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12 McDonald's Menu Items That Failed Spectacularly

fourunder Nov 8, 2011 01:20 AM


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

Arch Deluxe
McLean Deluxe

never knew about these......

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

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

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    CanadaGirl RE: fourunder 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: jbsiegel Nov 8, 2011 06:00 PM


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          BiscuitBoy RE: jbsiegel Nov 9, 2011 10:38 AM

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

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            libgirl2 RE: jbsiegel Nov 14, 2011 12:22 PM

            Yes! One of my favorites!

          2. C. Hamster RE: fourunder 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: LikestoEatout 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 RE: fourunder Nov 8, 2011 06:13 AM

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

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                  jeanmarieok RE: jujuthomas Nov 10, 2011 09:18 PM

                  My kids called 'the big and nasty'.

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                    Naco RE: jeanmarieok 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: fourunder Nov 8, 2011 07:35 AM

                    Someone needs to start a Burger King Yumbo thread.

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                      TroyTempest RE: ferret 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 RE: TroyTempest 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: lister 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 RE: lister 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 RE: lister 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 RE: Blush 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 RE: fourunder 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 RE: fourunder Nov 10, 2011 12:55 PM

                                Anyone remember the orange shake?

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

                                  WTF was the McAfrika?

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

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                                    FrankD RE: hill food 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 RE: FrankD 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 RE: fourunder Nov 11, 2011 05:30 AM

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

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                                      CanadaGirl RE: Dave_in_PA Nov 11, 2011 01:00 PM

                                      There was an Egg mcBenedict??!!

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                                        Dave_in_PA RE: CanadaGirl 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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