10 Secret Recipes Top Restaurants Don’t Want You to Have

#1 McDonald’s Big Mac

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  • Super Secret Big Mac Sauce
  • ¼ cup                    Miracle Whip
  • ¼ cup                    Regular Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons       French Salad Dressing
  • ½ tablespoon       Sweet Relish
  • 2 teaspoons          Dill Pickle Relish
  • 1 teaspoon            Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon            Dried, Minced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon            Vinegar (white)
  • 1 teaspoon            Ketchup
  • ⅛ teaspoon          Salt

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl and let it sit for 1 hour before using.

Everything Else

  • 1                             Regular-Sized Sesame Seed Bun
  • 1                             Regular Sized Plain Bun (only the “heel” or bottom half)
  • 2                             Beef Patties (2 ounces each flattened to bun size)
  • 2 tablespoons      Big Mac Sauce (see above)
  • 2 teaspoons         Reconstituted Onions
  • 1 slice                    Real American Cheese
  • 2 slices                 Hamburger Pickle
  • ¼ cup                   Shredded Lettuce

Toast the “inner” sides of the sesame bun and both sides of the bottom half of the regular bun. Broil or grill both all-beef patties just like you were making regular burgers.  Spread 1 tablespoon of sauce on each toasted side of the buns and add ¼ cup shredded lettuce to the regular bun and ¼ cup to the heel of the sesame bun. On the bottom of the plain bun, layer one slice of real American cheese on top of the lettuce. On the middle bun, put two slices of pickle on top of the lettuce. Place one cooked meat patty on each bun. Stack the middle bun on top of the bottom bun and then place the sesame-covered crown on top.


#2 KFC’s Coleslaw


  • 8 cups Finely Diced Cabbage (equivalent to approximately 1 head)
  • ¼ cup                            Diced Carrots
  • 2 tablespoons              Minced Onions
  • 1/3 cup                         Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon               Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon              Pepper
  • 1/4 cup                        Milk
  • 1/2 cup                        Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup                        Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons      White Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons     Lemon Juice
  • Finely dice the cabbage and carrots. Place the cabbage and carrots into a

large bowl and mix in the minced onions.  Place remaining ingredients in a food processor and use a regular blade to mix ingredients until smooth. Pour mix over the cabbage/carrot/onion mix and blend well. Place the covered bowl in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before serving.  Enjoy!

#3 KFC’s Finger-Lickin’-Good Chicken


  • 4                               Chicken Leg Quarters
  • 3/4 cup                   Flour
  • 1 tablespoon          Salt
  • 1 tablespoon          Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons           Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons    Paprika
  • * 1                            Oiled Pan (Peanut or Canola Oil)

Preheat your oven to 375°F (195°C). Slice Chicken Leg Quarters into 8 pieces (4 legs, 4 thighs).  Mix the dry ingredients together and moisten the chicken. Place 1 or 2 pieces of chicken in the dry mix and cover well (you might want to use a Ziploc bag). Afterward, place the chicken pieces onto an oiled pan. Place pan into the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until chicken is cooked. (Half-way through baking, spoon oil from pan on chicken to brown properly.)

#4 Coca-Cola

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  • 2.4 kg          Sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup may substitute for ½ the sugar)
  • (Various)   Water
  • 37 g             Caramel
  • 3.1 g            Caffeine
  • 11 g              Phosphoric Acid
  • 1.1 g             Coca Leaf (plus toluol for cocaine extraction)
  • 0.37 g          Kola Nuts (finely powdered)
  • 22 g             Alcohol (20%)
  • 30 g             Lime Juice (allegedly an ingredient – Coca-Cola now denies its use)
  • 0.88 g          Lemon Oil
  • 0.47 g          Orange Oil
  • 0.20 g          Cassia Oil (might also be known as Chinese cinnamon)
  • 0.07 g          Nutmeg Oil
  • (Traces)      Coriander Oil (optional)
  • (Traces)     Lavender Oil (optional)
  • (Traces)     Neroli Oil (optional)
  • 4.9 g           Alcohol (95%)
  • 19 g            Glycerin (from vegetables only)
  • 1.5 g           Vanilla Extract
  • (Various)  Water, Chlorinated

Dissolve sugar in just enough water for a full dissolution. Add the caramel, caffeine and phosphoric acid.

Extract cocaine from coca leaf and dry. Soak coca leaves and kola nuts in the alcohol. (Since the early 1900s, Coca-Cola used California white wine fortified to 20 percent strength as the preferred soaking solution. However, they may use a simpler mixture nowadays.)  After the soak, remove the coca and kola and pour in the liquid mix (sugar/water/caramel/caffeine/acid). Add the lime juice or substitute citric acid and sodium citrate at the equivalent strength. Set this syrup aside.

Mix together the lemon oil, orange oil, cassia oil (and if so desired, the optional coriander, lavender and neroli oils) with the 95% alcohol. Shake mixture in a covered container. Pour in 2.7 grams of water and allow mixture to sit for 24 hours at 60 °F (15.5 °C).  A “cloudy” layer should separate from the mixture after letting the liquid stand. Remove the clear part of the mix and pour in the syrup.

To the syrup, add the glycerin, vanilla extract and chlorinated water to make 1 gallon of syrup.

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#5 Heinz #57 Ketchup


  • 1 (6 oz.)             Can Tomato Paste (with garlic)
  • ½ cup               Light Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cup               White Vinegar
  • ¼ cup               White Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup                Water
  • 1 tablespoon    Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon        Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon    onion powder
  • * Saucepan

Combine ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir slowly until mix comes to a boil – reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Continue to stir often. Remove from heat and cover until mix cools. Store in a covered container inside a refrigerator.

#6 Applebee’s World Famous Mudslide


  • 2 cups          Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 oz.              Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 dash          Chocolate Syrup
  • * Whipped Cream (canned)
  • * 16-oz. Wine Glass
  • * Blender
  • * Straw (spoon optional)

Scoop out two cups of ice cream and place in a blender. Add Kahlua and blend into a smooth mixture.

Swirl chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass. (You can do this by holding the glass by the stem with one hand and twirling it as you squeeze the chocolate syrup bottle – the goal is to make one continuous spiral.)

Pour the ice cream mixture into the glass and top with whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate, add a straw and serve.

#7 Taco Bell Quesadillas



  • ¼ cup                   Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons         Minced Jalapeño Slices
  • 2 teaspoons         Jalapeño Juice, from Minced Jalapeños
  • ¾ teaspoon         Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon         Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon         Paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon         Cayenne Pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon         Garlic Powder
  • 1 dash                   Salt

Combine ingredients until smooth.

  • 4                             Flour Tortillas
  • 4                             Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1 cup                     Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 cup                     Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • 2 slices                 Processed Cheese
  • * Vegetable oil
  • * Skillet
  • * Spatula

Cook chicken in vegetable oil and cut into thin slices.  Preheat skillet over medium heat. Lay one tortilla onto hot skillet and sprinkle with ¼ cup of each shredded cheese and ½ cheese slice on one side of the tortilla. Place ¼ cup chicken slices on tortilla on the same half that is covered with cheese – space the chicken pieces evenly.  Spread 1 tablespoon of sauce on the empty side of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla over and gently press with a spatula. When the cheese is melted, remove the quesadilla and slice into 4 pieces.

#8  Neiman Marcus $250 Cookies (really?)

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  • 2 cups                      Butter
  • 4 cups                      Flour
  • 2 teaspoons            Baking Soda
  • 2 cups                      Sugar
  • 5 cups                      Blended Oatmeal
  • 24 oz.                       Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups                      Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon              Salt
  • 1 (8 oz.)                   Hershey Bar (grated)
  • 4                                Eggs (large)
  • 2 teaspoons            Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons            Vanilla
  • 3 cups                       Nuts (chopped, your choice on type)
  • * Blender
  • * Cookie Sheet

Preheat the oven to 375°F (195°C). Blend oatmeal into a fine powder. Cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Mix in the chocolate chips, grated Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll the mix into balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

#9  Reese’s Peanut Butter Squares


  • 1 ½ cups             Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 lb.                      Confectioners’ Sugar (3 to 3 ½ cups)
  • 1 ½ cups             Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup                    Butter, melted
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag    Milk Chocolate Chips

* 9×13 inch pan

Mix together the graham crumbs, sugar and peanut butter. Blend in the melted butter. Press the mixture evenly into a 9 x 13” pan. Melt chocolate chips (via a microwave or double boiler) and spread over peanut butter mixture. Chill until the desert sets and then cut into square bars.

#10   Starbucks’ Famous Pumpkin Scones


  • 2 cups                     All-Purpose Flour
  • 7 tablespoons       Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon         Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon          Salt
  • ½ teaspoon          Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon          Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon          Ground Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon          Ground Ginger
  • 6 tablespoons      Butter (cold)
  • ½ cup                    Pumpkin (canned)
  • 3 tablespoons      Half-and-Half Cream
  • 1                              Egg (large)

* Baking sheet

* Baking oil (or parchment paper)

* Pastry knife, fork or food processor (to cut butter)

* Wire cooling rack


Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Lightly oil (or line with parchment paper) a baking sheet. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Cut butter into the dry ingredients – the mixture should be crumbly and without chunks of butter.  Set the mix aside.

In a separate bowl, gently mix (via whisk) pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Gently fold wet and dry ingredients together and form the combined dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Create a rectangle about 9 inches in length, 3 inches in width and 1 inch in thickness. Using a large knife (or pizza cutter), cut the dough twice through the width into three equal portions. Cut each of the 3 slices diagonally – there should now be 6 triangular slices of dough. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 14–16 minutes. The scones should turn light brown – place on wire rack to cool.

  • 1 cup                       Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon         Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons       Whole Milk

Plain Glaze

Combine powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk together until smooth. Brush the plain glaze on the tops of each cooled scone.

  • 1 cup                        Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons       Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons       Whole Milk
  • ¼ teaspoon           Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon           Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 pinch                    Ginger
  • 1 pinch                    Ground Cloves

Spiced Icing

Mix the ingredients for the spiced icing. Drizzle the spiced icing over each scone and allow the icing to dry prior to serving  – it should be at least 1 hour. (A squirt bottle or whisk might work well for this.)

By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'