This Is Why McDonald's Chicken Nuggets Come In 4 Specific Shapes

And they have actual names.
PHOTO: Instagram/mcdonalds

If you didn't already know, McDonald's (in)famous chicken nuggets only come in four different shapesand no one really knows why.

Until now, that is, after the McDonald's Canada website answered a question sent in about why the chicken nuggets only come in specific shapes (and it's probably not the answer you were expecting).

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Although people have been led to question the quality of the chicken or the process it goes through to be molded into said shapes, the spokesperson insists it's all so they cook at the same speeds.

When asked: "Why do your Chicken McNuggets only come in four shapes?," McDonald's responded:

"The 4 shapes we make Chicken McNuggets in was the perfect equilibrium of dipability and fun. 3 would've been too few. 5 would've been, like, wacky. For now, our McNugget shapes are: the 'ball,' the 'boot' the 'bow-tie' and the 'bell.' We also make them similar in size to ensure consistent cooking times for food safety. Thanks for your question, Stew."

The ball? The bell? THE BOW-TIE? This is a lot to take in. Below, we've done a bit of labelling to help y'all see what McDo actually means:

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And although it doesn't feature in the above display, the nugget being dipped below is indeed "the ball." We know, we know, ICONIC:


So if you've ever wondered why McDonald's chicken nuggets are so limited in shape and size? It's for "dipability," apparently.

This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors. 

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