07/27/2012 05:55 pm ET

McDonald's McNuggets Come In Four Distinct Shapes (PHOTO)

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Do McDonald's Chicken McNuggets come in four specific shapes? It looks that way in an image posted by Reddit user eclectickellie.

A little research revealed that it's true. A McDonald's-run site geared at moms, The McDonald’s All-Access Moms, features a telling account from blogger Jill Amery:

McNuggets are formed, not ground. There are 4 shapes that are pressed out with a rolling cookie cutter: boot, bow-tie, ball and bell. The reason they are all standard in shape and size is to ensure consistency in all McDonald’s restaurants. This guarantees both food safety (standard cooking times in restaurants) and portion control.

We found out more about the shapes on McDonald's Canada's new website, Your Questions, which invites queries from curious patrons.

It turns out plenty of people have questions about McNugget shapes. We were particularly struck by one question and answer:


Who knew?