Today’s Children Don’t Remember Happy Meals Without Apple Slices – Consumerist: It’s not often that we use the phrases “McDonald’s” and “healthy” in close proximity, but the fast-food giant has one thing that it can brag about: putting billions of bags of apple slices in the hands of children. Yes, billions: this week, McDonald’s marked the two billionth bag of the fruit given out with Happy Meals.
Children under five haven’t lived in a world where the apple slices aren’t the default side dish in a Happy Meal: that change happened in 2011. Most of the slices have been served up since then: before the change to a half-serving of fries and a half-serving of apple slices, the chain admitted that most customers didn’t seek out the fruit, with maybe 11% of orders ordering it instead of fries.
Five hundred forty calories (the Big Mac) + 570 calories (the sausage, egg, and cheese McGriddle) + 450 calories (the bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle) - 250 calories (the two griddle cakes that were discarded for aesthetic/structural purposes) = 1,310 calories
Watch Out America, McDonald's Japan Is Releasing a 48-Piece McNugget Meal: While in the U.S., you can order a 40-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which is kind of amazing in itself, in Japan, the most you can get is a 15-piece set. This isn’t the biggest McNuggets meal the fastfood chain has offered: limited-time only 50-piece McNugget meals have been offered during the Super Bowl.
Likewise, the offer is for a limited time only. It’s available only in Niigata Prefecture and part of a promotional tie-up with the the newly launched pop group NGT48, the Niigata-based spin-off of the massively popular idol unit AKB48. The groups tend to have around 48 members (sometimes more, sometimes less), divided up into different teams. That’s a lot of idols. That’s okay, this is a lot of nuggets. Forty-eight nuggets is surely a whole chicken, no? Fifty has to be.
So, what’s up with all these McNuggets? As Naver explains, when NGT48 was first announced earlier this year, people online in Japan kept calling the group “Nugget 48.” So now the group, I guess, has already reached it final form with these nuggets? Let’s hope not!
Yahoo! News Japan reports that the 48-piece set goes on sale in Niigata on December for 1,800 yen (US$14.69). Buckets are limited and this is a whole bunch of chicken, so bring a friend! Or, hell, forty-seven.
Japan Is Getting a Noodle and Rice Burger: Lotteria, no stranger to odd burger stunts (here, here, here, and here), is releasing a hamburger that consists of white rice, lettuce, ramen noodles, and spicy tofu. Oh, and buns.
What 2,000 Calories Looks Like - NYTimes.com: The nation’s largest restaurant chains have made a big deal in recent years about introducing smaller portion sizes. McDonald’s eliminated the Supersize menu, while T.G.I. Fridays and others have introduced small-plate items. Yet the restaurants have also been doing something else, with less fanfare: continuing to add dishes so rich that a single meal often contains a full day’s worth of calories.
McDonald’s Brings Back The Hamburglar And We Aren’t Sure How To Feel – Consumerist: Upon hearing buzz that McDonald’s has brought back that scamp the Hamburglar to network TV after a 13-year hiatus, ostensibly in Burger Thief Jail, the image of the chubby-cheeked, one-toothed masked beef marauder might come to mind. But lo — the scamp is gone, replaced by a suburban dad with a full set of teeth, a five o’clock shadow on his chiseled jaw and a penchant for red leather high tops and trench coats.
This is the biggest burger that McDonald's new menu lets you make: McDonald’s new Create Your Taste menu lets you make your own completely customizable and *gasp* delicious looking, gourmet McDonald’s burgers. The set up is simple: you hop on a kiosk and select whatever toppings you like on a burger and McD’s will whip it up for you with better ingredients. But that’s not fun! Fun is using that kiosk to make the biggest and most ridiculous burger monstrosity that’s possible. This is it.
The first US state to pilot the plan has chosen a conspicuous date on which to start: 4/20, the annual celebration of cannabis culture.
San Diego's all-day breakfast menu, which starts on Monday April 20, is limited to nine items and McCafe drinks. Customers can get egg McMuffin, sausage McMuffin with egg, sausage burrito, sausage McMuffin, hash brown and hotcakes, oatmeal and yoghurt all day. McGriddles, cakes and steak, egg and cheese bagels have been left off the menu.
The company is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the July 17 wedding of Joel and Ashley in Jacksonville, aka the Burger-King nuptials.
Friday's column was about how Joel and Ashley have been Burger-King since they were in the fifth grade together in New Berlin. When they announced their engagement this spring, they had their picture taken next to the BK restaurant logo in Springfield. They flipped their names so that Joel's would be first in the announcement. Normally the woman's name is first. But then it wouldn't have been Burger-King, would it?
Starting this week, Artisan Grilled Chicken will begin rolling out across all McDonald’s U.S. restaurants replacing all grilled chicken entrees including Grilled Chicken Deluxe Sandwiches, Premium McWraps, Snack Wraps and Premium Salads.
The new Artisan Grilled Chicken filet is prepared with quality ingredients customers recognize from their own kitchens, like parsley, garlic and salt. The full list of ingredients can be found here.
Each Artisan Grilled Chicken filet is:
100% real chicken breast
Free of artificial flavors, added colors or preservatives
Seasoned with pantry spices and herbs like parsley, salt and onion powder
Cooked in McDonald’s kitchens using a canola and olive oil blend
Seared on the grill to lock in flavor and juices
Compared to the previous grilled chicken recipe, the new Artisan Grilled Chicken filet has fewer ingredients and no longer includes sodium phosphates, a type of salt that helps retain moisture.
Update: We just had one of these at our local McDonald's in Newton, MA. The entire sandwich was pretty tasty, and the flavoring on the chicken was quite good. The bun is a standout - it's buttery and very fresh. Awesome work McDonald's! We want to acknowledge that McDonald's sent us coupons to use so we could taste this new creation.
McDonald’s Confirms Testing Of All-Day Breakfast In San Diego Area – Consumerist: Following earlier unconfirmed reports that it would be trying out all-day breakfast, McDonald’s has confirmed the test.
“We know our customers love McDonald’s breakfast and they tell us they’d like to enjoy it beyond the morning hours. So next month, we will begin testing all-day breakfast at select restaurants in the San Diego area,” reads a company statement to the Chicago Tribune. “We look forward to learning from this test, and it’s premature to speculate on any outcomes.”
McDonald's Chicken Select Tenders Now Made with 100% Tenderloins
McDonald’s has brought back two popular menu items for devoted followings across the country. McDonald’s Chicken Select Tenders and McCafé Shamrock Shakes will be sharing menu boards in restaurants for a limited time only.
After a two year hiatus, Chicken Select Tenders are back and now made with 100 percent tenderloins. This celebrated offering is available as a 3-piece set, a meal or à la carte, and can be paired with customers’ favorite dipping sauce until April 19 (while supplies last).
The eagerly anticipated and iconic McCafé Shamrock Shake is also back through March (while supplies last). Introduced in 1970, profits from shake sales were initially donated in order to create the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974. Since then, the unique mint flavor and green coloring has captured a cult-like following and the item continues to capture the hearts of customers when it returns every spring.
20 McDonalds Menu Items That Failed Horribly: Sometimes you nail it, and sometimes you fail and fail hard. McDonalds is not immune to this and when you've been at it as long as they have and are as huge as they are -- it's going to happen. A lot.