This Is the Most Popular Fast Food Menu Item of All Time

By Kelsey Mueller, MSN

A handful of foods are so popular they’re actually iconic. Most people not only know how they taste but also how they look, their packaging, the way they smell. McDonald’s French fries epitomize this: the thin, pliable red cardboard container, the golden exterior, and fluffy interior, the extra fine salt sticking to my fingers. I always dig into the box for the short, brittle, super-crunchy fries, though the longer, softer fries are definitely the best for dipping.

 Turns out, I’m far from alone in my love for McDonald’s fries: They’re the most popular fast food of all time.

The numbers

Obviously, McDonald’s is a burger-slinging giant, with 37,000 restaurants worldwide and 14,155 in the United States alone. They feed 69 million customers every day. How many fries does that require? About 9 million pounds. Every single day. According to NBC News, McDonald’s uses more than 3.4 billion pounds of U.S.-grown potatoes every year. They’re the biggest buyer of potatoes in the entire world—and this is just one of several mind-blowing McDonald’s facts we bet you don’t know.