McDonald's is an all-American brand and whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying their success at reaching billions of people and offering them fast food. Yet, not everything they do is a raging success. In fact, for every Big Mac that the company develops, there's a trail of terrible products that they launched and which disappeared as quickly as they had arrived.
This is our offering to you today: A collection of McDonald's menu items which will never be seen again. Enjoy a trip down memory lane and a smile for knowing that not even big companies get it right all the time.
1. The Precursor Of The Premium Salad
The McSalad Shakers were McDonald's first proper attempt at salads. The salad cups were eventually discontinued and replaced with the line of Premium Salads.
2. A Hot Dog Is Not A Burger—Except In Japan
In the United States, people don't associate McD's with hot dogs. Their take on the hot dog was a complete failure. In Japan, nobody really understands burgers, so you can still buy it there.
3. The "No Thanks, Even Though We're Catholic" Burger
This was the Hula Burger. It's fish, cheese, and pineapple, and apparently, it was made for Catholic customers who couldn't eat meat during Lent. They hated it as much as we do just by looking at it, and it eventually evolved into the much more popular Filet O' Fish sandwich.
4. The Not So Mighty Wings
These may just have turned up too early. In the 1990s nobody was ready for McD's to start selling fried chicken. In 2017, though, every McDonald's in Asia sells the stuff—but not "Mighty Wings."
5. The Really Unhealthy Pies
The apple pie used to be deep fat fried, which was a huge hit in Scotland. Sadly, in 1992, they decided they'd like you to live long enough to buy a second one and switched to baking pies instead.
6. The "What Were You Thinking?" Nuggets
Everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief when McD's decided that onions were an awful flavor of McNuggets and replaced them with chicken nuggets.
7. The Posh Breakfast Flop
Who doesn't love eggs benedict? Everyone, actually, when that eggs benedict is served by McDonald's in one of their muffins. This product was not mourned by customers for very long.
8. The "What Am I Holding Exactly?" Food Pillow Case
Just like a hot pocket, but even less attractive to look at and tasting of cardboard, the McStuffin was what nobody ever said in reply to "what do you want to eat?"
9. The Lame Attempt To Hijack Another Sandwich
The McDLT was McD's answer to the Whopper and the BLT sandwich prepared everywhere in the country. It was overly complicated to package and nobody liked the slogan, "Keep the hot side hot, and the cool side cool."
10. The Grilled Cheese Of The Dodo
This may be one of the few items on our list that deserves a comeback. Grilled cheese at McD's? Yes, please. It would also be nearly vegetarian and come with toys.
11. The Batman Burger Of Badness
Batman Forever was a terrible movie. The "triple-double burger" was the terrible burger McD's launched to promote alongside that film. They both tanked with the public.
12. The Sadly Missed McFlurry
The Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry was only available on limited release in the U.S. Oddly, it's still available in some overseas markets, but it's unlikely to get another run out back home.
13. When McDonald's Forgets What It Is
People go to McD's for fast food, not to sit around for 15 minutes waiting for the worst pizza ever made. The McPizza was led out behind a barn and taken care of shortly after its introduction.
14. The $300 Million McNope
The Arch Deluxe—with its salad, patties, cheese and honey mustard—was a McDonald's attempt at upscale. $300 million of marketing still delivered an unmissed McFlop.
15. The Portion That Time Forgot
Morgan Spurlock's debatable "documentary" Super Size Me has been blamed for the demise of super-sized portions. You can't have your 600-calorie order of fries anymore.
All of this just goes to show that even the world's biggest brands can make mistakes!
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