McDonald's just confirmed a surprising menu change that is going to get customers very excited (and shake up the industry)

Last month, it was reported that McDonald's was planning to make a stunning change to its menu--introducing four international items to its U.S.-based menu. Today, McDonald's confirmed that this is indeed the case. And it is exciting news for customers who are getting bored with plain old cheeseburgers and fries, and should be a marketing shot in the arm for the fast-food giant.

More specifically, the four items on the brand-new McDonald's Worldwide Favorites menu include:

  • Stroopwafel McFlurry (The Netherlands): Creamy vanilla soft serve, mixed with a rich caramel swirl, featuring authentic chopped Dutch Daelmans Stroopwafel caramel waffle cookie pieces.
  • Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger (Spain): A quarter pound of 100 percent fresh beef topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, smoky McBacon Sauce, real Gouda cheese and slivered onions served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun.
  • Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich (Canada): Made with a grilled or crispy all white meat, juicy and tender chicken, the Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich is topped with tomato & herb sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese, slivered onions, fresh lettuce and sliced Roma tomatoes served on a freshly toasted artisan roll.
  • Cheesy Bacon Fries (Australia): French fries topped with real cheddar cheese sauce and chopped Applewood Smoked bacon.

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You can pay less for your favorite meal

Saving big on your favorite Mickey D’s order isn’t rocket science—and we know the best deals. Try ordering a sausage muffin ($1.29) and a side of round egg ($1) to make a cheaper version of the Sausage Egg McMuffin ($3.29). Other menu hacks: A sundae with a McFlurry topping is cheaper than a McFlurry, and ordering any sauce on the side is free of charge.

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The ice cream machine really does break down

No, we’re not lying—there is a reason why it seems the ice cream machines are always broken. If the mixes for McFlurries and milkshakes are poured in the wrong sections, the entire machine could be out of commission for the day. You might be better off ordering a soda, instead.

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There is no 'secret menu'

If you ask for an off-the-menu item, we might not know how to make it. Just tell us exactly what you want; we will whip up almost anything we have the ingredients for. Looking to shake up your usual order? This McDonald's has the best menu in the world.

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Know your order before you reach the register

If you’ve been standing in a long line, be ready to order when it's your turn. Your indecisiveness can be a major inconvenience for us—not to mention the other customers waiting behind you in line.

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Drive-throughs can't serve you on foot

Same goes for customers on bicycles and electric scooters. According to McDonald's policy, we can only serve people who are driving a motorized vehicle in the drive-thru lane. Trust us, it's for your own safety. Check out the craziest things drive-through workers have ever seen.

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You might pay more for certain ingredients

Ordering double lettuce and double cheese on your Big Mac, for example, will cost you an extra 20 or 30 cents each. Luckily, you don't have to pay more for the secret ingredient that makes McDonald’s French fries so addictive.

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Bring cash

Craving McDonald’s at 2 a.m.? Make sure you have cash on hand. Because the 24-hour locations must restart their cash register systems every night, there is always a certain time period when we can only accept cash.

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You can get creative with the sauce

You won’t always love the sauce that comes with your order. But just ask us to substitute another sauce, instead—and don't worry, we won't charge you for it. Just make sure you're not eating at the most expensive McDonald's in the world.

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We don't wear gloves -- but it's sanitary

Rest assured that employees are required to wash their hands at least once an hour. Gloves, on the other hand, can harbor a lot more bacteria than our clean fingertips. You'll want to be sure you're not ordering this drink ever, though.

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Artisinal sandwiches are the most time-consuming menu items to make

So be prepared to wait a little longer for your order. (The chicken alone takes an average of eight minutes to prepare!) Same goes for Happy Meals; the toy, drink, and dessert take extra time to track down.

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The egg McMuffins are made with real eggs

We physically crack the shells and use special rings on the grill to make them perfectly round. It’s the only breakfast item on the menu that uses real eggs, too.

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You should always ask for a receipt

Certain people are paid to visit McDonald’s restaurants and rate their experiences online, and they are reimbursed for their purchase. So if a customer asks for a receipt, we are more likely to serve that customer first and give them the freshest food.

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It's tougher to get hired than you think

Although our jobs might seem easy, a surprising number of applicants are turned down in the hiring process. So before you hand in your resume, make sure you have these soft skills employers are looking for.

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We're not allowed to sit down 

Employees who work the drive-through window often remain standing for many hours at a time. All that standing can make our lower backs and feet ache.

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But we get great employee discounts

Working for the famous golden arches has its perks. Popular companies like Apple, Via Rail, Hotels.com, and Payless all give us sweet discounts.

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Avoid apple pies and breakfast burritos

Since they’re among the least-ordered items on our menu, they can stay on the shelves for a long time. Translation: They might not be as fresh as you think. By the way, this is the secret ingredient that makes McDonald’s apple pies so amazing.

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But the beef is Grade A

This might surprise you, but our burgers are made of high-quality meat. The only ingredients we add are salt and pepper.

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According to reports, this is not the first time international items have been introduced to the U.S., although previous introductions have been quite limited. A rotating selection of international items is currently available at the McDonald's headquarters in Chicago's Chicago's West Loop, and the Stroopwafel McFlurry and Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger were tested in Florida last year.

Says Linda VanGosen, McDonald's Vice President of Menu Innovation:

We know our U.S. customers are curious about McDonald's international menu items. Because we are always innovating our menu, we are thrilled to leverage our global scale and offer popular flavors from around the world next month. We are committed to creating everyday feel-good moments for customers no matter what McDonald's restaurant they walk into anywhere in the world.

These new international menu items will make an appearance on June 5th, and will available for only a limited time.

I'm personally happy that McDonald's is starting to spice up its offerings. It's a marketing move meant to shake up the fast-food marketplace, and I suspect it will do just that. I wouldn't be surprised if some of McDonald's competitors start introducing their own international menu items to hungry customers in the U.S.

Now if the company would just bring its McVegan meatless burger over the pond, then I would get really excited. 

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