Monday, February 21, 2011

Shape Up Series: Taste Testing the New McDonald’s Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder

By: Finance Foodie

This week in my Shape Up series, I taste tested the new McDonald’s Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder. “What? That can’t possibly be weight loss friendly!” you say. Correct and incorrect – yes this massive 800 calorie burger is almost ½ of the recommended daily caloric intake, BUT as I have always said – everything can and should be eaten in moderation! As a food lover, I am a firm believer that no food is “off-limits”. In fact, after much trial and error, I find the more I try to “restrict” certain items from my diet, the more I “fall off the wagon” (aka the disastrous Papa John’s incident).
Therefore, after planning to consume no more than 800 calories for the rest of my meals (which mean fat free yogurt and fruit for breakfast and steamed chicken breast for dinner), I decided to indulge my inner fatty with this juicy burger for lunch the other day. Given that the Angus burgers are so much better tasting than the McD’s regular burgers (and also much pricier, natch), I had high hopes for this new kid on the block…

…And I was not disappointed!
First, the gorilla of a burger was the size of my face, so portion-size wise, this left me super full until dinner (and even at dinner, I wasn’t that hungry). The chipotle sauce was a great flavor enhancement to the entire burger, as it provided a sweet tangy kick that wasn’t as spicy as I had initially feared. The sesame bun, although incomparable to In-and-Out’s legendary bread, was nice and fluffy and served as a great foil to the hearty and heavy Angus patty, bacon, and cheese. The only negative? At $4.00 a piece, this sandwich is heavy on everything, including the wallet. And how did I weigh-in for the week? Including the burger, here are my results…

Height: 5'1'' 
Goal Weight: 130lbs
Week 1: 140lbs (Starting Point)
Week 2: 138lbs
Week 3: 137lbs
Week 4: 136lbs
Week 5: 137lbs (HORRORS!)
Week 6: 134lbs
Week 7: 133lbs (3 LBS TO GO!)
Week 8: 132lbs (down down down!) 

Goal Body Fat: 20.0% 
Week 1: 25.0%
Week 2: 24.0%
Week 3: 24.0%
Week 4: 23.5%
Week 5: 24.2% (DOUBLE HORRORS!)
Week 6: 23.2%
Week 7: 23.0% (YAY!)
Week 8: 22.8%

 TWO more pounds to go! Almost there – but can I make it? Tune in next week and find out!

***Giveaway***
Congrats
Grand Prize #120 -- Cynthia Roberts
1st Prize #10 -- Erin
2nd Prize #23 -- Kimmie

McDonald’s wants my readers to try their new Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder (IN MODERATION and ALONG WITH A HEALTHY DIET!). Three lucky financefoodie.com readers will win free McD’s -- will it be you?
Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card (McDonald’s gift card)
1st Prize: Four (4) VIP Burger Cards for a free Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder *
2nd Prize: Three (3) VIP Burger Cards for a free Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder *
* PS the burgers are only for sale until March 31, 2011 – so if you win, use these cards ASAP!

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me is your favorite burger condiment? (Mine is ketchup - it makes EVERYTHING better!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Disclosure: McDonald's provided me with the VIP Burger cards for the giveaway. Finance Foodie Media Productions purchased the Arch Card.

313 comments:

  1. My favorite burger condiment is Chipolte mayo///yummy! I would love to try this burger!

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  2. Ketchup - can't have a burger without it!
    kimkmc at yahoo.com

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  3. If it counts as a condiment - my favorite is pickles! I always ask for extra pickles at McDonalds. :)

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  4. Mustard is my favorite burger condiment - I like it better than ketchup!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I follow you @financefoodie1 on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. cheese and ketchup
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  7. My favorite condiment is yellow mustard.

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  8. I follow you on twitter (@cupcakekellys)

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  9. I don't have one particular favorite condiment, but I do like to have a burger with jalapenos and cheddar! Thanks for the great giveaway -- I tried one of the Chipotle BBQ burgers a couple weeks ago and it was amazing. I hadn't eaten at McDonald's since September and I broke my "fast" with that delicious burger.

    glycine.max at gmail.com

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  10. I follow you on Twitter as @one_of_three.

    glycine.max at gmail.com

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  11. My favorite is definitely ketchup.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  12. I have to have ketchup on burgers!


    jazijazi5959@gmail.com

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  13. Love Pickles~! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  14. Pickles! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  15. I like lots of mayo, preferably Best Foods or Hellmans.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  16. My favorite is mustard.There are so many flavors, they go with everything you can put on a burger.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  17. I'm impressed with anyone who allows themself to enjoy life's richer things, in moderation of course, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Congrats on your ongoing success!

    Mustard is my must have condiment! Ketchup and mayo freak me out.

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  18. I also follow on twitter! @fullcircleadv

    email is kimmie @ fullcircleadv . com

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  19. Creamed Horseradish is the perfect hamburger topping in my book.

    Hope to win!

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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  20. My favorite condiment is rosemary garlic mayo. Ummmm!
    fortunefavdbold5(at)yahoo.com

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  21. My favorite condiment is mustard...
    rgkennon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. My fave burger condiment is ranch dressing

    mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

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  23. BBQ sauce makes everything taste better

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  24. You haven't lived until you've tried Tart Cherry Salsa on hamburgers- the flavor will make your knees go weak.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  25. I agree with you, KETCHUP makes everything better! LOL

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  26. I like mustard on my burgers.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  27. Follow you on Twitter; rhoneygee

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  28. I like the way you think!! I'm a big fan of indulging every once in a while, as long as I don't do it all the time and it doesn't throw me off track.

    Favorite condiment? Ketchup. loads and loads of it!

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  29. KETCHUP! I agree! Love it on burgers, fries, fish, and grilled cheeses! Mmmmmmm!

    BloodRN@hotmail.com

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  30. L like mustard on my fries and sandwiches! Sometimes regular yellow mustard, sometimes spicy, depends on my mood and the food! Bncnlove@hotmail.com

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  31. I like a mixture of ketchup and mayo.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  32. I follow you on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  33. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/39804615922946048#

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  34. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/39804615922946048#

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  35. I like barbecue sauce
    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  36. Ketchup would be my first condiment choice also.rob,rf60527@att.net

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  37. ketchup is my fave condiment... i put it on everything, burgers, eggs, mashed potatoes, corned beef, you name is!! thanks :)



    ahellen@gmail.com

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  38. following on twitter @Iheartcupcakes5



    ahellen@gmail.com

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  39. mine is definitely ketchup.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

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  40. twitter follower of yours as sherri2345.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

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  41. tweeted your message from your button as sherri2345.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

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  42. My favorite burger condiment is mustard.
    austma7@aol.com

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  43. I like to dip mine in bleu cheese dressing.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  44. mlswin@triad.rr.comFebruary 21, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Texas Pete Hot sauce

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  45. You have to have mustard on a burger!
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

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  46. I follow Finance Foodie on twitter (ohstac)
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

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  47. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ohstac/status/39843086565638144
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

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  48. I like ketchup and mustard...yum!

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  49. My favorite is mustard.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  50. I follow Finance Foodie on Twitter: @lazybones344

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  51. I follow on twitter @shuggysmommy
    agatewood1 @ ymail.com

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  52. My favorite is Mustard.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. My fav condiment is ketchup!

    casualdish@gmail.com

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  54. my favorite condiment is mustard

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  55. My favorite is onion.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  56. I love dill pickles
    jlafount at hotmail dot com

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  57. My favorite condiment is definitely ketchup. It has been ever since I was a kid, it makes everything taste better.

    Email: JasperJax2003@aol.com

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  58. ketchup only! no mayo :)

    alliterating@gmail.com

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  59. I also love ketchup. I use it often. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  60. I like ketchup.

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

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  61. I follow you on Twitter. @misteedawnw

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

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  62. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/misteedawnw/status/39914683221819392

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

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  63. Kethup and pickles for me.
    dbh020384 at gmail dot com

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  64. I follow you on twitter @dbh020384
    dbh020384 at gmail dot com

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  65. tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/dbh020384/status/39916295440834561
    dbh020384 at gmail dot com

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  66. My favorite condiment is mayo!

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  67. It would be ketchup for me as well.

    apoalillo AT HoTmail (dot) com

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  68. Onion. Got to have it.
    debfantom@yahoo.com

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  69. Pickles. I love bacon, but try to cut back as much as possible. It has to be a treat.

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  70. i love ketchup and mustard swirled together into an orange paste... yes i eat a lot of burgers.

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  71. twitter follower @hockiemack

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  72. Mine is ketchup too! hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

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  73. Mine's ketchup too!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  74. I don't know if this can be considered as a condiment but I have to say bacon

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  75. I follow on Twitter (@eyzofblu63)

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  76. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/40094103450562560

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  77. tough one! Anything chipotle gets my vote at this point, but I also have to have catsup and mayo

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  78. Mine is Thousand Island.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  79. Barbecue sauce!

    amandasandico at yahoodotcom

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  80. Ketchup for sure.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  81. I like putting bbq sauce and mayo on mine

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  82. Follow on Twitter @snowluvnferret2

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  83. Mustard is my favorite

    annettekz2@yahoo.com

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  84. Heinz Ketchup for me.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

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  85. I agree. Ketchup is my favorite

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  86. Everything is better with ketchup indeed! Yummy

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  87. I love bbq sauce and pickles jen453@hotmail dot com

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  88. I like mustard. Email in profile

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  89. I like mustard myself

    dwarzel at hotmail.com

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  90. Miracle Whip is my favorite burger condiment. I think it spawns from having Mayo burgers in the school cafeteria when I was little.

    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  91. Following you on twitter: jashelep

    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  92. I like ketchup on almost everything.
    tkcurran1@yahoo.com

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  93. I like my cheeseburgers simple... Cheese and ketchup only... Speaking of which, i'm on my way to mcdonalds right now. hehe

    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  94. I love Ketchup!

    shilobeedy@gmail.com

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  95. Mustard! I actually like mine with just Cheese & Mustard!

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  96. I follow Finance Foodie on Twitter under the name JCHARRIES

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  97. I love a combination of ketchup and mayo..
    xxbeccaannxx@gmail.com

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  98. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/JCHARRIES/status/40202230007209984

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  99. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/JCHARRIES/status/40202230007209984

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  100. Mustard - yellow like the sun!

    Cynthiaroberts at earthlink dot net

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  101. My favorite burger condiment is Bleu Cheese!

    autum22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  102. Follow you on twitter-@AutumH

    autum22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. tweeted this giveaway- http://twitter.com/#!/AutumH/status/40217369762729984

    autum22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. I like ketchup on my burger...also mayo...
    rachel70802002@yahoo.com

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  105. Pickles are mine. I order extra!

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  106. I like cheese and thousand island
    dressing on my burgers
    Thanks Cathy Truman
    kbtruman(at)aol(dot)com

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  107. Hot sauce. Gives any burger a little kick,as well as keeps others away from my food!


    keelagodrino at gmail dot com

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  108. My favorite burger condiment is mustard.
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  109. I like ketchup and mustard!

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  110. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter: bleush

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  111. My favorite burger condiment is mayo.
    slostrem@zumatel.net

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  112. My favorite condiment is mayo.
    slostrem@zumatel.net

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  113. Follow you on Twitter (slostrem)
    slostrem@zumatel.net

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  114. I can do without condiments, but I can't ever do without cheese!
    KarahM318@yahoo.com

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  115. Ketchup is my favorite!

    tmoobc at gmail dot com

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  116. I follow on twitter. @lolturtle

    tmoobc at gmail dot com

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  117. I love BBQ sauce!

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  118. Follow you on twitter. jenndiggy

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  119. My favorite burger condiment is mayonnaise or Frisch's Tartar Sauce.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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  120. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/DchrisG3/status/40276158238957568

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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  121. mayo :)
    valerie2350 at hotmail dot com

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  122. twitter follower
    valerie2350
    valerie2350 at hotmail dot com

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  123. My fave burger condiment is thousand island dressing + plenty of garnishes (tomato, onion, lettuce and dill pickle slices)

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  124. I'm following you on twitter @georgecomstock

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  125. Retweeted this giveaway here:
    http://twitter.com/georgecomstock/status/40321348186144768

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  126. for me its ketchup. or if we are at mcdonalds big mac sauce. normally if i get a burger it is a little burger with my ketchup. if its not "bleeding" ketchup its not a burger.

    ketchup is made from tomatoes.. that makes it healthy.... RIGHT? ;)

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  127. twitter follower @xferriza2

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  128. I love me some pickles on a burger. Thanks for the chance to win!
    sarabeth.thomas at gmail dot com

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  129. My favorite is mayo. The more the better.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  130. I follow you on Twitter @eswright18
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  131. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/eswright18/status/40410954114146304

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  132. Ketchup is my favorite condiment.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  133. Follow financefoodie1 on twitter.
    mrcheapo

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  134. tweet

    http://twitter.com/mrcheapo/status/40414498577715201

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  135. I love Mayo & Mustard ! =)

    shannamommyofone@hotmail.com

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  136. I follow you on Twitter
    @ShannaEAnderson

    shannamommyofone@hotmail.com

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  137. My favorite condiment is ketchup, and occasionally mustard.

    Winterbreeze85 at yahoo dot com

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  138. I adore mustard...though guacamole (does that count) is a close second.
    bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  139. mcdonalds secret sauce when i can get it best foods sandwich spread when i can't speck135les at yahoo

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  140. erm, I like salt as a condiment...!!...seriously

    rkcaple@yahoo.com

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  141. I love pickles on my burgers... and straight from the jar... and on my pizza... and, well, you get the idea. I'm also a big fan of the new McD oatmeals! Glad they're starting to offer better "healthy" options.
    kanderspina~at~yahoo~dot~com

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  142. I love ketchup and extra pickles. I am a pickle FREAK!

    dwalline at gmail dot com

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  143. I follow on twitter im @dwalline

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  144. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/dwalline/statuses/40475033524510720

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  145. I love a spicy BBQ sauce as a condiment. Or spicy anything!

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  146. I love ketchup on my burgers!

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  147. I follow you on twitter (I'm @prizealert)

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  148. Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/prizealert/status/40498342752550912

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  149. McDonald's Special Sauce

    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

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  150. Are pickles a condiment? ;)

    kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

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  151. My favorite burger condiment is BBQ sauce.

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  152. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/kittycardero/status/40528622276055040

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  153. my favorite condiment to put on is back and/or ranch!

    davisc9333 at yahoo dot com

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  154. Chipolte make everything taste great. Summer BBQ season is coming and more uses for Chipolte for the grill.

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  155. http://twitter.com/diesel51/status/40535682862678016

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  156. I like onions on my burgers best!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  157. Mine is definitely ketchup

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  158. I follow you on Twitter @RazzMyBerry

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  159. My favorite is tomato.

    egenevieve at gmail dot com

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  160. twitter follower @bobthebunny25

    egenevieve at gmail dot com

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  161. I cannot live without ketchup!

    fatally_flayed at yahoo dot com

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  162. Follow you on Twitter. Fatally_Flayed

    fatally_flayed at yahoo dot com

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  163. Tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/40555011578531841

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  164. thousand island dressing. I have it with fries too

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  165. My favorite is ketchup!

    debrich6 @ centurytel dot net

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  166. I love ketchup!

    jagar0047@yahoo.com

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  167. I follow you on twitter as jg44462

    jagar0047@yahoo.com

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  168. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/jg4462/status/40572158677614592

    jagar0047@yahoo.com

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  169. My favorite burger condiment is mustard. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  170. I like Mayo.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  171. Thank you for the giveaway. I love mayo on my burgers and sometimes jalapenos!
    mrsmiki77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  172. On my burger, put Marzetti Ultimate blue cheese dressing! So good....

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  173. I love mustard

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  174. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/40590444513591296

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