McDonald’s Fans Gobsmacked After Finding Out What’s In Sweet ‘N’ Sour Sauce

McDonald’s fans are gobsmacked after finding out a key ingredient in the restaurant’s Sweet ‘n’ Sour sauce.
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McDonald’s fans are gobsmacked after finding out a key ingredient in the restaurant’s Sweet ‘n’ Sour dipping sauce.

People tend to know what they’re getting with McDonald’s food – but many have been stunned to discover that the key ingredient in the chain’s Sweet ‘n’ Sour sauce is actually an unexpected fruit.

In a viral TikTok viewed nearly 400,000 times, Evan-May Gillott (@evs_kii), expressed her shock after finding out what the ‘secret’ ingredient is.

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She said: “Sweet ‘n’ Sour sauce, McDonald’s – am I the only one who didn’t know what fruit it’s made of?

“Have a guess…”

The logical guess would be pineapple – which is commonly found in sweet and sour recipes – or mango, which is often found in chutney. 

As Evan-May explains, these answers would be wrong, as the Sweet ‘n’ Sour ingredient is in fact… apricot.

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Shocked, she said: “It’s f***ing apricot… it’s apricot.”

Hundreds of TikTok users took to the comments section to share what they had originally thought, and express their shock at the apricot revelation. 

One person wrote: “I said mango SO confidently… I had no idea it was even a fruit.”

Replying, another viewer said: “Honestly, I never even thought about it, I just ate it.

“Something told me to read the ingredients whilst eating my chippies and I was shoooooketh.”

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A second person penned: “Low-key thought it was pineapple.”

Claiming they already knew, another wrote: “Just me that actually said apricot?”

“It’s the best sauce,” added a fourth, while another commented: “I wish they sold it in shops. I love the stuff!”

Another comment read: “23 years of being my favourite sauce and I’ve never thought to read the ingredients.”

Somebody else joked: “So McDonald’s is giving one of your five-a-day?”

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One person commented: “I would like to know why you would shatter my worldview like that.

“Explain, please. Thank you.”

Another added: “Our favourite sauce and the worst fruit.”

“No wonder I don’t like it!! Curry girl till I die,” wrote a fourth, clearly unaware that apricot is actually an ingredient in the McDonald’s curry sauce too.

Food content creator Raphael Gomes once racked up more than 28 million views on a TikTok showing how to make McDonald’s Sweet ‘n’ Sour sauce using everyday ingredients.

He mixed 1/4 cup of apricot preserve, 1/4 cup of peach preserve, two tablespoons of corn syrup, five teaspoons of white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic and one 1/2 teaspoons of corn starch.

He then blended the ingredients before adding two tablespoons of water and bringing the mixture to boil for five minutes.

Stunned by the result, he said: “I’m gonna get in so much trouble. They are 150 per cent the same sauce.

“I don’t think you understand. This is exactly the same texture.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.