ask for 4 or 5, I wonder if they’d charge you?

  27. Roxy says:

    I am happy for you! It’s silly what is available in one place and not another. It happens in Canada too; there are some things you can buy in Quebec that you can’t find anywhere else.

    But, $5 for 20 packets is a gouge! That manager was looking for some quick cash.

  28. Tricia says:

    Haha… that is great!! My friend lives in the US, and I get him to send me packs all the time! 🙂 For Christmas, he sent me an ENTIRE BOX FULL. Over 400 packs! LOL

  29. Jim Squires says:

    I’m glad to see everyone enjoyed this post so much!

    Just a quick note to those of you complaining about the price paid — it’s actually pretty normal. Most McDonald’s charge 25 cents per pack if you want one and you don’t order Nuggets. 20 x 0.25 – $5. Pretty much what I expected. 🙂

  30. sherryberri says:

    If you are purchasing something at McDs they give you only a certain amount of sauces, after that they do charge. I too loved the hot mustard.. The honey mustard is just not the same…

  31. sherryberri says:

    and yes I am in Canada

  32. James says:

    Wow I miss that stuff!!

  33. Tiffer says:

    Hey There,

    I totally feel your pain. I lived in Austria for almost a year and quickly became addicted to the sour cream dipping sauce and they don’t have it here or in the US. So I haven’t had it in 2 years and I would give anything for that delicious sauce. 😀

  34. David Po says:

    OMG JIM!

    I thought I was the only one!!

    I was CRUSHED!!!

    Worst part is…they replaced the Hot Mustard with that god awful ‘Honey Mustard’, so now everytime I order my Number 2 sauce (Honey) They throw in the Honey Mustard….Epic Fail.

    But great minds really DO think alike….I live in Vancouver so last January I bombed across the border to Seattle and promptly ordered 100 Hot Mustard sauces at the bargain price of .10 cents each, 10 bucks later and I was tickled pink with my massive bag of Hot Mustards.

    The bag has since gotten pretty light tho….may be time for Hot Mustard run #2 XD

  35. cggyrl says:

    *Phew!* I am blessed with MD’s Hot Mustard where I live. Every time I am there, I ask for a cup. No matter what I’ve ordered. I hoard it. I have packets in my desk at work, in my bag, stacked in the fridge at home, I am convinced it makes anything even more delicious. Fresh veggies, cold cut sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels…

    Let me know if you need some. I’ll FedEx it to you! I can’t bear the thought of anyone going without.

  36. bbjork says:

    cggyrl, what city do you live in? I have relatives all over…
    ggf, I found the jalapeno cheeze whiz in safeway in alberta.

  37. Susan Pajaro says:

    I TOTALLY miss the mustard 🙁

    I want some too

  38. Steel says:

    Good news! McDonald’s Canada has pulled Honey Mustard (still available while supplies last) and replaced it with HOT MUSTARD again!

  39. Ray says:

    Confirmed! Hot Mustard is back in Canada! Just got it yesterday by accident. Saw the girl in front of me with the hot mustard and I was so suprised.

  40. Rhonda says:

    Yay it’s back.. I was sooo happy.

  41. tudorchick says:

    i am so glad! i loved this sauce! i hated that new honey mustard they did..actually the lack of this sauce stopped me from eating their nuggets..the only thing i liked on their menu.i always wonder if they ask consumers before pulling a product..where the heck is lipton raspberry iced tea?

  42. Chuck says:

    Finally I can go back to getting nuggets again..hahah. Going to go get me some tonight..:)

  43. BeSmiley4Me says:

    This made my day!! @willow, depending on the size of the nuggets you ordered you will be charged for extra sauce. I work at McD’s and you get 1 sauce for a 6, 2 for a 10 and 3or 4 for a 20 pack. Anything more you pay for. The sauce was taken off the menu Jim because it isn’t very popular. I KNOW many people like it, but compared to S&S or BBQ not many people ask for it. They always remove items from the menu that aren’t popular. Like grape jelly and marmalade…they got rid of them 🙁

  44. Mike says:

    Oh is back…it was sooooo good! it did seem hotter but thats probably because I need to build up my resistance again.

  45. ManekiNeko says:

    Sorry man, but it sounds like those McDummies has killed the hot mustard sauce here in the United States as well. Those *******!

  46. chicago bob says:

    Dont bother looking in us mcdonalds anymore.. I was just at 3 of them tonight, they no long stock it.. all gone. 🙁


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