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Special sauce for a special cause: Get your hands on the stuff that makes a Big Mac unique

It’s a special year for McDonald’s most iconic burger, with the Big Mac celebrating the big five-oh in 2018.

Okay, so the burger is technically turning 51 this year, as Jim Delligatti first introduced his creation to the people of Pittsburgh in 1967, selling it for 45 cents.

But it was introduced nationwide the following year, making it 50 years since the first Big Mac was introduced to the people of the United States.

Anyway, the important thing isn’t the burger’s age, but what McDonald’s are doing to celebrate.

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Specifically, they’re bringing back special sauce to Aussie supermarket shelves – last seen here in 2016.

But before the fast-food megachain starts stocking sauce for everyone to go out and buy, they’re having an auction to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Up for sale on eBay – and available exclusively to Aussies – is “a limited edition Big Mac mini fridge filled with three 500ml bottles of Special Sauce”.

The mini fridge in question is decorated with a Big Mac pictogram wrap and the Special Sauce inside is promised to be “the first three bottles of Macca’s 2018 release of the sauce”.

The auction opened at 10am on May 30 and is set to run for a week, with final bids to be placed before 10am onn Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

As for concerns about what a diet consisting primarily of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun will do to your health… well, we’re not about to give it the thumbs up, but there are two decent arguments for why the Big Mac isn’t the worst way to get your daily intake of nutrition.

Take Delligatti, the guy who invented it and reportedly ate one per week, he lived to the ripe old age of 98.

Then there’s Don Gorske, who holds the Guinness World Record for Big Mac consumption – at last count, he’d just scoffed down burger number 30,000, yet the 64-year-old told reported, “At my last medical check-up I had low cholesterol and my blood pressure was perfect.”

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