“Fish McBites” – REALLY?
| McAfrika, McSalad, and many more not-so-healthy food items rejected by McDonald’s patrons
| J. Tyler, Business Insider – The McDonald’s menu has seen some pretty big changes since the chain was founded in 1955.
Some experimental menu items actually end up costing chains millions, like McDonald’s Arch Deluxe, a “gourmet” burger that aimed to appeal to a more adult crowd but failed miserably.
Here are some other McDonald’s items that didn’t make it:
- McSalad Shakers only lasted for three years on the McDonald’s menu. There were three different types: garden, chef, and grilled chicken Caesar.
- Onion Nuggets were part of McDonald’s dollar menu in the ’70s, but they were short-lived.
- McDonald’s Pizza was intended to bring in customers who frequented pizza chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut. Even though most locations stopped serving it in the late 1980s, three locations still served McDonald’s Pizza until 2017. Now, only one — a McDonald’s restaurant in Orlando, Florida — still does.
- Chicken Selects were advertised as a “premium” version of regular chicken nuggets. They were on the menu from 2002 to 2013.
- McDonald’s launched mozzarella sticks in late 2015, but customers were furious when they found out that most of their mozzarella sticks didn’t actually have cheese in them.
- McSpaghetti was introduced in the 1970s. Even though it was discontinued in the United States, it’s still on the menu in the Philippines.
- The Hula Burger, introduced in the 1960s, was intended to be a meat-free option for Catholic customers who couldn’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent.
- Fish McBites were also added to the menu as another fish option, but they failed to do anything to help McDonald’s sales.
- The McAfrika was a PR disaster for McDonald’s because it was launched in Norway, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, when millions in South Africa were starving. The sandwich was quickly pulled from the menu in 2002. Read the full list at Business Insider.