|Nutritional value per 1 sandwich, 7.1 oz (200 g)|
|Energy||300 kcal (1,300 kJ)|
30 g (10%)
|Dietary fiber||2 g (8%)|
18 g (37%)
|Saturated||5 g (24%)|
|Vitamin A equiv.|
|Energy from fat||110 kcal (460 kJ)|
|Cholesterol||260 mg (80%)|
May vary outside US market.
^† Zero indicates no significant measurable trace.
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
Source: McDonald's Nutritional Facts
McMuffin is a family of breakfast sandwiches sold by the international fast food restaurant chain McDonald's. The Egg McMuffin is the signature sandwich, which was invented in 1972 by Herb Peterson to resemble eggs benedict, a traditional American breakfast dish with English muffins, ham, eggs and hollandaise sauce.
In the US and Canada the standard McMuffin consists of a slice of Canadian bacon, a griddle-fried egg, and a slice of American cheese on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The round shape of the egg is made by cooking it in a white plastic ring surrounded by an outer metal structure.
The sandwich was invented in 1972. Former McDonald's President Ray Kroc wrote that Herb Peterson and his assistant, Donald Greadel, the operator of a McDonald’s Santa Barbara franchise in Goleta, California, asked Kroc to look at something, without giving details because it was:
... a crazy idea — a breakfast sandwich. It consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, and was dressed with a slice of cheese and a slice of grilled ham. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The advent of the Egg McMuffin opened up a whole new area of potential business for McDonald's, the breakfast trade.
One reason the sandwich was served open-faced was that a small tub of strawberry preserves was provided, along with a knife. The sweet and savory approach did not catch on (at least in the USA), although a packet of strawberry preserves will still be provided upon request.
The first McDonald's corporate-authorized Egg McMuffin was served at the Belleville, New Jersey, McDonald's in 1972.
Tilghman came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972