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12 McDonald's Menu Items That Failed Spectacularly

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fourunder Nov 8, 2011 01:20 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/failed...

Who knew they even had all these items? I would have liked to tried the McGratin Croquette. I've only remember these....

Arch Deluxe
McDLT
McLean Deluxe
McLobster

never knew about these......

Big N' Tasty
McHotDog
McAfrika
McSpaghetti
McPizza....(like Hot Pockets
)Hula Burger
McGratin Croquette

I miss the Super-Size option......

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    CanadaGirl Nov 8, 2011 02:19 AM

    The McLobster didn't fail everywhere; it's a seasonal item I some parts of Canada, including Nova Scotia where I am, but only during the summer. If its back every year, and for a few months, I'd have disagree with the failure part. The rest of the list though...

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      jbsiegel Nov 8, 2011 05:19 AM

      I always loved the McDLT. I liked the crispier lettuce on the "cold" side!

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        gloriousfood Nov 8, 2011 06:00 PM

        +1!

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          BiscuitBoy Nov 9, 2011 10:38 AM

          McDLT....way ahead of it's time

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            libgirl2 Nov 14, 2011 12:22 PM

            Yes! One of my favorites!

          2. C. Hamster Nov 8, 2011 05:47 AM

            I have no idea what a Big and Tasty is but weren't they still advertising it like last week?

            And they still do the lobster thing here, too

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              LikestoEatout Nov 8, 2011 05:55 AM

              McAfrika, Hula Burger and McGratin Croquette sound like they are from out of the US. Who knows if they were failures.

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                rasputina Nov 8, 2011 09:47 AM

                The Hula burger was actually an American invention by Ray Kroc ( the guy that originally franchised McDonalds), they were trying to come up with a meatless burger for Fridays for Catholics. It lost out to the other tested product the filet o fish.

                Can you tell I was bored one day this weekend and watched the rerun of a special on McDonalds behind the scenes?

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                jujuthomas Nov 8, 2011 06:13 AM

                I remember the big n tasty, i thought it was good.

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                  jeanmarieok Nov 10, 2011 09:18 PM

                  My kids called 'the big and nasty'.

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                    Naco Nov 14, 2011 12:28 PM

                    I always called it the Big Nasty, too. The font they used on the menu made it look like that at a glance.

                2. Living4fun Nov 8, 2011 06:30 AM

                  In our area of the country, McD's also had a Bratwurst on their menu. I forgot what it was called.

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                    ferret Nov 8, 2011 07:35 AM

                    Someone needs to start a Burger King Yumbo thread.

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                      TroyTempest Nov 8, 2011 09:51 AM

                      I remember the Yumbo, basically ham and melted Velveeta like substance on a bun, right? that was from like the early 70's for just a short while, IIRC.

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                        ferret Nov 8, 2011 03:02 PM

                        That was pretty much it. It was around during my HS years (mid-70's). And they just don't name 'em like that anymore.

                    2. mucho gordo Nov 8, 2011 04:18 PM

                      I'll never understand why a place like this doesn't have onion rings; it's a natural. Does anyone know the reason??

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                        lister Nov 9, 2011 10:35 AM

                        The pizza in the link is different than the one available in Canada (at least Toronto) for a period of time. It looked like a traditional North American pizza, maybe six inches or so available in pepperoni and probably a veggie one too with cornmeal on the bottom. It was decent, not great. I'd order it over any of the other food when dragged to McDonald's.

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                          CanadaGirl Nov 9, 2011 12:23 PM

                          Nova Scotia had pizza that looked like regular pizza too. The crust was a bit thick, but bit wasn't awful stuff.

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                            Rella Nov 10, 2011 06:09 AM

                            This type of pizza was available in an very old coal mining town in WV for a period of time in the 1990's. Then we saw it for a few months in Winchester, VA in the 1990's. Looking back, in my remembrance, I'd choose it against Costco's pizza which I don't buy, it's too limp for me.

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                              Blush Nov 10, 2011 01:00 PM

                              I'm in London, ON and my mom loved the pizza. My husband reminisces about ordering a few at a time in the early 90's. He was playing a lot of hockey at the time and always hungry. Now he's just always hungry. ;)

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                                FrankD Nov 10, 2011 05:59 PM

                                The McPizza was the brainchild of McDonald's Canada George Cohon, who was in high favour with the McD brass because he was able to score a huge PR coup by opening the first McD's in Moscow. At the time of its introduction, I remember reading what an undertaking it was, as it required all-new equipment in the kitchen, redesign of work flow, staff training, etc. Like all McD stuff, it wasn't horrible, just not great. And when the pizza wars heated up - where you could go to ZaZa and get a large pepperoni for $3.99, hardly anyone wanted to pay $1.99 for a mini from Mickey D.

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                              TuteTibiImperes Nov 10, 2011 08:43 AM

                              I enjoyed the McDLT, it was my go-to McDonalds item while it was offered. I also liked the Arch Deluxe, but then again, put a thousand island-like sauce on any burger and I'm game.

                              I'd totally order the McLobster if they offered it in FL.

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                                john redcorn Nov 10, 2011 12:55 PM

                                Anyone remember the orange shake?

                                1. hill food Nov 10, 2011 09:25 PM

                                  WTF was the McAfrika?

                                  I sorta remember most of these, but that one...

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                                    FrankD Nov 11, 2011 05:03 AM

                                    Wildebeest on a bun, with a special sauce made from shallots in a South African Riesling reduction.

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                                      hill food Nov 11, 2011 08:37 AM

                                      ahhh, I was guessing an Ethiopian/Somalian Injeera wrap or Senegalese groundnut patty

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                                    Dave_in_PA Nov 11, 2011 05:30 AM

                                    I can't believe the Egg McBenedict breakfast didn't make the list.

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                                      CanadaGirl Nov 11, 2011 01:00 PM

                                      There was an Egg mcBenedict??!!

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                                        Dave_in_PA Nov 14, 2011 12:25 PM

                                        zero flavor from the synthetic mchollandaise sauce and the meat.... don't even remember what they used.

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