golden nugget | Dartmouth

In light of Foco’s revamped recipe, students discuss the ideal chicken nugget.

by Max Waitz | 19 minutes ago


Looking at the Class of 1953 Commons, that term hasn’t changed much. Bake My Day still has baked goods, the salad station still has salads and the soup station still has, well, soup. However, upon arriving on campus, I couldn’t stop hearing about a change to perhaps the biggest college dining staple—chicken nuggets. And after I had the chance to try them on, I immediately understood what all the excitement was about.

If you ask me, Foco’s new chicken nuggets are simply excellent. When it comes to all the things that matter to incredibly fried chicken nuggets—the taste, the crunchiness, and the overall texture—the new chicken nuggets excel.
Other students I spoke with tended to agree. Jack Stark26 said he “really loves them” before adding that they “remind me of Chicken McNuggets.”

“From what I’ve heard, everyone responds well,” Stark said. “I haven’t heard a complaint about the chicken nuggets yet.”

Speaking over a plate of Foco’s chicken nuggets and fries, Jackson Scarborough 26 said he found the new nuggets “immaculate” and “delicious.”

As for the origin story of the new Dartmouth Dining pieces, Dartmouth Dining Services Executive Chef Christopher Kashack explained that the substitution began as an issue in the supply chain.
“We had some products that we could have that we couldn’t have,” Kashak said. “the [chicken nuggets] The ones we were originally getting were no longer available… We said we could take them [these other chicken nuggets] In, and we’ll try it and see how it’s received.”
However, when the supply chain issues with the original chicken nuggets supplier were finally resolved, Kacak was left with an important decision: keep the new chicken nuggets or go back to the old ones?

In the end, Kashak decided that the new coins were here to stay.

When notified of the option to go back to the old cuts, Cacak recounted saying, “Don’t do that. Those [new chicken nuggets] They are well received and we seem to serve a lot of them, so it’s clear that the students like them much more.”

After hearing praise for the new staple, I wanted to see how Dartmouth’s chicken nuggets compare to those at other colleges.

Miles Quarterman, a sophomore at Yale University, had the chance to experience a college makeover while visiting a friend over the weekend. However, he was unable to compare the quality of Yale’s chicken nuggets to Dartmouth’s chicken nuggets because, according to Quartman, “Yale doesn’t do nuggets, we do tenders.”

“I think I kind of like Yale’s Big Tenders, just because they taste less artificial,” Quartman said.

Avery Rhodes, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, recently came to campus and had a chance to snack on Foco chicken nuggets. When asked if Dartmouth or the University of Wisconsin had the best chicken nugget, Rhodes leaned toward the Hanover variety.

“It’s really hard for me to say, but I have to go with Dartmouth,” Rhodes said. “They’re good. They’re nice, soft and squishy.” [Dartmouth] Has a better sauce selection too. ”

After I compared Foco’s chicken nuggets to those in other college dining halls, I decided to take it a step further: comparing our nuggets to what is arguably the world’s most iconic chicken nugget, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.

Stark, a Chicken McNugget fan, said the popular fast-food chain will always take first place, but Foco’s offering remains a tasty alternative.

“I will not say [Dartmouth’s nuggets are] Better, because McDonald’s has its own way of doing it, Stark said. “…But those are there. I would say they are close — they are very close in relationship.”

It seems that when it comes to chicken, Dartmouth Dining has just found the golden nugget. And while some argue they’re not quite up to the McDonald’s cut, what started as a supply chain issue appears to have become a happy accident. Of course, seasoned poultry is just a small turnaround in the plethora of dining options—but for many students, it’s the little things that make all the difference.