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McDonald’s is giving away free fries this summer — but there’s a catch

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McDonald’s fans are in for a treat this summer… (Picture: REX)

McDonald’s fans have been well and truly spoiled of late — there’s a new burger on the menu, a bargain 3 for £3 deal to take advantage of, and a Surprize Fries promotion on the go.

If all of that wasn’t enough, the fast food giants have just announced some very exciting news for the summer.

McDonald’s is hitting the road with its food truck, giving away some brilliant freebies to people attending some of the biggest festivals around the UK.

As part of the brand’s 50th anniversary celebrations, more than 2,000 portions of fries will be given away for free, as well as exclusive merchandise such as bum bags, bucket hats and Wayferer style sunglasses.

The food truck will be popping up at events such as Parklife in Manchester, Isle of Wight festival, Wireless, Flackstock, and Leeds Festival.

McDonald’s will be giving away lots of limited-edition merch this summer. (Picture: Mcdonald’s)

Festivalgoers will be able to find Maccies in both the main arena and VIP areas to get their hands on some free fries. There will also be an iconic Golden Arches glimmering statue popping up to take Insta-worthy snaps with.

But don’t panic if you don’t have tickets to any of these events, as you can still get your hands on some fabulous freebies throughout the summer. And you might even be able to nab festival tickets.

Simply keen an eye on the McDonald’s social media channels over the coming months as there will be plenty of exclusive giveaways happening on there.

And the chain will also have a few surprises up its sleeve over the coming weeks to celebrate the summer of the Euros.

This comes as McDonald’s summer menu launches in all UK restaurants this week, including the brand new football-inspired, Hat Trick burger, with three beef patties, two slices of cheese, grilled onions, mustard, and ketchup all served in a glazed sesame seed bun.

Other savoury items being added to the menu include a chicken share box (six Chicken Selects, 12 Chicken McNuggets, two McNuggets dips and two Selects dips), and a nine-piece Chicken Selects share box.

To accompany these, several classic dips have been given a makeover, with a new and improved recipe — including the Garlic Mayo, and the Sweet and Smoky BBQ. Both are being added permanently to the menu alongside Sweet Chilli as the perfect chicken companion.

But it doesn’t stop there… For cheese lovers, the iconic mozzarella bites are also making a comeback with a rich tomato dip, and to finish off your meal there are some new sweet treats to choose from.

A Skittles McFlurry is joining the line-up, as well as a Galaxy Chocolate and Raspberry Pie.

The Skittles Mcflurry (£2.19) is made using soft ice cream swirled with chewy Skittles fudge pieces and sugary pearls, topped with a purple Skittles-flavoured sauce. McDonald’s describes the dessert as ‘chewy, refreshing and undeniably sweet’, adding that it’s a ‘unique dessert experience’. Sounds intriguing!

Meanwhile the new pie shows the love for Galaxy isn’t still going strong. Fans of the chain previously hailed the current Galaxy Caramel pie the ‘best thing ever’ to be on the menu, and it seems McDonald’s is giving the people what they want as they’re set to put a new spin on it.

This version is said to be ‘a delicious combination of smooth chocolate and sweet fruit’, with crispy chocolate pastry filled with a smooth chocolate ganache and a raspberry compote.

Chocoholics will also be able to enjoy the Galaxy Caramel McFlurry (£2.19) once more as it’s also returning, and you can wash the whole thing down with McDonald’s Iced Latte (£2.49) which is also back as a permanent addition for summer. 

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