Here’s How McDonald’s Celebrates the Cherry Blossoms

Two words: pink buns.

Caption: A pink bun and “sakura” sauce say “welcome spring.” Photograph via McDonald’s.

Washingtonians are well versed in the onslaught of cherry blossom food and drink specials at local restaurants each spring. Still, we have yet to see anything like the McDonald’s cherry blossom burger (the McBlossom?), sold exclusively in Japan. Kotaku shares details on the teriyaki-egg burger, which comes on a pink and ostensibly blossom-y bun.

Even without the tinted bread, the limited-run “teritama” burger has a cult-like following akin to the McRib. The sticky-sweet pork patty is topped with a McMuffin-esque egg and lettuce, all sandwiched between the chain’s signature sesame-seed bun. The springtime special varies from year to year, but 2014 marks the first time its color coheres with the blossoming of the sakura. As for that disturbingly rosy “sakura sauce”? It’s mayonnaise mixed with Japanese radish spread. There’s also a special sakura cherry soda to wash it down.

Lovin’ it? Unfortunately there’s no evidence that the cherry blossom burger is headed to Washington—but you can bet the Air and Space Museum Mickey D’s will get a bit more hectic should it arrive.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.