In its aim to rise above as more than just a fast-food chain, McDonald’s recently introduced its Buttermilk Crispy Tenders that the company says are free of artificial flavors or preservatives.
The menu addition came in part to the growing popularity of fast casual restaurants that tout having healthier options with more “natural” ingredients.
Well, the tenders turned out to be a massive hit. The chicken got stellar reviews from fans and food critics alike.
A Washington Post food writer called them “all golden and slammable” in an October review. Business Insider even had an article that put them up against Chick-fil-A’s famous tenders, where it said “Mcdonald’s has definitely closed the gap in the tender race.”
But almost as soon as they arrived, they were gone.
Apparently people were lovin’ the tenders a little too much and the chain couldn’t keep up with the demand.
“..Because demand far surpassed our expectations, we will soon take a brief break from serving them at our restaurants,” a McDonalds representative told Today on Nov. 27.
The news didn’t sit well with tender fans on Twitter.
But there is a happy ending.
The rep also said that while the tenders are on hiatus, it will be brief: McDonalds is expecting to have them back in full-force nationwide by the end of December.