McDonald's Mozzarella Sticks Are Here, But It's Not The Only Time The Burger Joint Has Offered Italian Fare

First, the House of the Golden Arches gave us an all-day breakfast menu, filled with as many sausage McMuffins and hotcakes as our hearts desired no matter when we wanted them — and now, McDonalds has blessed us with mozzarella sticks. They will be available on the menu nationwide sometime in 2016, meaning that all New Year's resolutions I might attempt to make to eat healthy will surely die a prompt death after these cheesy sticks of goodness are unveiled. What can I say? Mozzarella sticks are the best!

According to BuzzFeed, the decision was announced recently during an investors meeting after a presumably successful test of the mozzarella sticks in select restaurants earlier this year. The best? They'll only set you back a buck. For just $1, you'll be able to get three chewy, cheesy, fried sticks of deliciousness (hopefully with marinara sauce on the side). Does this offering beat out all the other Dollar Menu items at their own game? I think so.

Surprisingly, McDonalds isn't the first fast food chain to try mozzarella sticks out their menu. Burger King and Sonic have already started selling the item on their menus, so if you just can't wait for 2016 to get your hands on some quick, fried mozzarella, it will  be worth trying out other places to see where you'll get the most bang for your buck.

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This also isn't the first time McDonald's has experimented with putting Italian themed food on their menu. Check out these three blast-from-the-past McDonalds items that didn't live to tell the same tale of success mozzarella sticks surely will.

1. McDonald's Pizza

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At some point in the '90s, McDonald's thought it would be a good idea to add pizza to their burgers and fries brand. Unfortunately it wasn't super successful, and McDonald's Pizza — affectionately nicknamed McPizza — and can no longer be found on the majority of McDonald's menus anymore. You can, however, actually still order a McPizza in two places in the country: Spencer, WV and a McD's along the Ohio River. A new and improved version of it might be coming to one location in Orlando, Fla. soon, too.

2. McSalad Shakers

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Another '90s classic, the McSalad Shakers were basically salads stuffed into plastic cups that had to be shaken (not stirred) in order for the dressing, croutons, and cheese to evenly mix and distribute. They were probably really messy, and died at the end of the '90s. I know, I know — salad isn't strictly an Italian thing, but just think of Olive Garden's never-ending soup, salad, and breadsticks lunch and you'll get where I'm coming from.

3. McSpaghetti 

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McSpaghetti was introduced at McDonald's in the '80s. Like the shakers and McPizza, it failed pretty badly, since no one really goes to the burger chain for, well, anything that isn't a burger.

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