10 McDonald’s Menu Fails
Over the years, McDonald’s has tried to expand to meet various dining niches. Italian food, hot dogs, Roman Catholics who don’t eat meat on Fridays during lent, pizza, seafood, deep fried macaroni…you know, pretty much anything. See some of the biggest flops in franchise history!
10. McLean Deluxe
Unveiled in 1991, the McLean Deluxe was designed for the health-conscious consumers. It was low in fat, which was achieved by having 10% of the burger made up of water which was bonded to the beef using carrageenan, a red seaweed-based extract, to replace some of the fat. It was not served with mayonnaise and had less than half the total fat of a Big Mac. This burger was perceived as dry and lacking flavor, and ultimately departed the McDonald’s menu 5 years later.
9. McHot Dog
This one keeps coming back. Originally banned by Ray Kroc from appearing because he considered hot dogs unhygienic, it eventually opened up as a franchise-holder choice. They have been introduced in many locations such as Tokyo, the UK, and Pennsylvania. In 2011, they were found at twelve different locations. It never generates much interest, and McDonald’s will probably always be known for the burgers and fries.
8. McGratin Croquette
This item was designed specifically for Japan. It contains deep fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, and macaroni in the croquette, and was served on a bed of cabbage. It still turns up once in awhile exclusively in Japan, but is considered a flop because of the criticisms of the taste and the marketing campaigns which failed to have a wide appeal for the Japanese audience.
7. McPizza/McDonald’s Pizza
Four variants of pizzas were served at McDonald’s over the years. They were trying to get a bigger dinner crowd, and first tested a large made-to-order pizza, and then later individual pizzas. Customers were unhappy that they had to wait over 10 minutes, and McDonald’s scrapped it as they valued their reputation for speedy service. Another product was the McPizza, which was similar to McDonald’s apple pie only with a pizza filling, and was basically a hot pocket. This was also a failure. The Pizza McPuff was introduced in India and Japan, and saw more success than the other locations, but was still not a hit.
The McPasta line! Again, people were not interested in buying pasta meals from McDonald’s. Dishes served were spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, lasagna, and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy as a side (what, are they Boston Market/KFC now, too?). If the thought of eating Alfredo from McDonald’s scares you too, then you know why this made the list.