Recently, it was announced that McDonald’s would be discontinuing the sale of its Big N’ Tasty hamburger. Apparently, the introduction of the even larger “Angus Burgers” his made the Big N’ Tasty obsolete. Nonetheless, fans of the burger which came out almost a decade ago are planning on heading to McDonald’s to eat the Big N’ Tasty on its last day of availability. Here are some other McDonald’s restaurants items which, for one reason or another, have been discontinued:
1. Captain O’Malley’s fish and seafood nuggets. Made “primarily” with fish, these nuggets also contained ground up seaweed, clams and soy protein. They were discontinued due to “a negative customer gustatory experience”, which in fast food lingo means that they tasted bad.
2. Ronald McDonald’s beer and cheddar cheese soup for kids, the FDA discovered that the beer content actually made this dish alcoholic and therefore unsuitable for children. Numerous lawsuits were filed due to the introduction of this product.
3. The “Five Mac”, similar to a regular big Mac, this big Mac actually had 10 meat patties, as well as seven buns. It didn’t sell quite as well as the company had hoped, despite the fact that a number of customers became addicted to the new sandwich.
4. McDonald’s potato skins wraps. Instead of using Pita bread, these foods wraps use the skin of a potato, fillings included French fries and blended up pieces of big Macs. Customers complained that the skin was too tough to eat.
5. The seaweed and kelp shake debuted the summer of 2001, to celebrate the popular Sponge Bob Square Pants television show, but actually caused one out of 10 customers to vomit and was thus quietly discontinued.
6. The bunless McDonald’s burger, this piece of gastronomic genius was created by using chicken McNuggets stuck to each other to make “buns” and in the middle was several quarter pounder beef patties. Nutritional experts complained that it contained much more than the recommended daily allowance of fat and cholesterol.
7. The Hamburgler’s hamburger and cheese salad was an attempt by McDonald’s to create a “healthy” salad which retained the classic taste of McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Cheeseburgers were cut up into little squares and held together with toothpicks, and tossed with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and a layer of cheese was melted over the top. Discontinued after a “negative customer gustatory experience”, according to internal McDonald’s files.
8. Chocolate stick “French fries” were a dessert menu item created to attempt to expand McDonald’s desert menu. While initially popular, the deep fried sticks of chocolate had to be discontinued because they were gumming up the deep fryers and leaving fries with a mild chocolate flavor.
9. McDonald’s chicken McNuggets used to be served with a special red sauce called “Lions feast sauce” which was meant to simulate the eating of a killed animal by a lion. However, it was discovered by the FDA that the sauce contained unsafe amounts of chicken and horse blood and discontinued, McDonald’s replaced this sauce with Honey Mustard.
10. Select restaurants experimented with a brand new type of McDonald’s pizza, which included toppings such as chopped up chicken McNuggets, French fries, and was made with Ronald’s secret sauce instead of tomato sauce. Most customers did not like the taste of the pizza, thus ensuring that McDonald’s would not enter the pizza market in the late 1990s.
For the top 10 animal species named after celebrities, click here.